Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
AND WELCOME BACK. THIS QUESTION VIA THE INTERNET FROM DAVID MCKENZIE, TORONTO, ONTARIO WANTS TO KNOW WHY YOU ELECTED TO SKIP LAST YEAR'S BRITISH OPEN AND YOU WERE QUALIFIED FOR THAT TOURNAMENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
AND ARE YOU PLANNING TO PLAY THE BRITISH AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL, IT'S KIND OF A, THE REASON THAT I SKIPPED THE BRITISH OPEN, I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU IS BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE TO FLY VERY MUCH AND I WAS HAVING A, A PROBLEM WITH IT, I THINK

SINCE PAYNE'S DEATH, I, AND IT'S TOUGH IN OUR, OUR JOB TO, TO, YOU KNOW, NOT WANT TO FLY AND I'M DOING MUCH BETTER NOW, SO, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, THE SECOND PART OF THE

QUESTION, YES, I DO INTEND TO GO BACK, BUT LAST YEAR, THE ONLY WAY THAT I COULD FORGET ABOUT THIS 8 HOUR FLIGHT THAT I HAD TO TAKE OVER SEAS WAS TO PULL OUT AND IT WAS THAT BAD,

SO, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I'VE, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON AND TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF.

RICH LERNER
I READ SOMEWHERE

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
WHERE YOU SAID THAT YOU WILL PLAY WELL OVER THERE SOME DAY AND GIVEN THAT YOU WERE WEANED ON FLORIDA GOLF COURSES

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
AND HAVE PLAYED EXTENSIVELY IN THE WIND, YOU WOULD SUSPECT THAT YOU MIGHT PLAY WELL SOMEDAY OVER THERE.

ROBERT DAMRON
I THINK IT'S BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH FUN OVER THERE. IT'S, IT'S SO EXCITING TO ME THAT IT, BECAUSE IT'S DIFFERENT

AND YOU'RE HITTING SHOTS THERE THAT YOU WOULD NEVER HIT HERE AND I THINK THAT'S WHY I FEEL LIKE I COULD DO WELL OVER THERE BECAUSE, EVERY SHOT'S A, A NEW REASON TO GET EXCITED AND, AND IT'S NOT JUST THE SAME OLD GOLF YOU

PLAY WEEK IN, WEEK OUT. IT GETS EASY ON TOUR TO JUST KIND OF START GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS TOURNAMENT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
AND YOU'VE PLAYED 97 AT ROYAL TROON.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM. AND I TRIED TO QUALIFY THE NEXT YEAR AND MISSED OUT.

RICH LERNER
BAD CONDITIONS

ROBERT DAMRON
PHEW, WOW

RICH LERNER
I THINK, 151 WAS A PLAY-OFF I THINK THAT YEAR IN '98?

ROBERT DAMRON
UH OH UH... BIRKDALE.

RICH LERNER
IN, IN THE QUALIFIER.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH! IN THE QUALIFIER.

RICH LERNER
IN THE QUALIFIER,

ROBERT DAMRON
I WASN'T NEAR THAT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
I, IT WAS HORRIBLE.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING, THE

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
THE CONDITIONS WERE BAD. SO DO YOU PLAN

ROBERT DAMRON
REALLY BAD

RICH LERNER
TO GO THIS YEAR OR IS THAT STILL UP IN THE AIR?

ROBERT DAMRON
IF I CAN GET EXEMPT THROUGH THE WESTERN I WILL GO. I DON'T THINK I'LL GO IF I HAVE TO QUALIFY BUT, I'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. I HAVEN'T MADE UP MY MIND A HUNDRED PERCENT YET.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. JOHN FROM OHIO, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
ROBERT, PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU. WHAT I WANTED TO ASK YOU IS I'M IN, IN QUITE A SLUMP PUTTING. I'M MISSING THREE FOOTERS, I'M MISSING TWO FOOT, (LAUGHS) I LOVE YOUR SMILE,

ROBERT DAMRON
THANKS

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
BUT ANYWAYS, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I'M THINKING OF CHANGING PUTTERS. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST? JUST DEVOTING A LOT MORE TIME TO PUTTING OR YOU KNOW, I MEAN AND THESE ARE NOT TOUGH PUTTS I'M MISSING. I'M SERIOUS.

ROBERT DAMRON
(LAUGHS) WELL, YOU KNOW, I COULD GIVE YOU THE SAME OLD TRY TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN OR YOU KNOW, ACCELERATE THROUGH BUT WHEN YOU START MISSING THAT CLOSE A PUTT IT, IT'S MENTAL AND

YOU GOT TO START TRYING TO NOT CARE. I DON'T CARE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD. I'VE MADE A HUNDRED THOUSAND OF THESE IN MY LIFE, JUST, GO AHEAD AND BRUSH IT IN,

AND, AND IF YOU START TO GET OVER THOSE AND EXPECT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO MISS AND YOU'RE REALLY DIEING TO MAKE IT, IT GETS TOUGHER TO MAKE, SO JUST STEP UP, DON'T CARE. I KNOW IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

RICH LERNER
IT'S GOOD ADVICE. JUST LET IT GO.

ROBERT DAMRON
JUST LET IT GO. YOU KNOW THE WORST THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS YOU'RE GOING TO MISS THE PUTT AND YOU'RE GOING TO GO ON.

RICH LERNER
AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK THERE'S ALWAYS TENNIS?

ROBERT DAMRON
THAT'S RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS). WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. REMIND YOU AS WE HEAD TO THIS BRIEF TIMEOUT, YOU CAN REACH US VIA THE INTERNET.

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