Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
SO THE OTHER NIGHT WHEN YOU WALKED IN THE STUDIO, YOU TOLD ME I WASN'T AS HEAVY AS I USUALLY WAS AND I TOLD YOU YOU LOOKED PRETTY GOOD AND YOU SAID NO I'M PRETTY HEAVY AND SO I WAS THINKING, WELL, WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT TO FITNESS ARE YOU CONSIDERING AT THIS POINT?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, SURPRISINGLY I'VE BEEN WORKING OUT PRETTY STEADILY. I KNOW IT DOESN'T SHOW. I HAVE BEEN HITTING ALL TIME HIGHS WHICH SUCKS BUT THE LAST FEW WEEKS I'VE BEEN WORKING OUT PRETTY RELIGIOUSLY FIVE OR SIX TIMES

A WEEK AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT'S GOING TO HELP MY GAME OR ANYTHING. IT'S JUST BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE, I FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF WHEN I WORK OUT, WHETHER IT'S CARDIOVASCULAR OR LIFTING WEIGHTS

I ENJOY DOING BOTH. I'LL ONLY LIFT AT NIGHT THOUGH. I WON'T LIFT BEFORE I PLAY AND I FEEL LIKE IT WILL ELONGATE MY CAREER, POSSIBLY PREVENT INJURY BUT ALSO I STARTED THINKING, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO BE IN GOOD HEALTH SO

THAT WHEN I'M 60, 65, 70 I'LL STILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY MY CHILDREN'S LIVES AND WATCH THEM GROW AND DEVELOP AND I THINK THAT EACH PARENT REALLY FEELS THE NEED TO BE AROUND AND

WANTS TO BE AROUND TO ENJOY THEIR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER BIG REASON WHY I'VE BEEN WORKING OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR EATING WEAKNESS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE THAT YOU HAVE TOO MUCH OF OR DO YOU EAT LATE AT NIGHT?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL I'M ON A VERY STRICT DIET THAT A DOCTOR PUT ME ON. HE SAID THAT I CAN EAT WHATEVER I WANT,

BUT I JUST CAN'T SWALLOW IT

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S A GOOD DIET
(LAUGHS)

PHIL MICKELSON
AND SO THE SWALLOWING PART HAS BEEN KILLING ME BECAUSE IT JUST SEEMS TO FALL, FALL RIGHT ON DOWN BUT I, I LIKE ALL FOODS AND, AND IT'S JUST TOUGH FOR ME TO EAT A SALAD WITHOUT DRESSING, OR A CHICKEN PLAIN. IT JUST, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) BECAUSE YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT ON THIS NEW SPECIAL DIET.

LET'S CHECK IN WITH MARK WHO'S HERE IN FLORIDA. GO AHEAD MARK.

MARK, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
GOOD EVENING GENTLEMEN.

PHIL MICKELSON
HI MARK

PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU, SIR?

MARK, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
HI. PHIL, EARLIER THIS YEAR, U.S.A. TODAY HAD A STORY REGARDING, IT WAS THEIR BIG GOLF ISSUE AND THEY SAID, THEY DIDN'T QUOTE YOU DIRECTLY BUT THEY HAD A STATEMENT ABOUT TOURNAMENTS HELD OPPOSITE THE MORE ELITE TOURNAMENTS, SUCH AS

TUCSON AND MERCEDES AND THEY SAID THAT YOU QUESTIONED THE NEED TO HAVE SUCH TOURNAMENTS AND I WAS WONDERING IF THAT WAS AN ACCURATE STATEMENT OR IF NOT, WHAT KIND OF CONTEXT WAS THAT IN?

PHIL MICKELSON
IT'S PRETTY CLOSE. I CERTAINLY FEEL THAT WHEN WE HAVE CONFLICTING EVENTS WE'RE DILUTING THE PRODUCT THAT WE PRESENT TO THE PUBLIC. JUST LIKE EXPANSION BASEBALL. EXPANSION

FOOTBALL. WE HAVE TO CREATE MORE JOBS TO FILL THOSE SPOTS AND THE JOBS THAT WE USE TO CREATE THOSE ARE, ARE LESS THAN THE TOP PLAYERS AND WE'RE NOT GIVING THE PUBLIC THE STRONGEST PRODUCT THAT WE CAN PRESENT AND ULTIMATELY WHAT HAPPENED WAS,

THREE YEARS AGO WHEN WE CAME OUT WITH THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, WE HAD EIGHT TOURNAMENTS WHERE EVERY ONE OF THE TOP 64 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD PLAYED IN AND IT WAS AWESOME. WE HAD THE FIVE, OR THE FOUR MAJORS

AND THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, FIVE TOURNAMENTS, AND EVERYBODY PLAYED THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUT WHAT HAPPENED WAS, WE HAD THESE CONFLICTING EVENTS THAT THE PURSES WERE MUCH SMALLER AND WE HAD ALL THE PLAYERS ON TOUR SAY THAT'S NOT

RIGHT, IT'S A SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY, YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE MORE MONEY AND THE SAME GUYS WILL KEEP REPEATING AND SO WHAT WE DID WAS WE TOOK SOME EXCESS REVENUE THAT THE TOUR HAD CREATED AND SUPPLEMENTED IT INTO THOSE TOURNAMENTS BUILDING UP THOSE PURSES AND SO NOW, ALL THE

OTHER TOURNAMENTS HAVE PRETTY MUCH CAUGHT UP WITH THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY'RE ALL BETWEEN THREE AND A HALF AND FOUR AND A HALF MILLION AND SO PLAYERS NO LONGER FEEL THE NEED TO PLAY THE WORLD GOLF

CHAMPIONSHIPS, SO NOW INSTEAD OF HAVING EIGHT TOURNAMENTS THAT ALL THE TOP PLAYERS PLAY IN WE HAVE FIVE AGAIN, AND I JUST THINK THAT HAD WE TAKEN THE MONEY THAT WE HAD PUT INTO THOSE CONFLICTING EVENTS AND

PUT IT TO KEEP THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AHEAD OF THE FIELD PURSE WISE, WE WOULD STILL HAVE
EIGHT TOURNAMENTS WHERE WE PRESENTED THE BEST PLAYERS TO THE PUBLIC.

PETER KESSLER
SPEAKING OF PRESENTING THE BEST PLAYERS, IS NICKLAUS GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM GETTING THE BEST TEAM TOGETHER FOR THE PRESIDENT'S CUP TO GO DOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA NEXT YEAR?

PHIL MICKELSON
THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I DON'T THINK WE WILL KNOW THAT UNTIL ABOUT A MONTH OR TWO BEFOREHAND BECAUSE CERTAINLY A LOT CAN HAPPEN OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR AND RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE JUST THINKING ABOUT

THE RYDER CUP. LET'S, LET'S GO OVER TO THE BELFRY AND SEE IF WE CAN RETAIN THAT CUP, AND SO NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY LOOKING A YEAR AND A HALF ADVANCE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE PRESIDENT'S CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA, SO THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION TO ANSWER RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GOLF?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL I, I RESPECT A LOT OF PEOPLE AND I RESPECT PEOPLE THAT HAVE, I LOVE THE STORY. IT CAN BE FROM A CEO OF A COMPANY, LIKE THAT, THAT HAS A GREAT STORY AND I REALLY WANT TO MENTION NAMES BUT THAT COME FROM VERY DIFFICULT BACKGROUNDS OR IT COULD

BE JUST SOMEBODY LIKE, LIKE MY DAD, AND MY DAD HAS OVERCOME A LOT AND HAS DONE A LOT AND IS VERY GOOD AT EVERYTHING THAT HE DOES AND SO I RESPECT HIM AS AN INDIVIDUAL. IN FACT, I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM HIM. I'VE LEARNED FROM MY MOM, I'VE GOTTEN MY SENSE OF HUMOR. I'M VERY SIMILAR TO HER IN THAT REGARD, BUT I'M VERY SIMILAR TO MY DAD IN MY THOUGHT

PROCESS AND DECISION MAKING AND I THINK THAT I RESPECT THE WAY HE GOES ABOUT THINGS AND THAT HE ANALYZES THE SITUATION, GATHERS AS MUCH INFORMATION AS HE CAN BEFORE HE FORMULATES A DECISION.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO THEY SAY TO YOU ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK YOU'VE BECOME AS A MAN, AS A FATHER, AS A HUSBAND, AS AN ATHLETE?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL I THINK IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FROM A PARENT'S POINT OF VIEW TO LET THEIR CHILD OUT ON THEIR OWN AND IT CERTAINLY STARTED IN COLLEGE. IT STARTS IN COLLEGE FOR MOST FAMILIES

BUT IT'S STILL, YOU'RE ALWAYS THEIR BABY AND JUST LIKE AMANDA WILL ALWAYS BE MY DAUGHTER. SHE COULD BE 35 OR 30 YEARS OLD, SHE'LL STILL BE MY BABY AND SO MY PARENTS LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT AND I THINK THAT IT'S BEEN TOUGH FOR THEM TO WATCH ME

GO OUT AND, AND JUST BE ON MY OWN BUT I THINK THAT, NOT, I THINK THEY'RE MORE EXCITED ABOUT AMY AND AMANDA THAN THEY ARE ABOUT ANYTHING THAT I'VE EVER DONE IN GOLF, WHICH IS GREAT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT, THAT'S WHAT IS SO FULFILLING ABOUT LIFE IS THE FAMILY
AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. AS WE LEAVE WE'VE GOT A LITTLE SHOT FROM THE '99 RYDER CUP.

(MUSIC)

PHIL MICKELSON
THIS IS A COOL SHOT. A LITTLE WEDGE HERE ON TEN AND, AND TOM LEHMAN COMES OVER AND GIVES ME THE BIGGEST BEAR HUG AND THEN HE, AND THIS IS WHERE I KNEW I WAS HEAVY BECAUSE HE SAID YOU WEIGH A HECK OF A LOT MORE THAN CORY PAVIN.

PETER KESSLER
EVEN WITH THAT SHORT HAIRCUT.

PHIL MICKELSON
LOOK AT THAT. HE GOT ME UP, BUT HE, HE SAID IT WAS TOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE'S A BIG BEAR. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(BREAK)

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”