Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Dick's Sporting Goods Open tees off in 47 days.
Monday, defending champion John Huston made a stop at En-Joie to talk to the media, and check out the golf course.
In this week's Action Sports Spotlight, Brendan O'Reilly talks to the champ about the golf course, and being a marked man at this year's event.
"Alright, here with the defending champ John Huston and John it's got to be exciting to be a defending champ again and represent the tour at one of these events. Tell about that, getting ready to defend that title."
"it is, you know. It's always a great feeling to win at anything, especially a big event like this and I'm looking forward to coming back for tournament week. Having seen a little bit of the golf course you would never know that there was any flood or anything, so you know you really have to take your hat off to the grounds crew and rocco and his staff," Huston says.
"and your a golf course owner, does that give you maybe a different appreciation for what these guys go through and deal with and maybe you don't get that kind of flooding down south but certainly that's a lot of work out there on the course."
"I know that we're getting a ton of rain right now at home. So I'm sure they're dealing with some of that themselves. And yeah it does, I know that there's a lot of headaches that go along with huge amounts of rain and just complaints from people like when are we going to be back open and stuff like that so, yeah I do have a different perspective."
"what does it take to win on the champions tour, now specifically this event you had made one bogey in your 3 rounds last year, does it take a tournament like that where you're just making birdies out of your mind to put up a big number?
"Yeah I think especially at a course like this it starts off the tee. You know you really have to drive the ball well here and and just have to make the putts that keep the round going. You know the 8 foot par putts and stuff like that. That's what really keeps a tournament together and ends up being a good score at the end of the week."
"And watching you work last year you seemed pretty calm, pretty methodical in your approach. I saw video on the PGA site of a putt that horse shoed out on you and you got mad at it and sent it to the lake. Are you an emotional guy out on the course or just that particular moment kind of got you?"
"I try to keep it in tact but you know there comes times when it gets..I'm definitely..I get a little firey but you know sometimes it gets the best of me I hate to admit it but overall I try my hardest to keep it on an even keel.
"well he's going to be on an even keel defending his championship here back at the En-Joie golf course. He's the defending champ John Huston ready for this years tournament.