Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 4
I KNOW YOU HAD SWUM FROM HAWAII TO CALIFORNIA AND YOU STILL HAD THE GOLF BALL AND THE GOLF CLUB.
WELL THAT WAS ACTUALLY AT THE BAHAMAS, AT, DOWN AT OUR GOLF SCHOOL AT ARLUCAYA (??) AND THAT WAS A LITTLE FUN PART I DID WHEN WE WERE FILMING MY NEW VIDEO. I LIKE THAT WORKING ON THE BEACH. THAT'S COOL. I CAN HIT THE OCEAN.
TELL ME A COUPLE THINGS ABOUT THE NEW VIDEO.
IT'S GOOD. IT'S CALLED BUTCH HARMON'S ULTIMATE GOLF. WE TOOK THREE TAPES, ABOUT 45 MINUTES LONG, SHORT GAME, LONG GAME AND THEN OF COURSE I.Q. WHICH IS COURSE MANAGEMENT WHICH I THINK IS, IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND INSTEAD OF
JUST GIVING YOU 45 MINUTES OF INSTRUCTION, WE HAVE SOME DOCUMENTARY STUFF IN THERE TALKING ABOUT MY FAMILY AND MY PAST AND, AND I ENJOYED DOING IT AND I'M, I'M PROUD OF THE WAY IT TURNED OUT. IT, IT'S REALLY NICE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK, SPEAKING OF REALLY NICE, AT SOME OF THE GREAT SHOTS THAT TIGER HIT WHILE COLLECTING FOUR IN A ROW AND WE'LL START WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN INNOCUOUS PAR PUTT AT THE 2000 U.S. OPEN AT PEBBLE BEACH, BUT
IT'S THE 16TH HOLE IN THE FINAL ROUND AND LET'S TAKE A LOOK TOGETHER AND TELL US ALL THE THINGS THAT WE CAN'T POSSIBLY KNOW.
ALRIGHT. WELL HE KNOCKED THE BALL OVER THE GREEN HERE ON 16 AND HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE PITCH BACK DOWN. RAN IN BACK BY, THAT'S ABOUT 20 FEET. TIGER'S GOAL ON SUNDAY WAS NOT TO MAKE A BOGIE. HE KNEW, NO MATTER WHAT
HAPPENED, NO MATTER HOW LOW SOMEBODY SHOT, IF HE NEVER MADE A BOGIE HE COULDN'T BE BEAT SO NOW EVEN THOUGH HE KNOWS HE'S GOT THE TOURNAMENT WON, THIS IS A PERSONAL
GOAL NOW. HE'S NOT GOING TO MAKE A BOGIE, AND THIS PUTT HERE ON 16 IS FOR PAR, AND YOU'LL JUST SEE HIS EMOTION HERE WHEN HE MAKES IT. HE REALLY WANTS TO MAKE THIS BECAUSE I, I DON'T
KNOW OF ANYBODY, OTHER THAN MAYBE CURTIS STRANGE THAT HATES TO MAKE BOGIES MORE THAN THIS GUY... AND AS THEY DID ALL WEEK, THEY JUST WENT RIGHT ON IN.
SHWEW. TO PRESERVE THAT 15 SHOT LEAD.
THAT FIST PUMP WOULD LET YOU THINK THAT HE MADE THAT JUST TO STAY ONE IN THE LEAD.
IT JUST SHOWS YOU, HE, HIS GOAL WAS NOT TO MAKE A BOGIE AND HE WAS GRINDING NOT TO MAKE ONE.
NOW HERE HE IS AS HE'S COMPLETING, EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE THIRD ROUND OF THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR AT THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS, AGAIN LEADING THE FIELD BY AN AWFUL LOT, AND THIS IS A THREE WOOD INTO THE
PAR 5, 14TH ON THE SATURDAY. THE LONG HOLE IN AS IT'S CALLED. TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHY THIS IS SO SPECIAL.
WELL I THINK HE HAD LIKE 280 OR 283 YARDS LEFT TO THE, THE GREEN IF I CAN REMEMBER AND THERE'S A LITTLE KNOB UP THERE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE GREEN. YOU CAN'T SEE IT FROM HERE AND STEVIE SAYS JUST HIT IT RIGHT AT
THAT KNOB AND IT'LL BOUNCE UP THERE AND HE HITS THIS SHOT AND IT LANDS RIGHT ON THIS KNOB AND YOU'LL HEAR WHAT HE SAYS AFTER HE HITS IT.
TIGER WOODS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
THAT ONE YOU'RE TAKING ABOUT?
STEVIE, TIGER'S CADDIE (MALE):
THAT'S THE ONE
THAT ONE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AND STEVIE SAYS YEAH, THAT ONE, AND WATCH THIS BALL, IT LANDS RIGHT ON THAT KNOB. IT JUMPS RIGHT UP ON THE GREEN.
YOU WOULD THINK THEY WERE IN A PRACTICE ROUND A WEEK BEFORE THE CHAMPIONSHIP AS OPPOSED TO IN THE THICK OF THE THING.
THAT'S A GREAT RELATIONSHIP RIGHT THERE. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT STEVE WILLIAMS. HOW MUCH HE'S MEANT TO TIGER WOODS. ESPECIALLY IN THIS RUN OF MAJORS.
AND HERE WE ARE AT THE PGA OF COURSE WHERE BOB MAY SHOT THREE 66'S IN THE FINAL THREE ROUNDS AND IT STILL WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH. WE'RE ON THE 71ST HOLE, TIGER'S A SHOT BEHIND, MAY
HAS DRIVEN INTO TROUBLE AND TIGER NEEDS A BIRDIE TO CATCH UP BECAUSE THE LAST HOLE THEY CAN BOTH BIRDIE.
THIS IS A BIG DRIVE FOR HIM. HE HAD TROUBLE ON 17 ALL WEEK DRIVING. HE SAID THE HOLE JUST DIDN'T FIT HIS EYE AND BOB HAS GIVEN HIM A LITTLE OPENING HERE BY MISSING THE FAIRWAY
AND THIS BALL IS JUST PERFECT, AND ONCE AGAIN YOU SEE THAT LITTLE FIST PUMP. THAT'S JUST A LITTLE THING WITHIN HIMSELF SAYING I'VE GOT TO GET
THIS BALL IN THE FAIRWAY. I'VE GOT TO DRIVE THIS BALL IN THE FAIRWAY. TIGER IS VERY GOOD AT GETTING A PICTURE OF WHAT HE WANTS TO DO AND THEN DOING THAT. HE HAD DRIVEN THE BALL DOWN HERE PERFECTLY. THIS IS AN AREA OF HIS
GAME HE'D REALLY WORKED ON HARD LAST YEAR IN HIS WEDGE PLAY. TOUGH PIN PLACEMENT HERE. THE HOLE'S CUT IN THE LEFT PART OF THE GREEN, THE FLAG'S BLOWING, IT'S DOWNWIND. YOU REALLY
ONLY HAVE A TWO OR THREE FOOT AREA YOU CAN LAND IT IN ON THE FLAT TO EVEN STOP THIS BALL AND THIS WAS A PERFECT GOLF SHOT. 96 YARDS. ONCE AGAIN, MORE OF THAT SOFT ARM SHOT THAT HE TALKS ABOUT.
PLAYERS WILL TELL YOU THESE ARE TOUGHER SHOTS UNDER PRESSURE IN A CHAMPIONSHIP THEN A FULL DRIVE OR SOMETHING WHERE YOU'RE MAKING
A BIG GOLF SWING.
OH WITHOUT A DOUBT, BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE A CERTAIN AREA TO STOP IT. HE LANDED IT PERFECT. WENT THERE ABOUT FOUR FEET. HE MADE THE BIRDIE.
AND AT THAT TIME MAY HAD ALREADY RECOVERED AND PUT THE BALL ON THE GREEN SO HE KNEW THIS WAS HIS CHANCE TO CATCH UP AND OF COURSE HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. NOW WE'LL WATCH
HIM IN THE PLAY-OFF. THIS WILL BE THE 21ST HOLE OF THE DAY. THIS IS A THREE HOLE STROKE PLAY PLAY-OFF AND HE'S GOT A ONE SHOT LEAD.
WELL THAT'S A GREAT BUNKER SHOT. YOU, YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE THE TOP OF THE FLAG FROM DOWN IN THOSE BUNKERS. LIKE BEING AT WINGED FOOT, WHERE I GREW UP, IT'S SO DEEP. AN AREA OF HIS GAME HE HAS REALLY WORKED ON.
I MEAN HE'S REALLY WORKED ON HIS BUNKER GAME. HE'S GONE FROM BEING A TERRIBLE BUNKER PLAYER TO BEING AN AVERAGE BUNKER PLAYER TO BEING A PRETTY GOOD BUNKER PLAYER NOW.
THIS IS A GREAT SHOT. A LITTLE EASIER BECAUSE IT'S ON AN UPSLOPE WHICH MEANS YOU CAN GET THE BALL IN THE AIR MORE AND IT'S NOT GOING TO RUN VERY MUCH BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HIT A LITTLE HARDER BECAUSE IT'S ON THE
UPSLOPE. ONE THING I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHEN HE MAKES THIS SWING IS THE FOLLOW THROUGH. HE GOES RIGHT ON THROUGH. CARRIES IT UP THERE JUST SHORT OF THE HOLE. DOESN'T GET ANY SWEETER THAN THAT. LOOKED LIKE ONE OF YOUR BUNKER SHOTS.
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR 5 THOUGH.
OR SEVEN. NOW HOW ABOUT THIS SHOT. THIS, THIS IS ONE OF THE ONES THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON ADDING THINGS TO HIS REPERTOIRE. THIS IS THE 11TH HOLE. THIS IS, AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL. THE FINAL ROUND OF THE
MASTERS ON A GREEN THAT BEN HOGAN SAID IF YOU EVER SEE ME ON THE GREEN THEN I'VE MISSED THE SHOT.
THIS IS A GREAT SHOT. I MEAN THIS WAS AN UNDER CONTROLLED LITTLE NINE IRON. DOWN THE HILL, JUST A SLIGHT LITTLE DRAW. YOU CAN SEE THE RIGHT TO LEFT SPIN ON THE BALL. ALMOST WENT IN THE HOLE. JUST, GOSH, I GET
GOOSEBUMPS WATCHING THAT ONE.
THAT, THAT'S GREAT. OH WE'RE GOING TO GET TO SEE IT AGAIN IN SLOW MOTION. I WANT YOU TO WATCH THIS SWING. THIS IS PERFECT. IT JUST, WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK, IT LIKES A LITTLE THREE QUARTER BACK SWING. GOOD FIRM LEFT WRIST
THROUGH THE BALL. NOT A BIG FOLLOW THROUGH, BEAUTIFUL FOOT WORK. THAT WAS A GREAT GOLF SHOT.
AND WE'LL SEE HIM NOW ON THE 18TH HOLE, A HOLE THAT WAS MEANT TO BE HIT WITH A DRIVE AND A MID-IRON. I MEAN WE REMEMBER GREG NORMAN HITTING MID-IRONS IN HERE, I REMEMBER TOM WATSON HITTING FOUR WOODS.
SARAZEN HIT A FOUR WOOD IN 1935 ON THE 18TH HOLE AFTER HE ALREADY MADE THE DOUBLE EAGLE AND HAD TO TWO PUTT SO THIS IS NOT A DRIVE AND PITCH HOLE EXCEPT FOR TIGER.
THIS IS A GIGANTIC DRIVE. I MEAN THIS IS EVERYTHING GOING FOR YOU AT THE RIGHT TIME. YOUR EMOTIONS, YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEMS ALL UNDER CONTROL. THE ADRENALIN IS JUST PERFECT AND HE'S GOT TO HIT A HIGH LITTLE SLIDER
AROUND THE CORNER AND I MEAN HE JUST RIPPED THIS THING. THIS WAS THE LONGEST DRIVE HE HIT ALL WEEK. AS YOU CAN SEE, HE'S IN PERFECT BALANCE. IT'S NOT THAT HE WAS TRYING TO KILL IT.
IT'S JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WAS, I THINK THIS BALL ENDED UP LIKE 80 YARDS FROM THE GREEN.
YEAH, I WAS GOING TO SAY 73 YARDS FROM THE GREEN.
AND HE HAS A LITTLE PITCH INTO THIS, COULD, COULD WE HAVE KNOCKED IT ON FROM HERE?
UH... YEAH WE COULD HAVE GOT ON FROM THERE.
THAT WAS ALMOST LIKE AN IN YOUR FACE THING. NOW I'M GOING TO COME TO THIS LAST HOLE AND I'M NOT ONLY GOING TO BEAT YOU, I'M GOING TO OUT DRIVE YOU, AND THIS ISN'T JUST TO PHIL MICKELSON,
WHO HE WAS PLAYING WITH. THIS WOULD BE TO ANYBODY. THIS WAS LIKE, I'M GOING TO REALLY TOP THIS OFF WITH THIS GOOD LAST ONE AND HE ZIPPED IT DOWN THERE, AND THIS IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE. I MEAN HERE'S, WHERE REALLY
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COAST IT DOWN THERE AND YOU GOT THE MASTERS, YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING.
THE ONLY PERSON WE'VE EVER SEEN MAKE THIS PUTT FROM THIS ANGLE WHEN THEY NEEDED IT WAS SANDY LYLE WHEN HE WON.
YEAH I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE MORE TO THE RIGHT
WITH A SIMILAR PUTT.
AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THIS BABY GOES RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE TOO. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. I THINK IT'S INTERESTING IF WE WATCH AFTER THIS, TIGER WOODS KEEPS HIS EMOTIONS UNDER WRAPS
PRETTY GOOD. YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH THIS MEANT TO THIS YOUNG MAN, EMOTIONALLY RIGHT HERE, BECAUSE YOU, YOU DON'T SEE TIGER REALLY SHOW EMOTION LIKE THIS VERY OFTEN.
PUTS THE HAT OVER HIS FACE NOW BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE'S GOING TO SHED A LITTLE TEAR HERE AND HE DOESN'T WANT ANYBODY TO SEE IT.
DIDN'T YOU SHED A FEW?
I, I HAD MY SUNGLASSES ON EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT TOO BRIGHT OUT BECAUSE I WAS CRYING.
WHAT CAN YOU SHARE WITH US THAT YOU TWO WOULD SAY TO EACH OTHER AFTER COMPLETING THIS PARTICULAR SLAM?
UH, WHEN HE CAME OFF THE 18TH GREEN AND HE HUGGED HIS MOM AND DAD AND I WAS RIGHT BEHIND HIM AND, AND HE HUGGED ME AND I SAID WAY TO GO 'T'. HE GOES 'HOW 'BOUT THAT BUTCHY! WE GOT ANOTHER ONE'. (LAUGHS)
I MEAN IT'S JUST GREAT. THE THING I LOVE ABOUT TIGER WOODS, HE'S A KID. HE'S ENTHUSIASTIC, I MEAN HE GETS INTO IT. HE, HE KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS BUT HE, HE'S JUST LIKE A LITTLE KID. HE'S HAPPY ABOUT THESE THINGS.
SO ARE YOU.
YEAH, I DON'T BLAME HIM.
WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE YOUR CALLS. DON'T GO AWAY.
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.
Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.
"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."
Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.
"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."
Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder
After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.
La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.
"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."
Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.
The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.
"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."