Golf Talk Live - Byron Nelson Transcript Segment 5
BYRON, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE FOR YOU, HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT FOR YOU TO BE THE RYDER CUP CAPTAIN IN 1965, STEVE KELLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
WELL, YOUR KID, IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN HOW MUCH PLEASURE IT WAS, BECAUSE IN THOSE DAYS, WHY, I, WHEN I WAS CAPTAIN OF THE RYDER CUP TEAM, THOSE PLAYERS HAD CHOSEN ME TO BE THE CAPTAIN. I DIDN'T HAVE TO PICK FROM PLAYERS,
THEY WERE, THE PLAYERS WERE PICKED AND THEN, QUITE QUALIFIED OF COURSE, AND THEN, BUT IT WAS, IT REALLY WAS GREAT TO BE CAPTAIN AND TO GO TO ENGLAND, BE CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM THERE AND TO WIN IN ENGLAND, AND
GREAT BRITAIN, AND SO, THE, BEING CAPTAIN AND TELLING THE PLAYERS, SEE THE CAPTAIN HAS SO MUCH TO DO JUST TO PLAY, TO DO, OTHER THAN JUST TO PLAY. HE HAS TO TELL THEM WHAT UNIFORMS THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO WEAR DAY AND
MORNING, NOON, NIGHT. WHERE YOU GOT TO GO TO DINNER, WHAT TIME YOU GOT TO BE THERE AND EVERYTHING. YOU'RE, YOU'RE THE BOSS AND YOU HAVE TO DO ALL THIS, AND IT'S FUN, AND I, AND ONE
THING I, A GUY, JULIUS BOROS, WAS ONE
OF THE MEN ON THE TEAM WHEN I WAS CAPTAIN IN '65, PLAYED AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, AND JULIUS UH E... A VERY EASY GOING GUY AND NEARLY EVERY NIGHT I'D BE DOWNSTAIRS WAITING
FOR HIM TO COME DOWNSTAIRS TO SEE IF HE HAD THE RIGHT UNIFORM AND ABOUT HALF THE TIME JULIUS WOULD COME DOWN AND SOMETHING WASN'T THE RIGHT UNIFORM. AS SOON AS HE'D SEE ME HE'D BE, BEFORE HE'D EVEN SAY ANYTHING TO ME, HE'D GO BACK
UPSTAIRS AND PUT ON SOME CLO... PUT ON A UNIFORM, BUT TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, ON THE, WHEN I, THE, I WAS CAPTAIN SO I, ARNOLD WAS, HAD PLAYED THE CAPTAIN, I MEAN HAD BEEN PLAYER OF THE TEAM BEFORE AND DAVE MARR HAD NOT, SO I KNOW IT'S EXCITING WHEN
YOU, ESPECIALLY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ON IT, SO I PAIRED THOSE TWO INTO WHAT I CALL THE SCOTCH FOURSOME. THAT'S TWO BALLS IN, A ROUND,
(UNINTELLIGIBLE) BACK AND FORTH, YOU KNOW
ALTERNATE SHOTS, SO, ANYWAY, IN THE MORNING, WHY, I PREPARED AND GOT, THEY WERE ON TEAM NUMBER TWO AND THEY PLAYED AND THEY, ARN.. ARNOLD STARTED KIDDING UH
DAVE TO GET THE BALL OFF THE GROUND. HE NEVER GOT THE BALL OFF THE GROUND FOR SIX HOLES AND THEY STARTED PLAYING PRETTY GOOD FROM THEREON IN AND THEY LOST SIX AND FIVE.
THEY LOST SIX DOWN AND FIVE TO GO, AND SO, THEN, AND WHEN I WAS, THE, YOU KNOW THE CAPTAIN MEETS AND MAKES THE PAIRINGS. I MADE THE PAIRING AND I DECIDED THAT YOU'LL PROBABLY GUESS WHAT THE OTHER CAPTAIN GOING TO DO.
SO I GUESSED THAT THEIR CAPTAIN WAS GOING TO PICK THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM 6 TO 5, MOVE THEM TO THE NUMBER ONE PLACE IN THE AFTERNOON AND I KNEW ARNOLD, AND DAVID GOT STRAIGHTENED AWAY, AND I KNEW ARNOLD, ONE OF THEM DIDN'T LIKE TO WIN, UH LOSE, AND SO I MOVED THEM TO NUMBER ONE SPOT AND SURE ENOUGH I
GUESSED IT RIGHT. ERIC WHEATON WAS THEIR CAPTAIN, SO, IN, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN WE GOT TOGETHER AND EVERYONE.. . DAVID AND THEM WERE STILL HAVING LUNCH, SO I WENT IN, THEY WERE JUST FINISHING, AND I SAID, WELL HERE'S THE PAIRINGS BOYS, AND I SAID, DAVE, YOU
AND ARNOLD ARE GOING TO PLAY THE SAME GUYS YOU, TOMORROW, THIS AFTERNOON, YOU PLAYED THIS MORNING AND DAVE WAS SURPRISED I DIDN'T EVEN DROP HIM OFF BECAUSE HE HAD DONE SO BADLY. WELL THEY, THEY DIDN'T FINISH
EATING. THEY WENT TO THE PRACTICE TEE AND PRACTICED STUFF AND THEN WENT OUT, IN THE AFTERNOON, NOW, IN, IN SCOT FOURSOME TWO BALL, THEY SHOT 30 AND THEY BEAT THAT SAME TEAM
THAT ALWAYS FIGHTS AT FIVE AND FOUR IN THE MORNING. THEY BEAT HIM SIX TO FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON. SO THIS IS THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM. IT'S FUN.
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Hahn jabs USGA over possible ball rollback
As debate continues to heat up over possible sweeping changes to the golf ball amid distance concerns, PGA Tour pro James Hahn chimed in to question the merits of a potential rollback.
The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.
It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:
Breaking news. In addition to limited flight balls, the USGA plans to ban working out, proper diet and swinging faster than 105mph. They are also planning on removing the 3 point shot in the NBA.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 23, 2018
If we were playing a match, would you rather hit 7 iron to my 9 iron OR hit hybrid to my 5 iron? Oh and by the way, I can still hit par 5s in two with 3 wood. You can't.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 25, 2018
Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.
Na fires back over slow play criticism from cricketer
Kevin Na fired back over recent criticism he received about his purported slow play at last week's Genesis Open.
Kevin Pietersen is a retired English cricketer with more than 3.6 million followers on Twitter. He tweeted a video of Na, known as one of the slower players on the PGA Tour, taking more than a minute to line up and hit what he described as a "Tap In" during the final round at Riviera:
SERIOUSLY, Kevin Na?!?!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) February 18, 2018
That Is A Tap In, MATE! pic.twitter.com/YMmNT6m5H7
He then added another video of himself on a green in Dubai, where he again called out Na and showed how long he believed it should take for a player to brush in a short putt:
Na has faced his fair share of slow play criticism, but this time he decided to defend himself. Na isn't on Twitter, but he took to Instagram to tell Pietersen to "stick to your own sport," pointing out both the length of the putt in question and the stakes that were involved during the final round, when Na went on to tie for second behind Bubba Watson:
@kp24 lets get some facts straight. Shot tracker shows what u call “tap in” 3ft 4in. Since when is 3’4’’ on green speed 12 a “tap in.” FYI 1 shot for me on Sunday was 300k. Difference between T2 and T4. Yes, I did back off because the line didn’t feel right. So what! BTW that was the only putt I backed off all day. Also our group was on pace all day! We waited if anything. @pgatour @golfdigest @golf_com @golfchannel #getyourfactstraight #sticktoyourownsport #everyshotcounts
Pepperell wins his first European Tour title in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar - Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title.
The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.
Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.
Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.
The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.
Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.
On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.
''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.
''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''
Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.
''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.
''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''
Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.