Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 10, 1997, 5:00 pm
WELCOME BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE. WE NOW HAVE A CAVALCADE OF STARS WITH US. WE ARE JOINED BY TERICKA TUCKER AND HERMAN ANDERSON. BOTH OF WHOM SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME AT THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION. NICE TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE. I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE QUITE A PLAYER.

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME ABOUT IT.
COME ON TELL ME.

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

I HIT THE BALL 260 AND

PETER KESSLER

WITH EVERY CLUB?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

NO

PETER KESSLER

JUST THE DRIVER?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YES.

PETER KESSLER

AND WHAT ARE YOU SCORING?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

MY HANDICAP IS 9 AND MY HOME COURSE THAT CHI CHI IS IN, MY HANDI... I MEAN AND UM I SHOOT ABOUT SEVENTY... SEVENTY FOUR, SEVENTY FIVE

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S PRETTY GOOD. THAT'S A LOT BETTER THAN YOUR HANDICAP AND I MAY TAKE YOU AS A PARTNER. DO YOU PLAY GOLF TOO?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

YES. A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT.

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

WELL I PLAY AT THE COUNT... THE MCMULLEN BOOTH COURSE ON, TWO DAYS A WEEK AND SOMETIMES ON SATURDAYS ON THE APPRENTICESHIP TEAM.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION IS IMPORTANT TO YOU TERICKA.

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

WELL IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE, THE CHI CHI FOUNDA... WELL THE FOUNDATION HAS HELPED ME A LOT BECAUSE PROBABLY IF I WASN'T IN A FOUNDATION I PROBABLY WOULD GET IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. I WOULD, I WOULD BE HANGING AROUND WITH THE WRONG KIND OF PEOPLE AND I GET TO DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO.

PETER KESSLER

WERE YOU IN TROUBLE BEFORE YOU FOUND THE FOUNDATION, HERMAN?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

KIND OF.

PETER KESSLER

A LITTLE BIT?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YES.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT HAS THIS MEANT TO YOU IN TERMS OF GIVING YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A FEEL ABOUT HOW GOOD LIFE CAN BE?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YOU GET TO MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND... GO A LOT OF PLACES AND ... STAY OUT, STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS WHO AREN'T A PART OF THE FOUNDATION THINK ABOUT WHAT THE TWO OF YOU ARE DOING AND DO THEY WANT TO JOIN TOO?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

A LOT OF MY FRIENDS ASKED ME TO BRING HOME APPLICATIONS EVERY DAY AND THEY'RE, THEY'RE ALWAYS BUGGING ME `BRING HOME AN APPLICATION SO I CAN JOIN... THE FOUNDATION'.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MR. RODRIGUEZ?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

I THINK HE'S A VERY GENEROUS MAN AND HE'S DONE A LOT, HE'S DONE A LOT FOR ME. I'VE BEEN, HE'S JUST REAL NICE.

PETER KESSLER

IF YOU HADN'T FOUND THE FOUNDATION, HERMAN, WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE WOULD BE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

A LOT OF TROUBLE, BAD GRADES IN SCHOOL AND

PETER KESSLER

WHY IS THIS MAKING SUCH A DIFFERENCE? WHY DOES THE EXISTENCE OF THE FOUNDATION MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE? IT HAS TO BE MORE THAN THAT. IT HAS TO BE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE THERE. THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT YOU GET TO TALK TO, THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO LET YOU KNOW THAT THEY CARE ABOUT YOU RIGHT?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YES.

PETER KESSLER

CAN YOU SHARE THAT WITH ME A LITTLE BIT?
I'M LOOKING AT YOU. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT HER FOR?
I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU OFF THE HOOK. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. TELL ME THE FEELING THAT YOU GET INSIDE YOUR BODY WHEN THE PEOPLE AT THE FOUNDATION SPEND TIME WITH YOU AND TRY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR GOLF GAME, TRY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR THINKING, TRY TO HELP YOU WITH MOVING FORWARD IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

LOVE TO ME

PETER KESSLER

AND WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT BRING THIS LOVE TO YOU?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

MY GOLF TEACHER, MR. VINCENT AND TEACHERS THAT, TEACHES AT THE LODGE AND MRS. H

PETER KESSLER

WHAT KIND OF A DIFFERENCE WOULD YOU TELL, HOW OLD ARE YOU?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

TWELVE.

PETER KESSLER

TWELVE? ME TOO. I'LL BE ALMOST THIRTEEN. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE, OTHER TWELVE YEAR OLDS AROUND THE COUNTRY ABOUT MAKING CHANGES IN THEIR LIFE, NOW NOT EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION, BUT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO OTHER THINGS AND YOU HAVE YOUR HEART AND YOU HAVE YOUR HEAD AND MOST PEOPLE HAVE SOME ONE THEY CAN TALK TO. HOW DO YOU GET BACK ON THE RIGHT FOOT?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

WELL JUST MAKE SURE YOU, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, THE PERSON THAT, REALLY, FIND SOME ONE THAT'S REALLY GOING TO LISTEN TO YOU AND MAKE SURE THEY LISTEN TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS AND THEY'RE GOING TO HELP YOU AND JUST, JUST MAKE SURE YOU DON'T, YOU TRY AND LISTEN TO EVERYTHING THEY TELL YOU TO DO AND DON'T GO OFF AND DO THE OPPOSITE.

PETER KESSLER

CHI CHI WHAT DO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE MEAN TO YOU WHO ARE UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN RIGHT BUT ALSO REPRESENTATIVE OF THE KIND OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL UH YOU KNOW THAT THE KIDS ARE THE FUTURE AND UH BESI... BEHIND THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF A KID THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADULT. I WANT TO SEE THESE KIDS NOT ONLY TO, TO BE GOOD GOLFERS, I WANT TO SEE THEM BE TAX PAYERS INSTEAD OF TAX BURDENS. I WANT TO SEE THEM BE THE EXECUTIVES INSTEAD OF THE, INSTEAD OF THE FELONS AND THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN DO IT, YOU KNOW HERMAN IS A VERY, VERY TALENTED YOUNG MAN WITH THE GOLF CLUBS. HE SAYS HE'S A 9 HANDICAP BUT HE, HE, HE BREAKS PAR QUITE OFTEN. HITS THE BALL ABOUT 260 YARDS.

PETER KESSLER

MY PARTNER

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

BUT MY, MY UH DREAM OF MY LIFE IS THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SO THEY CAN TAKE OUR PLACES IN SOCIETY. I WANT ONE OF MY KIDS SOME DAY TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. YOU CAN DO IT. IF I DID IT ANYBODY CAN DO IT.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT DAVE WANTS TO ASK THEM. GO AHEAD DAVE.

DAVE - CALLER FROM FLORIDA

HOW ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT FELLAS?

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE DOING TERRIFIC.

DAVE - CALLER FROM FLORIDA

GOOD. JUAN... I FOLLOWED THE CAREERS OF A COUPLE OF FELLAS OVER THE YEARS UH TOM KITE, JUAN RODRIGUEZ. SO MY QUESTIONS AREN'T SO MUCH ABOUT YOUR TITLES, I REMEMBER WATCHING PRETTY MUCH ALL YOUR TITLES. NUMBER ONE ON THE UH FOUNDATION ON THE WEST COAST. CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE BIT IN... MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IS IT DURING THE SUMMER OR IS IT OVER NIGHT FOR THE KIDS?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THEY, THIS FOUNDATION IS OPEN EVERY DAY FOR THE KIDS. OUR SCHOOL, UH UH YOU KNOW OUR SCHOOL IS UH IS OPEN MOSTLY IN THE WINTER TIME, THE SAME DAYS AS OTHERS

DAVE - CALLER FROM FLORIDA

MHMM

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

BUT I, I HAVE A VERY INTERESTING STAT ABOUT OUR SCHOOL. YOU KNOW THEY DID A SURVEY IN ALL THIS, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES UH AND MY KIDS IN MY, IN MY SCHOOL DID BETTER IN MATHEMATICS THEN ANY OTHER PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES.

DAVE - CALLER FROM FLORIDA

FANTASTIC.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND WE AL... WE ALSO DID BETTER IN ENGLISH.

DAVE - CALLER FROM FLORIDA

AH HAH... FANTASTIC.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND THE MAIN THING THAT WE UH WE TRY TO WORK WITH THESE KIDS IS TO GIVE THEM THE, THE, THE CONFIDENCE AND THE SELF ESTEEM THAT THEY NEED TO, TO BE THERE WHEN THEY NEED A PAT ON THE SHOULDER TO GIVE IT TO THEM AND WHEN THEY NEED A LITTLE PUSH TO, TO DO BETTER TO GIVE IT TO THEM TOO AND TO TEACH THEM TO LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE ELDER AND THEIR TEACHERS AND UH ALL I GET OUT OF THIS IS SELF SATISFACTION. I UH I, I'M VERY PROUD TO BE A, TO BE PART OF THIS FOUNDATION. I THINK THAT GOD PICKS HIS PEOPLE TO DO HIS WORK AND GOD HAS PICKED ME TO DO HIS WORK AND THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING.

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE JUST FOR A MINUTE WE'LL SEE ON THE SCREEN RIGHT ABOVE YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CHI CHI HAS DONE ON THE GOLF COURSE, YOU KNOW HIM VERY WELL OFF THE GOLF COURSE. HE DIDN'T DO SO BAD ON IT EITHER. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.


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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.