Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ONE OF YOUR FANS. WE'VE GOT JIM IN ONTARIO. GO AHEAD JIM.

JIM, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HI. THANKS, PETER, FOR TAKING MY CALL. HELLO BRUCE.

BRUCE LIETZKE
HI JIM.

JIM, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I KNOW YOU'VE HAD SOME GREAT SUCCESS UP HERE, IN FACT, DONE THINGS THAT UH JACK NICKLAUS HASN'T DONE, THAT'S WIN THE CANADIAN OPEN A COUPLE TIMES AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE COMING BACK. BUT I,

I WANTED TO GET TO A POINT UH, IF I COULD, ABOUT HOW INFREQUENTLY YOU PLAY. UH, EITHER CONFIRM OR DENY, IF YOU WOULD. THERE'S A STORY SOME TIME BACK ABOUT YOUR CADDIE LEAVING A BANANA PEEL UNDERNEATH THE HEAD A GOLF CLUB, UH, HEAD COVER, RATHER,

AND WONDERING WHETHER UH YOU WOULD PLAY OR NOT. AND HE SAID, '5, 6 WEEKS LATER, THERE WAS THAT OLD BLACK BANANA SKIN AND UH, YOU HADN'T PLAYED AT ALL.' IS THAT A FACT?

BRUCE LIETZKE
WELL, YOU - YOU'VE MISSED THE, THE TIME TABLE JUST A LITTLE BIT.

JIM, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OKAY.

BRUCE LIETZKE
BUT MOST, MOST PEOPLE DO. UH, HE - I HAD JUST HIRED HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF 1985. ORLANDO, UH, THE DISNEY WORLD TOURNAMENT WAS THE LAST TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR. AND THAT'S BACK WHEN WE HAD A NICE LONG OFF SEASON.

I WAS FINISHED FOR THE YEAR, DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY ANYMORE, UH, TOLD HIM TO PACK UP THE BAG AND TAKE ALL THE WET TOWELS OUT AND ANYTHING THAT WAS IN THERE THAT WAS WET 'CAUSE I WASN'T GONNA TOUCH THE CLUBS, AS IT TURNS OUT, FOR 15 WEEKS.

MY NEXT TOURNAMENT WAS THE BOB HOPE TOURNAMENT. HE DIDN'T BELIEVE ME. SO HE STUCK A BANANA UP IN THE HEAD COVER. UH, 15 WEEKS LATER WHEN HE TOOK THE BAG OUT OF THE TRUNK - I DIDN'T EVEN UNZIP THE BAG DURING THOSE 15 WEEKS.

IT STAYED IN THE TRAVEL COVER. AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT PULLED IT OUT OF THE TRUNK. AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT HAD TO GO BUY ME A NEW GOLF BAG AND A NEW HEAD COVER. AND THAT WAS A WOODEN DRIVER SO IT RUINED THE DRIVER TOO.

AND I'VE UH, BUT I KEPT HIM ON. I DIDN'T - BUT HE NEVER DOUBTED ME AGAIN. THAT WAS THE - THE LAST TIME UH HE DOUBTED ME.

PETER KESSLER
ABOUT ANYTHING. (LAUGH)

BRUCE LIETZKE
YEAH, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH BOB IN ILLINOIS. HOW ARE YOU, BOB?

BOB, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
GOOD PETER, HOW YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, THANKS.

BOB, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
HOW'S BRUCE TONIGHT?

BRUCE LIETZKE
I'M OKAY, BOB. THANKS.

BOB, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
UH, MY QUESTION GOES BACK TO THE 1999 RYDER CUP. UH, YOU WERE THE ASSISTANT CAPTAIN TO BEN CRENSHAW. AND CERTAINLY THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT, UM, THE REACTION, REALLY, BY THE EUROPEANS, UH,

TO THE CELEBRATION AFTER JUSTIN LEONARD SANK THAT PUTT. AND I'VE READ A LOT ABOUT IT, BUT I'VE NEVER REALLY HEARD YOUR TAKE ON THAT AND YOUR OPINION OF IT.

BRUCE LIETZKE
WELL, I WAS ON THE BACK OF THE GREEN. AND I GOT PRETTY EXCITED TOO. UH, WE WERE THERE WITH WIVES, CADDIES, PLAYERS. UH, I STILL THINK IF - IF ...

I'M BLAMING JUSTIN. IF HE HADN'T RUN TOWARD THE BACK OF THE GREEN WHERE MOST OF US WERE, I THINK WE WOULD HAVE JUST UH, JUST CELEBRATED ON THE SIDE. BUT HE CAME RUNNING BACK AND A LOT OF GUYS JUST TOOK THAT AS A CELEBRATION, UH,

ACT AND, AND A LOT OF GUYS RAN OUT THERE. AND I ACTUALLY GOT UP FROM WHERE I WAS SITTING AND STARTED RUNNING OUT THERE AND REALIZED, UH, THAT UH,

JOSE MARIA STILL HAD HIS PUTT TO GO. AND WE, WE SHUFFLED EVERYBODY OFF. UH, IT ... IT WAS UNFORTUNATE, UH, BUT WE, WE'VE APOLOGIZED ENOUGH. AND IT WAS SUCH A GREAT MOMENT, UH, AND WE JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE MOMENT. AND, AND IT GOT OVER QUICK.

UH, IT WAS MAYBE OVER IN 20 SECONDS. UH, I ASSURE YOU NOBODY RAN ACROSS HIS LINE. HE WAS CERTAINLY DISTRACTED, AND - AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. AND ACTUALLY I DON'T BLAME THE EUROPEANS FOR THEIR, UH, FOR THEIR REACTION.

UM, BUT IT'S, IT WAS UNFORTUNATE AND IT'S OVER. UH, AND I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO APOLOGIZE ANYMORE. AND, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT RYDER CUP THIS YEAR. UH, CURTIS STRANGE WILL DO A GREAT JOB.

SAM TORRANCE WILL GOOD - DO A GOOD JOB. AND WE'RE GONNA SEE SOME GREAT MATCHES.

PETER KESSLER
I WOULDN'T WANT TO DISOBEY ANYTHING THAT CURTIS HAD TO SAY TO ME. (GIGGLE)

BRUCE LIETZKE
NO, SIR. NO, SIR.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO MICHAEL IN PENNSYLVANIA. HELLO MICHAEL.

MICHAEL, CALLER FROM PENNSYLVANIA (MALE):
HI PETER. HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL. THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

MICHAEL, CALLER FROM PENNSYLVANIA (MALE):
THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL BRUCE, I JUST WANTED TO SAY I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOU OVER THE YEARS, AND I REALLY ADMIRE YOUR PRIORITIES IN BALANCING GOLF AND FAMILY.

AND NOW THAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE OLDER AND LOOKING INTO THE SENIOR TOUR, ARE YOU GONNA DEDICATE MORE TIME AND CHANGE YOUR PRACTICING HABITS TO PREPARE FOR THE SENIOR PGA?

BRUCE LIETZKE
UH, PRACTICE HABITS WILL PROBABLY STAY, UH, THE SAME. I ... I WILL NOT PLAY ANY GOLF ON THE WEEKS THAT I DO GO HOME. AND I'M GONNA KEEP MY PLAY AROUND 20 TOURNAMENTS, UH, UNTIL I GET MY 2 KIDS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.

UH, THIS COMING YEAR, I HAVE A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL. SO I'VE STILL GOT ABOUT A 3 YEAR, UH, DUTY, UH, TO GET THOSE KIDS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND BE AT HOME ENOUGH TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS.

UH, MY, MY PRACTICE HABITS WON'T CHANGE. WHEN I GO TO A TOURNAMENT, I'M VERY SERIOUS. I PLAY ONLY ON THE TOURNAMENT COURSE. I DON'T GO, UH, SIGHTSEEING. I DON'T LOOK AT OTHER GOLF COURSES. UH,

MY FIRST YEAR ON, ON THE SENIOR TOUR, I'LL BE PLAYING 2 DAY PRO-AMS, WHICH IS VERY FORTUNATE, UH, THOSE ARE GOOD PRACTICE ROUNDS, AND THEN 3 DAY TOURNAMENTS. UH, MY, MY PRACTICE, UH, HABITS WON'T CHANGE.

MY SWING HOPEFULLY WON'T CHANGE. UH, WHAT HAS WORKED FOR ME FOR THE LAST 27 YEARS, I EXPECT UH WILL CONTINUE TO WORK, UH, FOR MY 8 OR 10 YEAR, UH, SENIOR CAREER, IS WHAT I EXPECT TO PLAY. AND UH, NOT, NOT MANY THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE.

BRUCE LIETZKE
AS WE TAKE A BREAK, WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT AN EXCERPT FROM AN UPCOMING SERIES ON THE GOLF CHANNEL PRODUCED BY DAVID CAYMANS (SPELLING???) CALLED 'PLAYING WITH THE PROS.' HERE'S A VERY, VERY SERIOUS MOMENT.

(IN THE VIDEO CLIP)
THIS IS A VERY DISTRACTING HOLE FOR ME. I NORMALLY WOULD PROBABLY 2-PUTT FROM HERE. BUT I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT THERE'S A VERY LARGE BASS THAT LIVES RIGHT NEAR THAT OVERFLOW IN THE LAKE THERE.

AND NO MATTER HOW, NO MATTER HOW WELL I MIGHT BE CONCENTRATING ON MY GOLF GAME, AND I COULD BE 11 UNDER PAR GOING IN TO THIS HOLE, SOMETHING KEEPS PULLING MY ATTENTION OVER THERE TO THAT OVERFLOW, I KNOW

AND HE WAS ABOUT 8 POUNDS THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM. THAT'S BEEN A WHILE, SO HE'S PROBABLY UP AROUND 9 POUNDS NOW.

AND IF I CAN 2-PUTT NOW WHILE I'M THINKING ABOUT ALL THE BASS THAT ARE IN THAT POND, THEN MAYBE MY CONCENTRATION IS BETTER THAN I THINK IT IS.

I CAN HEAR HIM SWIMMING OVER THERE. HE'S PROBABLY EATING THOSE GOLF BALLS THAT JUST FLEW INTO THE LAKE A COUPLE SECONDS AGO.

THAT'S GOT A CHANCE. NO, IT'S BREAKING TOWARD THE BASS - I MEAN, IT'S BREAKING TOWARD THE LAKE.

HE CURSED, THAT BASS CURSED THAT BALL THERE. IT WAS GOING INTO THE HOLE.

(BREAK)

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.