I’m not sure what exactly I was trying to find on YouTube, but in the process I came across the below interviews from the Open Championship, where I worked as a presenter for @The Open Live, the official behind-the-scenes online broadcast of the championship.
I started with the one I liked better (not the player, silly), which was Zach Johnson, fresh off his second victory on the PGA Tour in 2012 at the John Deere Classic.
When I saw Zach on Monday–probably not long after he had gotten off the plane from Quad Cities, I asked if he’d do the interview, but he was busy, apologized, and said he’d do it later in the week. Cool, no big deal.
When I needed to find a player to interview on Wednesday morning at Royal Lytham, I saw Zach at the other end of the range and as he saw me approaching he said, “Oh yeah, I owe you!”
For what? Being busy on Monday when I initially asked? Sounds good to me.
I wanted to hug Zach. I mean, how many of the top-ranked players would say and do that? Probably a handful (including Stewart Cink). Plus, the timing was perfect because we were going live in five minutes and I needed to find someone to interview for the spot.
Here’s my chat with Zach:
Secondly, here’s Justin Rose, one of the very first interviews I did at The Open (which was Monday of that week).