Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 7
FROM THE GREAT SCORING THAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD, AND SPECIFICALLY ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY, YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE COURSES ARE BEING SET UP EASIER THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN, BUT IF YOU COMPARE THEM TO FIVE YEARS AGO, THEY'RE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT IN TERMS OF THE SET-UP, ARE THEY NOT?
I REALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE AND THAT WE'RE, WE'RE MAKING GREENS MUCH MORE FIRM, UH MUCH FIRMER, AND BAY HILL'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THEY INSTALLED A SUCTION DEVISE THAT SUCKS THE MOISTURE OUT OF THE GREENS
SO WE GET ALL THIS RAIN AND THE GREENS ARE JUST ROCK HARD. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THE BALL CLOSE ON SUNDAY AS WE SAW BALLS JUST RACING ACROSS THE GREEN AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY WERE SO FIRM, AND THAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO GET SCORES TO GO UP. THAT AND ROUGH.
ARE THERE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH THE U.S. TEAM CONDUCTED THEMSELVES AT THE RYDER CUP IN '99 AND THAT ONE NEEDS TO HAVE AN ADJUSTMENT IN EITHER ATTITUDE OR IN THE WAY IN WHICH ONE OUTWARDLY PRESENTS THEMSELVES. DOES THIS GO AROUND?
WELL CERTAINLY WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON 17 GREEN AND IT WAS A, A SHOW OF EMOTION AND WE SAW THAT FROM EVERY PLAYER ON EVERY DAY OF EVERY MATCH THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WEEK AND THIS WASN'T THE ONLY SHOW OF EMOTION THAT, THAT TOOK ON THAT, THAT OCCURRED THAT WEEK. I, I ,
I DON'T THINK THAT IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I DON'T THINK THAT IT WOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT EITHER, EITHER WAY I MEAN I WOULD EXPECT
THEM TO BE EXCITED HAD THEY WON, JUST AS THEY WERE IN '95 AND '97. MY MATCH WASN'T DONE ON 18 WHEN THEY WERE JUMPING ON THE GREEN, GRANTED I CLOSED THEM OUT ON 17, BUT THAT'S REALLY NOT, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THEY
WON THE THING. IT WAS OVER, ALTHOUGH IT WASN'T OVER WHEN WE WON. THERE WAS STILL A PUTT TO BE MADE AND SO I THINK WE WERE IN THE WRONG THERE AND I THINK THAT WHAT'S
DISAPPOINTING TO ME IS THAT 60 SOME ODD YEARS AGO WHEN THIS EVENT WAS INSTILLED, IT WAS TO PROMOTE THE GAME OF GOLF AND PROMOTE SPORTSMANSHIP AMONGST BOTH CONTINENTS AND IT REALLY IS NO LONGER THAT. IT CREATES A LOT OF ANIMOSITY AND I THINK THAT
I'D LIKE TO SEE IT GET BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS.
BUT WITH CURTIS STRANGE AS CAPTAIN WHO'S A NO NONSENSE, INTENSELY COMPETITIVE GUY, YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT THERE TO BE TOO MUCH LET'S BE NICE TO EVERYBODY KIND OF A FLAVOR. I DON'T MEAN RUDE, BUT, WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, INTENSELY COMPETITIVE FEELINGS.
WELL HE IS A TOUGH COMPETITOR. HE WON TWO U.S. OPENS AND HE'S THERE TO COMPETE AND HE'S THERE TO WIN, AS ALL THE PLAYERS ARE, AND THAT'S REALLY THE WAY IT'S, IT'S BECOME. NOW IF YOU LOOK AT IT, THE EUROPEAN TEAM HAS WON FIVE OF THE LAST SEVEN RYDER
CUPS. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY DOING WELL, AND I, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT IT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE, THAT WE'VE GOT SOME GOOD YOUNG AMERICAN PLAYERS COMING UP BUT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS TOO,
AND SO I THINK THAT THE STATE OF THE RYDER CUP'S IN A GREAT STATE BUT THIS, THIS YEAR WILL BE VERY COMPETITIVE AT THE BELFRY, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE WAY, NOT ONLY THE PLAYERS BUT THE FANS WERE IN THE U.S.
IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT ONE COMING UP BUT I THINK WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND BOTH SIDES, AS TOUGH AS A COMPETITOR AS CAPTAIN STRANGE IS AND AS MUCH AS BOTH SIDES WANT TO WIN, I REALLY THINK WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AN EFFORT THIS YEAR TO
TO, TO PROMOTE THE GAME IN A VERY POSITIVE MANNER AND NOT HAVE SOME OUTBURSTS LIKE THAT.
WHEN YOUR SCORECARD GOES ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE LIKE IT DID IN THE MIDDLE TWO ROUNDS OF THIS PAST WEEK AT BAY HILL, DO YOUR EMOTIONS GO ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TOO?
THEY DO AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO, TO CONTROL IT. I, I TRY NOT TO DISPLAY TOO MUCH EMOTION ON THE COURSE BECAUSE I JUST DON'T THINK IT LOOKS GOOD EITHER WAY. I DON'T THINK GETTING TOO EXCITED LOOKS GREAT. I DON'T THINK THAT BREAKING A CLUB LOOKS, LOOKS
VERY GOOD EITHER BUT WHEN I, WHEN I'M MAKING SEVEN BOGIES AND, AND I'M TRYING TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT DOING THAT IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I EXPECT A LOT MORE OUT OF MYSELF. I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD AND I
KNOW THAT I CAN DO A LOT BETTER AND TO MAKE POOR DECISIONS, TO MAKE POOR SWINGS LIKE THAT IS VERY FRUSTRATING TO ALL PLAYERS AND I TRIED TO UH, TO STAY CALM AND, AND, AND HANDLE IT AND I THINK I DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB BECAUSE ULTIMATELY I WAS ABLE TO TURN HER AROUND AND GET BACK IN
CONTENTION AND ALMOST WIN.
THE GOALS THAT YOU SET FOR YOURSELF, VERY BRIEFLY, ARE THEY EVENT DRIVEN OR ARE THEY ABOUT YOUR JUST GETTING BETTER?
THEY HAVE TO BE ABOUT JUST GETTING BETTER AND ABOUT WORKING AT INTEGRAL PARTS OF MY GAME, MEANING, THIS YEAR I'M WORKING A LOT ON WEDGE PLAY BECAUSE THAT 60 TO 150 YARD AREA IS, IS CRITICAL AND IF I CAN IMPROVE ON THAT, THE EVENTS WILL COME JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST YEAR.
LAST YEAR I WORKED INTENS... A LOT OF HOURS FROM 150 YARDS IN AND I WAS ABLE TO, TO WIN FOUR TOURNAMENTS BECAUSE I SCORED BETTER.
GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEND ANOTHER
HOUR WITH YOU.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
AND THANKS FOR BRINGING AMY, AND GREAT TO SEE THE PICTURE OF THE FAMILY.
GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.
Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.
Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.
Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.
Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.
Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.
At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.
Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods
Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.
An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.
"Joe, take the day off." @TGRFound supporter to caddie for Woods Wednesday at #HeroWorldChallenge for $50,000 donation in the #TigerJam live auction. - TGRhttps://t.co/EjoJ2bpRh4 pic.twitter.com/yu2MY2dUGV— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 21, 2018
The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.
NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times
The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.
- Quarterfinals: Alabama vs. Kent State
- Quartefinals: USC vs. Duke
- Quarterfinals: UCLA vs. Arizona
- Quarterfinals: Northwestern vs. Stanford
- Individual stroke play
TV Times (all times ET):
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals
Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win
STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.
The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.
Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.
She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.
Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.
“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”
Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.
Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.
Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.
On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.
Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.