Transcript: Jason Day, Adam Scott


November 24, 2013

INTERVIEWER: Thank you, Adam and Jason, for joining us and congratulations to you both. It has been an amazing day for Australia and Australian golf. Adam, firstly to you, did you know that Peter Thomson was there watching you all day?

ADAM SCOTT: I didn’t know but I saw him at the end and, I mean, Peter has been a great supporter of mine and I think for Australian golf as well for such a long time. I knew at the start of the week that he and Kel Nagle had won this event and that’s held in high regard amongst the Aussie players, I think, and I know some other Aussies have won as well but I certainly wanted to put my name on the trophy with those guys.

INTERVIEWER: Jason, you just happened to see Peter as you were walking into the media centre. What did he have to say to you?

JASON DAY: He said that he was going to see his friend, Kel Nagle, and he was going to tell his friend about what he saw today. Then I replied, “I would like to have five British Opens too.” He said, “At least get three.” So I have to kind of fulfil my promise there one day. But like I said before, it was a complete honour to play for Australia down here in Australia at Royal Melbourne. As such a great sporting venue as the composite course is, to play in front of the Melbourne fans that are so passionate about their sport was an amazing feeling today. I know Scotty says that I carried him the whole way but he gave me a scare on the front nine and he played some really good golf coming in. He has played great golf this year. He played good golf over here in Australia and we are hopefully going to play very tough against each other next week at the Australian Open. But once again I want to congratulate Scotty on such a wonderful year he has had and great playing down here in Oz.

INTERVIEWER: I think we would all certainly agree with that. If you have a question please raise your hand and we will make sure we get a microphone. Sam?

QUESTION: Adam, what is your sort of overriding emotion? Obviously you would have wanted to win individually but win as a team and have Jason win as well. What is your sort of thoughts overall?

ADAM SCOTT: Well, it’s a pretty good result, I reckon, that. Yeah, look, I tried to keep my focus a little bit on the teams’ event, especially after Thursday obviously when I was far behind. It has traditionally been a team event and I felt like we’re playing here at Royal Melbourne and Australia for the World Cup. I think it would be great if Jason and I were to win. Both of us are in good form and I thought it was a great opportunity for us to get our names on a trophy. And like I said all week, I think one day we will look back with really fond memories and be very proud that we have played here and represented Australia and won the World Cup in Australia. No matter whether we win it again or not, I think it is going to be a memorable experience for both of us. I have got to congratulate Jas on winning individually. He has come down and played great and that’s not always easy to do and, you know, it has been great to watch his development as a player, rapid development really, and I have a lot of respect for how much he puts into the game and I’m not surprised he is winning these kind of events and plenty
more to come. So all in all it’s a good result for me. I have picked the right partner.

INTERVIEWER: Mark.

QUESTION: Scotty, did you let your mind wander standing on the fourth tee perhaps four under already and what might happen?

ADAM SCOTT
: Well, I mean, a little bit but it was demanding out there today, so many things would have to go right for me and I gave myself plenty of opportunities after that. I played some pretty good golf and it could have been a little closer right at the end. I didn’t get it up and down on 15 and then to three-putt the last was disappointing. So, you know, maybe if I got it in a couple more it might have been a little tougher on Jason and Thomas as they played the last three. Obviously 16 is very tough and 18 is also a tough hole in this wind. So I did what I had to do, get off to a fast start, but so many shots to play and so much trouble to avoid that I couldn’t do it well enough.

QUESTION: Adam, much was written and much was said after you won the Masters and Jason went so close to winning at Augusta as well about the future of Australian golf. What do you think now this World Cup victory could do for Australian golf with only perhaps six weeks before the New Year?

ADAM SCOTT
: Well, I think much like I have talked to you guys about the last couple of weeks, there is some momentum at the moment and this adds to that, you know, let’s keep things moving forward. Hopefully Australia winning again this week is just another thing to keep golf on the mind of lots of kids and lots of people out there who like playing the game or might even take up the game and I think the more that they can relate to a couple of Aussie guys playing the better and, you know, we’ve just got to keep building the momentum. I have said the whole time our job is to play good golf to get that done and then, you know, hopefully that helps the organisations back here do their job too.

QUESTION: Adam, at the start of the week a lot of players just sort of thought they would with the new format just sort of see what it was like before they made sort of any opinion on what the format was. Now that you have got to the end of the week, what do you think of it?

ADAM SCOTT: It’s hard not to like it when you have won, won a trophy. Yeah, I mean, I think the individual and having 72-stroke play, 72-hole stroke play is really great. Add them all up, it’s good. I still think I would have liked to spend four days playing with Jason as a team and we could have gone in four balls. That would be my only comment that I personally would have enjoyed that probably a little more. Nothing against the guys I did play with though.

INTERVIEWER: Are there any last questions for, Adam.

ADAM SCOTT: But it would have felt – sorry, it would have felt more like a real team event and I think that’s the only thing that is missing.

QUESTION: Adam, yeah, just following up on that. Are you guys aware that there would have been some rules implications because of the two events, individual and team, running concurrently in terms of you wouldn’t be able to give each other advice, was that sort of said to you guys at any time? I know you didn’t play together but were you aware of that?

ADAM SCOTT: I hadn’t really thought about it to be honest. I didn’t realise that. Okay, yeah, it is, you know, one of those things. It’s a bit messy but luckily there were no rules violations.

QUESTION: Adam, have you got any petrol left in the tank for next week, I mean, three in a row? Players always say it is quite draining when you win. Have you got anything left?

ADAM SCOTT: Yeah, I think I’m just getting into the routine actually. It would be weird not to wake up and drive to Royal Melbourne next week. But I now get to try and get myself ready for the Aussie Open, something that means so much to all of us as Australians and at a great venue like Royal Sydney. I am going to try and figure out what the best thing to do the next couple of days is to get ready for it. So I’m looking forward to the challenge. You know, obviously Jason is playing great. There is a host of guys who are going to be wanting to win badly.
It’s going to be a great week and I think I’m going to have my work cut out next week that’s for sure.

INTERVIEWER: Adam, that seems like a great place to leave it with you.

ADAM SCOTT: Thank you.

INTERVIEWER: On behalf of everyone here, thank you so much for all your time this week.

ADAM SCOTT: Thank you very much.

INTERVIEWER: It’s been incredible.

ADAM SCOTT: Cheers.

INTERVIEWER: Now, questions for our individual champion, Jason. Bernie.

QUESTION: Jason, we asked you this question yesterday: what is it's like now to win your first professional tournament in Australia? How great is it?

JASON DAY: It feels great. I just really don’t know what to think right now. All the hard work and dedication that I have put into my game, you know, especially over the last five, 10 years, that I have really taken it serious is paying off. You know, it’s taken me a while to get my second win and it couldn’t be more fitting with Scotty by my side winning the World Cup down here in Melbourne. You know, I had a lot of fun, even though it was very tough out there today, it was very difficult golf conditions, I had a lot of fun out there today. Today I learnt a lot about myself and I am just really excited for next week to get started as well but I am definitely going to embrace being a World Cup winner tonight and I won’t go too crazy but I will definitely have a drink or two and, you know, right now I am just the happiest guy right now.

QUESTION: Jason, when you walked off the 18th green you obviously saw your mother and your mother is here now and after everything that has happened in the past week I gather that adds to it.

JASON DAY: Yeah, you know, I found out last week that we lost some family members over in the Philippines and to have my mum here this week to see her Saturday morning and for
her to be out here over the weekend, even to have my sisters and my nephew, to be here to be as a family knowing that I can hold them is very special to me. To let them see me play some good golf and to win in front of a great sporting city like Melbourne is, you know, I am just happy that she is here and I get to hug her.

QUESTION: You said at the start of the week that you were sort of feeling your Filipino side as well and you would be happy for people there to take something out of what you
did this week. I guess you must be feeling that now and also do you sort of plan to give any money towards that cause from your win or anything like that?

JASON DAY: Well, I think the biggest thing right now is to know that I just didn’t give up, you know, no matter what. It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week. You know, just to be up there with my mum and support her. But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam and really try and win the World Cup and we achieved that which is great. Right now we are in the process of doing something. It was kind of really quick notice to us what had happened and definitely we will probably most likely set something up and definitely be giving some money or raising money and trying to raise awareness to what has really happened over there. I know a lot of people have seen and heard what has happened but the devastation and the tragedy that has gone on over in the Philippines is very difficult for us to see because we live in such a great country. And once you know of someone or you are related to someone that has gone through something like that, it is very close to the heart. So getting back to
the question that you asked, I think that we will be setting something up.

QUESTION: Jason, on the 10th hole: double-bogey. What were you thinking then and how did you manage to keep your composure so well on the last 18 holes?

JASON DAY: “Crap, I hit it in the trees.” That’s what I was thinking when I walked down there. That was a wrong club. The communication between me and my caddie, Col, was very short on that tee shot. Normally I talk things through and that run out is 270 yards where I hit it downwind about 10 to 20 paces with pretty firm fairways. If I pull my 2-iron it’s going to go in there nine times out of 10. So, getting past that was very difficult. I was very frustrated with myself knowing that I should have taken a little bit more time on the tee shot, understanding that if I do pull it it will go on the trees. The second shot didn’t help, compounding that bad shot with another bad shot into the trees and then after I hit that shot I just said, “Okay, what do I need to do to get this back out on the fairway to give myself a chance at making a bogie at the best, double at the worst hopefully.” And, you know, I was just glad I had a little swing for my third shot. I got out on the fairway, hit my 9-iron on the green and nearly holed the putt, walked off with a double. Very frustrated at the time and really wanted to turn things around because I
knew to myself deep down inside that I had to stay patient with myself. If I let that get to me, I wouldn’t have won the tournament and, you know, it was a good turning point for me mentally and physically just to know that I could have let things slide a little bit and I could have just coasted it in but I didn’t. I didn’t want to give up and, you know, I played good coming in.

INTERVIEWER: Bruce.

QUESTION: Jason, congratulations. At the start of the week you were a bit concerned there might be a bit of rust in the system. How long do you feel that it took you to get into the routine? Did you feel yourself improving each day and how much improvement do you think for next week?

JASON DAY:
I think there was a little bit of rust Friday, just a few little sloppy shots out there. But the practice session after Friday’s round really turned things around for me. I really got myself back into the tempo that I should have been in on Friday, you know, just walking into the ball was a lot slower over the last two days, it was a lot more deliberate. You know, the communication between me and Col was fantastic except for that one shot on 10. But that was probably the turning point for me once I started getting into the run of things. That practice session on Friday did wonderful things for me and I had a practice session after Saturday’s round and did pretty much the exact same, just tried to get that commitment back into the golf swing making sure that I trusted myself through the shot instead of steering a few shots here and there.

QUESTION: For next week?

JASON DAY: I am sorry?

QUESTION: Do you feel there is a lot of improvement yet for next week?

JASON DAY: Oh yeah. Yeah, you know, I just have to make sure that – I have never played Royal Sydney before so preparation is huge for me next week. I am probably most likely going to take tomorrow off after such a big week this week. I just need time to just relax and think about what has happened over the last week. Tuesday, I will get out there Tuesday and really try and put a good solid 18 holes in, get a good practice session in and then play the pro-am and hopefully by then I am familiar with the golf course. I feel like everything is in a good spot right now. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully, you know, put on a good show next week.

QUESTION: Jas, just getting back to that double-bogey, I think you had a four-stroke lead at that point.
 
JASON DAY: I did.

QUESTION: You came back to two and very quickly got back with Thomas and Adam.

JASON DAY: Yeah.

QUESTION: It was very tough but can you just talk through how the bunker shot and the putt on 16 ranks in the scheme of things.

JASON DAY: Yeah, that was a good one. Yeah, that 16th hole has been very tough. I have hit it over there a few times now and I’ve saved myself a couple of times which has been great. That bunker shot was crucial because I know that Scotty birdied that hole. I believe he birdied that hole ‘cause I heard a roar going off when I was on 14. And I’m like, “That sounds like Scotty just birdied the hole.” And it’s an unbelievably hard golf hole for a par four with the wind into you all the time off the tee shot. With Thomas hitting it right off the tee shot, I really had to bear down and, you know, and hit a good shot there. I put myself in the perfect position and I decided to hit it right in the bunker. I was in between clubs. I was thinking, “Should I fly it all the way there with a 60 or should I just take out a 52 and just kind of run it the whole way there.” And for some reason the 52-degree just felt a lot better to hit it. I knew that if I could just get it on the ground quicker that it would role because if I’m hitting it high with a 60-degree it brings in a lot of different variables, the wind, the spin. So the better that I could get on the ground, the faster that I could get on the ground the better the shot will be and thankfully it rolled up to about eight feet, eight, 10 feet. So it was just a left or right putt pretty much on the left edge and sometimes I miss my left to right putts low so I just wanted to make sure right as I got over the ball I just shuffled just a little bit further left just to compensate for that. Sometimes if I block it, it will miss low. So I just compensate a little bit and hit a good putt. And then going onto 17, 17 I hit two good shots in there and then I was surprised how fast that putt was downhill.

QUESTION: Jason, can you quickly give us the number on the sixth? What club you hit and from what range when you holed it out?

JASON DAY: On the sixth, okay. We were trying to hit it 95 yards. I have no idea what the actual total number is. When me and Col communicate I just say, “I want the total number.” He just said, “95,” and 95 worked out perfectly. I didn’t expect it to go in. I knew that if it didn’t go in it was going to be dead stone next to the pin. But very surprising to see it because I was actually walking to the putting green through the locker room when I saw Scotty hole that, you know, his second shot into the first hole. So it was exciting stuff out there for golf fans to watch, I think, and to see two shots go in with wedges was amazing and I hope that everyone had a good time watching us out there.

QUESTION: In the future – I mean, you have had a lot of top 10 finishes and everyone knows you haven’t got across the line that many times. When you look back on this, what is it going to mean to you in that sense?

JASON DAY: Know that I finished it. I finished the job which was great. I have been close so many times now and sometimes I fell short and sometimes I pushed on and just haven’t quite got there. But to have a one-shot lead going into Sunday with all that time to think about it overnight and even in the morning with how tough the conditions were. I believe that they were the toughest conditions out there today over the last four days. Knowing that I did have some ups and downs but to stay patient and believe in myself and really commit to my golf shots and the communication between me and Col was phenomenal the last two days. To have that lead going into Sunday with all that stuff going on. To finally finish off and hit a great shot into 18 like I did and to win like that was a very big move in my golfing career.

QUESTION: Jason, you just touched on what I was going to ask you. But all the close finishes you have had and all the times that you have been in contention, including in Majors, what do you think the difference was today with the way that you handled it?

JASON DAY: I keep talking about this but I was very methodical in the way I thought about things and the way that I talked to Col was very deliberate out there today. We communicated really good over the last two days but I just didn’t want to hit a bad shot. I just wanted to win so bad, and I wanted to win here so bad that if I ever got over a shot out there that I had to pull off if I felt uncomfortable, if I didn’t believe in myself, so just the commitment that I had in myself and the trust that I had out there today was great and the way I handled myself coming down the stretch was what I am most proud of. You know, I have only won – this is my second win really – big, big win – at such a big scale. You know, to be able to play a tough course like this and to finish the way I did was special.

INTERVIEWER: Any more questions?

QUESTION: Jas, Adam touched on this but the format of the event this week was sort of changed to sort of mirror the possible format of what it may be in the Olympics. I am just wondering whether your message may be to the organiser of Rio that you do have a team event, that you have the two players playing together, as they do in other Olympic sports where there is more than two people representing the same country. I am just wondering whether that may be your message to the organisers.

JASON DAY: Yeah, I think that would be a good thing for us to play together in Rio if we somehow get here and play as a team so that we can help each other. I know that he doesn’t need much help but, you know, it definitely helps to have that support with you. If you have a bad hole it’s always good to have someone to push you along. It’s just like when we were playing the Presidents Cup together, you know, it is always good to have a teammate there because sometimes you might be down and frustrated with yourself but it’s always good to have someone there to pick you up and keep moving you forward. I think the format was great this week. Obviously, you know, it’s kind of hard not to like when you win but I think they should pair us together or pair the teams together and make it a rule that you can help each other and support each other like that. I think that will go a long way in Olympic golf.

QUESTION: This will help those people to go over there to follow you too, won’t it?

JASON DAY: Sorry, mate?

QUESTION: It will help with those people to make the effort to go to Rio to follow you guys if there are two guys in the same place on the same course?

JASON DAY: Yeah, yeah, definitely, and I think with that it will draw a lot more crowds. You know, obviously - I am not too sure if Rio is a big golfing Mecca of the world but hopefully that helps bring a lot more people to watch golf in the Olympics.

QUESTION: Jason, can you talk us through what your thought process was for your second shot into the 18th?

JASON DAY: I just took a little bit more time than I would normally. We were trying to hit in between 180 and 185 yards and my thought process was 16 – I had a 4-iron and we were trying to land it 210 to 215 yards onto that green and I hit this big cut. I was so surprised that it actually got to where it was because I thought on 16 that I need to hit a low drawing 4-iron in there to get the ball at least to the pin. So in the back of my mind I was thinking, “Should I hit the 6-iron because if I do hit that low drawing shot, the 6-iron might be perfect, and if I hit a 5-iron it might go too far.” So I just said to myself, “Okay, just, you know, kind of get up there and trust yourself. Just take a little bit off this.” And I was actually aiming at the ISPS Handa T.V. tower because there was so much wind coming across. There was at least 20-mile an hour winds coming across there. The last thing I thought about before I hit the shot was that Melbourne sign in the background and that’s all I was trying to hit at. And I hit it straight there and it cut a little bit and after the shot I yelled. I can’t remember what I yelled but I yelled really loud just to know that – I just said it because it was such a big shot, it was such a crucial shot. With Thomas in the bunker he may have got up and down and for me to hit it there to give myself a chance at two-putting or even having a chance at birdie-ing the hole was great.

INTERVIEWER: Last question, Sam.

QUESTION: Yeah, I am just wondering just to hold on in a tournament like this on a course like this, do you think next time you are in contention in a Major that it will be an experience that you will be able to sort of call on to help you?

JASON DAY: Yeah, it can only help - little things like this. Every win that goes along the way and every little bit of experience definitely helps and I touched on it before, like, to win under these conditions against the great players that we have had this week, the way I played coming home, very proud of what I did out there and I am just so happy that I handled it the way I did. Hopefully the next time I have a chance at winning a Major I play this way and hopefully the next Major I play in I win. But until then we will definitely be working hard and
hopefully win a few more before the Majors start.

INTERVIEWER: Thank you, Jason, and again congratulations.

JASON DAY: Thanks, guys.

INTERVIEWER: And thank you for being so generous with your
time.

JASON DAY: Yeah, no worries. Cheers, thanks, guys.