Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
WHEN BUTCH HARMON WAS A YOUNG MAN, HE WAS A REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. BUTCH FOUND OUT AS A MIDDLE AGED MELLOWING REBEL THAT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE THE MAN YOU WERE MEANT TO BE AND NOW HE'S DEFINITELY THE

MAN. FIND OUT HOW MUCH FUN IT IS TO BE BUTCH HARMON, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THE FOLLOWING IN AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

IT'S NOT EASY BEING THE OLDEST SON, AND IT'S USUALLY NO JOYRIDE TO FOLLOW IN THE SUCCESSFUL PATH SET BY A FAMOUS FATHER, BUTCH HARMON UNDERSTANDS THESE THINGS WELL NOW

AS HE APPROACHES HIS 58TH BIRTHDAY. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN AROUND THE GAME, BUT IN HIS 50'S HE'S FOUND THAT HE NOW HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE GAME, A PLACE HE OCCUPIES WITH PERSPECTIVE,

HUMOR, APPRECIATION AND A DOLLOP OF THE ARROGANCE THAT PARTICULARLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE AND USUALLY ATTEMPT TO HIDE. HIS DAD, CLAUDE, WON THE 1948 MASTERS BY FIVE SHOTS, WAS A FRIEND AND CONFIDENT OF BEN HOGAN

AND THE RAREST BREED IN GOLF. A GREAT PLAYER WHO WAS ALSO A GREAT TEACHER. IT WAS THIS ENORMOUS SUCCESS THAT BUTCH AND HIS THREE BROTHERS TRIED TO EMULATE. EACH OF THE FOUR EVENTUALLY FINDING GREAT

SUCCESS AS ONE OF THE GAME'S BEST TEACHERS. EACH TRAVELING THEIR OWN UNIQUE PATH TO GET THERE. BUTCH HAS BEEN TIGER'S FRIEND AND HIS TEACHER FOR FAR LONGER THAN THE TIME THAT TIGER HAS BEEN NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD.

GREG NORMAN, DARREN CLARKE, STEVE ELKINGTON, ADAM SCOTT, MARK CALCAVECCHIA AND DAVIS LOVE AND HUNDREDS OF DOUBLE DIGIT HANDICAPPERS WILL ATTEST TO THE

EYE AND TOUCH AND TUTELAGE OF BUTCH HARMON, AND HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL TELL YOU THAT BENEATH THE GRUFF EXTERIOR LIES A BIG HEART
FULL OF LOVE, FULL OF FUN AND HAPPY WITH THE FULLNESS OF HIS LIFE.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO A MAN, NOT ONLY AT THE TOP OF HIS PROFESSION BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, A MAN WHO'S NEVER BEEN HAPPIER WITH HIS LIFE. I INTRODUCE YOU TO BUTCH HARMON. GREAT TO SEE YOU.

BUTCH HARMON
GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING VOTED THE NUMBER ONE TEACHER IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

BUTCH HARMON
(LAUGHS) WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT'S ALWAYS AN HONOR WHEN YOU WIN AN AWARD THAT'S VOTED ON BY YOUR PEERS BUT I THINK EVEN MORE

IMPORTANTLY THAN BEING NUMBER ONE, I THINK THAT ALL FOUR OF US HARMONS
IN THE TOP 50 TEACHERS WAS PRETTY SPECIAL FOR US AS A FAMILY.

PETER KESSLER
YOU ALWAYS SAID THAT AS GOOD AS TIGER WOODS PLAYS GOLF THAT HE CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO IMPROVE AS A TEACHER?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL I THINK YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO GET BETTER, PETER. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS EVERY TIME YOU GIVE A LESSON YOU LEARN SOMETHING. YOU SEE SOMEONE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE. YOU PUT IT

IN YOUR MEMORY BANK. MY DAD USED TO HAVE A GREAT SAYING. IT'S TRUE IN TEACHING, IT'S TRUE IN LIFE, IT'S WHAT YOU LEARN AFTER YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL IS PROBABLY THE MOST

IMPORTANT THINGS YOU LEARN AND I THINK AS AN INSTRUCTOR AND A TEACHER IN ANYTHING, YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS KEEP TEACHING.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WOULD YOUR DAD'S TYPICAL RESPONSE HAVE BEEN TO THIS AWARD TO YOU?

BUTCH HARMON
BOY I DON'T KNOW IF WE'D WANT TO HEAR THAT ONE. (LAUGHS). HE'D SAY BOY YOU SURE HAVE FOOLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT IN HONESTY I THINK THAT YOU KNOW IF YOU BELIEVE IN, IN GOD

AND THE HEREAFTER I THINK DAD'S HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE SUCCESS I'VE HAD AND THE SUCCESS MY BROTHERS HAVE HAD, AND WE KIND OF THINK THAT HE'S UP THERE PULLING THE STRINGS FOR US AND I THINK HE'D BE VERY PROUD.

I THINK THE ONE THING THAT, THAT TAKES AWAY FROM SOMETHING LIKE THIS THAT, THAT NEITHER MY FATHER OR MY MOTHER ARE ALIVE TO SEE IT, BECAUSE , YOU KNOW AS PARENTS WE'RE VERY PROUD OF WHAT OUR CHILDREN DO AND I THINK THAT HE WOULD BE VERY PROUD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HEAR HIM SAY IF HE WERE WITH US TODAY AS OPPOSED TO WHAT MIGHT BE HIS TYPICAL SARCASTIC RESPONSE TO YOU?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL DAD WAS HARD ON US AS KIDS. I MEAN HIS WAY OF RAISING CHILDREN WAS TO PUSH YOU, TO BEAT YOU DOWN AND PUSH YOU TO MAKE YOU WANT TO DO BETTER AND REALLY IF DAD WAS HERE

TODAY I, I WOULD JUST LIKE HIM TO BE ABLE TO PUT HIS ARM AROUND ME AND SAY NICE GOING, BUTCH, YOU'VE DONE A HECK OF A JOB, AND I THINK HE WOULD SAY THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WHY DID THE TWO OF YOU, DO YOU THINK, FIND YOURSELF AT ODDS FOR SO MUCH OF HIS LIFE?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL I DON'T THINK IT WAS MY DAD, I THINK IT WAS ME. I WAS A VERY STUBBORN YOUNG MAN. I'M PROBABLY STILL VERY STUBBORN IF YOU ASK THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CLOSE TO ME.

YOU KNOW, I KIND OF MARCH TO MY OWN DRUM BEAT AND DAD'S HOUSE AND DAD'S RULES AND WHEN I WAS 18 AND 19 I JUST DIDN'T THINK I COULD LIVE BY THEM SO

I MOVED OUT. IN ALL HONESTY I DON'T THINK MY FATHER DID ANYTHING WRONG. I THINK IT WAS ME THAT WAS JUST OFF IN MY OWN LITTLE WORLD AND JUST WAS GOING TO STAY IN THAT OWN LITTLE WORLD AND IT SEEMED LIKE IF MY FATHER WOULD SAY SOMETHING WAS BLACK,

I WOULD SAY IT WAS WHITE. IF HE'D SAY IT WAS WHITE I'D SAY IT WAS BLACK, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS KIND OF THIS FRICTION THAT WENT ON AND I DON'T THINK IT WAS ANYTHING THAT HE DID, I THINK IT WAS MORE MYSELF.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU AT SOME POINT BEFORE HE PASSED AWAY GROW OUT OF THAT TO THE POINT WHERE YOU COULD APPRECIATE WHAT HE HAD TRIED TO DO, AND KNOW THAT PERHAPS YOU HAD GOTTEN IT WRONG A LOT OF TIMES?

BUTCH HARMON
OH WITHOUT A DOUBT. NO I GOT IT WRONG MOST OF THE TIME. LET'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. YES, I DID AND, AND WHEN DAD WAS DIEING IN THE HOSPITAL MY BROTHERS AND I WOULD TAKE TURNS

SPENDING TIME WITH HIM AT NIGHT AND DAD AND I HAD SOME GREAT TALKS ABOUT MY YOUTH AND HIS YOUTH. THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THAT WHOLE THING WAS, UNBEKNOWNST TO ME, HE WAS

EXACTLY LIKE I WAS, AND I GUESS THAT'S WHY I BUGGED HIM SO MUCH THE WAY I WAS AS A KID. HE, HE ACTUALLY SAID, HE SAYS I'VE NEVER TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE BUT, BUT I WAS THE SAME WAY.

THE TROON OFFICER HAD TO COME GET ME ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I WAS OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE, DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL. KIND OF WAS MY OWN PERSON AND I REMEMBER LOOKING AT HIM AND GIVING HIM A BIG HUG AND SAY GOSH I
WISH YOU'D TOLD ME THIS 20 YEARS AGO.

PETER KESSLER
SO YOU FELT LIKE YOU'D COME FULL CIRCLE BEFORE HE DIED.

BUTCH HARMON
YEAH, I THINK IT WAS A, IT WAS A GREAT THING FOR MYSELF AND MY OTHER THREE BROTHERS TO HAVE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM AND JUST TALK ABOUT WHATEVER IT WAS YOU FELT YOU NEEDED TO TALK ABOUT AND I'M SO HAPPY THAT WE HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU MEASURE PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS NOW, FOR YOURSELF?

BUTCH HARMON
OH GOSH, THAT'S A DIFFICULT QUESTION, I THINK ANYONE WHO'S SUCCESSFUL AT ANYTHING THEY DO, OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE PROUD OF YOURSELF. YOU WORK VERY HARD YOUR WHOLE LIFE TO ACHIEVE WHATEVER IT IS YOU LOOK FOR. IT'S NICE

AS I SAID AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW TO HAVE YOUR PEERS VOTE FOR SOMETHING AND YOU WIN THAT AWARD. I MEAN THAT MEANS MORE TO YOU THAN, THAN REALLY THE PUBLIC DOING IT.

I THINK SUCCESS IS JUST YOU'RE AT PEACE WITH YOURSELF. YOU'RE CONTENT, YOU'RE HAPPY WITH YOUR LIFE. YOU, YOU, YOU HAVE A JOB THAT YOU LOVE TO DO WHICH WE HAVE. I MEAN WE'RE VERY

LUCKY. I MEAN I GET TO GO TO WORK IN THE GREATEST ENVIRONMENT IN THE WORLD, A GOLF COURSE. I GET TO BE WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE, WHETHER IT'S TOUR PLAYERS OR PEOPLE COME TO MY SCHOOL, AND I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING
ELSE I'D RATHER BE DOING.

PETER KESSLER
FRANK SINATRA ONCE SAID, IT'S LONELY AT THE TOP. IS IT LONELY AT THE TOP?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL I'M NOT SURE I'M AT THE TOP, BUT NO IT'S NOT LONELY. I'M, I'M PROBABLY THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE. I HAVE A WONDERFUL YOUNG LADY THAT I'M INVOLVED WITH WITH A GREAT LITTLE BOY. MY SON HAS DONE JUST A

SPECTACULAR JOB WORKING FOR ME. I'M SO PROUD OF HIM, AND MY DAUGHTER MICHAEL IS DOING REALLY WELL IN HOUSTON SO THINGS HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF FATHER ARE YOU NOW, BUTCH?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL I HOPE I'M A LOT BETTER THAN I WAS BEFORE PETER. I DON'T THINK I WAS A VERY GOOD FATHER TO MY TWO CHILDREN AND MY DAUGHTER, MICHAEL AND MY SON, CLAUDE, ONLY BECAUSE OF

MY OWN FAULT. I WAS TRYING SO HARD TO GET AHEAD IN THE WORLD AND WORK, AND WORK MY WAY UP THE LADDER OF SUCCESS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT AND IN THE GOLF BUSINESS UNFORTUNATELY WE WORK ON HOLIDAYS

AND WE WORK ON WEEKENDS AND I NEVER MADE THE TIME FOR MY KIDS THAT I SHOULD HAVE AND I THINK I'M A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I THINK I'M GETTING A MULLIGAN ON LIFE AND ON

TRYING TO RAISE A FAMILY BECAUSE COLE'S 6 YEARS OLD AND HE'S GOT MORE ENERGY THAN I COULD EVER HAVE AND HE HELPS KEEP ME YOUNG AND I THINK I'VE LEARNED FROM MY MISTAKES AND HOPEFULLY I'LL BE A MUCH BETTER DAD.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH BUTCH.

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.