2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf 20 Questions

20 Questions with the Grand Slam Foursome

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Adam Scott
Justin Rose
Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington
Jason Dufner
1. Favorite course in the U.S.? Cypress Point (Pebble Beach, Calif.). Shinnecock Hills. Augusta National. Augusta National. Great event, great golf course.
2. Favorite course outside the U.S.? Kingston Heath (Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia). Royal Birkdale in England. It’s a fair and great test of golf. Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Kingston Heath in Australia. I played the Aussie Masters a couple of times there; awesome golf course.
3. Favorite hole in the U.S.? No. 13 at Augusta National. The par 3, No. 12, at Augusta National. The 10th at Riviera. 18 at Pebble Beach. It doesn't get much better than that setting. U.S. Open there was a neat experience.
4. Favorite hole outside the U.S.? The 15th at Cape Kidnappers (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand). 13th at Royal Birkdale. The Postage Stamp — the 8th at Royal Troon in Scotland. 18 at St. Andrews. The hotel, the history, the Swilcan Bridge -- a neat spot.
5. How old were you and where did you break par for 18 holes the first time? I was 13 and I shot 3-under at Hope Island Golf Club (Hope Island, Australia). I was 11 years old and it was at Shoney Park Golf Club in England. I shot 1-under-par, 69. I actually have no idea. However, I suspect I was 15. I have absolutely no idea. There is no way I could give you an accurate answer on that. Maybe I was in my late teens on some course or another in the Fort Lauderdale area.
6. Best shot of your career? The 6-iron (to the 10th green) in the playoff at Augusta this year. As an amateur, holing out on the final hole at Birkdale in the Open Championship. As a professional, my 4-iron into 18 on the last hole at Merion. My fifth shot on the 72nd hole in the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie. It’s always difficult to hit a great shot after a bad shot and I had just had two bad shots! The approach shot on 16 in the final round of the PGA at Oak Hill when I won this year. (Dufner hit his second at the par 4 to within 18 inches for a birdie.)
7. One mulligan you’d like to have? The putt (at the 72nd hole) to tie Ernie (Els) at the Open last year. One that’s fresh in my memory: the first putt at 18 on Sunday of The Barclays this year. (He hit a 25-foot putt 5 feet long and missed it, finishing in second by one stroke.) The tee shot at the 18th on Sunday in the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield. I hit it into a bunker, ended up making a bogey and missing out on the playoff by one shot. The approach putt on the 17th hole in regulation and the playoff at the PGA two years ago in Atlanta. I three-putted both of them. I wish I had more information and knew what I know now because then I might have two majors.
8. Oldest club in your bag? That would be my 3-wood; about 3 years old. They are all pretty current. My irons are the oldest; they all went in the bag together, about one year ago. The 5-wood that I played my second shot with on the 17th hole in the final round of the 2008 Open Championship at Birkdale; it was 2 years old then. I now have the same Wilson make and model, just not the actual club that I used. My current putter, a Scotty Cameron Circus six, has been in the bag for the last five years.
9. All-time favorite movie? “Shawshank Redemption.” “Snatch.” “Shawshank Redemption.” "Usual Suspects" is high on my list.
10. Favorite musician or group? Eric Clapton. Robbie Williams, who isn’t big in the USA but is big in the UK. U2. For now, it's Little Wayne.
11. Favorite sporting event, non-golf? Wimbledon. I go to basketball the most. It’s a fun night out. Soccer. College football, but mostly Auburn football.
12. Favorite sports team? Adelaide Crows (a professional Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League). I’m trying to follow the Philadelphia Eagles this year since Philly has been so good to me. Dublin Gaelic Football Team. Auburn teams in any sport.
13. Favorite male athlete? Roger Federer. Roger Federer. Brian O’Driscoll (Irish professional rugby player). LeBron James
14. Favorite female athlete? Steph Gilmore (Australian professional surfer and a five-time world champion). I don’t have one, to be honest with you. (Justin then asks his wife, “What’s the name of a good gymnast?” She says herself; he laughs.) Some of the gymnasts are very good. Katie Taylor (Irish athlete who specializes in boxing). Missy Franklin
15. Any golf superstitions? No. I’ve done away with them. Not really. The game is already hard enough. No. I always hit 46 golf balls for my warm up. I have done that ever since I turned professional.
16. Favorite view in golf? The seventh tee at Crans-Montana (Valais, Switzerland). There are a lot of good ones. I like 18 at Hilton Head (Harbour Town) with the lighthouse in the background. From the 18th tee at The Old Course at St Andrews. The 18th hole at any golf course where I have about a 10-shot lead in the final round.
17. Favorite TV show? “Entourage” makes me smile “The Big Bang Theory.” "Breaking Bad"
18. Favorite vacation destination? Fiji. The Bahamas. Barbados. Hawaii, "the big island." I was there a couple of years back and had a blast.
19. Who fills out your dream foursome of non-tour players? Bill Clinton, Eric Clapton and Roger Federer. My dad, who is no longer with us; Nelson Mandela, because of the South African background. I would love to know more about his evolution and journey, and Michael Jordan, an athlete who is always mentally tough. Three of my four brothers — all non-golfers! I wouldn't want a foursome; only a threesome for keeping with pace of play. My dream was for me to play with my dad and Ben Hogan.
20. Who would fill out your dream foursome of golfers? My dad, Greg Norman and one of my mates. Will Mackenzie, Adam Scott, a good friend of mine and I always enjoy playing with him; he is a great player. And Ian Poulter. Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead. My friend, Will Claxton, Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson, because there is always some good action with that group.