Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 5
WELCOME BACK. THIS EVENING'S INTERNET QUESTION COMES FROM SCOTT IN KANSAS. YOUR PUTTING GRIP IS A NOTICEABLE CHANGE TO WHEN YOU FIRST PLAYED ON THE NIKE TOUR. WHAT OTHER CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO GET YOUR GAME AT THE HIGH LEVEL IT IS AT NOW? GOOD QUESTION.
IS THAT JUST TALKING ABOUT MY PUTTING GRIP ALONE DO YOU THINK?
I, I THINK HE'S BEYOND YOUR PUTTING GRIP. WHAT OTHER CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO GET YOURSELF TO THIS POINT?
UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THE, THE MOST NOTICEABLE CHANGE FOR ME, IF YOU LOOK AT MY STATS LAST YEAR, OBVIOUSLY MY TOTAL PUTTING WAS A LOT BETTER, BUT MY TOTAL DRIVING WAS A LOT BETTER AND THAT'S WHERE, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH I'VE PLAYED WELL
THIS YEAR, THAT, THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT I'M REALLY GEARED TO RIGHT NOW IS HITTING MORE FAIRWAYS AND I THINK I'M LIKE A 150TH IN THAT RIGHT NOW IN FAIRWAYS HIT SO I MEAN I'M STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT WITH THAT PART OF IT. EVERYTHING ELSE IS RIGHT WHERE IT IS.
I T NEEDS TO BE. JUST HAVE TO GET THE DRIVER IN THE FAIRWAY A LITTLE MORE.
YOU'RE AMONG THE LEADERS IN BIRDIE PERCENTAGE, PAR 5, BIRDIE PERCENTAGE, THAT'S WHERE YOU MAKE SOME MONEY.
OH YEAH. DEFINITELY.
TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT? TO THE BETTER PUTTING? GOOD IRON PLAY?
YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M AN AGGRESSIVE PLAYER. PERIOD. I MEAN I'M, PAR 5'S, IF I FEEL I CAN GET IT UP AROUND THE GREEN, I'M GOING TO, I'VE GOT A GOOD SHORT GAME I CAN GET IT UP AND IN A LOT MORE. OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, ON 18 IN ATLANTA LAST WEEK OR TWO WEEKS AGO. GOING FOR THAT GREEN, I MEAN
I'D LIKE TO PLAY?
YOU KNOW, WELL, I MEAN I LOOKED AT MY CADDIE AND I SAID I GOT 219 FRONT. I'VE GOT A 2 IRON IN MY HANDS. I MEAN 99, 100 OUT OF A HUNDRED TIMES I'M GOING TO GO FOR THIS GREEN UNLESS I'VE
GOT A 5 SHOT LEAD. I GOT TO NOT DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN I NORMALLY DO, I GOT TO, I GOT TO PLAY THE SHOT I PLAY AND I DID AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY I AM AND YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO HIT THE 7 IRON, AND THEN THE WEDGE ON THE GREEN. I'M, IF I HIT ANOTHER
GREEN AND TWO PUTT I'M, LOOK LIKE A GENIUS.
20:I JUST MISS HIT THE SHOT.
IT WAS A GOOD PLAY.
JONAS, FROM ILLINOIS. GOOD EVENING. YOU'RE ON GOLF TALK LIVE WITH CHRIS DIMARCO. HOW ARE YOU?
JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
HI MR. LERNER. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL.
JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
HI MR. DIMARCO.
HOW ARE YOU JONAS?
JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PLAY IN THE MASTERS, FIRST OFF, BUT I THINK WE ALL KNOW TIGER JUST GOT LUCKY THAT WEEK.
YEAH, WELL UH, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT, BUT... IF YOU SAY SO.
JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
I WAS JUST WONDERING. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DID AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TOURNAMENT LAST YEAR THAT ELEVATED YOUR GAME TO ENABLE YOU TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. WAS IT YOUR MENTAL FOCUS, OR YOUR, JUST YOUR ALL AROUND GAME OR DID EVERYTHING JUST FALL IN PLACE THAT WEEK?
YOU KNOW IT'S UH, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I HAD PREVIOUSLY FINISHED SECOND THREE TIMES BEFORE THAT AND EVERY TIME I DID I LEARNED MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND EVENTUALLY MY WEEK, IT WAS MY
TURN AND EVERYTHING, I WAS PUTTING GOOD, I WAS HITTING THE BALL GOOD, I WAS CHIPPING GOOD. I WAS DOING EVERYTHING JUST REALLY GOOD AND IT WAS MY WEEK.
YOU GOT A PHONE CALL THE MORNING OF THE FINAL ROUND IN PENNSYLVANIA FROM A GOOD FRIEND, BRENT GEIBERGER.
WHAT DID HE TELL YOU? AND HE HAD WON, PREVIOUSLY IN HARTFORD. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU?
HE JUST SAID, PLAY YOUR GAME. HE SAID YOU'RE PLAYING SO GOOD RIGHT NOW. HE SAID JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING. DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF. AND THAT'S
TO ME, WE HEAR THIS STUFF FROM THE TIME WE PICK UP A CLUB, PLAY YOUR GAME, DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF. WHY DOES IT TAKE, IT SEEMS, 18, 19, 20 YEARS FOR THAT TO REALLY SETTLE IN.
YOU KNOW THAT FIRST WIN IS SO HARD BECAUSE YOU NEVER, YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH TO DO IT UNTIL YOU DO IT, AND IT DOESN'T, IT'S NOT JUST PHYSICAL. IT'S SO MUCH MENTAL INVOLVED. IT'S SO MUCH NOT LOOKING AHEAD AND NOT THINKING ABOUT, I MEAN I'M OUT THERE, YOU KNOW TRYING
YOU KNOW THE SATURDAY NIGHT THING ABOUT WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY YOU KNOW, AFTER, WHEN I'M GETTING THE TROPHY AND YOU JUST CAN'T, I MEAN THERE'S 18 TOUGH
HOLES AND I MEAN I HAD SOME GREAT PLAYERS BEHIND ME. I HAD TO CONCENTRATE AND IT, IT'S A LOT OF IT IS THAT. I MEAN YOU JUST NEED TO JUST FOCUS ON ONE SHOT, I ALWAYS SAY, ONE SHOT AT A TIME, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.
EAGLE AT THREE... ON THAT FINAL DAY.
CERTAINLY DIDN'T HURT
THAT WAS AWESOME. THAT
JARRED AN 8 IRON?
JARRED AN 8 IRON. I THINK LOREN WAS ONLY THREE BACK AT THAT TIME, AND HE THREE PUTTED SO I HAD A 6 SHOT LEAD OR 5 SHOT LEAD AFTER THAT AND THEN, YOU KNOW, I NEVER GOT OUT OF THAT ELEMENT. I DON'T THINK I EVER HAD LESS
THAN A THREE SHOT LEAD AND I NEVER GOT INTO THAT PANIC ZONE AND I JUST WAS ABLE TO, TO MAKE A COUPLE OF BIRDIES COMING IN AND, AND JUST EASE IN WHICH WAS NICE.
WHEN YOU FINALLY DO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, HOW DO OTHER PLAYERS VIEW YOU? AND HOW DOES IT CHANGE FROM WHERE YOU WERE PRIOR TO THAT?
YOU KNOW, I THINK, YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY THE PGA TOUR IS A, IS A PRETTY GOOD FRATERNITY. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE, YOU BELONG AND WHEN YOU WIN, YOU JUST EVEN ELEVATE IT TO A HIGHER FRATERNITY AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU REALLY BELONG OUT THERE. I MEAN
YOU ARE A TOURNAMENT WINNER ON THE PGA TOUR AND NOBODY CAN EVER TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU, AND JUST TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE DONE IT, IS TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE BEATEN A FULL FIELD ON
THE PGA TOUR IS ONE OF THE GREATEST, GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.
PRETTY TOUGH LEAGUE, ISN'T IT?
IT IS AN UNBELIEVABLE, I MEAN IT'S, THERE'S ONLY ONE WHERE YOU, YOU KNOW REALLY, YOU LOSE, OTHER THAN TIGER, YOU LOSE 90% OF THE TIME.
YEAH. LET'S GO TO ILLINOIS AND JARED, GOOD EVENING. HOW ARE YOU?
JARED, CHILD CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
GOOD. HOW ARE YOU? THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.
JARED, CHILD CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO YOU, MR. DIMARCO.
THANK YOU, JARED.
JARED, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
UH MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS THAT WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE, HOW DID YOU GET FROM COLLEGE TO THE PGA TOUR AND GET THE EDGE OVER ALL THESE OTHER GREAT COLLEGIATE PLAYERS?
UM, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION TOO.
WHEN I UM, GOT OUT OF COLLEGE, OBVIOUSLY MY GOAL WAS TO BE ON THE PGA TOUR AND I JUST WENT TO TOUR SCHOOL LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES, AND I MADE IT, NOT KNOWING MUCH, YOU KNOW, PRETTY ARROGANT COCKY KID
OUT OF, OUT OF COLLEGE. I HAD A REALLY GOOD SENIOR YEAR. TOTALLY EXPECTED TO GET RIGHT OUT THERE AND I DIDN'T. I GOT THROUGH THE HOGAN TOUR. BACK THEN, THE HOGAN TOUR, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY A BLESSING. I DON'T THINK I WAS MATURE ENOUGH TO BE ON THE PGA TOUR.
AND OBVIOUSLY I, I DIDN'T PLAY WELL THAT YEAR BUT I GOT BACK OUT IN '93 ON THE NIKE TOUR AGAIN AND FINISHED TOP 10 TO GET MY TOUR CARD.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE GUY WHO'S A COLLEGE HOT SHOT TODAY ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT HE MIGHT BE TASTING IN A YEAR OR SO IF THEY'RE A COLLEGE JUNIOR OR SENIOR?
YOU KNOW, IT, IT, IT YOU JUST LOOK AT THE KIDS THAT ARE COMING OUT NOW. I MEAN NOBODY'S GOING TO DO WHAT TIGER DID. UM, YOU LOOK AT, EVEN A GUY LIKE BRAD ELDER, FOR EXAMPLE. THE GUY WAS A GREAT COLLEGE PLAYER. STRUGGLED A BIT, AND NOW HE'S MAKING
A STATEMENT ON THE TOUR, AFTER TWO OR THREE YEARS. NOBODY DOUBTED THAT HE WOULDN'T. YOU KNOW HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT, EVERYBODY KNEW HE WAS GONNA BUT IT JUST TAKES SOME
TIME. IT JUST TAKES GETTING COMFORTABLE OUT THERE. WHEN YOU'RE COMFORTABLE IS WHEN YOU PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF.
MMM. WELL SAID. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL COME BACK IN JUST A MOMENT. WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT ABOUT THOSE TOUGH DAYS, TRAVELING THE NIKE TOUR. THEY WERE SOME FUN DAYS AS WELL, WITH HIS WIFE, AMY, LATER THE KIDS. YOU CAN JOIN US, ON LINE THIS EVENING,
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M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle
LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.
The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.
Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.
Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.
Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.
Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).
Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.
Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.
She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.
Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.
Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.
But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.
So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.
After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...
PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.
In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.
Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner
On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...
As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.
That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.
So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell
On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...
According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.
While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.
If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard
Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff
RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.
''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''
Langer and Lehman took it in stride.
''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''
Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.
''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''
Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.
The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.
''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''
Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.
''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.
Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.
Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.
Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win
The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.
Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.
A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.
"I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."
Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.
Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.
"Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."