Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
1996 U.S. AMATEUR AT PUMPKIN RIDGE. YOU KNOW THIS GUY. (LAUGHS)

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES

RICH LERNER
AND THE OPPONENT THAT DAY IN THE QUARTER FINALS AND SITTING TO MY LEFT.

WHAT DID YOU KNOW ABOUT TIGER WOODS, CHARLES, BEFORE THAT MATCH?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I KNEW WHO HE WAS OBVIOUSLY AND I'LL, I'LL NEVER FORGET. I MADE A PUTT THAT MORNING TO WIN MY MORNING MATCH TO PLAY TIGER THAT AFTERNOON AND I WAS, I, I MEAN I WAS SO

HAPPY TO MAKE THE PUTT BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WAS ABOUT TO THROW UP
BECAUSE YOU KNOW I HAD TO PLAY TIGER THAT AFTERNOON BUT, YEAH THAT, THAT WAS SOMETHING.

RICH LERNER
YOU WERE HOW OLD, 17?

CHARLES HOWELL III
UH 16 AT THE TIME.

RICH LERNER
16 AT THE

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES

RICH LERNER
TIME.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES

RICH LERNER
DID YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE AS YOU STEPPED TO THE TEE... I DON'T CARE WHO HE IS I CAN BEAT THIS GUY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I DID. I REALLY DID. I, I WANTED TO BEAT HIM SO BAD YOU CAN'T IMAGINE. I, YOU KNOW, I GOT UP ON THE FIRST HOLE AND HIT A REALLY GOOD TEE BALL AND HIT IT FOUR FEET FOR A BIRDIE AND I GOT UP THERE AND TIGER HAD MADE PAR AND, AND I THOUGHT YOU

KNOW THIS, THIS IS GOING UP ON TIGER WOODS. I DIDN'T EVEN HIT THE HOLE, BUT NO, IT WAS A HECK OF A MATCH. HE ENDED UP BEATING ME ON THE 17TH HOLE BUT UH IT WAS FUN.

RICH LERNER
HOW DID YOU PLAY THAT DAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I PLAYED OKAY. I WAS, I WAS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT TOO STAR STRUCK AND PROBABLY HAD TOO MUCH PAYING ATTENTION TO HIS GAME THAN I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING BUT UH, IT, YOU KNOW IT WAS , IT YOU KNOW, GAVE ME SO MUCH EXPERIENCE.

RICH LERNER
HOW DID YOU MATCH UP WITH HIM LENGTH WISE OFF THE TEE AT THAT POINT?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH AT THAT POINT HE WAS HITTING IT FOREVER. I, I, I THINK HE WAS PROBABLY HITTING IT FURTHER THEN THAN HE IS NOW.

RICH LERNER
YEAH I THINK HE'S DIALED IT BACK A LITTLE BIT.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YEAH IT'S, I MEAN, I, I WAS HIT, I WASN'T HITTING IT SHORT AT THAT TIME AND HE, HE WAS MOVING IT.

RICH LERNER
WERE YOU AT ALL SURPRISED AT THE SUCCESS THAT HE HAD? I MEAN WE'RE TALKING UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF SUCCESS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
OR DID YOU SEE THAT BASED UPON WHAT YOU WITNESSED AT THE U.S. AMATEUR FOR EXAMPLE?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH NO, HE, IT WAS ALL EXPECTED. I MEAN, WHAT, THE THINGS HE'S DONE HAVE JUST BEEN INCREDIBLE. I MEAN HE, YOU KNOW HE'S AWESOME. HE'S, YOU KNOW WHAT HE'S WON AND ACCOMPLISHED AND THE

LEVEL THAT HE'S PLAYED AT FOR SO LONG IS OH YEAH IT WAS COMING.

RICH LERNER
DOES IT MAKE YOU AT ALL A BIT IMPATIENT BECAUSE HE HAD SUCCESS QUICKLY. WON THE MASTERS AT 21.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
HE HAD DONE SO MUCH AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. DOES IT MAKE YOU AT ALL IMPATIENT? I GOT TO GET IT NOW.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU, YOU KNOW IT'LL BE A PART OF IT DOES. YOU KNOW, A PART OF ME THAT WANTS TO WIN TOURNAMENTS, IT REALLY DOES. I'VE BEEN CLOSE A COUPLE TIMES, I HAD A THIRD AT JOHN DEERE LAST YEAR AND THEN THE PLAY OFF AT MILWAUKEE

THIS YEAR AND EVEN LAST WEEK AT INTERNATIONAL I THOUGHT I HAD A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE TO WIN THERE COMING IN THE LAST DAY AND YEAH, IT MAKES ME WANT TO GET THAT FIRST WIN PRETTY BAD.

RICH LERNER
ARE YOU REASONABLY COMFORTABLE WITH THE COMPARISONS AND WITH THE IDEA THAT SOME HAVE TAGGED YOU AS THE LIKELY FUTURE RIVAL TO TIGER WOODS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YEAH I AM, YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S MORE FLATTERY THAN ANYTHING I THINK, IT'S, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE AREN'T COMPARING YOU TO TIGER WOODS THEN THEY DON'T THINK YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T THINK YOU HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF GAME REALLY SO TO SPEAK AND I NO, I, I TAKE IT ALL.

RICH LERNER
WHAT DOES HE DO THAT YOU CURRENTLY DO NOT? THAT YOU FEEL YOU WILL NEED TO PUT IN ORDER IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET TO TIGER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
UM, YOU KNOW I THINK A LOT OF IT IS THAT YOU CAN'T SEE IT. I THINK HIS HEAD IS, IS SO GOOD AND IT'S SO STRONG AND HIS MENTAL GAME IS JUST, IS LIGHT YEARS BEYOND ANYBODY ELSE. I REMEMBER

COACH HOLDREN (?) AND I WERE TALKING MY SOPHOMORE YEAR AT COLLEGE AND HE SAID THAT FOR SO LONG PEOPLE WORKED ON THE PHYSICAL ASPECT OF THE GAME AND AS SOON AS SOMEBODY

FIGURES OUT THE MENTAL ASPECT THEN YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A REAL WINNER AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT TIGER'S DONE.

RICH LERNER
DO YOU HAVE A STEEL TRAP FOR A MIND AS TIGER HAS, AS HOGAN HAD, AS NICKLAUS HAD AND, AND A LITTLE BIT OF A MEAN STREAK. I SEE A LITTLE BIT OF A MEAN STREAK

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES

RICH LERNER
IN TIGER, COMPETITIVELY SPEAKING

ONLY.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT.

OH NO, I'M, I'M THE SAME WAY. I, I HATE TO LOSE. IT UH, YOU KNOW LOSING REALLY BOTHERS ME. I KNOW I DON'T LIKE IT ONE BIT AND I TAKE IT PERSONAL AND SERIOUS AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S ONE THING I PLAYED LAST WEEK WITH VIJAY SINGH AND THAT'S ONE THING I NOTICED ABOUT HIM IS JUST HOW

UNBELIEVABLY SERIOUS THAT HE TAKES HIS GAME AND HE TAKES HIS GOLF AND TIGER'S THE SAME WAY.

RICH LERNER
YOU FINISHED RUNNER UP AT MILWAUKEE TO SHIGEKI MARUYAMA.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
PLAYED WELL AT THE JOHN DEERE LAST YEAR. WELL AT THE INTERNATIONAL, TOP TENS AT THE BELL SOUTH IN NEW ORLEANS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
I, I'VE LEARNED, I'VE LEARNED A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. I'VE LEARNED THAT I CAN WIN. YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN CLOSE THOSE FIVE TIMES TO WINNING BUT I'VE ALSO LEARNED THAT THAT IT TAKES A LITTLE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO WIN.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW THIS PUTT HERE, FOR EXAMPLE, I THOUGHT RIGHT HERE I'D MADE IT AND MY HEART KIND OF STOPPED TO THINKING I, YOU KNOW, COULD HAVE WON A GOLF TOURNAMENT WITH THAT PUTT

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHARLES HOWELL III
BUT IT, IT, IT TAKES SOMETHING SPECIAL TO WIN AND YOU KNOW I HADN'T QUITE GOTTEN IT YET BUT WHEN I DO I'M SURE IT'LL BE AWESOME.

RICH LERNER
LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO FOCUS ON WHEN THEY FIRST LAY EYES ON YOUR GAME AND THAT IS THE WOW FACTOR. THE DISTANCE YOU HIT THE BALL OFF THE TEE AND WE TOUCHED ON THIS IN THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING

TECHNICALLY TO GENERATE THAT POWER, TO GET THAT TREMENDOUS LAG

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
THAT SO MANY PLAYERS STRIVE TO GET. THE LAG AND THE DRAG. HOW DO YOU GET IT DONE?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL YOU KNOW FORTUNATELY I'M BLESSED WITH A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY AND COMBINE THAT WITH A LOT OF WORKING OUT TO, YOU KNOW, BUILD UP MY STRENGTH AND YOU KNOW, FORTUNATELY FOR ME THAT I HAVE

QUICK HANDS, I HAVE QUICK WRISTS AND QUICK HIPS WHICH SOMETIMES GET ME IN TROUBLE BUT UH, BUT NO I, I, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF THE WORKING OUT, A LOT OF SWINGING THE FAN (?) IT'S HELPED ME QUITE A BIT AND YOU KNOW AS, NEEDLESS

TO SAY, TOO, MY TECHNOLOGY'S NOT HURTING EITHER WITH THE CALLAWAY DRIVER, WITH THE CALLAWAY GOLF BALL I PICKED UP YARDAGE WITH THAT AS WELL.

RICH LERNER
THAT IS A GORGEOUS GOLF SWING. YOU'RE ALSO VERY LONG WITH YOUR IRONS. GIVE THE AUDIENCE A SENSE OF WHAT YOU HIT YOUR CLUBS. MAYBE 8 IRON DOWN TO LET'S SAY 4 IRON, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT NOW I'M PLAYING, WELL I WAS AN INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, YOU KNOW IT WAS SCARY

(UNINTELLIGIBLE)

RICH LERNER
THAT, THAT DOESN'T COUNT UP IN THAT, IN THAT AIR,

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL WE'LL THROW THAT ONE AWAY

RICH LERNER
WE CAN, WE CAN ALL HIT IT A DISTANCE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
AT SEA LEVEL I'M HITTING MY IRON ABOUT 175 YARDS. MY 9 IRON ABOUT 160. WEDGE ABOUT 145ISH. ACTUALLY JUST LAST WEEK I PUT A 64 DEGREE WEDGE INTO MY BAG AND PULLED MY THREE IRON OUT, SO I'M TRYING TO PUT, TRYING

TO PUT SOME MORE CLUBS IN THERE AND THE TOP HEAVIER (?) AND THE WEDGES, TRYING TO BID (?) A LOT OF CLUBS IN BETWEEN 150 YARDS AND DOWN. THAT'S WHERE I MAKE A LOT OF YOUR BIRDIES AT.

RICH LERNER
HOW MANY DEGREES ON YOUR DRIVER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
MY DRIVER'S TEN AND A HALF DEGREES. IT SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT MISLEADING. THE, I DON'T SPIN A DRIVER A WHOLE LOT AND I LAUNCH IT PRETTY FLAT SO THAT'S TEN AND A HALF DEGREES. I LAUNCH IT ABOUT TEN AND A HALF.

RICH LERNER
YOUR SWING SPEED BEEN MEASURED?

CHARLES HOWELL III
IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN MEASURED A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT'S ABOUT 122, 123 RIGHT NOW.

RICH LERNER
AND WHERE'S TIGER AT, DO YOU KNOW?

CHARLES HOWELL III
I DON'T KNOW. I'D SAY HE'S PROBABLY 127 AND IT WHAT, DEPENDS ON HOW FAST HE WANTS TO BE OR HOW MAD HE IS, SO TO SPEAK.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
SO YOU'RE, YOU'RE UP THERE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
IT'S CLOSE. NOT QUITE HIS, BUT CLOSE.

RICH LERNER
YOU CAN MOVE IT THROUGH IMPACT. AND WE, WE SAW EVIDENCE OF THAT. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. WE WILL COME BACK WITH A WHOLE LOT MORE WITH CHARLIE HOWELL RIGHT AFTER THIS. STAY WITH US.

(MUSIC)

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The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.

By Jason CrookJanuary 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.

Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.

But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.

So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.

Speaking of greatness …

There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.

When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”

So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.

Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:

Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.

Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.

This, according to Curtis Strange.

The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:

This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Damn millennials. They ruin everything.

By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.

Tony's gonna stand on an egg

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Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.

Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.

Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.

But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.

Off to the next. #Spieth2 #TEAMUA

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The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.

Just guys being dudes. Nothing better than that.

Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.

That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."

Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"

Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.

The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.

Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:

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Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 5:38 pm

Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.

Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.


Full-field scores from the Latin America Amateur Championship


Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.

Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.

Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.

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Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 23, 2018, 4:15 pm

‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host

Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced

Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.

Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.

“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.” 

“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.

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Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open

By Tiger TrackerJanuary 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is competing in a full-field event for the first time in nearly a year. We're tracking him at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. (Note: Tweets read, in order, left to right)