That's what people want to see. They don't want to see this plop, plop, chip, putt stuff. They want to see a guy who hits it 300 yards. Hey, I even sat down to watch him when I finished playing, and I don't watch golf on television. So you know he caught the imagination of everybody, from golfer to hacker.
Now, get John on a different type of golf course where the fairways are hard and the greens are hard, and maybe that won't happen. But he maximized his opportunity, and I thought that was a wonderful achievement.
SI: How do you rate your own game as this season nears an end?
GN: I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd be a 7. I think there's a lot of room for improvement. I'm getting a 3,600-square-foot putting green behind my house and designing it where I can practice bump and run shots from 40 or 50 yards away. You know, all that imaginative stuff you need to have. I can walk down there with a pair of shorts on, no shirt, and just chip and putt all day long. I'm preparing myself for next year as I have never prepared myself before. I'm putting time and effort into it because I really want to get myself back in the game.
Because quite honestly, I enjoy it. As much of an aggravation as it is sometimes, I still love to play the game.
SI: Will you disappear again? Or have the events of the last year restored your competitive edge?
GN: I'm in a position now where my life is pretty well organized. I think I've finally found the right path. I shouldn't say, "I think." I know I've found the right path. Believe it or not, I'm really looking forward to my next 10 years of golf. I've had an average-to-poor year, but it's starting to feel better and better every day.
Anyway, my flame is still burning. The flame never goes out.