Golf Talk Live - Arnold Palmer Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 7, 2000, 5:00 pm
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ARNOLD PALMER
HI FOLKS. I'M ARNOLD PALMER AND THIS IS MY PARTNER, GARY PLAYER.
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PETER KESSLER
WELCOME, MR. PLAYER, TO THE SHOW. IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU, SIR.

GARY PLAYER
THANK YOU, PETER. NICE TO BE ON THE SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
THIS IS REALLY YOUR HOST. HE INVITED YOU.

GARY PLAYER
WELL THAT'S NICE.

PETER KESSLER
NOW THAT WAS 'CHALLENGE GOLF' WHEN YOU TWO TOOK ON ALL THE OTHER TWO-MAN TEAMS. WHO CARRIED WHO BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU IN 'CHALLENGE GOLF'?

GARY PLAYER
WELL, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY CARRIED ANYBODY. I THINK IT .

PETER KESSLER
IT'S NOT WHAT ARNOLD SAID.

GARY PLAYER
WELL, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO THE STORY. (LAUGH)

I THINK WE COMBINED VERY WELL. AND YOU KNOW, ARNOLD WOULD SORT OF AGGRESSIVELY GO FOR THAT FLAG AT THE BACK OF THE GREEN WITH A 3-WOOD

WHEN I WAS TAKING A 3-WOOD JUST TO GET ON THE FRONT OF THE GREEN. BUT I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU ONE MATCH WE HAD AND THAT WAS AGAINST MIKE SOUCHAK AND BOB ROSBURG.

AND WE'RE ONE DOWN PLAYING THE LAST HOLE, AND ARNOLD'S GOT A 30-FOOTER. AND HE STANDS UP THERE AND HE KNOCKS IT RIGHT IN THE HOLE. AND MAN, I GOT A SUCH A KICK. I RAN UP AND GAVE HIM SUCH A BIG HUG.

AND THEN WE TIED THE 19TH HOLE AND THE 20TH HOLE. AND THE 21ST HOLE, ARNOLD WAS IN THE TREES AND I WAS IN THE TREES. ROSBURG WAS LIKE THAT FROM THE HOLE (INDICATES WITH HANDS).

I KNOCKED OUT 12 FEET FROM THE HOLE AND HOLED IT. NOW WE GO TO THE 22ND HOLE, AND ARNOLD HITS THIS 1-IRON JUST LIKE A DART. AND HE PUTS IT ABOUT 20 FEET FROM THE HOLE.

AND ROSBURG MARKED HIS BALL WITH A COIN. AND ARNOLD HOLED THIS PUTT TO WIN THE MATCH. AND ROSBURG TOOK THAT PUTTER VERY ACCURATELY AND WENT 'SCHWAP!'

AND THAT PUTTER HIT THE COIN DOWN IN THE BOTTOM OF THAT GREEN. AND THE GREENS KEEPER SAW ME 7 YEARS LATER. HE SAYS, 'WE WERE SCARIFYING THAT GREEN. WE FOUND THAT COIN RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM.'

AND I MEAN, HE STILL - EVERY TIME I SEE HIM, HE'S SO HOT (LAUGH) . HE'S NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, IF I GET EITHER OF YOU ALONE, YOU'LL TELL ME, 'MAN, HE GOT IT UP AND DOWN FROM EVERYWHERE.' AND YOU WOULD TELL ME, 'ARNOLD DIDN'T GET IT UP AND DOWN. HE JUST GOT IT UP AND IN ON THE FIRST SHOT FROM OFF THE GREEN.'

WHO WAS REALLY BETTER AT THAT, ARNOLD?

ARNOLD PALMER
OH . ARE YOU KIDDING? IF HE COULDN'T PUTT AND CHIP, HE'D BE IN A GOLD MINE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

GARY PLAYER
WOULDN'T BE ALL THAT (LAUGH) .

ARNOLD PALMER
GOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHEW, THE .

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT AS THE OWNER OF THE GOLD MINE.

ARNOLD PALMER
NO, HE .

PETER KESSLER
GOT IT.

ARNOLD PALMER
HE'D HAVE THAT LAMP ON THE FRONT OF HIS HELMET.

GARY PLAYER
LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING INTERESTING. LOOK AT ARNOLD'S HANDS HERE - I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE SCREEN. NOW ARNOLD'S LITTLE FINGER IS THE EXACT SAME SIZE AS MY INDEX FINGER.

NOW THEY'RE POURING THE GOLD IN SOUTH AFRICA, WE'RE IN THIS ROOM . WE TOOK HIS MOM AND DAD AND WINNIE AND EVERYBODY, MARK MCCORMACK.

WE GO DOWN THE MINE. WE COME IN THIS BIG ROOM. THERE'S MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF GOLD IN THIS MAN CHEST (???). WELL, ANYBODY WHO COULD PICK THIS BAR OF GOLF WITH HIS HAND MAY HAVE IT.

SO ARNOLD SAYS, 'MUFF(???), ASK HIM IF I CAN HAVE A TRY?' SO I SAID, 'I'VE GOT A FRIEND HERE FROM AMERICA. HE'S A GOLFER. CAN HE TRY AND PICK THAT UP PLEASE?'

HE SAYS, 'CERTAINLY.' AND ARNOLD PUTS HIS HAND ON IT LIKE THAT AND PICKS IT UP LIKE THAT. THIS GUY SAYS, 'OH UH, EXCUSE ME SIR, I ONLY WORK HERE.' PALMER SAYS, 'YOU DID WORK HERE. YOU'RE GONE, MAN. THIS IS MINE.' (LAUGH)

ONLY MAN THAT EVER PICKED UP A BAR OF GOLD.

ARNOLD PALMER
I STARTED FOR THE DOOR BUT THEY STOPPED ME.

GARY PLAYER
BUT YOU DON'T THINK THAT HE STAYED AT 5 FOOT 10. HE NEVER GOT TALLER THAN THAT BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS BENDING OVER. MAN, HE COULDN'T GROW UP.

HE HAD TO STAY BENT BECAUSE HE'S BENDING DOWN AND PICKING THAT BALL OUT OF THE HOLE ALL THE TIME. HE WAS A '1- PUTTING-IST'.

AND I HEARD HIM ADMIT IT. HE DENIES SITTING THERE. HE ADMITTED IT, THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER HEARD HIM ADMIT IT.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE PART OF HIS GAME, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

GARY PLAYER
I THINK ARNOLD IS DEFINITELY .

ARNOLD PALMER
THE WHOLE THING. THE WHOLE THING.

(ALL LAUGH)

GARY PLAYER
YOU GOT A TRUMPET FOR HIM?

NOW I THINK THAT ARNOLD - I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT ARNOLD AND UM, BEN HOGAN AND LEE TREVINO WERE THE 3 BEST DRIVERS OF A GOLF BALL THAT I'D SEEN IN MY CAREER.

ARNOLD VERY SELDOM DROVE THE BALL IN THE ROUGH. HE DROVE IT LONG AND HE DROVE IT STRAIGHT, AND EVEN TODAY AT 70 . YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GET TO 70, YOU REALLY ARE GETTING ON. AND I MEAN, YOU KNOW ... (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
THEN WHY WAS HE OUT-DRIVING YOU EVERY HOLE LAST WEEK AT THE SKINS GAME?

GARY PLAYER
WERE YOU WATCHING THE SHOW CAREFULLY?

PETER KESSLER
I TRIED TO.

GARY PLAYER
WHAT WERE YOU SMOKING? (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
ANYTHING THAT YOU LEFT HERE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE.

GARY PLAYER
NO, HE DRIVES IT . AT 70 HE PLAYED, I THOUGHT, BEAUTIFULLY.

ARNOLD PALMER
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP SAYING 'AT 70'?

(GARY LAUGHS)

GARY PLAYER
WELL, I HEARD WHAT YOU WERE SAYING ABOUT ME AND JACK.

ARNOLD PALMER
AT 68, YOU'RE NOT DOING BAD EITHER.

GARY PLAYER
68 (LAUGH) . NO, HE'S BEEN A GREAT DRIVER, GREAT DRIVER.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE PART OF THAT GAME, WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE?

ARNOLD PALMER
OH, THERE'S NO QUESTION, IN GARY UH, COMPETITIVENESS, DESIRE. UH, HE HAS PROBABLY SPENT MORE TIME WORKING, AND PHYSICALLY AS WELL AS MENTALLY, TO DO WHAT HE HAS DONE IN GOLF.

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, WHETHER IT BE PUTTING, DRIVING, IRONS UH ... THE DESIRE AND THE COMPETITIVENESS IN HIM. I COULD TAKE .

I COULD TAKE A FEW YOUNG PLAYERS TODAY, AND IF I COULD TAKE HIS COMPETITIVENESS AND HIS DESIRE TO PLAY AND PLAY GOOD AND HIS 'NO GIVE UP' ATTITUDE AND PUT IT INTO A FEW PLAYERS THAT I SEE OUT THERE IN THE TOUR TODAY,

LORD KNOWS WHERE THEY'D GO. AND I'M TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION TIGER WOODS ALTHOUGH HE HAS A LOT OF THE SAME STUFF. THERE ARE GUYS OUT THERE THAT IF YOU JUST COULD GET THEM TO HAVE THAT - THE DESIRE,

AND THE WORK ATTITUDE THAT GARY PLAYER HAD, LORD KNOWS HOW GOOD THEY'D BE. AND I MEAN THAT. I . YOU AGREE WITH ME, DON'T YOU?

GARY PLAYER
WELL, IT'S A NICE UH .

ARNOLD PALMER
WHETHER YOU DO OR NOD IT, I'M SAYING IT.

(GARY LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
NOW I THOUGHT JUST FOR FUN, WHEN WE COME BACK, IT WAS TRUE THAT IN 1961 YOU WERE GOING FOR BACK TO BACK MASTERS AND HELPED YOUR BUDDY, GARY, WIN HIS FIRST MASTERS INSTEAD ON THE LAST HOLE WITH YOUR PLAY.

THE NEXT YEAR, OF COURSE, HE WAS GOING FOR BACK TO BACK MASTERS AND YOU DID SOME THINGS TO UPSET HIM. AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT BOTH OF THOSE THING AS SOON AS WE COME BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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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 right 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."

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.