Mike Weir - Post-round 1 Transcript Excerpts
MIKE WEIR: No. 3, I got a great break there, I hit it -- just in the rough on the left-hand side, short of the bunker on the left, had I think about 140 yards, was trying to hack something out to have it land on the front of the green, hopefully run up there on the green, having to come out perfect land out of the rough, with top spin, rolled in the hole. I got a great break.
What did you hit?
MIKE WEIR: 9-iron.
MIKE WEIR: About 140 out of the rough. Then very next hole rolled in a ball, rolled in probably a 35-footer on the next hole. That was probably going eight feet past. I just got two great breaks right out of the gate. From there I settled down. I felt like I hit a good shot into five that just missed it. I guess I birdied 6, hit a great drive, I think 9-iron into 6 to, you know, eight feet, I think. Rolled that one right in. Made a nice save on the next hole from the back bunker. My putt was probably four feet. Then, No. 8, hit a really good drive, left myself a 4-iron from 220 yards, hit it about six feet with that 4-iron and played that putt. It could have been either way, I was 7-under, had a few breaks. I started playing better at that point. Hit a good shot in 9, just missed one, ten and eleven -- 10 I had about an eight foot putt and missed it. 11 I did not have a close chance. 12, I hit two shots down there, had about 70 yards. Hit it about six feet behind the hole, seven feet, made that putt. What else do we have here?
MIKE WEIR: 13 is par 3. Had a good drive on 14, 8-iron to probably 18 feet to the right of the hole. I made a really nice putt there. The par 3, probably 30 feet. 16, I hit a great drive, left myself 70 yards, did not hit a good pitch, to about 15 feet, missed that. 17 was off the left side of the green, chipped it up close, tapped it in. 18 hit a really nice drive, faded down around that bunker, left myself just a wedge on the last hole. Hit that probably I want to say twelve to fifteen feet behind the hole; made that putt. The putter was -- really was hot today. That was the key.
MIKE WEIR: Any time you shoot sub 30 nine holes, it kind of crosses your mind. I was trying to stay focused on the shot at hand. I was quickly I guess -- those thoughts flashed out of my mind when I hit -- hit a nice drive on ten, left of the bunker, rolled between the fringe cut and the fairway, just nestled right against there. If I was an inch out, I would have been able to hit a 3-wood on the green; I had a bad lie, pitched it down there. That was probably, if I was going to get anything from the back nine, probably needed something there. On ten and eleven you should have a good chance, I did not.
Q. Can you talk about your confidence level? You played very well over the last 6 or 9 months, can you talk about where you feel your game is and your confidence?
MIKE WEIR: The last year and a half or so, I have been playing a lot better, the more you are in contention to win tournaments, you feel like you belong more, like you belong in that position. At the start of the week, you know, there is just like a calm over you, a little more calm, the week is starting, if you stay patient, play your game, hopefully things will come along and you can be in contention. That has come through experience and a lot of experience through the Canadian and Australian tours I have played. I only have been out four years, but been a pro nine or ten years. Experience factor is huge.
Q. You touched upon this a minute ago, for the general public, there is sort of a biographical gap, between B Y U and coming out of Q-School. Can you fill us in?
MIKE WEIR: Those years what I did before coming to Q-School, I played the Canadian Tour. My routine kind of was play the Canadian Tour, which started early May and run through the end of September or mid-September. Then I go to the qualifying school. And miss. Then go down to Australia and play. I play like three or four tournaments before Christmas, come home, play three or four more, come home, then the Canadian Tour starts again. Try the routine again.
Q. How many times did you go to Q-School?
MIKE WEIR: Before I got my card the first time was, I got it on -- my card, on my fifth try. Then I had to go back the next year, again.
Q. Sounds like you had some -- that was a crime to get to where you are now?
MIKE WEIR: Sure. And a lot of lean years. My wife had to carry the bag, because we could not afford to pay a caddy. There are stories about that, about a lot of guys, not only myself. There were a lot of lean years.
Q. What makes you keep going?
MIKE WEIR: I think just perseverance, and love of the game. And a commitment to be better. That has always been -- I will always try to be better than I am now.
Q. Did you ever actually go hungry?
MIKE WEIR: No.
Q. Not know where your next meal was coming from?
MIKE WEIR: No. I had great sponsors in Canada that helped me get along. I was never starving, but it was like an apartment -- when I played in Australia, we got rid of the apartment, put everything in storage. When we came back, pulled everything out; get another apartment. That was kind of the deal for my wife and I for a few years.
Q. How discouraged did you get? Did you consider chucking it all?
MIKE WEIR: No, never considered chucking it all. Tried to consider how to get better.
Q. Where was it that you waited tables?
MIKE WEIR: Someone wrote that. That was just a total -- someone said that on TV, I think said I worked in an Italian restaurant. I said, where did you get that from. They got us mixed up. It wasn't me.
Q. What is the difference for you with your game, how are you so much better now?
MIKE WEIR: I changed my swing significantly in the last five years. That has been the major thing. I was never -- I always knew how to score but did not strike the ball that well. I told this story many times, being on the range besides Nick Price in the early '90s at the Canadian Open in 1994, hitting beside him, I had an exemption to the tournament, decided there is no way I can compete with this guy unless I do major changes to my game. It was at that point I searched and tried to make my swing better.
Q. You are on the leaderboard more and more over the last years. Have you noticed less and less, novelty of your being lefthanded, is that old hat?
MIKE WEIR: I think it is old hat, between Phil winning almost 20 times here now, I won a couple of times, Steve Flesch has been playing well the last couple of years, there are six of us out here now in total. I don't think it is a novelty any more.
Q. For around all the players, is there a still a buzz to it, if somebody shoots a 62 or so?
MIKE WEIR: I think so. I know the scoring has been a lot better this year, especially. Been a lot of low numbers, but the weather has to be right. Still you have to put the ball in the hole. I am still real excited about it.
Q. If this continues, not that you have to shoot four 60 rounds -- (inaudible)--
MIKE WEIR: Possibly. I don't know about all in mid-sixties. The course is definitely there for the taking a little bit, as the week goes on, the grind will get a little bit tougher, and faster, always when Saturday and Sunday comes, it is more difficult to shoot 62 than on Thursday. I have to keep doing what I am doing. Hopefully it will pan out.
Q. Is it fair to say Canada is a lot harder place to learn to be a good golfer than a lot of other places?
MIKE WEIR: Yes, I would agree with that. I never liked to use that as an excuse. It would be a little bit more difficult because of the weather factor.
Q. How far up are you from (the U.S.)?
MIKE WEIR: Only an hour, actually pretty much an hour west of Detroit, a little bit southwest of Toronto.
Q. I married a Canadian, that is why I am wondering. Is it hard for you to find -- you are happy with the coach you have now, did you find growing up that it was difficult for people who taught golfing to look at your swing and be able to look at all the moving parts, is that ever an issue for left-handers?
MIKE WEIR: I think it could be. It has not been for me; I am lucky. In the last two years, my coach, he has been swinging left-handed to train his brain and everything to be left-handed. He has gotten pretty good, actually (laughter. )
Q. You are coaching him?
MIKE WEIR: Yes. I do end up coaching him by the end of the day when we are working. Through my college years, I never worked on my swing, I learned how to score first, I had almost a slap-shot swing, shut club face, trap the ball and, really, from my old hockey
days, that is what I did, I swung, never really thought about it until, it was like in 1994, when I was hitting balls besides Nick Price, I was saying, I need to work on this, get my swing better. It is not -- sure, it is about creativity, imagination, using those assets, but you have to hit the ball solid.
Q. Anything after the Nick Price experience in 1994 that made the biggest difference?
MIKE WEIR: I think the first thing I did, I read Ben Hogan's 5 Fundamentals, was the first step. Studied the guy I played with, Nick Faldo's swing, Nick Price's swing quite a bit. I started working with a man named Clay Edwards out of Houston. That drive got a little old, from Salt Lake, 27-hour drive, the drive to Houston, was a little old. After a few times of that, I started looking elsewhere. Actually my caddy Brennan (ph) who used to work in Palm Desert, that is where Mike is, started taking lessons from Mike first before I did. I watched him take a lesson, got talking with Mike. We hit it off. I start working with him, as well.
Q. Mike, what you do feel like when you stand next to Nick Price on the range?
MIKE WEIR: I do not feel that, there is that big a gap as what there used to be. I still think he is -- as far as a -- as solid as he hits the ball, I don't know if there is anybody better. Tiger is right there with him, but Nick hits so solidly. I still love watching him hit balls. It is awesome to watch. There is -- when I hit balls beside him, it is not a factor I feel inferior. I feel if I put my game together, I can have as good a chance as anybody in the field.
Q. What was the difference in the confidence boost you got between winning in the first tournament in your home country and winning a Championship event with Tiger and Nick Price?
MIKE WEIR: I think one was -- was experience, I really hit on something, I made an 8 on that 17th hole Friday, was disappointed, because I was in the tournament, then fell back, I was 8 in on the weekend. I went to work hard in my hotel room, I had a mirror up, I was hitting okay, but I knew something was off. I got to the range, went a couple hours early to try their theory out on Saturday morning that I felt like, that was just off a little bit, more than just my ball position, shoulder alignment. And a little bit of my posture got sloppy. I went to the range, tried it out, felt good, had breakfast; had this new feeling of confidence, that I figured it out; that is what is excites you when you figure it out, then you see it on the range. When I went to the course on Saturday, the first tee I had a ton of confidence. I really did. My first bogey was on 15 on Sunday.
Q. Did the one give you more confidence than the other?
MIKE WEIR: The World Golf Championship gave me a lot more, just with the type of players right there at the end. Those are the guys that will be there for the next few years, I believe, contending in Majors and more golf championships and more important events. It is a win -- you can recall those from your memory banks in important situations.
Q. Do you think about that, who you are being pushed by or just -- how do you make yourself just concentrate on that golf?
MIKE WEIR: You have to concentrate on the ball, not watching the score board. There is time for that. You really have to focus on your own game and to the look who is creeping up the board, falling back or what is going on. There is a time for that. Like, for instance, Valderama, on 17, when the guys played big numbers, I did not know what was going on. I wanted to find out so I could play conservative; not have to take a chance. It would be a shame if I took a chance, thinking I had a one-shot lead and blew it, when I really had a three-shot lead. That is when I needed to know.
Q. With all the good scoring, and you wake up to a day like there, do you feel you have to move quickly, that you cannot be impatient because otherwise you will get blown away?
MIKE WEIR: No, you have to be really patient. You cannot get caught up in score, I believe, you have to go out, play your game. When I arrived Monday and played my practice round Tuesday, I could not believe how perfect condition the course is. The fairways are the best Bermuda I have ever seen. The greens are rolling well. You know there will be good scores. You have to stay patient. The ball will be rolling well on the greens. You have to stay patient. I felt like I was patient today, even though I shot 10-under. I got good breaks, it turning into 62. I did not force that 62 in there.
Q. Talk about the psychology of going low, when learning to play and start going low, is there a comfort level that you have to get passed that?
MIKE WEIR: Earlier in my career, it does take learning, takes discipline to keep going low. You have to stick to the same things; that is why when Bob asked me about No. 10, those are the things that keep you in the right frame of mind when you are distracted or, whatever distraction, you have to get back and do the same thing. That is -- if you keep doing the same things, you do not think about how low you are doing, you do the same thing.
Q. Is there a fear of going low; you want to hold on to your score?
MIKE WEIR: If you are not -- maybe some players. If you are not, you know, focused that way, you just -- just thinking, I am 6, 7-under, it keeps adding this anxiety or pressure, it makes it more difficult. I think that is experience in learning that. That takes practice, too.
Q. From what you said, the lefty thing is old; there is still a little bit of camaraderie, mainly dealing with equipment, what do you have, what do I have, comparison of notes?
MIKE WEIR: Yes. I will go to Flesch's bag, see what he has, irons or woods, he will do the same to me. That is the one factor that is still difficult out here, for a left-hander anywhere, when something comes out for a lefthander, it comes out longer. If you see something new, it is a neat novelty, you want to try it out.
Q. Substantial Canadian population in Florida, did you expect that?
MIKE WEIR: We had a great crowd following us today. Canadian fans are not only supportive not only in Canada, but everywhere I play. It is fantastic.
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Koepka: Second-place finishes becoming 'annoying'
Brooks Koepka didn't go down without a fight.
Trailing Justin Rose by four shots going into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational, Koepka shot his second 7-under 63 of the week - and made up precisely one shot. He finished solo second at 17 under par, three shots behind Rose.
He could only marvel at the Englishman's performance in closing with a 6-under 64.
"It was pretty impressive," he said. "Justin played well. Hat's off to him. Any time you can come into a lead with four shots and play the way he did today, that's impressive."
Although Koepka was pleased with his own play - especially his putting - he said it felt "annoying" to come in second. Again.
"I feel like we've had so many second-place finishes," he said. "Always seem to run into a buzz saw, whatever it is."
Since May of 2016, Koepka has five solo second-place finishes and one T-2. But he also has a U.S. Open title, won last year at Erin Hills. He'll attempt to defend that title June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills. "It's nice to finally be playing well and get going into the season," he said. "Kind of peaking right where I need to be."
Minjee Lee birdies 18 to win on her birthday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Minjee Lee's task was simple: A birdie on No. 18 would win her the tournament. It was a manageable par 5, the easiest hole on the course in the final round.
After a good drive, her second shot came closer to trouble than much of the gallery probably realized.
''I almost clipped the tree,'' Lee said. ''I overcut it a little bit, but it finished out in a good position.''
Lee's shot came to rest just to the right of the green, and from there it was a simple chip and putt for the birdie that gave her a one-stroke win over In-Kyung Kim at the LPGA Volvik Championship on Sunday. Lee, who turned 22 on Sunday, won for the first time since 2016. It was the Australian's fourth career victory.
Lee three-putted for a bogey on No. 17, dropping into a tie with Kim, who finished her round about the same time. So Lee needed a birdie to win on 18. The 18th hole was 470 yards Sunday. There were 44 birdies there in the final round.
''The tee was up,'' she said. ''I was pretty confident that I could get there in two if I had a good drive.''
Lee made her winning putt from about 3 feet. She finished at 4-under 68 and 16 under for the tournament. Kim (67) shot a 32 on the back nine and birdied No. 18, but it wasn't enough to force a playoff at Travis Pointe Country Club.
''I kind of knew that 16 was the number and I mean, I give my best,'' Kim said. ''I make some good shots and birdies.''
Moriya Jutanugarn (65) finished third at 14 under.
Lee took a two-stroke lead into the final round, and that was her margin over playing partner Stacy Lewis before Lewis (71) bogeyed No. 7 and 8. Kim emerged as the biggest threat to Lee when she birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine. Lewis is playing four months' pregnant with her first child.
Kim and Lee were briefly tied at 15 under, but then Lee made a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th, while Kim bogeyed 15. Lee saved par on 15 despite a wayward drive into a bunker.
''I wasn't sure where I was score-wise then. That par 5 is reachable in two, so I think a lot of people would have made birdie there,'' Lee said. ''The next tee shot I just pulled into the bunker. ... I think that was really important for me to hole that par putt just to keep the momentum going.''
Lee had gone 38 consecutive holes without a bogey before making one on the par-4 17th. That, combined with Kim's birdie on 18, left the two golfers tied, but Lee still had the 18th to come.
Su Oh (68) and Lindy Duncan (69) finished at 13 under, and Megan Khang (67) was another stroke back. Lewis finished at 11 under along with Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and Danielle Kang (70).
Lewis birdied three of the first six holes, but Lee did as well.
''It's hard to get close when somebody does that,'' Lewis said. ''She played great all day and played solid. When she needed to make a par putt, she did, and didn't make any mistakes.''
Lee lost this event by one stroke last year. Shanshan Feng, the 2017 winner , finished tied for 21st this time.
The LPGA has had a different winner in each of its 13 tournaments this year. The U.S. Women's Open starts Thursday at Shoal Creek.
Spieth: Improvement is 'right around the corner'
Not that Dallas native Jordan Spieth didn't enjoy the two-week home game that is the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Fort Worth Invitational - he certainly did. But he's eager to get out of town, too.
"It was a great showing these last couple weeks by the fans," Spieth said after closing with a 2-under 68, a 5-under total and a T-32 finish. "Obviously extremely appreciative here in DFW. Wish I could do more. These couple weeks can be a bit taxing, and it's awesome to kind of have that support to carry you through.
"So, you know, I had a great time these couple weeks on and off the golf course as I always do, but I'm also really excited to kind of get out of town and kind of be able to just go back to the room and have nothing to do at night except for get ready to play the next day."
Spieth will have that experience this coming week in Dublin, Ohio, site of the Memorial. He's hopeful of improving on his T-21, T-32 finishes the past two weeks, and he thinks the main thing holding him back - his putting - is ready for a turnaround.
"I think good things are about to come," he said. "I feel a good run coming for the second half of the season. Today was - each day I've felt better and better with the wedges and the putter and the short game; today was no different. My only bogey being just kind of trying to do too much on a par-5; 3-wood into the hazard.
"So, you know, I'm getting into where I'm not making bogeys, and then soon - the not making bogeys is great, and soon I'll get back to the five, six birdies around and shoot some low rounds.
"So I know it's right around the corner."
Broadhurst fires 63 to easily win Senior PGA
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Paul Broadhurst wishes he had played this well in his 23 years on the European Tour.
''I know a lot more about my swing now and I guess you get that with age and experience,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said after shooting an 8-under 63 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes and match the best 72-hole score in tournament history.
Broadhurst finished at 19-under 265 at Harbor Shores for his second senior major victory. The 63 was the best fourth-round score by a winner. Rocco Mediate also shot 19 under at Harbor Shores in 2016.
Also the 2016 British Senior Open winner, Broadhurst led the field with 26 birdies and passed third-round co-leaders Tim Petrovic and Mark McCarron with a 4-under 31 on the back nine.
Petrovic was second after a 69. McCarron had a 70 to tie for third at 14 under with Jerry Kelly (65).
Broadhurst earned a career-high $585,000 for his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory and moved to the top of the money list. He won six times on the European Tour, was a 1991 Ryder Cup player for Europe and has three European Senior Tour victories.
''It was really a special week,'' he said. ''It got a little bit tense out there. I knew I was playing well but I didn't seem to making any progress against Tim Petrovic. He was side-by-side on the back nine it seemed.''
He learned his lead was three strokes standing on the 18th tee when his caddie asked a television announcer.
''So we put my driver away and reached for the rescue club,'' he said. ''If I made a 5 there that would be fine.''
Broadhurst started the round two strokes behind Petrovic and McCarron, birdied the first hole and was tied with Petrovic for the lead by the turn. He took his first lead with a birdie on the 12th hole, led by two after 16 and birdied the final two holes, including a dramatic 40-foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole.
''I guess it would have been a bit of anti-climax if I would have three-putted the last green, but that would have given Tim a chance of holing his second shot,'' he said. ''I actually spoke to my caddie about that going down the last - we don't want to three-putt and five him the opportunity because stranger things have happened in golf. To see it go in the middle of the hole was just a special feeling.''
Petrovic said missed birdie putts on Nos. 7 and 8 were costly, but it might not have mattered with the way Broadhurst was playing.
''In hindsight it was all for naught,'' he said. ''He was so far ahead of us. Hat's off the guy. It was a great week - we just got beat. When he made the putt on 18 ahead of us I almost started clapping in the fairway and waving a white towel. It was well-deserved. That was great playing. He won the championship for sure.''
Broadhurst shot 72 in the first round, started rolling in putts with a 66 in the second round and was 15 under on the weekend. In addition to the leading 26 birdies, he topped the putts per greens in regulations numbers for the tournament as well with a 1.574 average.
''I wasn't aware I made that many birdies,'' he said. ''That's pretty impressive around this course.''
He said his game has long been unpredictable.
''I'm not blessed with a consistent swing like Bernhard Langer, but when it's on, it works,'' he said. ''If I'm putting well, then anything can happen, really.''