Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
YOU KNOW FULL WELL DAVID LEADBETTER IS A HIGH ENERGY GUY

TO SAY THE LEAST.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES HE IS

RICH LERNER
AND HE CALLED US, GOT TO BE, WHAT? 2:00 OVER IN

ENGLAND.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES.

RICH LERNER
OR WORKING ON 2:00, BUT NO SURPRISE TO YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, NO HE'S PULLED THAT TRICK BEFORE. I WAS PLAYING AT THE WESTERN EARLIER THIS YEAR AND IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN 3:00 IN THE MORNING HIS TIME AND MY CELL PHONE RINGS, IT'S, OVER HERE, AND CHARLES, JUST HAD TO TELL YOU THAT

YOU'RE A LITTLE LAID OFF AT THE TOP. I SAW A SWING TODAY AND YOU GOT TO WORK ON THAT BEFORE TOMORROW AND SO HIS NICKNAME'S BATMAN. HE DOESN'T SLEEP AT ALL.

RICH LERNER
LET'S WELCOME ANOTHER GUY WHO'S BEEN VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER, THAT IS YOUR AGENT, ROCKY HAMBRIC. ROCKY, THANKS VERY MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I'M DOING GREAT RICH, HOW ABOUT YOU?

RICH LERNER
I'M, I'M DOING SENSATIONAL. YOU'VE GOT TO BE PROUD OF THE WORK THIS YOUNG MAN HAS DONE SO FAR.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF HIM. HE'S DONE A FABULOUS JOB SO FAR IN HIS PRO CAREER.

RICH LERNER
ROCKY, MUCH WAS MADE OF THE RECRUITMENT, AS WE SAID EARLIER, OF CHARLIE HOWELL. HE WAS CERTAINLY THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER GOLF COMMODITY SINCE TIGER WOODS AND

YOU WON THE AGENTING SWEEPSTAKES, IF, IF YOU WILL AND THEY WERE A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE. YOU AGREED TO GIVE CHARLIE 5% OF YOUR NEW FOUND COMPANY. YOU HAD BROKEN AWAY FROM YOUR PREVIOUS CONCERN. WHY

DID YOU GO SO DEEP ON THAT, AND WHAT DO YOU TELL A FUTURE PLAYER THAT YOU WOULD INC. WHO'S, WHO WOULD SEE 5% OF HIS EARNINGS GO TO CHARLIE HOWELL SINCE HE WOULD HAVE A PIECE OF THE COMPANY?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
WELL THE REASON REALLY IS THAT A PLAYER LIKE CHARLES HOWELL COMES ALONG MAYBE ONCE A DECADE, MAYBE TWICE IN A GREAT DECADE BUT NOT VERY OFTEN AND CERTAINLY NOT EVERY YEAR

AND HE MEANS SO MUCH TO A COMPANY, AND I MEAN THE ENTIRE COMPANY MEANING THE OWNERSHIP AND PEOPLE WHO OPERATE THE COMPANY, WHICH WOULD BE ME AND TO THE OTHER CLIENTS IN THE COMPANY. THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE GENERATES FOR

THE COMPANY GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NET INCOME VERSUS THE GROSS INCOME OF AN AGENT COMPANY, ANY PLAYER'S NOT GIVING 5% OF THEIR EARNINGS TO CHARLES. UNFORTUNATELY, RIGHT, CHARLES?

CHARLES HOWELL III
UNFORTUNATELY NOT.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THAT'S RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
SO YOU DON'T FEEL AS THOUGH YOU WILL HAVE RADICALLY CHANGED THE NATURE OF THE PLAYER-AGENT RELATIONSHIP AS SOME HAD CONTENDED AT THE TIME?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
CERTAINLY NOT, I MEAN I'M CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST MANAGER TO EVER RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTION OF A PLAYER. I BELIEVE THE VERY FIRST AGENT RECOGNIZED THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE VERY FIRST PLAYER AND THAT BEING MARK McCORMICK AND ARNOLD PALMER.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, LET'S ALSO LOOK AT ANOTHER ISSUE WHICH HAS SURROUNDED CHARLIE THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR AND A HALF OR SO OF HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND, AND THAT IS THE LIMITATIONS THAT SEEM TO HAVE BEEN PLACED ON HIM WHERE

ELIGIBILITY IS CONCERNED. HE IS NOT TECHNICALLY A MEMBER OF THE PGA TOUR. THIS IS GENERALLY COMPLEX. I'M GOING TO LET YOU HAVE AT IT AND TRY

TO KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE TO UNDERSTAND. WHAT HURDLES HE HAD TO
OVERCOME AND HOW THE RESTRICTIONS MIGHT IMPACT THINGS GOING FORWARD.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
GOOD, WELL I'LL TRY TO DO MY BEST TO MAKE IT SIMPLE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL GOOD LUCK.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
CHARLES IS ACTUALLY A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER OF THE TOUR AS HE WAS LAST SUMMER AFTER HE MADE AS MUCH MONEY AS THE 150TH MONEY WINNER IN 1999. HE DID THAT IN 2000 AND

BECAME A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER BUT DIDN'T FINISH IN THE TOP 125. IN LATE 1999 THE POLICY FOR CHANGE, THE DEFINITION OF WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST EFFECTIVE FOR THE YEAR 2000 AND TO BE LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST

BEGINNING IN 2000, YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN A MEMBER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR OR YOU HAVE TO BECOME A FULL MEMBER DURING THE YEAR, NOT A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER WHICH HAD BEEN THE CASE BEFORE. AS A CONSEQUENCE, CHARLES DOESN'T APPEAR

ON THE MONEY LIST AND YOU KNOW HAS TO FINISH IN THE TOP 25 TO GET ANY BENEFITS. FOR INSTANCE, 125 TO 150, THAT CATEGORY IN ALL PREVIOUS YEARS BEFORE LAST YEAR WOULD HAVE EARNED

A CONDITIONAL CARD FOR THE NEXT YEAR, BUT IN CHARLES' CASE BECAUSE HE DID IT IN THE YEAR 2000 IT DIDN'T EARN THAT STATUS FOR 2001. THE IMPACT FOR THIS YEAR AND THEREFORE GOING FORWARD FOR CHARLES IS, HE'S ASSURED

OF HAVING A CARD FOR NEXT YEAR BECAUSE HE'S IN THE TOP ONE TWENT.. WILL BE IN THE TOP 125 AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HOWEVER HE'S NOT ON THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST WHICH MEANS THAT UNLESS HE WINS, WHICH IS

ABOUT THE ONLY WAY HE CAN BECOME A FULL MEMBER BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, HE CAN'T PLAY IN THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP AND HE WOULDN'T BE LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL MONEY LIST AT THE END OF THE YEAR WHICH CREATES A

NUMBER OF SCENARIOS AS WHETHER OR NOR HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE IF HE FINISHED IN THE TOP 20 FOR THE USGA'S INVITATION TO THE U.S. OPEN, THE R&A'S INVITATION TO THE BRITISH OPEN AND IF HE FINISHES IN THE TOP 40 WHETHER HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN INVITATION TO NEXT YEAR'S MASTERS.

RICH LERNER
CHARLES, YOU'VE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ON OCCASION, YOU DID NOT LIKE THE RULES SET UP. DO YOU THINK THEY WERE DESIGNED TO PROTECT SOME OF THE VETERAN PLAYERS ON TOUR AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUNG GUYS LIKE YOURSELF?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW IT, IT'S A TOUGH CALL THERE. I MEAN GRANTED THEY DIDN'T REALLY EXPECT A NON MEMBER TO DO WHAT I DID, YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD HAVE PUT THAT SCENARIO IN ORDER AND, SO, I MEAN FROM THE TOUR'S STANDPOINT IN

DEFENSE OF THE TOUR, I CAN UNDERSTAND THE RULES. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE MISHAPS AND THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS. OBVIOUSLY FROM MY POSITION THOUGH I HAD A HARD TIME BELIEVING THEM AND SWALLOWING THEM
AND STILL AM.

RICH LERNER
BUT, I GUESS TO PUT YOUR TALENT IN PERSPECTIVE, AND ROCKY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SAY GOOD-BYE BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, HE HAS NOW BECOME ONE OF ONLY THREE PLAYERS TO HAVE EVER EARNED THE CARD FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR

WITH THOSE SEVEN SPONSORS EXEMPTIONS. TIGER AND JUSTIN LEONARD THE OTHER TWO, IS THAT CORRECT?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THAT'S CORRECT. IN FACT, IT'S INTERESTING, HE'S BEEN A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER TWICE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
(LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT. ROCKY, WE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN. THANKS FOR DROPPING BY

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

RICH LERNER
AND BEST OF LUCK.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANKS ROCK.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING

RICH LERNER
WE'RE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.

(MUSIC)

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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?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x