2001 US Open - Retief Goosen News Conference Transcript
RETIEF GOOSEN: No, I didn't. I knew I had to get down and try and make the putt or 2-putt. But like Mark was saying, that green is a little bit slow, and putting up the hill there I just hit it too hard. I hit it right through the break. Seeing what happened to Stewart's third putt breaking so much right, I saw my putt coming back just off center right, and it went right on me. So that was -- I was very surprised at that. I've had my breaks today. On the second hole I hit it right left and hit a tree and in the water, stayed out of the water, and got lucky there. Probably on the third hole, hit it in the trees, and the ball bounced back into the fairway. I've had my breaks out there, as well. Unfortunately, on the last hole I hit a perfect drive and a perfect 6-iron, and, well, I 3-putted. But tomorrow is another day. I'm looking forward to it and it's going to be a great day.
Q. Retief, Ernie Els said that he left a note in your locker this morning. Would you share with us what he said to you, please?
RETIEF GOOSEN: I didn't see a note from him in my locker this morning (laughter.) He probably put it in there after I'd been at my locker, so I didn't see it. I'm sure he was thinking of me, and wishing me luck. Tomorrow I'm going to get down with it tomorrow, and tomorrow it's more of a match play situation. It's me and Mark out there, nobody else to worry about, so it's going to be great.
Q. Did you, on the second putt on 18, did you misread that or miss-hit it?
RETIEF GOOSEN: No, I didn't misread it. Me and Greg saw it off center right. I felt like I made a good stroke. The putt for some reason went right on me and lipped out on the right side. So I was very surprised that the putt went that way. I expected, if anything, that it should go left.
Q. Tomorrow will you play the golf course or will you play the opponent?
RETIEF GOOSEN: I think there's going to be a bit of both. I think we're both going to try, to try to put the ball in the fairway to put pressure on the other guy. It's going to be more of a match play situation, I think.
Q. Retief, do you like the situation, you have an 18 hole playoff, gives you a little bit of time to regroup instead of going on maybe in a sudden death situation?
RETIEF GOOSEN: Well, I've been in a couple of playoffs, obviously 18 holes is -- I think 18 holes gives you more of a chance than just a sudden death playoff. You can get down, get relaxed and sort of play the course, but you're much more aware of what your opponent is doing. 18 holes tomorrow, if you can get a good round in, I've pretty much got a good chance of winning it.
Q. Retief, let's talk about nervousness for a second. Did your nervousness go up on each of the 3-putts, the 10-footer, then the next one, then the one to get into the playoff? Can you talk about what was going on in your body there?
RETIEF GOOSEN: Yeah, obviously, you're nervous. That's part of the game. I'm not going to say I wasn't nervous. But I got down there and I hit the first putt, like I said, when I hit it I knew I hit it a little too hard. The second putt I felt pretty calm on it. It just didn't go in. Probably the harder putt was the third putt, yeah. But I just knocked it in and I told myself just knock it in and tomorrow is another day.
Q. Retief, the rap on you is that you're bashful and that you really kind of shy away from the limelight. Is that fair? And secondly, how has being thrust into this situation affected you?
RETIEF GOOSEN: I've enjoyed it out there this week. The crowds have been great. When it was my turn to play it was dead quiet. And when I made a putt I got me a good clap. It was great. It was a great feeling. I enjoyed every moment of it out there and tomorrow I'll get a little bit more of that.
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
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.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
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.
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
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
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.
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.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
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.”
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.”