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Bryson DeChambeau Q&A PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Bryson DeChambeau, he might have just turned professional here at the RBC Heritage last week,

(he finished tied for 4th in his debut) but he's already considered to be one of the most interesting

players on the Tour. Last Tuesday afternoon at Harbour Town, immediately after his Cobra/Puma

press conference, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the 22 year old phenom that everyone

wants to know more about.

LinksNation: Congrats on turning professional and signing with Cobra/Puma, but before we

talk golf, I wanted to start by asking you how your Dad is doing? (Bryson's Dad is suffering

from Kidney failure and regularly has dialysis treatments)

Bryson DeChambeau: Thank You it's an exciting time for me as a golfer. My Dad is hanging

in there. Keeping my fingers crossed, it looks like we have a kidney donor for him.

LN: I understand the donor is Mike Watney (Nick Watney's uncle).

BD: Yes, that's right. We are very thankful, and thank you for your thoughts on my Dad.

LN: Last week You shot 72 on Sunday at Augusta and finished tied for 21st, your thoughts?

BD: It was an amazing experience, making that final putt on the 18th hole was the final

stroke of my amateur career. What a way to end it and begin a new chapter. I wasn't

disappointed when I looked at what Tiger shot in his first Masters - 72-72-77-72 (tied for


LN: What did you learn from the veterans that you played with earlier in the week?

BD: I learned from Phil Mickelson to get the proper rest, basically not to over do it before

Thursday . . . and yet I still over did it.

LN: Was that from the excitement of playing in your first Masters or was it over-preparing?

BD: Definitely from over-preparing.

LN: You were even par after 36 holes and still in the hunt, what were the expectations

at that point?

BD: To be honest, after Friday I was really tired. I had expended too much energy.

LN: Here at Harbour Town the course is so much different than last week at Augusta,

will anything in your set change for a week on a much shorter and tighter golf course?

BD: The only thing in my bag that might change is the hybrid and 5 wood. I'll decide

that before Thursday's round. The rest of my bag won't change at all.

A gift from DeChambeau to the media who were on hand for his "Hello World" moment.

LN: I watched you hit balls on the range earlier today, and as opposed to most of the

guys who have a definite shot shape they favor, your shots don't tend to curve at all.

Everything looked to be dead straight, can you elaborate?

BD: Yes. Straight is my ball flight of choice. What you saw really wasn't a typical

ball striking session for me. I was working on a few things, but it's true I prefer to

not see the ball curve much.

LN: You appear to be the perfect match for a company like Cobra/Puma, your thoughts. . .

BD: Yeah, it was a natural fit for me. My goal was to partner with a company that

would allow me to be me. Cobra/Puma complements my style and my desire to be

innovative. I'm an outside the box thinker, so this was the right company for me.

LN: Is it more of a challenge to get your set dialed in with the same length shaft

configuration? Is there a specific MOI that your looking for in your set?

BD: Absolutely. It is not an easy task to get a new set exactly matched up with

my specs. We are still working it out. I'll be playing these (DeChambeau proceeds

to show me each iron in his set and where exactly the weight is placed for his

optimum feel and performance) until we get my new set dialed in. I have tried

some Cobra blades, but we need to work some more on gettin them just right.

As for MOI, there is a specific number, my club guy has all of those specs.

LN: What does the remainder of 2016 look like for you schedule wise?

BD: I have 9 events.  7 exemptions and 2 invitationals that will take me into the

summer. Valero, Colonial, Byron Nelson, Memorial, Quicken Loans and Travelers -

those are some of the events. I'm really looking forward to starting my professional

career this week here at Harbour Town.











Jack Nicklaus Q&A (Honda Classic) PDF Print E-mail




The Golden Bear sat down for a candid Q&A with certain members of the golf media Sunday, February

28th, 2016 at the Honda Classic. He spoke of the '86 Masters, the Ryder Cup dinner at the Nicklaus house,

Caddies, Tiger Woods, Mentoring younger players, Jordan Spieth, and the what the Honda Classic means

to the S. Florida community.




Q: Does anything stand out (about the '86 Masters), anything more as time has passed on?


JACK NICKLAUS: They stand out much less, I promise you (laughter).

I'm not going to waste everybody's time with that. I think we're going to do - I think the Golf

Channel is going to do a special on the '86 Masters. Seems like we just did the one from the

25th year yesterday, but it was five years ago. Could talk forever about it, but I don't think

this is the time and place.


Q: We know you had Davis and all the American possible/probable Ryder Cup players around

on Thursday night. How much do you enjoy that and how much do you think that will help in

terms of building team spirit?


JACK NICKLAUS: I don't know, I can't imagine how them coming over to have dinner at an

old man's house is going to help any (laughter). We enjoyed having them. It was flattering.

Davis called well ahead of time and asked, and I said, "How many would you like to bring

over?" And he said, "I don't know, somewhere between 30 and 60." Oh okay, just a small

party . . . but anyway, I think we had 29 players, 29 people there, something like that.

Anyway, it was a very nice dinner. It was attended by Davis, his three assistant captains,

which of course is Tiger, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman and most of the fellas who will probably

contend for the Ryder Cup Team. There were some that weren't there, but what the dinner

was about was I think more getting the guys together, trying to get a little bit of bonding,

trying to have them pick my brain a little bit about being a past captain and past player, trying

to build a little enthusiasm within the group, and I think the guys were very pleased with that.

So it was a very nice evening.


My wife gave them too much food (laughter) and probably too much wine. But the wine was

terrific. It was mine (laughter). And too much of my ice cream which was really good, too.

These are my commercials . . . but I think they had a nice evening. I think hopefully we didn't

get them home too early. I know Rickie wasn't affected adversely. He shot, what, 66 again the

next day. Didn't bother him. I thought it was a very nice evening, and Davis asked me if we

could do something similar at Muirfield when we are at Memorial, so I said sure, be happy




Q: You've talked many times about how special it was to have Jackie caddie for you at the

'86 Masters. Do you recall how that came about that he worked for you that week, and can

you talk to how much he might have helped you?


JACK NICKLAUS: I don't really remember. I'm trying to think, who caddied for me the

previous year, probably Angelo caddied for me the year before, maybe not, I don't know.

That was about the time when - I think Angelo and I parted. It was kind of a funny story.

Angelo was caddying for me at Pinehurst and we got to the fourth hole - par 5, and I

asked him where the pin was. He said the pin was in the back, and I hit it in the back of

the green and the pin was up front. In those days they never gave the pins out to the players,

and that was his job. His job was to go out before the round and get the pins and make sure

what's going on - on the golf course, if there was anything different or unusual. Well, he

didn't do that - that morning. He spent alot of time at the edge of the rope signing his book

"The Bear and I."  I said, "Angelo you have been around for a long time , I think it's time

that maybe we just sort of stop this."


Of course Angelo and I were friends for years after that, but you get all my courses, did all

of the yardages for my courses and all that kind of stuff. I think that was probably the year

before. So it was like I didn't really have a caddie, and the kids had caddied for me a little

bit before. Steve caddied for me at Colonial when I won in '82. Jackie caddied for me at

Muirfield when I won in '84 and Jackie caddied for me in '76 when Jimmy pulled his achilles

at Birkdale where Johnny won.


So I think I just started - I wasn't playing that much. I said to the kids, would you like to

caddie. And so they started splitting it up. I think Jackie took the Masters and I think he had

the Open, and Steve had the British Open and the PGA I think. So that's what they did, and

so he just happened to be on the bag . . .


But as it relates, I always look at a caddie - these guys look at caddies a little different than

I did. They rely a little bit more than I did. I never relied on a caddie for anything. I always

relied on a caddie to be there, be on time; have the three "ups" of caddying: show up, keep

up and shut up, the ups of caddying. I never had anybody really get into me on caddying.

Although there's still only two guys I ever ask anything about on a green, that's Jackie and Steve.

Both were good putters. They weren't going to give me anymore than they thought, and so I

would confirm a lot of times with them. So that part was fine.



Q: Augusta National is looking at acquiring some land, more land from Augusta Country Club

to do some things around 12 and 13, possibly even actually making 13 longer. What do you

think about making 13 longer?



JACK NICKLAUS: Well, they already made it longer once. They bought a little bit of land

from Augusta Country Club. The tee shot at 13 would be helped by a little bit of length.

Yeah, I think it would be. I don't think there's any question about that.


Guys now take it over the top of everything, or take a 3 wood even over the top of

everything. I used to be able to do that too, but the trees were about half the size. But

I think that the tee shot is really dangerous and it needs to be hit well. I think with the

length the guys hit the ball today, it's a little easier than it needs to be. It's not really a

par 5 the way it is. It is but it isn't . . .  and I think a little length would not hurt that. I

hope they don't decide to take the 12th green and move it back with it.



Q: It's just the land area they would acquire would be back there, but they are not going

to touch 12 I don't think, just 13.



JACK NICKLAUS: Augusta, has done a really good job of changing the golf course to suit

the times. I think they have done a better job than anybody. They can well afford that,

though, but not many people can. I think most of the holes sit in there nice. If they want to

change 12, they have 50 yards behind it (tee) if they wanted to, but they certainly don't

need it. It sits in there very nicely.


Q: Just to confirm, 25 yards is enough on something like that if they wanted to extend it?



JACK NICKLAUS: I think so. If the guys hit the ball over the trees and there's probably a

half dozen of them that can, and they only have certain conditions they can do it in. I don't

think many guys hit driver there anyway. They play 3 wood and 5/6 iron, and basically -

well the 10th hole is longer than the 13th hole. I'm sure 11 is longer. 10 and 11 are both

longer than 13 . . .


Q: You're a member-



JACK NICKLAUS: I don't pay for it that much. I just pay my dues and keep my mouth shut

. . . and that's not one of my strong suits, you know that. (Laughter).



Q: You had all of the rising stars of the TOUR out at the house, a lot of them haven't played

in a Ryder Cup. Can you give a thought or a memory or two about your first Ryder Cup as a

player, maybe who some of the veterans were on the team, and just what the experience is




JACK NICKLAUS: Well, my first Ryder Cup was 1969. I had been pro for seven years - it was

my eighth year as a pro. Then you had to be member of the PGA to play in the Ryder Cup,

which meant that you had to play five years on the TOUR, 25 tournaments, or four years and

go to the school that they had. So I played four years and went to school.


So when I became a member of the PGA, I had a year to make a two year team and I didn't

- or in '67, I had less than a year to make a two year team and did not make it in '67. Then I

made the team in '69, but it's not that way today. I mean, if you come out of high school, you

can make the Ryder Cup team now if you play well. I think if your a golf professional and you

can play, if you're good enough to make your country's team, then you ought to play. I think

being a member of the PGA was kind of silly, but that was the rules. Our rules, not their rules.

They put guys right out - Tony Jacklin was a young kid when he started playing (in the Ryder



Sam was captain of that team. Who was on the team? I don't remember. I really don't remember.

I'm sure Arnold had to be on it.



Q: How would you describe your curiosity as to where Tiger goes from here, and if you've

spoken to him?



JACK NICKLAUS: First time I've spoken to Tiger was the other night at dinner. He talked a

lot. There was an article written about Tiger and what he told , he was feeling good and he

told that to everybody.


He says he was feeling good and he was feeling great and he was able to stand over a putt

and chip now without having any leg pain and so forth. I just, you know, we didn't really talk

a whole lot about it. Wished him well. We talked a little bit about - he never said - he doesn't

have a timetable for returning or anything else. He's pretty private about what his situation is

and I don't blame him, because every time he opens his mouth, there's nothing but articles

written about speculation about Tiger . . . and I don't want to break his - he likes when we talk,

we talk about different things. So I think that's fine, but he looked very good. He looked very

healthy, and he really misses playing. So that's good . . . I just don't think it's my place to expound

on Tiger's health and so forth.



Q: Was curious about your curiosity, he's still a young guy by comparison -




JACK NICKLAUS: Sure, he's 40 years old. I did pretty well when I was 40.



Q: Curious about where it goes from here, you personally as a golf fan?



JACK NICKLAUS: I've told Tiger many times and I told him again the other night, I said you

know Tiger, you know and you and I have talked about it, nobody wants their records to be

broken, but I don't want you to NOT have the ability to have that opportunity to do so by your

health. So I wish you well and I hope you get out there as soon as you feel like you can play,

and I hope you do well. Basically that's what I had with Tiger.


Q: How many players seek you out for conversation or advice, and do you ever find yourself

kind of intrigued by the questions they ask you?

JACK NICKLAUS: I am intrigued sometimes. I've had a lot of guys come to me. most of them

are afraid to approach me. I'm flattered that all of these young guys want to listen to what an

old guys has to say. It's very flattering and very nice that they want to do that. I'm happy to

give my time to any one of them who wants to talk to me and sit down and I'm happy to do


Do I have a lot of them? I probably have had a dozen or so that have come to me, and we'll

have lunch or we'll just talk or this and that. Sometimes it may just be a few words. I get a

lot of credit from Jordan; I didn't have a lot of conversation with Jordan. We had a few little

things we talked back and forth, he asked me a couple questions, basically, but Jordan and I

spent five to ten minutes, max.

Q: With Jordan coming up to defend at the Masters, curious what you thought of him over the

last couple years, what strikes you about him?

JACK NICKLAUS: Very Mature. Very savvy about how to play golf. What Jordan does which

I really admire, because it's a lot what I tried to do. I always got something pretty good out

of my game when I wasn't playing well . . . and Jordan looks doesn't look like he's spectacular

all the time, but he certainly manages his game very, very well for a young guy. He doesn't

seem to, except what did he do last week, he didn't play very well I guess, but everybody has

a bad week. I think he's very savvy, smart, calm collected kid who thinks his way well around

the golf course, who is not the most spectacular striker of the golf ball or anything else, but a

very, very good, solid - got a very solid golf swing. he has a very uncomplicated golf swing.

He's got a great shortgame, which is fantastic. He chips the ball fantastic. Oddly enough his

worst putting comes from about two to six feet. He's a fantastic middle length putter, makes a

ton of those putts.

I like him as a kid, too. I like him as a person. I think he's 22 now, he's well beyond that in

maturity, the way he handles himself. I think the way he's handled his sister has been a

tremendous thing, not only for his sister, but for him, because he's grown up with things that

have not been perfect and he's handled them very well. So I give him a tremendous amount

of credit.

JACK NICKLAUS on the Honda Classic: We have a great feeling towards what Honda has done

and what's happened, and so we're not only grateful for that, but I hope a lot of kids are going

to benefit from what's happened from that, and look at the support we have. We used to come

into the room here the Honda tournament, and we might have three guys in the press and they

would all cover horse racing. They weren't golf fans and it wasn't that much. so you guys have all

helped to make the charity grow. I don't know what the charity is going to do this year but they

did a little over 2 million last year. (It was that the 2016 event raised $2.55 million for the Nicklaus

Children's Charity)

The tournament's come around. It's become a pretty darned good tournement, and I think the

players for the most part enjoy it. I think they all would like to win it and it's your support and

Honda's people have done it. Ken Kennerly's people have done it and allowed us to be part of the

community. Thanks very much.









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