Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE WITH CHARLIE HOWELL AND THIS FROM KEVIN STILLER, ATLANTA GEORGIA, I'M 11 YEARS OLD AND DREAM OF PLAYING THE TOUR. WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ME?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I, I'D SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT JUST KEEP WORKING HARD AT IT. DON'T EVER BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT. I, AT THAT AGE, I WAS HEARING THAT YOU'LL

NEVER MAKE IT AND YOU'RE TOO SMALL OR YOU DON'T HIT IT FAR ENOUGH AND
JUST HANG IN THERE AND KEEP WORKING AT IT. THERE'S PLENTY, PLENTY OF ROOM OUT THERE.

RICH LERNER
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGSTERS LIKE KEVIN NA, THE TALENTED YOUNGSTER FROM THE WEST COAST.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHO'S STILL A TEENAGER AND TO TY TRYON WHO HAS BEEN SENSATIONAL, STILL A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR TO BE. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM ON THE IDEA THAT THEY ARE APPARENTLY ENTERTAINING OF TURNING PROFESSIONAL BEFORE THEY EVER GET TO COLLEGE?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL THAT'S AN INTERESTING ONE AND YOU KNOW, I, I PLAYED THREE YEARS OF COLLEGE GOLF AND TURNED PRO EARLY WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY ABOUT LEAVING WHEN YOU'RE IN SCHOOL EARLY

AND YOU KNOW, I, I, ALL THE STUFF I LEARNED FROM COACH HOLDER AND COACH MCGRALL WAS THE ASSISTANT COACH THERE AND ALL THE STUFF THEY TAUGHT ME AND EVERYTHING I LEARNED

THROUGH COLLEGE, LIVING ON MY OWN AWAY FROM MY PARENTS, LIVING WITH A ROOMMATE, WAKING UP ONE MORNING AND MOM DIDN'T HAVE BREAKFAST ON THE TABLE AND THROWING DIRTY CLOTHES ON THE FLOOR AND I HAD TO GO PICK THEM UP MYSELF.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I CAN'T IMAGINE MISSING THAT. I, I CAN'T, I CAN'T IMAGINE GOING STRAIGHT FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO DOING WHAT I'M DOING NOW. TRAVELING ALL THE TIME AND YOU KNOW, EVEN IF YOU

GO ONE OR TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE, GO TO OKLAHOMA STATE. THERE'S MY PLUG FOR OKLAHOMA. YEAH I MEAN, GO THERE, COACH HOLDER WILL UNDERSTAND THAT I, I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE NOT HAVING THAT.

RICH LERNER
YOU WERE HEAVILY RECRUITED AND THE CONSISTENT RECRUITMENT OF CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD IS A THEME

CHARLES HOWELL III
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RICH LERNER
THAT HAS FOLLOWED YOU TO THIS DAY WHETHER IT WAS COLLEGIATE COACHES OR WHETHER IT WAS AGENTS TO BE OR WHETHER IT WAS CLUB MANUFACTURERS, BUT LET'S START WITH COLLEGES, WHY OKLAHOMA STATE AND WHO ELSE CAME AFTER YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I WAS RECRUITED BY OKLAHOMA STATE AND GEORGIA TECH AND UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. THOSE THREE I HAD PRETTY MUCH NARROWED IT DOWN TO AND UH IT WASN'T AN EASY DECISION

AT ALL. IN THE END, I JUST, I LOVED COACH HOLDER. I MEAN HE, HE'S THE EXACT SAME AGE AS MY FATHER. THEY'RE ONE DAY APART.

RICH LERNER
HOW OLD IS THAT?

CHARLES HOWELL III
53 (LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
53

CHARLES HOWELL III
SORRY COACH HOLDER.

(RICH AND CHARLES LAUGH)

CHARLES HOWELL III
BUT, BUT NO THEY, YOU KNOW AND THEY BOTH ARE, THEY'RE BOTH JUST AWESOME AND, AND COACH HOLDER AND HIS RECORD, WHAT HE'S ACCOMPLISHED

AT OKLAHOMA STATE AND JUST THE, THE
TRADITION THERE, I MEAN IT'S, I MEAN HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT.

RICH LERNER
HE SEEMS TO ME, AND, I'VE ONLY SEEN HIM AND COVERED ONE NCA CHAMPIONSHIP BUT HE SEEMS TO ME TO BE A GUY WITH MORE OF A FOOTBALL COACH'S MENTALITY. VERY

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
TOUGH GUY

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT... HE IS

RICH LERNER
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO HE IS TOUGH. I MEAN HE IS ALMOST A FOOTBALL COACH WITH A GOLF COACH'S LABEL BUT, BUT HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT. I MEAN HE'S, HE'S NOT TRYING TO HARM YOU WHEN, WHEN HE'S OUT THERE MAKING YOU GET UP EARLY ON THE WEEKENDS TO GO PLAY GOLF, HE,

HE'S JUST TRYING TO MAKE YOU BETTER, HE'S NOT TRYING TO MAKE YOU MISERABLE, SO HE'S, NO I COULDN'T, I COULDN'T IMAGINE PLAYING FOR ANOTHER COACH.

RICH LERNER
LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. LET'S WELCOME JAY FROM GEORGIA. HI, YOU'RE ON WITH CHARLIE HOWELL.

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
HEY CHARLIE. JAY KAYSON. HOW YOU DOING?

CHARLES HOWELL III
GOOD. HOW ARE YOU DOING?

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
GOOD, GOOD. HEY, QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU. WHAT'S BEEN THE ONE HARDEST THING TO GET ADJUSTED OUT ON THE PGA TOUR FOR YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL JAY I'D SAY PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING HAS BEEN THE TRAVEL AND IN COLLEGE GOLF, AS YOU KNOW, WE PLAY ONE TOURNAMENT AND HAVE TWO OR THREE WEEKS OFF TO REST AND PRACTICE AND GET READY AND I THINK

THE TRAVEL, THE AMOUNT OF, LIKE THIS, I JUST GOT DONE PLAYING SIX WEEKS IN A ROW AND THAT CAN GET PRETTY TIRING

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
RIGHT

CHARLES HOWELL III
OTHER THAN THAT IT'S, IT'S STILL JUST GOLF BUT THE TRAVEL'S GOT TO BE THE HARDEST PART.

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
WELL, WELL GREAT THANKS CHARLIE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
HEY GOOD TO SEE YOU.

RICH LERNER
JAY, THANK YOU. HOW DO YOU TRAVEL? ARE YOU A COMMERCIAL FLYER OR HAVE YOU GONE THE ROUTE OF MANY PROFESSIONALS AND GONE WITH THE LEAST JET PROGRAM?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL FORTUNATELY I'M ABLE, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE A LEASED JET WHICH HAS BEEN, WHICH HAS BEEN AWESOME. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW NICE THAT IS.

RICH LERNER
IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO GET IN AND OUT OF DODGE (?)

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL IT IS. IT'S YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT AN ISSUE OF BEING YOU KNOW, COCKY OR, OR

RICH LERNER
SURE

CHARLES HOWELL III
WHATEVER. IT'S AN ISSUE OF IT'S YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW VALUABLE YOUR TIME IS AND YOU KNOW GETTING FROM ONE TOURNAMENT TO THE OTHER WITH A FOUR HOUR DELAY HERE, WHATEVER, AND TRAVELING PRIVATE IT'S, IT'S, IT'S SO NICE.

RICH LERNER
GO BACK TO YOUR DAYS AT OKLAHOMA STATE BECAUSE THERE, THERE WERE MANY GREAT MOMENTS THERE BUT THERE'S ONE THAT REALLY STANDS OUT AND MAY STAND FOR A LONG, LONG TIME IN THE RECORD BOOKS AND THAT'S YOUR PERFORMANCE AT THE 2000 NCA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN

ALABAMA.

CHARLES HOWELL III
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RICH LERNER
I MEAN YOU BLEW A HOLE IN THE RECORD BOOK AND YOU WON BY 8 SHOTS AND NOBODY HAD EVER GONE BETTER THAN 17 DEEP AND YOU FINISHED WHAT WITH TWENTY

THREE UNDER

CHARLES HOWELL III
TWENTY-THREE UNDER

RICH LERNER
UNDER PAR. I MEAN EVERYBODY ASSOCIATED WITH THAT CALLS IT THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE THEY'VE EVER SEEN.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHAT WAS GOING ON THAT WEEK?

CHARLES HOWELL III
(LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
AND YOUR TEAM WON THE TITLE BY THE WAY, MOST IMPORTANTLY.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, YOU KNOW I, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE THAT OUT AND SIT AND THINK ABOUT IT AND IT WAS ONE OF THE DEALS WHERE EVERYTHING WAS WORKING. I, I WAS DRIVING IT WELL. MY IRONS WERE HITTING THEM WELL. I WAS PUTTING GOOD AND IT WAS JUST, IT WAS AN

AWESOME WEEK. IT, THE GOLF COURSE REALLY FIT MY EYE WELL AND I, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE IT OUT SINCE THEN. I'VE GOTTEN CLOSE.

RICH LERNER
APPARENTLY IT, IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. I MEAN THERE WERE FIVE OR SIX PUTTS THAT KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, DIDN'T GO IN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, WELL YEAH, AS SOON AS I LOOKED AT THAT LEADERBOARD ON THE LAST DAY FOR SOME REASON THE PUTTS STARTED MISSING.

RICH LERNER
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, AND, AND NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR AFTER YOU'VE SHOT 23 UNDER PAR THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN 28.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
BUT NOBODY, NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THAT.

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO BUT LIKE A GOLFER YOU'LL ALWAYS SAY IT.

RICH LERNER
OF COURSE (LAUGHS). ALRIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. DAVID LEADBETTER IS GOING TO JOIN US. WHEN WE COME BACK, THIS REMINDER YOU CAN JOIN US ON LINE AS ALWAYS AT GOLF'S

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McIlroy: Ryder Cup won't be as easy as USA thinks

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:18 pm

The Americans have won their past two international team competitions by a combined score of 38-22, but Rory McIlroy isn’t expecting another pushover at the Ryder Cup in September.

McIlroy admitted that the U.S. team will be strong, and that its core of young players (including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) will be a force for the next decade. But he told reporters Tuesday at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship that course setup will play a significant role.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said, referring to the Americans’ 17-11 victory in 2016. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

At every Ryder Cup, the home team has the final say on course setup. Justin Rose was the most outspoken about the setup at Hazeltine, saying afterward that it was “incredibly weak” and had a “pro-am feel.” 

And so this year’s French Open figures to be a popular stop for European Tour players – it’s being held once again at Le Golf National, site of the matches in September. Tommy Fleetwood won last year’s event at 12 under.

“I’m confident,” McIlroy said. “Everything being all well and good, I’ll be on that team and I feel like we’ll have a really good chance.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that. The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.” 

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Floodlights may be used at Dubai Desert Classic

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 12:44 pm

No round at next week’s Dubai Desert Classic will be suspended because of darkness.

Tournament officials have installed state-of-the-art floodlighting around the ninth and 18th greens to ensure that all 132 players can finish their round.

With the event being moved up a week in the schedule, the European Tour was initially concerned about the amount of daylight and trimmed the field to 126 players. Playing under the lights fixed that dilemma.

“This is a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to our sport,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “No professional golfer ever wants to come back the following morning to complete a round due to lack of daylight, and this intervention, should it be required, will rule out that necessity.”

Next week’s headliners include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. 

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?