Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 2
WELCOME BACK. I, I THINK THE FUNNIEST LINE I READ DURING THE WEEK OF THE MASTERS CAME FROM THE GOLF WRITER FROM THE ATLANTA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTION, GLENN SHEELY, BEEN ON THE GOLF CHANNEL SEVERAL TIMES.
HE SAID, OF CHRIS DIMARCO, HE IS TOUGHER THAN A WAFFLE HOUSE PORK CHOP
YOU DEMONSTRATED SOME OF THAT TOUGHNESS I THINK LATE ON SATURDAY. YOU HAD EVERY OPPORTUNITY. YOU KIND OF WAVED GOOD BYE. THE RIDE IS OVER. IT'S BEEN FUN AND YOU WOULD HAVE NONE OF THAT.
NO, YOU KNOW, I MADE A BOGIE ON 15 ON SUNDAY, OR SATURDAY AND SATURDAY'S PIN ON 16 WAS REALLY TOUGH. IT WAS BACK RIGHT, AND I FELT LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE NORMAL SHOT WOULD HAVE BEEN TO PUT IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN
THERE AND TWO PUTT BUT I FELT LIKE I NEEDED SOMETHING TO GET BACK AND I HIT JUST A GREAT 7 IRON ABOUT 5 FEET. I MADE THE BIRDIE AND I JUST REMEMBER GIVING MYSELF A LITTLE PUMP, JUST SAYING, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, GAME'S ON. YOU KNOW, I WAS, I, IT WAS, THAT WAS IT
WHERE YOU SEE LIKE TIGER'S INTENSENESS BUT HAVING FUN. THAT WAS TOTALLY IT RIGHT THERE. I WAS TOTALLY INTENSE BUT SO ENJOYING THE MOMENT.
SO IS THAT WHAT YOU SORT OF TAKE AWAY FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF HAVING PLAYED WITH TIGER, THE IDEA THAT YOU SORT OF HAVE TO RELISH THE COMPETITION? RELISH THE HEAT.
SOAK IT UP.
I THINK SO. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, IT WAS FUNNY. I REMEMBER BEING A KID, REMEMBER WANTING TO GO THROUGH PEOPLE AND GETTING ON A PAR 3 AND LIKE, HITTING A REALLY GOOD SHOT AND THEN GOING, WOW, THAT WAS A PRETTY
GOOD SHOT, SO THAT'S WHAT THE MENTALITY KIND OF IS OUT THERE. YOU WANT TO IMPRESS PEOPLE AND IF YOU'RE PLAYING WELL YOU CAN DO THAT, PRETTY, YOU KNOW BY HITTING GOOD SHOTS AND MAKING GOOD PUTTS AND, AND DOING GOOD THINGS.
HOW FAR IN TO THE 72 HOLE EXPERIENCE DID YOU CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT YOU COULD SHOCK THE WORLD AND WIN THE GREEN JACKET.
UM, YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER ON THE 13TH TEE, ME AND CALC WERE BACK THERE AND WE WERE JUST KIND OF MULLING ALONG AND, YOU KNOW, HE SAID, MAN WE'VE GOT HOLES LEFT. HE SAID WE'VE GOT HOLES
WE CAN EAGLE AND WE GOT BIRDIES LEFT AND HE'S GOT TO STILL PLAY THE 12TH AND SOME OTHER HOLES, SO I THINK UP UNTIL THAT POINT, I MEAN WE WERE, WE WERE STILL CLAWING AND FIGHTING.
IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, TIGER WOODS WINS HIS 4TH CONSECUTIVE MAJOR, YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO WIN A SINGLE PGA TOUR EVENT, 32 YEARS OLD, YOU BROKE THROUGH AT PENNSYLVANIA LAST YEAR, THRILLING MOMENT. PUT SOME CONTEXT TO WHAT TIGER HAS JUST TOPPED OFF.
YOU KNOW I DON'T EVEN THINK IT'S, I MEAN IT'S UNHEARD OF. I MEAN IT'S AMAZING. FOUR MAJORS IN A ROW PLUS TPC, HOLDING THOSE 5 TROPHIES AT THE SAME TIME
PLUS BAY HILL, ARNIE'S TOURNAMENT, PLUS MEMORIAL JACK'S TOURNAMENT.
20:PLUS THE CANADIAN OPEN.
I MEAN, IT'S, IT'S UNREAL. I MEAN , I THINK, I MEAN I, IT'S FUNNY IS THAT YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE, SAID THEY'VE HEARD ENOUGH OF TIGER. TIGER, TIGER, TIGER, BUT, YOU KNOW, AND THEN RICK RILEY, FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WROTE A GOOD ARTICLE ONE TIME SAYING IF YOU, IF YOU
DON'T PAY ATTENTION YOU MIGHT MISS IT. I MEAN IF, MIGHT THE GREATEST SPORTS HISTORY MIGHT BE HAPPENING RIGHT AS WE ARE WATCHING AND IF YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION YOU MIGHT MISS IT AND IT'S TRUE. I MEAN THIS IS UNHEARD OF, THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED WHAT HE'S DOING.
HOW DO YOU THINK HE WILL IMPACT THE GAME GOING FORWARD? I'M TALKING MAYBE THE NEXT GENERATION. WHAT CHANGES DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE AS A RESULT OF WHAT TIGER'S DONE?
WELL, I CAN REMEMBER BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL MYSELF AND A BE, YOU KNOW, TELLING PEOPLE YEAH I'M ON A GOLF TEAM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LIKE YOU, YOU WERE NOT REALLY, YOU WEREN'T THE COOL KIDS IN SCHOOL ON THE GOLF TEAM,
AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS THE FOOTBALL AND FOOTBALL'S STILL A POPULAR SPORT, BUT I THINK IT'S KIND OF COOL TO BE A GOLFER NOW AND I THINK THAT KIDS ARE ENJOYING THAT AND YOU'RE SEEING SUCH FROM THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS GETTING INTO GOLF AND I THINK IT'S, I THINK IT'S AWESOME BECAUSE IT'S SUCH
A, A LONG, YOU CAN HIT, YOU CAN PLAY IT FOR SO LONG, THE LONGEVITY'S JUST THERE. YOU CAN PLAY IT UP UNTIL INTO YOUR 70'S AS A PRO, IT'S AMAZING.
IT SEEMS TOO LIKE HIS PHYSICAL PRESENTATION WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT, I THINK. THE STEREO TYPE OF GOLF AS A NON ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR I THINK HAS RADICALLY CHANGED WITH
TIGER WOODS WHO, ON OCCASION, LOOKS LIKE JIM BROWN HITTING THE HOLE FOR A 7 YARD GAIN. HE COMBINES THAT GREAT
EXPLOSIVENESS, POWER, WITH A WONDERFUL FEEL.
I WOULD, I WOULD CHALLENGE ANYBODY THAT DOESN'T THINK IT'S AN ATHLETIC SPORT TO GO AND WALK THE 18 TO 36 HOLES THAT WE HAVE WALKED ON SAT, OR SUNDAY, AT ATLANTA, IN THAT WIND.
IT WAS OVER 20 MILES, PLUS BEING IN THE LAST GROUP WITH THE MENTAL PART OF IT ON TOP OF YOU. IT, IT IS, IT'S A MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTING GAME AT TIMES.
GRANT WAITE (?) SAID TO ME LAST YEAR, LATE, THAT HE FELT TIGER WOODS WOULD CHANGE THE WAY PROFESSIONALS VIEW THE GAME IN THAT THEY WILL CHANGE THEIR OWN STANDARDS. NO LONGER
WOULD IT BE A SITUATION WHERE A GUY CAN PLAY WELL MAYBE ONLY 4 OR 5 TIMES A YEAR WHERE IT ALL COMES TOGETHER. TIGER HAS SAID THAT YOU CAN BE GOOD EVERY SINGLE DAY
20:EVERY SINGLE ROUND. WOULD YOU CONCUR WITH THAT?
YOU KNOW I WOULD, I MEAN, IT'S, IT'S AMAZING THAT HE'S THERE EVERY WEEK. I MEAN EVERY WEEK THAT HE PLAYS HE'S SOMEWHERE THERE SATURDAY OR SUNDAY. WHETHER HE WINS OR NOT, HE'S NOT FAR FROM THE LEAD AND TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT MUCH FOCUS AND THAT
MUCH MENTAL TOUGHNESS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE.
SO HAVE YOU CHANGED ANYTHING IN YOUR ROUTINE AS A RESULT OF WHAT TIGER HAS DONE?
I'VE WORKED HARDER ON MY GAME. I, I HAVE.
AND HAVE YOU SEEN THAT ACROSS THE BOARD?
SURE, I MEAN IF YOU LOOK BACK SINCE I STARTED DOING IT, SINCE I WON LAST YEAR, I THINK I'VE ONLY MISSED TWO CUTS IN, IN 25 OR 26 EVENTS AND, SO I MEAN, THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT I STRIVE FOR FOR SURE.
SO WORKING HARDER ON YOUR CONDITIONING?
I'M NOT SO MUCH A WORK, MY, I LEAVE THAT TO MY WIFE. MY WIFE'S THE BIG WORK OUT NUT IN THE FAMILY. I, I MEAN I WALK SO MUCH AND I'VE GOT 2 KIDS I, I CHASE AROUND A LOT SO I MEAN, I JUST DON'T ENJOY WORKING OUT BUT, I, I
I DO ANYWAY, I DON'T DO IT AS MUCH AS I PROBABLY SHOULD BUT I DO HIT MORE BALLS AND I DO PUTT A LITTLE MORE THAN I USED TO.
OKAY. WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT CHRIS' RISE FROM THE NIKE TOUR THEN THE NIKE TOUR TO THE PGA TOUR TO THE MASTERS AND WE'LL ALSO
LOOK AT HIS BREAK THROUGH LAST YEAR IN PENNSYLVANIA AT THE S.C.I. CLASSIC. WIN NUMBER ONE AND HE DID IT GOING AWAY, STAY WITH US.
Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday
Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.
European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.
Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.
Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.
Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.
Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.
Austin wins Champions tour's playoff opener
RICHMOND, Va. -- Woody Austin knew Bernhard Langer was lurking throughout the final nine holes, and he did just enough to hold him off.
Austin shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Langer, the defending tournament champion and series points leader, made the turn one shot off the lead, but eight straight pars kept him from ever gaining a share of the lead. Austin's birdie from 6 feet on the closing hole allowed him to hang on for the victory.
''It seemed like he couldn't quite get it over the hump,'' Austin said about Langer, who also birdied No. 18. ''I'm not going to feel bad for the guy. The guy's kind of had things go his way for the last 12 years. Now he sees what it's like to have it happen.''
The 54-year-old Austin finished with an 11-under total for three rounds at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. He won his fourth senior title and first since 2016, and said windy and cool conditions that made scoring difficult played to his advantage.
''I was happy to see it. I really enjoy a difficult test,'' he said. ''... I enjoy even par meaning something. That's my game.''
Langer closed with a 70. The winner last week in North Carolina, the 61-year-old German star made consecutive birdies to finish the front nine, but had several birdie putts slide by on the back.
''I made a couple important ones and then I missed a couple important ones, especially the one on 16,'' Langer said. ''I hit three really good shots and had about a 6-footer, something like that, and I just didn't hit it hard enough. It broke away.''
Austin dropped a stroke behind Jay Haas and Stephen Ames with a bogey on the par-3 14th. He got that back with a birdie from about 5 feet on the par-4 15th and then got some good fortune on the final hole when his firmly struck chip hit the flag and stopped about 6 feet away.
''I always say usually the person that wins gets a break on Sunday,'' he said. ''That was my break.''
The 64-year-old Haas, the second-round leader after a 65, had a 74 to tie for third with Fran Quinn (69) and Kent Jones (70) at 9 under. Haas was bidding to become the oldest winner in the history of the tour for players 50 and older.
''Disappointed, for sure,'' Haas said. ''Not going to get many more opportunities like this, but it gives me hope, too, that I can still do it.''
The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 move on to the Invesco QQQ Championship next week in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
After Further Review: American success stories
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the global nature of Koepka's rise to No. 1 ...
Brooks Koepka is an American superstar, and a two-time winner of his national open. But his rise to world No. 1 in, of all places, South Korea, emphasizes the circuitous, global path he took to the top.
After winning the CJ Cup by four shots, Koepka was quick to remind reporters that he made his first-ever start as a pro in Switzerland back in 2012. He cracked the top 500 for the first time with a win in Spain, and he broke into the top 100 after a good week in the Netherlands.
Koepka languished on the developmental Challenge Tour for a year before earning a promotion to the European Tour, and he didn’t make a splash in the States until contending at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
It’s a testament to Koepka’s adaptability and raw talent that he can handle the heights of Crans-Montana as well as the slopes of Shinnecock Hills or rough of Nine Bridges. And as the scene shifts to China next week, it highlights the global nature of today’s game – and the fact that the best in the world can rise to the occasion on any continent. - Will Gray
On the resurgence of American women ...
American women are on a nice roll again. Danielle Kang’s victory Sunday at the Buick LPGA Shanghai was the third by an American over the last five events. Plus, Annie Park and Marina Alex, emerging American talents looking for their second victories this season, tied for second. So did American Brittany Altomare. Two years ago, Americans won just twice, their fewest victories in a single season in LPGA history. Overall, women from the United States have won seven times this season.
The Americans are making their move with Stacy Lewis on maternity leave and with Lexi Thompson, the highest ranked American in the world, still looking for her first victory this year. Yes, the South Koreans have won nine times this season, but with four LPGA events remaining in 2018 the Americans actually have a chance to be the winningest nation in women’s golf this year. With all the grief they’ve received the last few years, that would be a significant feat. - Randall Mell
In Buick win, Kang overcame demons of mind and spirit
Danielle Kang beat three of the most formidable foes in golf Sunday to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai.
Kang overcame these demons of mind and spirit to win for the second time on tour, backing up her KPMG Women’s PGA Championship victory last year.
“I’ve been going through a lot mentally,” Kang said.
Kang birdied four of the last eight holes to close with a 3-under-par 69, coming from one shot back in the final round to win. At 13-under 275, she finished two shots ahead of a pack of seven players, including world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and former world No. 1 Lydia Ko (66).
It hasn’t been easy for Kang trying to build on her major championship breakthrough last year. She started the fall Asian swing having missed three cuts in a row, five in her last six starts.
“I had to go through swing changes,” Kang said. “I had the swing yips, the putting yips, everything possibly you could think of.
“I was able to get over a lot of anxiety I was feeling when I was trying to hit a golf ball. This week I just kept trusting my golf game.”
Through her swoon, Kang said she was struggling to get the club back, that she was getting mentally stuck to where she could not begin her takeaway. She sought out Butch Harmon, back at her Las Vegas home, for help. She said tying for third at the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week felt like a victory, though she was still battling her demons there.
“Anxiety over tee balls,” Kang said. “People might wonder what I'm doing. I actually can't pull the trigger. It has nothing to do with the result. Having to get over that last week was incredible for me. Even on the first round, one shot took me, I think, four minutes.”
Kang, who turned 26 on Saturday, broke through to win last year under swing coach David Leadbetter, but she began working with Harmon while struggling in the second half this year.
“I was actually very frustrated, even yesterday,” Kang said. “Things just weren't going my way. The biggest thing that Butch tells me is to stay out of my own way. I just couldn't do that. If I had a short putt, I just kept doubting myself. I couldn't putt freely.”
Kang said her anger and frustration built up again on the front nine Sunday. She made the turn at 1 over for the round. She said her caddie, Oliver Brett, helped her exorcise some anger. After the ninth hole, he pulled her aside.
This is how Kang remembered the conversation:
Brett: “Whatever you need to do to let your anger out and restart and refresh, you need to do that now.”
Kang: “Cameras are everywhere. I just want to hit the bag really hard.”
Brett: “Here's a wedge. Just smash it.”
“Honestly, I thank him for that,” Kang said. “He told me there are a lot birdies out there. I regrouped, and we pretended we started the round brand new on the 10th hole. Then things changed and momentum started going my way. I started hitting it closer and felt better over the putts.”
Kang said the victory was all about finding a better place mentally.
“I'm just so happy to be where I'm at today,” Kang said. “I'm just happy that I won.
“More so than anything, I'm finally at a place where I'm peaceful and happy with my game, with my life . . . . I hope I win more. I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.”