Golf Talk Live - Arnold Palmer Transcript Segment 2
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THE FINAL ROUND OF THE AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM TODAY, ON MONDAY,
WE WILL RE-AIR IT TOMORROW NIGHT AT 9 PM ON THE GOLF CHANNEL FROM ARNOLD'S GOLF COURSE, PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS.
THANKS. (SAYS WHILE LAUGHING)
YOU'RE WELCOME. NOW LOOK, IF YOU .
I KIND OF WISH (LAUGH) .
BUT IT ISN'T BAD.
IT'S YOURS NOW.
NO. IT'S A LOT .
IT'S PARTLY YOURS.
NOW IF YOU AND I ARE SITTING HERE TOGETHER AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR SIXTH YEAR, DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE HEALTH OF THE GOLF CHANNEL IS REASONABLY GOOD?
OH, THE GOLF CHANNEL IS FANTASTIC. AND I'M SO PROUD OF JOE GIBBS, NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE WHAT HE DID AND HOW HE GOT ME INTO THIS AND MADE IT ALL HAPPEN, AND UH,
TO THINK THAT I'VE BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THIS ORGANIZATION FOR GOING NOW INTO THE SIXTH YEAR, AND WATCHING WHAT JOE GIBBS HAS DONE WITH THIS BUSINESS,
IS FANTASTIC. AND IT'S NOT JUST FANTASTIC BECAUSE UH IT'S GOLF. IT'S FANTASTIC WE SATISFY AND THE GOLF CHANNEL HAS SATISFIED SO MANY PEOPLE.
I - THE ONE THING I HEAR A LOT, PETER, IS .
'THANKS FOR THE GOLF CHANNEL. WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY ENJOY WATCHING ON TELEVISION.' NOW THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE A BIG STATEMENT.
BUT IT IS A BIG STATEMENT WHEN YOU THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE ON TELEVISION TODAY. AND THERE ARE MORE BULLETS IN MY ROOM IN THE WALLS THAN YOU CAN EVER FACE FROM GUNS GOING OFF AND EVERYTHING.
THE GOLF CHANNEL HAS A SOFT APPEAL TO PEOPLE AND NOT JUST GOLFERS. AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE EVEN MORE ABOUT IT.
AND OF COURSE, THERE'S A BUSINESS TOO UH, THE BUSINESS OF ADVERTISING. AND WE'RE HITTING THE NUCLEUS OF THAT BUSINESS. WE'RE HITTING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.
AND THAT'S NICE TOO. ALL IN ALL UH, I GIVE EVERY EMPLOYEE OF THE GOLF CHANNEL JUST TREMENDOUS CREDIT. AND YOU, MY FRIEND, HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB.
AND PEOPLE TALK TO ME ABOUT YOU AND ARE WE GONNA KEEP PETER ON THE GOLF CHANNEL? I SAID, 'I'M GONNA . I GOT A ROPE AROUND HIS NECK. I'M GONNA KEEP HIM THERE.'
YES, YOU DO. AND YOU DON'T NEED TO HOLD IT REAL TIGHT `CAUSE I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
WELL, IT - WHAT YOU DO IS FANTASTIC AND . AND WE ALL KNOW THAT. AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK AT THE GOLF CHANNEL, THE ENTHUSIASM, AND THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC.
AND BOTH JOE AND I ARE VERY AWARE OF IT AND MOST APPRECIATIVE OF IT.
WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO MAKE WHAT WE DO BETTER AT THE GOLF CHANNEL, ALWAYS TRYING TO IMPROVE. WHAT DO YOU SEE DOWN THE ROAD IF SOMETHING'S GOING TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER?
WILL WE GET MORE PRESTIGIOUS GOLF TOURNAMENTS, FOR EXAMPLE?
WELL NOW, PETER, YOU KNOW ME WELL ENOUGH TO KNOW I'M A DREAMER.
THAT'S WHY I WANT TO HEAR A COUPLE. (LAUGH)
AND I HAVE ALL KIND OF THOUGHTS. AND UH . AND WE KIND OF GET IN ROOMS AND TALK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE UH YEARS TO COME.
RIGHT NOW, THE GOLF CHANNEL IS MOVING ALONG SMOOTHLY. WE'VE GOT RIGHTS FEES. WE'VE GOT UH SHOWS THAT ARE TOUGH TO DO. BUT YOU JUST - YOU JUST DID SOMETHING
THAT UH . AND THIS IS COMPETITIVE. LET'S LOOK AT IT FROM A COMPETITIVE STANDPOINT. AND THAT IS THAT UH, SOME OF THE LOCAL AFFILIATES DIDN'T CARRY THE CROSBY TODAY.
OR THE CROSBY, NOW AM I DATING MYSELF? (LAUGH)
NOT AT ALL, MOST OF US STILL CALL IT THAT.
WELL, THE AT&T, IF YOU WISH UH, BUT UH, PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM, ALL KINDS OF NAMES. BUT, YOU KNOW .
AMERICA IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE GOLF ORIENTED. NOW OPRAH'S GREAT AND I LOVE HER. BUT HERE YOU HAVE ONE OF THE - ONE OF THE BIG EVENTS IN SPORTS GOING ON
AND THEY AVOIDED IT. THEY WENT TO ANOTHER SHOW. THAT IS OUR OPPORTUNITY, WHAT YOU JUST SAID. WE'RE GONNA CARRY THAT SHOW.
AND WE'RE GONNA GIVE EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT. THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE WHAT LITTLE ADVANTAGE WE HAVE OVER THE BIG GUYS THAT GIVES US A SHOT.
AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE PEOPLE - SEE TIGER WIN HIS SIXTH TOURNAMENT IN A ROW. AND I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL. AND THAT'S WHAT WE STAND FOR.
WE STAND FOR PEOPLE THAT LIKE GOLF, WANT TO SEE SOMETHING SOFT AND NICE IN SPORTS AND SEE SOME COMPETITIVENESS TOO, AND DON'T THINK THERE WASN'T A LOT OF IT OUT THERE TODAY.
YOU ONCE SAID TO ME THAT YOU WANTED TO LEAVE A PATH FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW AND THAT JACK FOLLOWED THAT PATH.
IT SEEMS LIKE TODAY THAT TIGER'S FIGURED OUT A WAY TO COMBINE A COUPLE OF YOURS AND JACK'S STRENGTH INTO ONE PLAYER, KEEPS IT IN PLAY LIKE JACK, CHARGES LIKE YOU.
WHAT ABOUT THE PATH THAT HE'S SETTING TODAY?
WELL, HE'S . IT'S AMAZING. I MEAN, YOU THINK ABOUT IT, HE'S 24 YEARS OLD. AND HE'S ALREADY GOT A PATH UH IN BACK OF HIM.
AND UH, IF HE CONTINUES, AND I CAN'T SEE ANY REASON IN THE WORLD WHY HE CAN'T, YOU KNOW, I WAS NOT EVEN A - I WAS NOT PLAYING PROFESSIONAL GOLF WHEN I WAS 24 YEARS OLD.
AND UH, HE IS UH .
HE'S DRAWING A LINE AND IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH TO - FOR ANYONE TO IN - THAT I SEE RIGHT NOW, TO TOUCH HIM. AND UH, IF HE KEEPS HIS MIND ABOUT HIS BUSINESS AND ENJOYS THE GAME WHICH .
YOU KNOW, EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT TIGER WOODS AND THEY TALK ABOUT NUMEROUS THINGS. BUT RARELY DO THEY TALK ABOUT HOW STRONG HE IS AND HOW WELL HE SWINGS THE CLUB.
AND HOW MUCH HE'S IMPROVED.
AND HOW MUCH HE'S IMPROVED PERSONALLY.
NOW HE HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT PERSONALLY. AND I AM ONE OF HIS BIGGEST CRITICS AND HE KNOWS THAT.
BUT WHEN HE DOES THE THINGS THAT HE KNOWS THAT WE THINK ABOUT, AND DOES THEM VERY WELL, IT'S ONLY IN HIS BEST INTEREST. AND UH, HE'S DOING THEM BETTER.
AND HE'S GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER ALL THE TIME. AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT BAD. THAT'S PRETTY GOOD FOR GOLF .
BECAUSE IT ATTRACTS ATTENTION. HE'S ATTRACTING ATTENTION. AND HE HAS TO KNOW THAT AND HE HAS TO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. AND AT 24 YEARS OLD, THAT'S TOUGH.
BELIEVE ME, THAT'S TOUGH BECAUSE YOU GOT A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING TO YOU AND YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE 24 YEARS OLD BESIDES PLAY GOLF, LET'S SAY.
SO IT'S NOT EASY. BUT HE'S DOING IT PRETTY WELL RIGHT NOW. AND UH, I'M NOT TOTALLY GIVING HIM A CLEAN BILL YET. BUT UH, HE'S GETTING BETTER AND BETTER ABOUT IT.
AS WE GO TO BREAK, LET'S LOOK AT A LITTLE COMPARISON OF YOUR 1960 AND HIS 1999. AND AS WE MENTIONED JUST A COUPLE MINUTES AGO, SAME NUMBER OF WINS, 8.
ARNOLD WON 2 MAJORS, JUST MISSED THE THIRD LEG OF THE SLAM BY A SHOT. FIRST IN EARNINGS, BOTH OF THEM. AND A VERY SMALL DISPARITY IN THE PAY, 75 THOUSAND VERSUS 6.6 MILLION.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.
Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.
''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''
First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.
''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''
David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.
The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''
The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros
Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.
Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.
I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.
One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.
So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?
You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?
Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?
I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.
This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.
Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:
Once we give 'em a lesson, we are faced with:— Trackman Maestro (@TrackmanMaestro) January 16, 2018
A. Will they do what we asked them to do
B. Can they do what we asked them to do
C. Will they put in the practice time
D. The fact that golf is a hard game
We face multiple barriers as golf instructors.
On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.
The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:
“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”
Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.
Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.
Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.
Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field
Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.
After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth.
Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation.
Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”
After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).
Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129.
The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.