Golf Talk Live - Bernard Gallacher Transcript Segment 3
YOU KNOW LONG BEFORE THERE WERE WARS AT THE SHORES AND, AND PEOPLE JUMPING UP AND DOWN ON GREENS, THERE WAS THE DAVE HILL - KEN STILL
MATCH OF 1969 THAT YOU WERE INVOLVED IN. TELL US ABOUT THE 7TH AND 8TH HOLES.
WELL IT WAS ERIC BROWN, OUR CAPTAIN HAD US REALLY WOUN... WELL HAD ME AT LEAST WOUND UP ALL WEEK, YOU KNOW, GO OUT, GO AND GET THEM, AND BRIAN HUGGIT WAS REALLY TEMPERAMENTALLY
QUITE AGGRESSIVE AS WELL, AND WE
PLAYED IN A FOUR BALL MATCH AGAINST DAVE HILL AND KEN STILL AND IT REALLY STARTED ON THE FIRST GREEN AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, BECAUSE BRIAN HUGGIT HAD SOME SORT OF PUTT FOR THE WIN OR,
EV... MAYBE FOR THE HALVE, BUT HE SUDDENLY STOOD BACK FROM HIS PUTT AND LOOKED AROUND AT DAVE HILL AND SAID STOP WALKING AROUND WHEN I'M PUTTING BECAUSE DAVE HILL IN THOSE DAYS, HE WAS A SORT OF JUMPY SORT OF GUY. CHAIN SMOKER AND HE WASN'T
TRYING TO PUT US OFF, HE WOULD JUST SORT OF MOVE, JUST AGITATED AND READY TO GO, BUT, IT WOULDN'T HAVE UPSET ME BUT IT OBVIOUSLY UPSET BRIAN SO WE GOT OFF TO A BAD START, AND THEN ON THE 7TH HOLE DAVE PUTTED OUT OF TURN. HE JUST SIMPLY PUTTED OUT OF
TURN. HE ROLLED UP FROM 20, 20 FEET AWAY AND KNOCKED IT UP 2 FEET AWAY AND PROCEEDED TO PUTT OUT AND BRIAN HUGGIT SAID YOU CAN'T DO THAT. AND I LOOKED AND I WASN'T SURE WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO BECAUSE
I WAS QUIET YOUNG AND I SAID NO YOU CAN'T DO THAT. I WOULD SUPPORT MY PARTNER.... AND BRIAN SAID YOU PUTTED OUT OF TURN THERE, AND THE REFEREE, WE DIDN'T HAVE PROFESSIONAL REFEREES IN THOSE DAYS. WE HAD CLUB PROS, LIKE
BEING A CLUB PRO WALKING AROUND WITH A RULE BOOK, AND HE'S LOOKING THROUGH THIS RULE BOOK TRYING TO FIND THE RULE OF PUTTING OUT OF TURN IN A FOUR BALL AND HE COULDN'T FIND IT RIGHT AWAY, AND KEN STILL CHARGES ON
TO THE GREEN AND HE SAID IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU GUYS WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME TAKE THE HOLE, SO BRIAN AND I LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND THINK WELL THAT SOUNDS LIKE A CONCESSION TO US
SO FINE WE PICKED OUR BALL UP AND WENT, THEN THE REFEREE FOUND THE RULE AND SAID REPLACE IT AND BRIAN HUGGIT SAID NO, HE SAID, HE, HE'S CONCEDED THE HOLE TO US AND SO THAT WAS IT. WE SUDDENLY GO ONE UP AND
YOU KNOW DAVE HILL AND KEN STILL ARE SO MAD AND SO ANGRY WITH US AND KEN STILL COULDN'T HAVE SHOT AFTER THAT BECAUSE HE WAS SO ANGRY AND DAVE HILL, WHO'S A GOOD SWINGER OF THE CLUB, A REALLY GOOD PLAYER, VERY
CORRECT, HE INSPIRED DAVE HILL, HE WAS REALLY, STARTED TO PLAY OUT OF HIS BOOTS NOW AND HE REALLY BEAT US ON HIS, ON HIS OWN. BRIAN HUGGIT AND I PLAYED PRETTY WELL AND THE CROWD WERE REALLY FOR US AND THE CROWD
WERE BOOING THEM, AND AS YOU, WHEN WE GOT ON THE 8TH FOR INSTANCE, I PUTTED DOWN, DICK KEN STILL PUTTED DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET AWAY BUT HE WAS INSIDE DAVE HILL'S PUTT. HE WAS LYING ABOUT SEVEN FEET AWAY SO I WENT ACROSS AND PICKED UP HIS BALL AND SAID YOU CAN HAVE THAT PUTT, BUT HE WANTED TO PUTT IT. HE SAID YOU CAN'T
DO THAT. I SAID YEAH I CAN GIVE YOU, I'VE JUST GIVEN YOU THE PUTT, BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO PUTT IT AND SHOW
DAVID HILL THE LINE.
BUT HE GOT A BIT MIXED UP WITH THE PREVIOUS GREEN AND HE, KEN, KEN STILL, YOU KNOW, I, I WAS JUST HOPE, I JUST HOPE THAT SOME DAY WE MEET AGAIN. WE CAN SIT DOWN, HAVE A DRINK AND TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY,
THEY WERE REALLY VERY COMPETITIVE BACK THERE, BUT DAVE HILL, THERE'S NO HAPPY ENDING AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED BECAUSE DAVE HILL EAGLED THE 17TH TO BEAT US TWO AND ONE AND I
THINK IF THERE WAS A MORAL TO THIS STORY IS DON'T GET DAVE HILL MAD BECAUSE WHEN HE GETS MAD HE REALLY DOES PLAY GREAT.
AND OF COURSE THE NEXT YEAR HE GOT MAD BECAUSE HE DIDN'T LIKE THE HAZELTINE GOLF COURSE WHERE THE U.S OPEN WAS AND HE WON BY SEVEN SHOTS.
YEAH, WELL HE
BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY.
HE'S IN, WELL, IN THOSE DAYS HE WAS AN ANGRY GUY. HE WAS IN, BRIAN HUGGIT AND I WERE PRETTY ANGRY TOO SO THERE WAS THREE ANGRY GUYS AND KEN STILL PLAYING, AND SO WHEN THEY TALK
ABOUT BOSTON AND THE WAR ON THE SHORE NOW, BACK IN '69 IT WAS,
YOU KNOW, IT WAS PRETTY, IT WAS A PRETTY FACIFEROUS ANGRY MATCH TOO.
IN '69, LEE TREVINO WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME
HE WON THE U.S. OPEN THE YEAR BEFORE. TELL US THE SWEET MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF BEATING HIM IN SINGLES IN '69.
WELL PREV... IN THE PREVIOUS, EARLIER IN THE SUMMER I HAD PLAYED LEE TREVINO IN A MATCH IN SCOTLAND AGAINST ORVILLE MOODIE AND UH, WHO HAD WON THE U.S. OPEN THAT YEAR AND
I HAD, I HAD BEATEN THEM BOTH IN A MATCH, AN EXHIBITION MATCH IN SCOTLAND IN FRONT OF QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE SO YOU KNOW I WASN'T, I WAS UP TO PLAYING THEM AND I HAD ERIC BROWN, OUR CAPTAIN HAD RESTED ME FROM THE MORNING SINGLES. IN THOSE DAYS WE PLAYED TWO SETS OF SINGLES
THE LAST DAY AND I WASN'T SURE IF I WAS GOING TO PLAY IN THE AFTERNOON, AND ERIC, QUITE RIGHTLY, AND THIS IS A GOOD CAPTAIN, HE KEPT ME ON, HE DIDN'T SAY I WAS PLAYING, HE DIDN'T SAY I WASN'T PLAYING, HE SAID JUST BE READY
IN CASE I NEED YOU AND ALL MORNING I WAS WAITING, AM I GOING TO PLAY AND I WAS DIEING TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY AND HE SAID, RIGHT, YOU'RE PLAYING THIS AFTERNOON, YOU'RE PLAYING LEE TREVINO AND I START RUN ONTO THAT
TEE AND I, I DON'T REMEMBER BEING APPREHENSIVE. I, I JUST WANTED TO PUT A GOOD SHOW ON AND I RAN OUT FOUR AND THREE WINNERS WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR OUR TEAM AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION THEN AND NOW TO WHAT IS ONE OF THE GREAT ACTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP EVER, JACK NICKLAUS CONCEDING TONY JACKLIN'S SHORT BUT MISABLE PUTT ON THE FINAL GREEN TO
ENSURE A TIE FOR THE MATCHES, RETENTION OF THE CUP FOR THE U.S. AND OF COURSE ONE OF THE YEARS THE U.S. KEPT THE CUP AND WERE NICE ENOUGH TO GIVE IT TO YOUR TEAM FOR THE OTHER YEAR BECAUSE OF THE TIE, NOT THAT
THAT EVER HAPPENED AGAIN
AND AS WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SITUATION NOW, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION AT THE TIME AS YOU REMEMBER?
WELL MY REACTION WAS THAT JACK WAS GOING TO HOLE HIS AND IT GOES PAST AND OF COURSE JACK'S NOW GOT A TOUGH PUTT HIMSELF.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER IN BACKGROUND SPEAKING SOFTLY DESCRIBING THE TOURNAMENT PLAY
29:35 THRU (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
I MEAN THAT IS A TOUGH PUTT. KNOCKS IT STRAIGHT IN, AND JACK
JACK IS ONE OF, JACK IS A GREAT GUY. TONY WOULD HAVE HOLED THAT PUTT, I'M CONVINCED OF THAT, BUT THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LOOKING BACK, I WAS HAPPY THAT JACK GAVE HIM THAT. I WAS HAPPY FOR TONY JACKLIN.
AND TONY JACKLIN WAS OPEN CHAMPION AND JACK KNEW HE WAS GOING TO HOLE IT I THINK BUT HE WASN'T GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF HIM MISSING IT, AND LOOKING BACK NOW IT
WAS THE DEAD RIGHT THING TO DO AND I JUST HOPE THAT IF THE OCCASION COMES TODAY THAT, THAT SOMEBODY'S ALLOWED TO DO THAT ON THE LAST GREEN. I JUST, THEY MAY NOT ALLOW HIM TO, TO GIVE A PUTT LIKE THAT ON THE
LAST GREEN TODAY IF IT MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING BUT, THAT, THAT'S JACK NICKLAUS, THAT'S WHY JACK NICKLAUS STANDS OUT TO MY MIND AS SOMEONE ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL TO EVERYBODY ELSE.
THAT'S WHY HE'S A GREAT PLAYER.
AND OF COURSE
SAM SNEAD WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE U.S SIDE. HE'S STILL MAD.
OH YEAH. YEAH. HE'S STILL MAD. YEAH.
THAT JACK CONCEDED THE PUTT.
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH THAT JACK, HE WAS REALLY ANGRY. WE WERE TOLD THAT, THAT UH THAT JACK HAD TO STAND UP TO SAM AND SAY I'M SORRY SAM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I'M NOT SURE IF
THAT'S TRUE, BUT SAM SNEAD WAS A TOUGH, WAS TOUGH, GREAT PLAYER, BUT REALLY HARD MAN ON THE GOLF COURSE.
WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE RYDER CUP AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT SOME RYDER CUP STATS AS THEY RELATE TO BERNARD. YOU CAN SEE THEM RIGHT THERE. WE'LL REJOIN YOU IN JUST A MOMENT.
Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief
A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.
The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.
The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.
Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.
"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."
LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse
The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.
While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.
The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).
The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.
An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.
The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.
The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.
“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”
While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.
For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.
Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:
Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million
Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million
Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million
March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million
March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million
March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million
March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million
April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million
April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million
April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million
May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million
May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million
May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million
May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million
June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million
June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million
June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million
June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million
July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million
July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million
July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million
Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million
Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million
Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million
Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million
Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million
Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million
Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million
Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million
Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million
Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million
Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million
Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Jordan Spieth
Dismissed because he’s supposedly too short off the tee, or not accurate enough with his irons, or just a streaky putter, Jordan Spieth is almost never the answer to the question of which top player, when he’s at his best, would win in a head-to-head match.
And yet here he is, at the age of 24, with 11 career wins and three majors, on a pace that compares favorably with the giants of the game. He might not possess the firepower of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but since he burst onto the PGA Tour in 2013 he has all that matters – a better résumé.
Spieth took the next step in his development this year by becoming the Tour’s best iron player – and its most mentally tough.
Just a great putter? Oh, puhleeze: He won three times despite putting statistics (42nd) that were his worst since his rookie year. Instead, he led the Tour in strokes gained-approach the green and this summer showed the discipline, golf IQ and bounce-back ability that makes him such a unique talent.
Even with his putter misbehaving, Spieth closed out the Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot in the playoff, then, in perhaps an even bigger surprise, perfectly executed the player-caddie celebration, chest-bumping caddie Michael Greller. A few weeks later, sublime iron play carried him into the lead at Royal Birkdale, his first in a major since his epic collapse at the 2016 Masters.
Once again his trusty putter betrayed him, and by the time he arrived on the 13th tee, he was tied with Matt Kuchar. What happened next was the stuff of legend – a lengthy ruling, gutsy up-and-down, stuffed tee shot and go-get-that putt – that lifted Spieth to his third major title.
Though he couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam at the PGA, he’ll likely have, oh, another two decades to join golf’s most exclusive club.
In the barroom debate of best vs. best, you can take the guys with the flair, with the booming tee shots and the sky-high irons. Spieth will just take the trophies.
Masters Tournament: Return to the 12th; faltering on Sunday (T-11)
U.S. Open: 1 over usually good ... not at Erin Hills (T-35)
The Open: Unforgettable finish leads to major win No. 3 (1st)
PGA Championship: Career Grand Slam bid comes up well short (T-28)
TWO REGULAR TOUR WINS
AT&T Pebble Beach
FUN OUTSIDE OF TOUR LIFE
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18