18 Questions With ... Trevor
May 19, 2008
Since winning his first major at the Masters, Trevor
Immelman has been on a whirlwind tour, which has included
his first-ever trip to New York. We caught up with
Immelman, the 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion,
recently to discuss the impact winning his first major has
had on him.
In a surprising twist, Immelman said he didn't recall
much from winning the '98 APL, which was the only other
time the USGA held a championship at Torrey Pines. Of
course, Torrey Pines is the site of this year's
. Immelman doesn't believe he'll be a favorite
because he won the APL there. He cited the course being
much different than it was in '98 due to renovations
made in 2001.
Did you ever think it would be this hard after winning a
Well, you know, you practice your whole life, you
practice and you dream and you just wish that you could win
the Masters or the British Open or any other of the other
majors. And then if you finally manage to pull it off
somehow, you're so unprepared for what's to follow.
And I think that you try your best to prepare for the stuff
on the course, but there's no way that you could have
explained to me what I was going to have to go through
afterwards. And obviously what I've got to make clear
maybe is that I'm not in any shape or form complaining
about it. I'm just saying that it is so far from what
I'm used to that it's probably going to take me a
little while to get used to.
What jacket size are you?
Did you have to tell them that ahead of time?
When you go down into the Butler cabin for the
presentation they have a couple different ones waiting
And did they make you one eventually?
Well, I felt like the one that they gave me there,
that's the one that I still got.
How much have you worn it since you won?
Not all that much, really. I wore it a lot that
night. And then I haven't really worn it in the last
two or three weeks, really. I haven't been home enough
to really get into it. At times when I've been at home
I've just been trying to catch up with everything else
that's going on. So that's why I look forward to
having some time off and catching up on a few things.
Have you been able to just relax at all sinceAugusta, maybe take a deep breath?
No, not really. I've been off two weeks off after [The
Players]. And it's going to be nice to get home and
just decompress, I guess, would be a good word, and just
try and figure out what's going on and how I'm
going to go about it from here.
What were some of the things that maybe surprised you
about what you had to deal with after winning the
I probably get about 30 to 40 Masters flags arriving at my
house every day. I never had to deal with that problem, not
that it's a problem. But you know what I mean; that
kind of thing. Those are just little adjustments that I am
going to have to learn to deal with and maybe take some
advice on and try to figure out how the other guys go about
And once you win a big tournament like [the Masters], your
expectation level probably rises. I've never played
when I had too high of expectations because I put too much
pressure on myself and go to tournaments and want to win
too badly, instead of going out there and free-wheeling it
a little bit more. So those are the things I'm going to
need to take some time away and figure out how I'm
going to go about it from here.
Are you much of a reader or TV watcher?
I do most of my reading when I'm on the road. But when
I'm at home, yeah, we do like to watch a bit of it. TV
at night. Once we put the little guy to bed, we normally
are watching some sport or watching something that's on
Do you try to pull in soccer or rugby fromSouth Africa?
I definitely watch the rugby. Absolutely. I have
bought into a channel that can show me all the different
games I need to see.
What's your favorite team?
The Western Stormers. Down in Cape Town and then obviously
the spring bucks is the national team. But I love American
sports too. I love basketball and football.
So you are wearing green for the Celtics?
You know obviously I [was] still kind of hoping for the
Yeah I followed them quite closely. And obviously they got
killed in the first game. They played better in the second
Have you been able to carve out time to watch American
Idol and do you have a favorite?
I [do] watch Idol, yes. I've been a little disappointed
with the results over the last couple weeks. Music is my
biggest hobby, so it's something I'm interested in.
When do you foresee yourself going back toSouth Africa?
Toward the end of the year. I'll be going down there
for the Nedbank Challenge, so at that point I'll be
heading down and meeting up with everybody down there.
The FedEx Cup television promotional spot that you did
last year, obviously, now that you won the Masters. Can you
talk about how that came about and what that was like to
It was fun. When did we shoot that? I think we shot it
toward the end of 2006, and obviously I played quite well
there in 2006. So they decided to run a commercial, and
when they came with the idea of Vijay [Singh] and I doing
it together, I was pretty excited. I've known Vijay for
a long time. He used to come and play down in South Africa
15 years ago.
He was real nice about it. We shot it in Tampa at the
facility there, and we got it all said and done in about
two and a half hours. We did a bunch of different takes
where we were doing different things. We had a great time
shooting it, and I think it came out quite well, other than
my corny put-on American accent. You know, the put-on
American accent is supposed to be Jim Nantz, but it
didn't quite [work]. That's why I golf and
don't act (laughter).
How much more recognized are you now, and has there been
any one really surprising place where you've been
recognized where you probably wouldn't have been a year
Yeah, obviously it's definitely kicked up a few
notches. Obviously I used to be recognized at golf courses
and golf clubs, but now every now and then I get spotted at
a mall or something like that.
No place really weird places like Waffle House or
anything like that?
Well, I haven't been to too many Waffle Houses lately,
so definitely not there. Once I take the hat off and get a
real goofy hairstyle, nobody cares about it.
Do you feel like in your career that you've almost
skipped a step - fromTrevorImmelman, PGA Tour member, toTrevorImmelman,Masterschampion?
I don't really think so. I mean, I think probably a
couple more Tour victories would be nice. You know, a whole
bunch more would be very nice. But, you know, hey, all I
know is you work your butt off, you try your best, and if
you happen to win a tournament, good for you. Obviously for
me, I timed my best golf on the right week there, and
obviously I'm thrilled about that. I'm sure not
going to give it back.