Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 7
TALKED EARLIER ABOUT LUCKY BREAKS. IS THAT ANOTHER ONE?
AH, THAT'S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. CHRISTIE IS, HAS REALLY BEEN THE GREATEST THING THAT'S PROBABLY EVER HAPPENED TO ME, PETER. AT 57 YEARS OLD I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU THAT I'M
THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE. I'M A VERY FORTUNATE PERSON TO HAVE HAD THE AVAILABILITY TO, CHRISTIE AND I WERE TOGETHER 22 YEARS AGO, AND KIND OF WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER THEN BUT THE AGE DIFFERENCE, I DIDN'T
THINK WAS RIGHT AND KIND OF WENT OUR OWN SEPARATE WAYS AND AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT WE FOUND EACH OTHER AGAIN AND IT'S, LIKE I SAY, IT'S THE REASON I GOT THIS SMILE ON MY FACE AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS TIGER WOODS.
(LAUGHS) HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED?
VERY MUCH SO. WE'RE GETTING MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER IN NAPA. IT'S A VERY SMALL WEDDING. ONLY ABOUT 60, 65 OF OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS OF WHICH YOU HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THEM, YOU'RE THE ONLY MEDIA PERSON THAT'S GOING TO BE
THERE, AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. IT'S GOING TO BE A WEDDING OF JUST FUN... OF OUR FRIENDS, THE PEOPLE THAT MEAN THE MOST TO US IN OUR LIFE, ON HER SIDE AND ON MY SIDE GOING TO BE WITH US FOR THIS SPECIAL DAY AND IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY NICE.
IT'S FUNNY, YOU JUST SAID THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT IT WAS, THAT WE THOUGHT IT WAS TIGER WHO WAS MAKING YOU HAPPIEST. WHAT'S GOING TO BE , WHAT WOULD BE HARDER TO IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT OR WHO? CHRISTIE OR TIGER?
OH I COULD LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT TIGER. SORRY TIGER, BUT I, I COULDN'T LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT CHRISTIE. SHE'S, SHE'S MY STRENGTH, SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND, SHE'S MY LOVER, SHE'S EVERYTHING THERE IS IN A WOMAN. I'M A LUCKY MAN.
YOU'VE BEEN HINTING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SLOW THE WHOLE THING DOWN AND TAKE LIFE A LITTLE BIT EASIER, BUT, ISN'T IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE HAVING TOO MUCH FUN TO SLOW DOWN RIGHT NOW?
WELL I'M A WORK-AHOLIC. I MEAN IT'S WHAT I DO. I'M A VERY LUCKY PERSON. I GET TO MAKE A VERY NICE LIVING AT, AT WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING AND I LOVE DOING IT. I HAVE A YOUNG FAMILY NOW
THAT I WANT TO ENJOY. AS I SAID EARLIER IN THE SHOW, I AM, I'M NOT VERY PROUD OF THE FACT I DIDN'T GET TO ENJOY MY CHILDREN WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER BECAUSE I MADE MYSELF TOO
BUSY. I'M TRYING TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF AND DO SOME THINGS FAMILY WISE THAT I'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE AND I'M SORRY MICHAEL AND C.H. THAT I DIDN'T GET TO DO IT FOR YOU... AND YEAH, THE
TIME, THINGS ARE GOOD AND THINGS ARE GOING AND YOU GOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CERTAIN SITUATIONS AND I LOVE MY WORK AND SO I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BALANCE BOTH THINGS. IT'S NOT EASY YOU KNOW.
BUT YOU HAVE MADE SUCH AN EFFORT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE THE DAD THAT YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO BE. DON'T YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GETTING IT RIGHT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE ANYMORE?
UH... NO, I'M TRYING. I MEAN I LOVE MY KIDS. MY DAUGHTER, MICHAEL, I DON'T GET TO SEE HER VERY MUCH BECAUSE SHE LIVES IN HOUSTON AND CLAUDE, OBVIOUSLY WORKS FOR ME. DOES A
GREAT JOB. COLES WITH ME ALL THE TIME NOW AT SIX YEARS OLD AND HE'S KEEPING ME YOUNG JUST TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH HIM, SO, LIFE IS VERY GOOD.
WITH YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AS GOOD AS IT IS, DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO APPRECIATE BEING ALIVE IN THE TIME OF TIGER? YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE WHEN JONES WON HIS GRAND SLAM
WHO KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THE TIME, CONTINUED TO APPRECIATE IT. DO YOU THINK YOU AND THE REST OF US APPRECIATE THE TIME WE'RE IN, HISTORY WISE WITH HIM?
I THINK WE SHOULD BECAUSE WE'RE SEEING SOMETHING THAT NO ONE'S EVER SEEN BEFORE. I'VE BEEN A VERY LUCKY PERSON AT MT AGE. I SAW ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS, REALLY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BOBBY JONES.
MAN I SAW GENE SARAZEN PLAY, I, I OBVIOUSLY SAW HOGAN AND, AND NELSON AND SNEAD AND DEMARET AND ON THROUGH TO PALMER AND NICKLAUS AND TREVINO AND WATSON AND, AND NORMAN AND SO ON THROUGH THAT I'VE
HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ALL THESE GREAT PLAYERS SO WE ARE SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SEE THIS YOUNG MAN PLAY. ALL OF US THAT LOVE GOLF. I MEAN IT'S A JOY TO WATCH.
AND I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A SPECIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT BEFORE YOUR WEDDING. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR MOVE.
WELL YOU AND I PROBABLY BE IN THE SAME GROUP TOGETHER AND MY GOOD FRIEND, KENNY 'G' IS GOING TO COME AND PLAY AT THE WEDDING AND PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT. KENNY'S A GOOD PLAYER.
I JUST FILMED A THING YESTERDAY THAT YOU CAN WATCH ON SATURDAY OF THE BRITISH OPEN AND KENNY 'G' HOLES A HECK OF A PUTT TO WIN A TOURNAMENT.
SO THEY PUT US TOGETHER BECAUSE YOU MUST BE A 7 HANDICAPPER TOO, HUH?
DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PLAYING THAT WELL.
THANK YOU BUTCH.
MY PLEASURE PAL.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
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."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
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.'"
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."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
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."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
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.