Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
GIVE ME A SENSE OF YOUR APPRECIATION AT BEING A PART OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN GOLF NOW AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON BEING A PART OF THE CONSECUTIVE MAJOR SLAM THAT TIGER JUST COMPLETED WITH HIS WIN AT AUGUSTA IN APRIL.

BUTCH HARMON
AH IT WAS WONDERFUL PETER. I MEAN I, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN TIGER WAS AN AMATEUR AND HE WON THREE AMATEURS IN A ROW AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS FANTASTIC AND THEN HE WINS THE MASTERS IN '97 AND THEN THE PGA AT

MEDINA AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN FOUR MAJORS IN A ROW. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. I'M NOT SURE I EVER HONESTLY THOUGHT ANYBODY COULD WIN FOUR MAJORS IN A ROW. IS IT A GRAND SLAM? WELL YOU CAN CALL IT

WHATEVER YOU WANT. ALL I KNOW IS THAT NO ONE THAT'S EVER WALKED ON THIS PLANET EARTH HAS HELD FOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ONE TIME AND THIS YOUNG MAN DID IT, AND I THINK IT'S

JUST FANTASTIC. I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. IT WAS NERVE WRACKING FOR HIM, FOR ME, FOR ALL OF US, IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW I'VE NEVER HAD THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SLAM BUT I'VE BEEN THINKING THAT THERE'S THREE SLAMS. THERE'S THE CAREER SLAM WHERE YOU WIN ALL FOUR OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFETIME, AND HE'S DONE THAT. THERE'S THE CONSECUTIVE MAJOR SLAM WHERE YOU DO IT OVER A

COUPLE OF SEASONS. WELL HE'S JUST DONE THAT AND THEN THERE'S SORT OF THE BIG DADDY OF THEM ALL, WINNING THE GRAND SLAM WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE FEW MONTHS IN THE CALENDAR YEAR IN WHICH THEY TAKE PLACE.

BUTCH HARMON
WELL THAT'S TRUE. UNFORTUNATELY HE CAN'T DO THAT THIS YEAR BECAUSE HE WON THE FIRST ONE, DIDN'T WIN THE SECOND ONE. UH.... IN ALL HONESTY, TIGER WOODS MAY BE THE ONLY PLAYER

TODAY, WHO KNOWS WHOSE GOING TO COME ALONG IN THE FUTURE, THAT COULD HANDLE THE PRESSURE OF WINNING ALL FOUR IN ONE YEAR. PHYSICALLY I THINK THERE'S PEOPLE WHO COULD DO IT.

MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY I THINK TIGER WOODS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT COULD HANDLE THE PRESSURE. I MEAN THE PRESSURE WAS TREMENDOUS AT ST. ANDREWS TO WIN THE BRITISH OPEN TO GET THE CAREER SLAM. THE PRESSURE

WAS UNBELIEVABLE AT AUGUSTA TO HOLD ALL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ONCE AND I THINK HE'S THE ONLY ATHLETE IN GOLF THAT CAN HANDLE THAT PRESSURE. NOW THAT'S JUST MY OPINION, BUT OF ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS THAT I KNOW,

HE HANDLES PRESSURE THAT'S PUT ON HIM BY THE MEDIA AND OUTSIDE AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE AS WELL AS ANYONE I'VE EVER SEEN AND I THINK HE IS THE ONE WHO COULD DO IT. NOW YOU

HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF BREAKS, A LOT OF THINGS HAVE TO GO RIGHT FOR YOU TO DO IT, BUT I THINK THERE'S ALWAYS THAT POSSIBILITY.

PETER KESSLER
WE FOUND OUT, PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS OF THE U.S. OPEN, AND, AND TOURNAMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO THAT THAT EVEN TIGER, IF HE'S NOT PLAYING TERRIFIC GOLF CAN NOT PHONE IT IN AND STILL WIN. WHAT DOES THAT

SAY ABOUT HIS WORK ETHIC AND HIS DESIRE ABOUT HOW MUCH HE HAS TO DO TO KEEP THE EDGE THAT HE WAS BORN WITH?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL FIRST OF ALL, LET'S REMEMBER, IT'S DIFFICULT TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT. IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT TO WIN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. JUST BECAUSE YOU PLAY WELL DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE GOING TO WIN. YOU HAVE TO GET BREAKS.

SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN. A BALL HAS TO BOUNCE YOUR WAY, A PUTT HAS TO GO IN THAT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO MISS. SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO MISS ONE THAT, THAT THEY DON'T THINK THEY, THEY, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE AND THEN

ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY, THEY MESS UP OR SOMETHING, SO YOU GOT TO GET LUCKY, TOO, NOT JUST BE GOOD. HE GOT A LOT OF BREAKS IN THAT SLAM RUN. I MEAN IN THOSE FOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HE GOT A LOT OF BOUNCES HIS WAY. HE

MADE SOME PUTTS WHEN HE HAD TO MAKE THEM. NOW THAT'S ALL PART OF WINNING. THAT HAS TO HAPPEN TO WIN TOURNAMENTS, SO YOU KNOW IT'S, DO I SAY THAT TIGER'S BEEN UNLUCKY THIS YEAR? OF COURSE NOT. TIGER WOODS

HAS WON FOUR TIMES. HIS STROKE AVERAGE IS 68 AND SOME CHANGE. VERY SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR. HE'S ALREADY WON ONE MAJOR. HE'S STILL HAVING A GREAT YEAR. IF YOU ASK TIGER WOODS IS HE HAVING A GOOD YEAR, NO, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WIN EVERY TOURNAMENT HE

PLAYED IN BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY HE FEELS. IS HE IN A SLUMP LIKE SOME REPORTERS SAID? WELL THAT'S RIDICULOUS TO EVEN SAY THAT. I MEAN

WHAT'S HIS WORST FINISH THIS YEAR WAS LAST WEEK 20TH. WELL THAT'S A CAREER FOR SOME PEOPLE WHAT HE'S DONE THIS YEAR. HIS EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGHER THAN MINE. HIS EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGHER THAN YOURS. THEY'RE HIGHER

THAN OUR VIEWERS OUT THERE. HE WANTS TO WIN EVERY TIME HE PLAYS. HE WANTS TO PLAY HIS BEST EVERY TIME HE PLAYS AND HE'S REALISTIC ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT CAN'T HAPPEN BUT HE STILL DOESN'T LIKE IT, AND HE'S STILL UPSET WHEN HE DOESN'T.

PETER KESSLER
GIVE US A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO THE RELATIONSHIP IN THE SENSE THAT, THE TWO OF YOU WERE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO TAKE HIM FROM WHAT I GUESS YOU WOULD CHARACTERIZE THIS AS OKAY PLAY OF RIGHT NOW TO BRILLIANT, AT,

NEXT THURSDAY AT THE START OF THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL LITHEM. HOW DO YOU GO FROM HERE TO THERE?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL FIRST OF ALL, TIGER, I THOUGHT STARTED TO PLAY REALLY WELL LAST WEEK. HE STARTED TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH HIS GOLF SWING AGAIN. HE STARTED TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE THINGS HE'S BEEN WORKING ON AND HE GOT HIS,

WHAT HE CALLS HIS DISTANCE BACK, MEANING HE COULD HIT THE BALL THEIR PROPER DISTANCES. HIS LENGTH OFF THE TEE CAME BACK WHERE HE'D FELT HE HAD LOST A LITTLE OF THAT AND YOU JUST GO THROUGH PERIODS IN GOLF

WHERE YOU SWING JUST GETS A LITTLE OFF AND YOUR TIMING GETS A LITTLE OFF EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE WORKING ON THE SAME THINGS. HE ACTUALLY FELT PRETTY GOOD ABOUT LAST WEEK. HE DIDN'T REALLY PUTT AS WELL AS HE THOUGHT HE COULD HAVE BUT HE, HE

FELT PRETTY GOOD ABOUT IT. HE'S IN IRELAND NOW JUST RELAXING WITH MARK O'MEARA AND SOME FRIENDS. GOING TO DO A LOT OF PRACTICE. I'M GOING OVER SATURDAY NIGHT. WE'LL SPEND SOME TIME BEFOREHAND, BUT I THINK YOU'LL SEE TIGER CONTEND AT LITHEM AND

ST. ANNE'S. I THINK IT'S A, IT'S A REALLY KIND OF UNUSUAL GOLF COURSE. IF YOU REMEMBER THE COURSE FROM WHEN TOM LEHMAN WON THERE OR WHEN SEVE WON THERE. YOU CAN REALLY GET SOME FUNNY BOUNCES OUT THERE ON THESE

FAIRWAYS. SO ONCE AGAIN, LUCK HAS TO COME INTO IT, BUT I THINK YOU'LL SEE TIGER HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE BRITISH OPEN. WHETHER HE DOES OR NOT, REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

PETER KESSLER
WE TALKED ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO JUST WIN A TOURNAMENT LET ALONE A MAJOR AND I THINK THE LATE CHARLES PRICE SAID, WELL A REGULAR TOURNAMENT IS YOU'RE ON A TIGHTROPE 10 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND AND THERE'S

A NET IF YOU FALL AND AT A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP YOU'RE ON A WIRE 60 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND BUT IF YOU FALL THERE'S NO NET. THERE'S 156 PLAYERS IN A FIELD. THAT'S NOT TWO TEAMS, THAT'S 156 TEAMS. DO YOU THINK PEOPLE

APPRECIATE THAT NOT EVERY ONE OF THOSE 155 OTHER TEAMS ARE GOING TO LAY DOWN FOR YOU ON A PARTICULAR WEEK?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL IN ALL HONESTY THOUGH, IF YOU LISTEN TO WHAT JACK NICKLAUS SAID AND, AND BEN HOGAN SAID, HALF THE FIELD PRETTY MUCH ELIMINATES THEMSELF IN A MAJOR. THE OTHER 25 PERCENT, THEIR NERVES KIND OF ELIMINATE THEMSELVES, SO YOU REALLY

ONLY GOT TO TRY AND CONTEND WITH 25 PERCENT OF THAT 156 PLAYERS. NOW THAT'S NOT TO PUT DOWN THE OTHERS, IT'S JUST THE MAJORS ARE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ANIMAL THAN A REGULAR TOURNAMENT. WE SAW THAT WITH RETIEF GOOSEN AT THE U.S. OPEN.

I MEAN HE'S GOT 12 FOOT PUTT. TWO PUTTS TO WIN. HE COULD DO IT IN HIS SLEEP, EYES CLOSED STANDING ON HIS HEAD, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS TO WIN THE U.S. OPEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE THREE

PUTTED, SO PRESSURE IS A HUGE THING. YOU HAVE TO HANDLE THE PRESSURE. WE'VE SEEN PHIL MICKELSON PLAY VERY WELL AND NOT QUITE HANDLE THE PRESSURE. IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN

PAYNE STEWART WON AT PINEHURST HE HAD A PUTT ON 17 THAT HE NEEDED TO MAKE THAT HE JUST DIDN'T MAKE. DOESN'T MEAN THAT PHIL MICKELSON CHOKED, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T, IT'S JUST PRESSURE. THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU IN

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, IN YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM AND YOUR ADRENALIN RUSHES THAT DON'T HAPPEN IN THE TUCSON OPEN OR THE BOB HOPE DESERT CLASSIC. IT'S A DIFFERENT ANIMAL, A MAJOR, AND IT TAKES A UNIQUE PERSON
TO WIN THEM.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LETS TAKE A LOOK AT A SERIES OF SHOTS FROM THE FOUR MAJORS THAT HE WON IN A ROW. HIS SLAM, AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT. AS WE LEAVE WE'VE GOT A

SPECIAL GRAPHIC OF TOURNAMENTS THAT YOU HAVE WON THAT TIGER NEVER EVEN SNIFFED. SO LET'S CHECK IT OUT.

(MUSIC)

PETER KESSLER
HEY THIS IS A SERIOUS LIST, BUTCH, ALRIGHT?

BUTCH HARMON
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, HE DIDN'T WIN THE METROPOLITAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

BUTCH HARMON
NO

PETER KESSLER
ALASKA STATE AM.

BUTCH HARMON
HE COULD NEVER WIN THE ALASKA STATE AM BECAUSE HE CAN'T GET HIS AMATEUR STANDING BACK NOW.

PETER KESSLER
AND THERE'S, AND THE B.C. OPEN.

BUTCH HARMON
B.C. OPEN. WELL HE HAS PLAYED IN IT, BUT HE

PETER KESSLER
I MEAN YOU LED WIRE TO WIRE... AND OF COURSE HERE'S SOMETHING HE COULD NEVER DO. YOU WON FOURTH PLACE AWARD OUT OF FOUR PLACES IN EVERY HARMON CUP EVER HELD.

CONGRATULATIONS

BUTCH HARMON
WELL, A LITTLE BETTER THAN THAT THOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

BUTCH HARMON
HAVE NEVER WON THE HARMON CUP THOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK.

(BREAK)

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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 played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.


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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, 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.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

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 PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

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 Course 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. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

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

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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.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

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