TRANSCRIPT | Jed Morgan, 2020 Vic Open, Round 1


Q.  This is Australian Amateur champion, Jed Morgan.  Jed, well played today, 66.  I know that professional tournaments are still something you’re learning.  You’ve got to be happy with that. JED MORGAN:  Yeah, no, I’m very happy.  66s don’t come around very often, so when you shoot one, you’ve got to be very pleased with […]

Q.  This is Australian Amateur champion, Jed Morgan.  Jed, well played today, 66.  I know that professional tournaments are still something you’re learning.  You’ve got to be happy with that.

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, no, I’m very happy.  66s don’t come around very often, so when you shoot one, you’ve got to be very pleased with it, so I’m happy.

Q.  To be fair, though, they’re coming around more often than they used to.

JED MORGAN:  Well, I wouldn’t say that, I’m just playing pretty solid golf at the moment.  Yeah, no, the ball’s just going in, it’s nice.

Q.  That’s a good problem to have, I would imagine.

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, I think so.

Q.  So you had a big confident shot, I’m sure, when you won the Australian Amateur Championship recently.  Is it something you brought down to Victoria with you?

JED MORGAN:  I tried to, yeah.  But I played a couple of the boys ‑‑ I played Jake McLeod and Andrew (indiscernible) for a bit of cash before I came down here and they flogged me, so it came down pretty quick.  They busted me back to reality very quickly, but like I did the same thing as I did in the Oz Amateur and I guess it’s just rolling over.  This is three days hopefully, so hope just keep going.

Q.  I know you’re only joking about that, but like what did they do to you?  Is it something they said you’re not a pro yet, mate?

JED MORGAN:  It’s something when I played Jake, he does get in your head very, very easily, I’m not gonna lie.  So for me to beat him is a big accomplishment, but I haven’t managed to do it very often.  Yeah, it’s just playing with better people and they’re teaching you a few lessons.

Q.  So you started a little bit both ways today, but then you caught fire in the middle of the round?

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, yeah, I was playing good.  My little brother caddied for me and he said I was swinging it pretty good.  I just hit one bad tee shot off nine and then actually made eagle from it ‑‑ off 18, sorry, so I made eagle from it.  Then yeah, just made a putt on my 10th hole and then hit another good approach shot into a par‑5 on the next hole.  Just kept it rolling.  It was nice, it was really nice.

Q.  Have you thought about what’s going to happen the next few days in your head more than anything?

JED MORGAN:  Oh, I mean, there’s a couple of things that are really driving me this week.  I’m not going to tell you them, but like I try not to get too ahead of it.  It’s obviously a little bit of fire that wants to burn there.  You want to achieve that, but like you still have to just hit golf shots.  It’s pretty cliché, but it’s very important that you just hit golf shots.

Q.  You won quite a few tournaments two years ago.  Why are you a better player now?  What’s clicked?

JED MORGAN:  I wouldn’t say anything’s clicked or anything out of the blue’s happened.  Like I started working with ‑‑ I was on and off with a sports psychologist and my mum and my dad sort of have always believed in me more than what I’ve believed in me.  Like, I don’t know what happened honestly.  It got to the first round of match play of Oz Am and I’m like, I just said ‑‑ I just, like I beat my first opponent, I think it was Jack Buchanan, and it just ignited something, a more competitiveness I think and eagerness to beat people.  But like nothing ‑‑ no, nothing special, nothing really out of the blue.  Just like ‑‑ and a couple things have gone my way as well, so I’m not going to deny those things, be grateful for those moments, yeah.

Q.  Any danger you won’t get the cash but if you win someone could share you a haircut?

JED MORGAN:  No, I’ve said why I’m keeping the hair.  I want to become sort of a novelty.

Q.  It’s a novelty.

JED MORGAN:  Someone throws some money at me to shave it for charity, I’d love to do it.  I’d love to raise a lot of money for it, but I’m not doing it until someone throws me the money at it.

Q.  Golf’s supposed to be serious business, you’re laughing.  Is that genuinely part of playing your best?

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, a hundred percent, like without a doubt.  I’m very serious when I want to be.  Like I’ve noticed that lately, I can be very serious and obviously some people would look at that and think like it’s a bit ordinary looking.  But I can’t really do much about it, it’s just like the way I look.  I try to have as much fun as I can because it’s pretty tough sometimes.

Q.  Sounds to me like what you’re describing is growing up.

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, growing up.  That’s what my old man said to me, like I’m becoming a young adult now and transitioning from a good amateur to hopefully one day a good professional.  That’s what I dream to be. 

Then like there’s so many more emotions to it rather than just golf.  Like there’s a lot to it and everyone knows that because they grew up, like when you’re doing something at a high level, when the emotion’s already high and you’re also going through things as a person, like it changes and you caught a bit of crap from people, but it also like shapes you as an individual.

Q.  There’s a whole pool of talented golfers out here, isn’t there?

JED MORGAN:  Yeah, like everyone out here can play golf.  Like there’s 288 exceptional players out there.  It’s the small things, like some things have to go your way and like you’ve also got to be telling yourself like you want to win this thing in my opinion.  Yeah, it’s a big week, it’s pretty cool.

Q.  Will you tell us on Sunday what’s driving you if you get home?

JED MORGAN:  I will, yeah, definitely.

Q.  We’re all cheering for you.

JED MORGAN:  Cheers, mate.  I appreciate that.


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