Golf Talk Live - Arnold Palmer Transcript Segment 1
WHEN HE WAS 30, HE WAS WINNING MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST YOUNG CHILDREN. NOW THAT HE'S 70, HE STILL OUT-DRIVES THE KIDS. AND SOMETIMES TO AMUSE HIMSELF, HE LETS ONE OF THEM WIN A SKIN.
VISIT WITH ARNOLD PALMER FOR A WHILE FOR HIS PAL, GARY PLAYER, DROPS BY TO WREAK HAVOC ON THE PROCEEDINGS ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
IT BEGAN AS A FAINT RUMBLE.
LIKE A SMALL ROCKSLIDE IN THE ALLEGHENY MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE HE WAS BORN, HE WON THE U.S. AMATEUR, AND MET AND MARRIED WINNIE IN 1954.
HE HAD NO MONEY, AND THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE HE LOVED ENOUGH TO TRY.
BUT ARNOLD PALMER HAD DREAMS. AND HE BEGAN TO MAKE THEM COME TRUE.
PALMER LEARNED WHAT LITTLE HE DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW ABOUT WINNING AND WINNING ON TOUR. HE TESTED THE COMPETITION AND ADAPTED TO THE DEMANDS OF EACH NEW COURSE AS HE AND THE TOUR CHASED THE WARM SUN AROUND THE COUNTRY.
THE WINS MULTIPLIED, AND MONEY AND ENDORSEMENTS RUSHED IN
THERE WAS A CHISELED LOOK TO HIS FACE AND BODY AS THOUGH HE HAD BEEN CARVED FROM THOSE MOUNTAINS BACK HOME.
AND AS WE GREW TO KNOW HIM, WE SETTLED ON HIS BASIC DECENCY, WIN OR LOSE, AS THE FOUNDATION OF HIS STRENGTH, AS THE SOURCE OF HIS APPEAL.
WE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS STYLE, WITH HIS 'LET'S GO FOR IT TODAY' ATTITUDE 'AND IF WE BLOW IT THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW.'
THERE'S AN UNWAVERING SET OF VALUES, AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST TO WIN, A CLEAR TRAIL FOR US TO FOLLOW.
AND THERE'S A FRIEND WHO WANTS ONLY TO BREAK YOUR HEART AND YOUR WALLET WITH THE MAGNIFICENCE OF HIS GAME.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE AS THIS NIGHT AND THIS GUEST MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE SIXTH YEAR OF THE GOLF CHANNEL.
I'M PETER KESSLER AND OUR GUEST, THE MOST CELEBRATED PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME, ARNOLD PALMER.
I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU, ARNOLD.
AND I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT ACCEPTING YOUR INVITATION TO COME OVER AND LOSE ALL MY MONEY OVER AT BAYHILL.
OH, IT'S OPEN.
I APPRECIATE THAT. I'M GONNA WAIT TILL YOU'RE 80 AND THEN I THINK I'LL BE READY.
OH NO, WE'D - WE'D DO IT BEFORE THAT.
ARNOLD, I'M SO SORRY ABOUT WINNIE. ALL OF US ARE.
AND I THINK WE WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE DOING OKAY AND THAT YOU'RE GONNA BE OKAY.
(ARNOLD GESTURES BUT SAYS NOTHING)
REMEMBER WHEN SHE USED TO COME TO THE SHOW AND SHE FOUND US SO FASCINATING THAT SHE'D NEVER PAID ATTENTION TO ANYTHING WE EVER DID.
SHE WOULD READ A BOOK. SHE WOULD WRITE A NOTE. SHE WOULD CONDUCT BUSINESS. SHE WOULD KNIT. AND AT THE END OF THE SHOW, SHE WOULD COME AND COLLECT YOU.
AND SHE'D BE MAD AT ME.
(ARNOLD POINTS TO HIMSELF BUT SAYS NOTHING)
THE FIRST TIME I WAS AT YOUR HOME, THERE WAS A JAR WITH A RED LIQUID IN IT AND THE LABEL SAID 'MUDDLE MIX'. AND WINNIE POURED SOME OF THAT INTO A GLASS WITH SOME OTHER LIQUID.
AND I HAVEN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE, AND THAT WAS ALMOST 6 YEARS AGO. WAS ANYTHING IN THAT LEGAL?
EVERYTHING WAS. AND IT'S A . IT'S A POTION THAT IS VERY GOOD AND KEEPS YOU YOUNG. NOW YOU MIGHT TRY IT SOME MORE, PETER.
DID YOU BRING IT WITH YOU?
NO, NO, NO, NO. I DIDN'T MEAN THAT UH - WELL, YOU MIGHT.
HOW DID SHE PUT UP WITH YOU?
THAT'S AMAZING. UH .
I, YOU KNOW, WAS . EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED UH SHE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH.
THERE WAS SO MUCH COMMOTION AROUND YOU ALWAYS. BUT YET THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT WINNIE THAT LET HER HANDLE ALL OF THAT IN STRIDE WITHOUT COMMOTION AND MAGNIFICENTLY. WHAT WAS IT?
WELL SHE - SHE KEPT HER COOL. SHE UH . (WIPES TEARS FROM EYES)
SHE UH KNEW ME. AND SHE KNEW HOW TO HANDLE ME. AND THAT WAS IT.
SHE HAD AN AWFULLY FULL LIFE WITH VERY LITTLE REGRETS, DIDN'T SHE?
WELL, WE HAD A GREAT LIFE. AND UH, PART OF THAT WAS THAT THE THINGS THAT WE DID UH .
WE WERE OPPOSITES TO A DEGREE. UH, SHE WAS NOT A GOLFER REALLY. SHE ENJOYED WATCHING AND SHE ENJOYED SEEING THE GAME. AND THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS.
SHE DID A LOT OF THINGS THAT I DID NOT DO. SHE READ A LOT. UH, I READ SPARINGLY,
OBVIOUSLY. AND DON'T LAUGH.
UH, AND SHE TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING FOR ME. SHE UH, SHE KNEW THE RIGHT TIMES AND THE RIGHT PLACES. AND SHE KNEW WHAT TO SAY AT THE RIGHT TIME. UH .
SO I . AFTER 45 YEARS, YOU GET TO BE DEPENDING ON THAT. YOU KNOW, YOU SORT OF GO ALONG WITH IT. AND .
AND IT WAS GREAT. UH .
AND TODAY, IT'S A LITTLE EMPTY OUT THERE. BUT IT'S GETTING BETTER AS TIME GOES ON. AND UH, SHE WOULDN'T WANT IT TO BE ANY OTHER WAY. UH .
GET ON WITH IT.
SEEMS LIKE ONE THING THAT'S GOING PARTICULARLY WELL LATELY IS YOUR GOLF GAME SEEMS A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
WELL (SIGH) . YES. AND - AND SHE WOULD SAY 'IT'S ABOUT TIME.' (CHUCKLE)
UH, FORGET THE YEARS AND ALL THAT STUFF. UH, IT'S STILL VERY IMPORTANT. AND SHE KNEW THAT TOO. AND UH,
I FEEL BETTER ABOUT IT. I FEEL UH, MAYBE THAT I'M . AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I'M GONNA PLAY. BUT UH,
IT'S CERTAINLY BETTER. UM, I'M HITTING THE BALL . I GOT INTO A RHYTHM, A TIGER WOODS RHYTHM, HOW'S THAT?
THAT'S A GOOD RHYTHM. I THINK HE STOLE IT FROM YOU.
AND - AND, OF COURSE, I COULD - I COULD DO A UH - A UH GOLF ACADEMY FOR YOU RIGHT NOW AND . BUT SERIOUSLY UH,
I - IN THE LAST, OH, MONTH OR TWO, I'VE BEEN HITTING SOME BALLS AND . AND I FEEL LIKE UH - AND I WATCH TIGER, AS A MATTER OF FACT.
AND . AND UH, MAYBE IT'S BROUGHT BACK SOME OLD FEELINGS ABOUT MY GOLF GAME THAT CERTAINLY ISN'T GONNA THREATEN HIM
BUT MIGHT THREATEN SOME OF THOSE OLD GUYS OUT THERE IN THE TOUR A LITTLE BIT, I HOPE. BUT GETTING THE CLUB BACK AND GETTING IT UP THERE AND THEN GOING AHEAD AND RELEASING IT.
I MARVEL AT TIGER WOODS' ABILITY TO RELEASE THE CLUB THROUGH THE BALL. I DON'T - I HAVE NOT SEEN A PLAYER .
MAYBE NICKLAUS, UH, MAYBE PLAYER A LITTLE BIT, BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT I'VE EVER SEEN ANYONE RELEASE THE CLUB THROUGH THE BALL WITH THE CLUBHEAD SPEED THAT TIGER DOES.
AND IT'S FREE. IT'S FLOWING. AND OF COURSE, IF HE HAS A SECRET UH, IT'S HIS ABILITY TO MENTALLY HANDLE IT, BUT AS WELL, TO GET THAT CLUB THROUGH THE BALL ON-LINE AS FAST AS HE DOES.
NOW WINNIE KNEW THAT GOLF WAS GONNA BE THERAPY FOR YOU. GOLF HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHAT YOU TURNED TO. WHAT INSTRUCTIONS DID SHE GIVE YOU ABOUT PLAYING GOLF? WHAT DID SHE TELL YOU TO DO?
WELL, THERAPY WAS MAKING ENOUGH MONEY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE UH, PETER (CHUCKLE). I MEAN, SHE KNEW WE NEEDED TO DO THAT. AND UH,
OH, WE HAD A GOOD TIME DOING THAT. AND ... AND FROM THE BEGINNING UH, IT WAS TOUGH. IT WAS - IT WAS . YOU KNOW .
GOLLY, WE USED TO SIT AROUND AND WATCH THE GUYS TODAY PLAYING GOLF AND - ON THE TOUR AND SEE THESE MILLION DOLLAR FIRST PRIZES AND ALL THAT STUFF.
AND WE USED TO LAUGH UH OVER A COCKTAIL OR UH JUST IN THE EVENING TALKING ABOUT THE GAME. AND WHEN UH I WAS WINNING TOURNAMENTS IN THE EARLY DAYS AND I WAS .
IF EVERYTHING WENT WELL AND I WON 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR WINNING THE TOURNAMENT, UH, THAT WAS GREAT. BUT IF I FINISHED FOURTEENTH, I WON A HUNDRED DOLLARS. AND FIFTEENTH WAS THE LAST MONEY PLACE.
WE FELT LIKE WE WERE IN THE MONEY AND IT WASN'T BAD. UH, AND WE . WE DID ENJOY THAT. WE USED TO SIT AND JUST THINK ABOUT
MY GOODNESS UH, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE A 154 PLAYERS PLAYING FOR UH .
15 MONEY PLACES IN THOSE DAYS. FIRST PLACE WAS MAYBE 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND LAST PLACE WAS FIFTEENTH, MAYBE A HUNDRED DOLLARS.
NOW I KNOW THAT WE'VE HAD SOME INFLATION. AND I KNOW THAT THE TOUR HAS MADE SOME GREAT STRIDES. BUT THAT'S PRETTY UNBELIEVABLE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
IN 1960, YOU WON THE SAME NUMBER OF GOLF TOURNAMENTS THAT TIGER WON LAST YEAR. YOU WON 8 PGA TOUR EVENTS AND 2 MAJORS TO HIS 1 MAJOR.
HE WON ALMOST 7 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS MORE THAN JACK WON IN HIS WHOLE CAREER, AGAINST YOUR 75 THOUSAND IN 1960 FOR THOSE 8 VICTORIES.
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO SAY JACK WON IN HIS WHOLE CAREER?
BECAUSE I WAS JUST TRYING TO PUT THE 2 OF YOU IN A CATEGORY WHERE TIGER WOULD .
WELL, IT WAS A HELL OF A LOT MORE THAN I WON IN MY WHOLE CAREER.
I DIDN'T - I WASN'T THE ONE WHO SAID THAT. YOU SAID THAT.
NO, YOU SAID IT. (LAUGH)
I'M GETTING OUT OF THIS ONE. I'M GETTING OUT OF HERE. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.
Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.
As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.
"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."
Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.
Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.
Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.
But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.
Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.
Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:
Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180
Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70
Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5
Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450
Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200
Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.
Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.
“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.
“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”
Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.
“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.
Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.
Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim.
Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.