The ESPN analyst from Madison, Wis., is a big Badger fan and a two-time winner of the U.S. Open.
Q: What's your summer schedule like with ESPN?
A: It's a little crazy. I've done the U.S. Open and (U.S.) Women's Open in the last few weeks, and after the Senior Open, go from Omaha to the British Open, Senior (British) Open and Women's British Open. By the middle of August, I'm a happy camper to get home. But it's a very interesting package of events. Every one means something, which makes it fun.
Q: How do you do your homework for tournaments on all three tours?
A: We have totally different kinds of golf, kids to older guys, basically three different games. There's not much difference between the regular Open and the Senior Open. Each of the three, my job kind of changes.
Q: What do you know about Omaha Country Club?
A: I'm looking forward to seeing the golf course. I think I played an outing there 15 years ago. It's basically a new course for me. What I'll spend time on is to look at the course, see the best way to play it, talk to a lot of guys, seeing how to attack.
Q: Have you been to Nebraska for more than that OCC visit?
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A: I've spent a reasonable amount of time in Lincoln and more with (Nebraska) coming into the Big Ten. A good friend owned a TV station there and I'd play corporate days for his customers. I'm so tied with the Big Ten that it's fun to go down there and harass some Nebraska fans.
I'll be interested to see what the new (Pinnacle Bank) arena looks like. Tim Miles is a guy I know and Shawn Eichorst coming from here is a good friend. Shawn is planning on coming up to the Senior Open. It will be nice to see him.
Q: Been to Sand Hills?
A: I played out there a reasonable amount. ... It's always interesting at North Platte. A mile outside of town, you kiss your cellphone goodbye and not use it for a couple of days.
Q: What would a Senior Open title mean for your good friend Tom Watson?
A: He would love to win another senior major. ... I suspect he's looked forward to this one. Great players get excited about golf on old-school courses.