Kevin Kesner kills the microphone in compression

CHARLOTTE, NC – Kevin Kesner’s trademark catchphrase – This Isn’t a Hobby – refers to his prowess at the course and the pursuit of cashing checks. But it could also reflect his ability as a world-class speaker in the media tent. Kesner doesn’t provide canned answers and was at his game on Wednesday when members of the media covering the Presidents Cup showered him with questions.

When asked how he knew he was one of Davis Love’s third team captain selections for the US team, Kessner said, “I actually reached out to Davis and asked if I needed to train or not during the Tour Championship because I’m probably going to go hang them for a while. So, he told me to stay awake. We talked about it every day that week, and then he kept calling me on Sunday and then he didn’t say anything, and I thought that was so weird. Finally he called me, and he was like, ‘Well, I can’t stand it’ Anymore. You’re on the team.”

He kept calling you and he didn’t say anything?

“Yeah, we were just talking about random things. It’s like, OK, I’ll talk to you later. I’m like what’s going on with this? About 3:30 that afternoon, he tells me.”

Do you think he was messing with you?

“I don’t know if he’s waiting for the Tour Championship to be over, or I don’t know what it is he wants. I think probably. Then he couldn’t take it anymore.”

On partnering with Phil Mickelson at the 2017 Presidents Cup:

“The first two holes we played an alternate shot, I left a few like putting a 30-foot bird into the gimme range, and he came up to me and said, ‘Stop doing that. You can hit them as hard as you want, and I guarantee you I’ll make every one of them come back. Phil Ho An elephant in most an elephant way.”

about being teased about being the oldest member of the US team three years ago.

“They are unrelenting in that,” he said. “I guess that’s the only thing they have on me because I shoot them non-stop. So it’s grandpa or pops all the time and how short I am. Everyone here is a freakin’ bomber. So they’re all laughing about it.”

On how he gets whipped to his opponent in a match game:

“It’s really annoying when there’s a guy behind you and he taps in front of you. It gets old quickly,” he said. “In match-play form, I like to be back there and make quicker shots that they weren’t expecting. This is what kills your mentality in gaming. I hope I can do that more often.”

On his plan in the President’s Cup:

“I’m going to peek at it,” he said, “and hopefully I’ll do a lot of punches to make people angry.”

World No. 1 Scottie Sheffler and his best friend Sam Burns:

“I played against Scotty Sheffler and Sam Burns on the first two days here. If you just combine them, you’ll probably have one welcome player even though they look like a half-brother over there to me,” Kessner said. They both go up there and hit it 350 down the middle of the little cut and then hit it right with the iron and then make a hit. It looks like a very simple game. I told the captains, if you don’t play these guys every game, you’re crazy.” [Scheffler and Burns are paired together in Thursday’s four-ball session.]

On his loyalty to his university, Georgia, and its football team:

“In ’17 I asked to sit in the afternoon because Georgia played Tennessee. (Captain Steve) Strick (er) like my grandfather? I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, this is my team.’”

On who would like to play the singles on Sunday:

“You have to beat Adam Scott. You have to beat him up and then tell everyone how much better you look than him,” said Kesner.

Never change Case, never change.

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