Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Notable Quotes – Morning Drive’s John Cook Talks 1992 Open Championship Heartbreak at Muirfield

Golf Channel Quotes – 2013 Open Championship



Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Wednesday on MORNING DRIVE, co-host John Cook discussed publicly for the first time one of the more heartbreaking moments in his professional career – the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield, when he finished runner-up to Nick Faldo after leading by two with two holes to play.  Cook took viewers through his thoughts and shot selection decision process on Sunday’s back nine at the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield, including his reaction from his missed two-foot birdie putt on 17.  Below is a video link from MORNING DRIVE and quotes from his segment.


Video Link: John Cook Talks 1992 Open Championship Heartbreak

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On recollecting on the 1992 Open Championship

John Cook (@JohnCookGolf) – “I’ve never really gotten to talk about this.  This is actually pretty fun.”


On missed two-foot birdie putt on 17
John Cook – “I didn’t even think about this [the putt].  This was one of those Tony Jacklin moments.  I didn’t even think about it.  I putted so well, my speed was great all week, and I thought, ‘I’m going to knock this one right in the middle,’ and, oops, it missed.  I kind of went in to shock.”


On missing the green with his 2-iron approach shot on 18

John Cook – “I was in between clubs.  If I remember, I was a little bit over 200 yards, the wind was blowing straight in and out of the right at a pretty good clip, and I thought, ‘Well, I am going to hit this 2-iron, hold it up against the wind and get it to the back part of the green.’  In hindsight, that was a mistake.  That was my chance, my mental mistake.  I needed to get the shot over the front bunker that guarded the front part of the green, chase the ball back to the pin like I had been doing all week by using the ground and the slopes and the wind…Play links golf and bring trouble out of play and get the ball up to the middle of the green and give myself a chance.”


On watching Nick Faldo’s finish on 18

John Cook – “He hit two Hall-of-Fame shots on 18.  Drove it right down the middle.  Almost holed a 3-iron.  It rolled just over the back of the green, dribbled it down there and he tapped it in.  That’s what Hall of Famers do.  He was the number one player in the world, and he hit two quality shots on 18.


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