Gary McCord Chat Transcript

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 10, 2001, 4:00 pm
tgc_com - Welcome to TheGolfChannel.com's Pure Golf Experience room where we give you the chance to chat with some of your favorite golf personalities.
 
tgc_com - Our next Live Chat is with Senior PGA Tour player Gary McCord this Thursday, May 10th at 8:00 PM ET.
 
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ScottSWhat's the best lesson or tip you've ever received that you still use today?
 
Gary McCord - Make sure you hold your finish and you dress nicely!
 
golfreakhey gary i was wondering at what age did you start playing golf at a competitive level?? Thanx
 
Gary McCord - I was probably 17 years of age when I started playing competitively...started playing golf at 15.
 
SBergWhat is your opinion of what technology is doing to the game and will anything be done to slow it's effect on the game?
 
Gary McCord - Technology is allowing all of my buddies to hit the ball much farther, but luckily they all go into the trees on the right. In the hands of the golf pros, it's reducing the courses to pitch and putt courses.
 
ScottSI've run into you a few times in Vail, CO. Any hidden gems I should play next time we get out there?
 
Gary McCord - Hidden gems in Vail, Colorado...I'm a member of the CC of the Rockies, which is exceptional. The courses at Cordierlla are great also.
 
EHN12Gary, you have seen both in their prime, who is better Tiger or Jack?
 
Gary McCord - All comparisons are basically odious. Jack always had an achilles heal in his short game. Tiger has no weaknesses...his short game is phenomenal. Jack was just as good, with a couple of small holes in his game. I give the edge to Tiger.
 
SamboHow do you balance your schedule commentating and playing?
 
Gary McCord - I go as fast as I can until I splat on the wall.
 
ss5921I miss Ben Wright, and I think Frank Chirkinian is missed as well, but you still are the best in broadcasting golf,
 
Gary McCord - Thanks, Mom!
 
DocHoganWhat would you recommend for a 4 handicapper who suddenly lost his ability to putt??? I mean for the last 2 months and 6 putters later? Besides seeing a shrink ;)
 
Gary McCord - Keep it simple.
 
t-golfwhat do you think about during your pre-shot routine
 
Gary McCord - First, commit to the club I am going to hit. Second, I try to visualize the shot I am going to hit. Third, I try to think of one swing thought, whatever it is for that day.
 
ScottSWhat's your favorite course in Europe?
 
Gary McCord - I really haven't played in Europe...any suggestions?
 
EHN12Everyone is amazed with Tiger Woods length, but I feel it is his short game that makes him the most impressive player in golf. What do you think is Tiger's strengths that seperate him?
 
Gary McCord - That he has no weaknesses. I'm amazed at how well he does everything.
 
ScottSWhat's 'in the bag' right now? Are you playing one of the new solid balls?
 
Gary McCord - I'm trying out one of Taylor Made's ball called the Pro Plus, seems to be working pretty well. I am going to put it into play in about a month.
 
seatechwhat is the proper technique when playing off pine chips around the green?
 
Gary McCord - I have found the best way to use the pine chips is for mulch to start my barbecue at night. It burns very hot and tenderizes the meat better.
 
EHN12I loved your book and your role in 'tin cup' any plans for future books or movies?
 
Gary McCord - I have 10 pros writing a book together. It should be done in the next year or two. We're talking about a couple of different movies and a golf television sitcom, as well.
 
ScottSIf you could play only one more round of golf, where would it be?
 
Gary McCord - Hopefully in heaven, rather than hell.
 
mike23Should I teach my wife to play golf?
 
Gary McCord - At no time should you teach your wife, or even get 100 yards of your wife while she is learning golf. Let them do all the work and you stay out of the line of fire.
 
MojoWhere do you get your funny material?
 
Gary McCord - I steal it.
 
Don650What's the reason the pros are getting so much distance now? Solid ball and spring effect drivers?
 
Gary McCord - Combination of new technology, golf balls that maximize a player's launch angle, and a lot of players going to the gym.
 
Don650Who are the players that will be eligible to play in the next year or two that will make the Sr. Tour more interesting?
 
Gary McCord - The senior tour is not going to have the likes of a Trevino, Chi Chi or a Palmer. But we will get some good ones...Zoeller, Leitzke, Stadler...some players on the horizon with great personality that will help sell tickets. And MY next tournament I will play stark naked in the third round!
 
LoopyIf you did not have to balance the obligations of your schedule, what are the ideal tournamants you would like to commentate on and play in?
 
Gary McCord - If it was a perfect world, I would play in a $5million tournament, I was the only player in the field, and I would have a microphone so I could commentate as I proceeded. AND there would be a bar at the back of every green with Catherine Zeta Jones bartending.
 
EHN12Is the Senior tour what you thought or hoped it would be?
 
Gary McCord - Quite honestly, I thought the guys would be a lot older.
 
seatechWhe the CBS golf team covers an event, when does the team get to play the course? When you do play with the CBS team (I assume this happens), how many srokes do you give Farehty? Ha!
 
Gary McCord - I don't do any homework at all. My only job is to keep Feherty away from the Irish pubs!
 
ScottSKen Venturi is all class! What have you learned from him?
 
Gary McCord - I've learned that gray goes very well with white.
 
SBrownWhat kind of clubs do you play Gary?
 
Gary McCord - I play Taylor Made...300 series irons, 320 driver, Firesole 3 and 5-wood, and new prototype forged wedges. I wear Taylor Made speedo underwear...Titanium...good support.
 
JinjerGary, Are you going to be here in Dallas this week?
 
Gary McCord - Yes, I am coming in Friday. I expect everyone to be at the airport to meet me.
 
EddieRThanks for making golf coverage fun!
 
Gary McCord - Thanks. It's very easy for an idiot like myself.
 
seatechDo you regret you bikini wax comment at the Masters and how much do you miss covering this event?
 
Gary McCord - I've never missed the event. I actually go disguised as Verne Lundquist for the last few years, and no one really knows it.
 
LoopyWhat's the history behind your handlebars - when did you start waxing, how often do you wax, wax-off at night?
 
Gary McCord - It's not really a mustache. It's just long nose hairs that went awry. If I twist the ends and pull them, my eyes water.
tgc_com - Thanks for joining us tonight. Please post your questions for Gary McCord.
 
Don650Who are the best two or three young players today?
 
Gary McCord - I think of the kids that are coming up: Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Charles Howell III and the Boogie Man.
 
ss5921Will you incorporate the Telestrator in your future broadcasts?
 
Gary McCord - CBS won't let touch anything technical.
 
g8trmacHi, Gary. Quick question. What REALLY spurred your interest in broadcasting?
 
Gary McCord - Money.
 
EddieRWhat do you charge for lessons?
 
Gary McCord - $500/hr. And I've never had to give a lesson!
 
EHN12What does Phil need to do to win a Major?
 
Gary McCord - He needs to beat Tiger, duh!
 
seatechWhat do you think of Mike Weir's game? Do you think he has what it takes to win a Major?
 
Gary McCord - Mike has got all the qualities to challenge in the majors. He doesn't have too many negatives, what will hurt him in the long run is his lack of length.
 
GrinderWhats's the lowes competitive score you have ever recorder and what course did you fire it?
 
Gary McCord - I shot 56 on a video golf game...EA Sports, Tiger Woods edition. Never played better!
 
Gary McCord - The lowest score Really is a 63.
 
SBrownWhat pros(Ernie,Bernard,Faldo,etc,etc)do you see making a comeback in the near future?
 
Gary McCord - I would say Olazabal is going to do something pretty soon, I think.
 
Gary McCord - I am like Nostradamus with these predictions.
 
chochWhat do you think you need to do to win another event? a major?
 
Gary McCord - If I could play a little bit more, maybe. I need to putt the ball better. Once I do that, I'll be there.
 
GrinderDo you ever find that your outgoing nature inhibits the chance you may get into a 'zone' ?
 
Gary McCord - Being the certified idiot that I am, I can move in and out of the zone at will. The problem is, when I get into a zone, it's usually a no-parking zone...I'm immediately ticketed and have to go pick up my car from the impound.
 
ss5921If you won a major on the Senior Tour, would that give you the satisfaction that the under-50s get when winning their first major?
 
Gary McCord - NO!
 
MojoAren't most of the guys your age on the senior tour older than you?
 
Gary McCord - It's called bizarro world and I live there. I have a mobile home and live on the outskirts of bizarro world.
 
seatechWhat is Jim Nantz's handicap? I heard he played at the same college as Freddie Couples. Jim's a real credit to the CBS cast.
 
Gary McCord - Jim Nantz SUCKS at golf! Jim was Freddie's hairdresser through his tenure in college, and that's as close as he got to the golf team.
 
golfwrtrExplain how Mac O'Grady changed your swing
 
Gary McCord - He took me to the edge of the void, pushed me, I fell and fell and fell, and three parsecs later, I emerged on the cutting edge of golf wisdom, highlighted by an uncanny ability to secure my golf swing to the basic nature of the game. I now have fresh intelligence.
 
EHN12Who do you take for a celebrity partner, Ray Ramano, Bill Murray, or Joe Pesci
 
Gary McCord - If I wanted to amuse them, I would take Ray Romano. If I wanted to abuse them, I would take Joe Pesci. If I wanted to deal in the absurd, I would take Bill Murray.
 
dmaxxGary, what do you enjoy more now playing the game or commentating, by the way you are entertaining either way, at least for us Canadians
 
Gary McCord - I love the insecurity of doing both and dealing in pure mediocrity in every field I try.
 
SBrownDo you think you could take Colin Montgomerie in a 3 round exhibition match?
 
Gary McCord - I could take Monty, because I know by the third round he would tire, and I could put him in a four-figure leg lock, and the ref would have to call the match.
 
seatechHow do you compare what Annika Sorentstam is doing this year to what Tiger has done and continues to do?
 
Gary McCord - Tiger has set himself apart by winning 4 majors in a row, which I find fascinating in this day and age. Annika is dominating the LPGA, but until Annika starts running up a major streak, Tiger has got the edge right now.
 
chochHow much practicing do you do? How about some of the other seniors?
 
Gary McCord - When I'm out on the Senior Tour, I try to practice as much as I can because I don't play as much as the other pros. When I am working for CBS, I play and practice a little during the week, but not as much.
tgc_com - We've got about ten mintes left.
 
EHN12Ryder Cup prediction, U.S. or Europe?
 
Gary McCord - USA...USA....USA....
 
seatechYou obviously dont need the money so why do you contiunue to broadcast when you clearly have enough game to compete day in and out with the Senior Tour?
 
Gary McCord - Good question. This is my exact question to CBS since my contract ends at the end of the year....so I probably will play full time on the Senior Tour next year.
 
Gary McCord - Yes.
 
ss5921Is Greg Norman the best golfer in history to never win a major in the US?
 
Gary McCord - Yes.
 
slashHi Gary Whats the deal with Jonny Miller ? why isn't he out there kicking your butt on tour
 
Gary McCord - Cause he can't putt a lick!
 
seatechIt was a pleasure talking with you Gary. I actually have been laughing out loud at some of your responses. Keep up the good work and I will look forward to hearing your humor this weekend.
 
Gary McCord - You're probably on drugs.
 
EHN12Any golf course designs in the future?
 
Gary McCord - I'm thinking....in the meantime, how many letters does the longest word in the English language have?
 
Gary McCord - 1,909 letters...its a form of DNA.
tgc_com - I think its almost time for us to let Gary go...one last question.

tgc_com - Gary has decided to start asking his own questions, and he'd like to leave you all with this one...
 
Gary McCord - What is the longest recorded time in flight for a chicken?
 
SBrown47 seconds
 
ss592111 hours--me on a plane
 
GrinderI saw one fly for about 15 seconds once. I was trying to catch it for dinner.
 
vegascad33 seconds
 
EHN126 hours on a New York to L.A. direct flight?
 
waybackMore than three seconds, less than three minutes...
 
Gary McCord - The correct answer is 13 seconds.
tgc_com - Thanks to Gary McCord and all of you for joining us tonight!
 
Gary McCord - I am experiencing that warm and moist feeling below my waist....it is time to go and change my Depends. Good night everyone!
 
tgc_com - Goodnight Gary and thanks for the insight and especially the laughs!
 
tgc_com - Copyright TheGolfChannel.com 2001.
 
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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.