Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 10, 1997, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO E-MAIL A QUESTION TO OUR GUEST AND TONIGHT FOR OUR GUESTS, AND THE QUESTION IS FROM JOE GIBSON IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, WHAT LESSONS IN LIFE, AS OPPOSED TO GOLF, DOES YOUR YOUTH FOUNDATION TEACH? AND BEFORE I LET YOU ANSWER THAT I'M GOING TO LET YOU ANSWER THAT. IF YOU COULD LIST TWO OR THREE THINGS THAT YOU'VE REALLY LEARNED ABOUT BEING THE BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

WELL YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND YOU HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING SO YOU
HAVE TO BE HONEST

PETER KESSLER

NOT SO EASY SOMETIMES

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

NO

PETER KESSLER

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T TELL THE TRUTH NOW? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

YOU'RE REALLY ONLY HURTING YOURSELF YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT HURTING ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU'RE HURTING YOUR SELF SO YOU DON'T, IT'S NOT GETTING YOU ANYWHERE.

PETER KESSLER

HERMAN WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE BEST LESSONS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED THAT DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GOLF?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

RESPECTING YOUR ELDERS AND

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD START. WHAT ARE THE LESSONS, CHI CHI, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE LEARNING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL FIRST OF ALL, IN MY FOUNDA... YOU KNOW WE STARTED OUR FOUNDATION WITH TWO KIDS, AN OLD CAR

PETER KESSLER

AN OLD CAR

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND A, AND A THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE DO 150 KIDS A DAY. THE THING THAT WE TEACH THEM THE MOST IS THAT FIRST OF ALL IN THE MORNING WE HAVE A SILENCE PRAYER. THE KIDS PREY. IT'S NOT A SIN TO PREY. THEY CAN PREY IN ANY WAY THEY WANT. IF THEY BELIEVE IN... IF THEY'RE ISLAMIC OR CHRISTIAN OR WHATEVER RELIGION, BUDDHISTS OR, OR, OR YIDDISH OR UH YOU KNOW WHAT EVER THEY ARE. THEY CLOSE THEIR EYES AND THEY PREY. THAT'S BEAUTIFUL FOR THE KIDS TO START THE, THE WHOLE DAY WITH A PRAYER AND THEN THEY PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. THEY HAVE TO LEARN RESPECT TO THE FLAG OF AMERICA. THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE TO LEARN TO RESPECT THE ELDER. THEY RESPECT THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE THEIR DIGNITY, AND LET NOBODY TAKE THEIR DIGNITY AWAY FROM THEM. SELF ESTEEM. THEY HAVE TO HAVE SELF ESTEEM. THEY HAVE TO, TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER THEY GET IS NOT GOING TO COME FROM THE SKY THEY HAVE TO WORK AND GO GET IT AND THAT'S ONE OF THE, THE THINGS THAT WE DO IN MY FOUNDATION. WHEN THE KIDS WORK WE PAY THEM. WE DRESS THEM, WE FEED THEM. WE HAVE A 99% SUCCESS OF ALL THE KIDS AND 99% ATTENDANCE IN OUR SCHOOLS. NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS THAT. AND YOU CAN SEE HOW CLEAN THESE KIDS LOOK. THAT ONE THERE LOOK LIKE, A LITTLE BIT LIKE TIGER WOODS. HE'S , HE'S, HE'S READY

PETER KESSLER

HE LOOKS LIKE HE'D BE HAPPIER IF HE WAS HITTING BALLS ON THE RANGE, QUITE FRANKLY CHI CHI AND GETTING A LITTLE DIRTY, WOULDN'T YOU HERMAN?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT I CAN TELL. DON'T YOU WORRY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND LOOK AT THE HAPPINESS, LOOK AT THE HAPPINESS IN THEIR FACES. THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT UH WE HAVE TO UH, WE HAVE TO DO A LOT FOR THE YOUTHS BECAUSE IT'S VERY TOUGH TO BE A KID NOWADAYS, YOU KNOW. THEY HAVE A LOT OF, A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE WHEN WE WERE KIDS YOU KNOW UH WHEN I WAS A KID MY FATHER USED TO SAY AT 7:00 AT NIGHT, HE SAID LIGHTS ARE GOING OUT AND YOU DIDN'T DARE LOSE RESPECT FOR YOUR DAD. WHEN HE SAID THE LIGHTS WERE GOING OUT AT 7:00, HE DIDN'T MEAN 7:05 HE MEANT 7:00 YOU BE IN BED AND HE SAYS NOW WE, WE GET UP WHEN THE ROOSTER STARTS SINGING, THAT'S WHEN WE GET UP AND AT FO... AT 4:00 THOSE ROOSTERS STARTED SINGING. THAT'S WHEN WE GOT UP.

PETER KESSLER

THERE ARE NIGHTS I COULD USE YOUR DAD IN OUR HOUSE. NOBODY LISTENS TO THAT 7:00 THING. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ANDY IN NEW JERSEY. HELLO ANDY.

ANDY - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

HEY CHI CHI HOW YOU DOING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HI ANDY HOW ARE YOU?

ANDY - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

I DON'T THINK YOU REMEMBER ME BUT I WORKED AT THE LOVELY WINDERMERE COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES FOR TIM MILLER FOR TWO YEARS AND I KNOW YOU DID A LOT OF WORK DOWN IN FLORIDA FOR YOUTH HAVEN. ARE YOU STILL CONTINUING WITH YOUTH HAVEN UH AND THE GREAT CHI CHI DAY THEY HAVE IN FEBRUARY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ABSOLUTELY ANDY. WE UH WE WILL ALWAYS BE WORKING. ONCE I GET INVOLVED WITH A PROGRAM UH I, YOU KNOW THAT, THAT STUFF OF JUST WORKING IN A COMMUNITY, THE WHOLE WORLD WITH KIDS IS MY COMMUNITY SO I, I GO I, I JUST WENT TO BANGKOK AND I DID A JOB THERE FOR UH FOR THE KIDS AND I WENT TO INDONESIA AND I DID A, A JOB THERE. I WENT TO UH TO MEXICO, WELL I'M HEAD OF MEXICO AND I'M GOING THERE AGAIN ON, IN NOVEMBER DOING THINGS FOR KIDS SO, ANY CORNER OF THE WORLD THAT ANY KID HAS A PROBLEM I'M GOING TO DO IT AND, AND IN NAPLES YEAH, I'M, I'M VERY INVOLVED WITH UH YOUTH HAVEN. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I LOVE JIMMY CARTER SO MUCH. I TELL YOU WHAT JIMMY CARTER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN THAT EVER LIVED, AND I DON'T GET IN POLITICS BECAUSE POLITICS AND SPORTS DON'T MIS... MIX, BUT THIS MAN HELPED BUILD HOMES FOR THE POOR WITH HABITAT. I LOVE THAT MAN AND SOME DAY ONE OF THE DREAMS FROM MY LIFE IS TO MEET JIMMY CARTER AND, AND HAVE LUNCH WITH HIM OR HAVE BREAKFAST OR WHATEVER AND LOOK AT HIM IN THE EYE AND, AND, AND, AND SEE WHAT I SAW IN HIM THAT I SAW IN MOTHER TERESA WHEN I LOOKED AT HER EYES. I'VE NEVER SEEN EYES LIKE HER... LIKE HERS IN MY LIFE.

PETER KESSLER

LET ME ASK YOU BOTH A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BEFORE I LET YOU GO? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE AS YOU GET OLDER? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

I WANT TO BE A PEDIATRICIAN. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP LITTLE BABIES.

PETER KESSLER

I LOVE THAT. WHAT ABOUT YOU HERMAN?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

PROFESSIONAL GOLFER.

PETER KESSLER

NOW LET ME ASK HERMAN ONE MORE QUESTION. HERMAN ARE YOU GOING TO BE HAPPY WHEN THIS SHOW IS OVER?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YES.

PETER KESSLER

I'LL BET YOU ARE. WE'RE GOING TO LET BOTH OF YOU GO. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND SHARING WHAT YOUR LIVES ARE ABOUT AND WHAT CHI CHI HAS MEANT TO YOUR LIVES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STAY ONE SECOND BEFORE YOU GET UP. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU WE WILL GIVE YOU THE YOUTH FOUNDATION TELEPHONE NUMBER. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED AND WANT INFORMATION, PLEASE GIVE A CALL. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

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Hot Seat: Rory jumps into the fire early

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 2:11 pm

The world’s top tours head to desert regions this week, perfect locales for The Hot Seat, the gauge upon which we measure the level of heat the game’s top personalities are facing ...

Sahara sizzle: Rory McIlroy

McIlroy won’t have to look far to see how his form measures up to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

McIlroy will make his 2018 debut with Johnson in his face, literally.

McIlroy will be grouped with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood in the first two rounds.

Players like to downplay pairings early in a tournament, but it’s hard to believe McIlroy and Johnson won’t be trying to send each other messages in this European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. That’s the alpha-dog nature of world-class players looking to protect their turf, or in the case of McIlroy, take back his turf.

“When you are at the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Trevor Immelman said about pairings during Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge last month.

And that was an offseason event.

“They want to show this guy, ‘This is what I got,’” Immelman said.

As early season matchups go, Abu Dhabi is a heavyweight pairing that ought to be fun.

So there will be no easing into the new year for McIlroy after taking off the last three months to regroup from the stubborn rib injury that plagued him last season. He is coming off a winless year, and he will be doing so alongside a guy who just won the first PGA Tour event of 2018 in an eight-shot rout. Johnson’s victory in Hawaii two weeks ago was his fifth since McIlroy last won.

“Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place, and that was because of where I was physically,” McIlroy said of 2017. “I feel prepared now. I feel ready, and I feel ready to challenge. I feel really good about where I’m at with my health. I’ve put all that behind me, which has been great.”



Sonoran Smolder: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson will turn 48 this summer.

His world ranking is sliding, down to No. 43 now, which is the lowest he has ranked in 24 years.

It’s been more than four years since he last won, making him 0 for his last 92 starts.

There’s motivation in all of that for Mickelson. He makes his 2018 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs area this week talking like a man on a renewed mission.

There’s a Ryder Cup team to make this season, which would be his 12th straight, and there’s a career Grand Slam to claim, with the U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson finished second in ’04.

While Mickelson may not feel old, there are so many young stars standing in his way that it’s hard not to be constantly reminded that time isn’t on his side in these events anymore.

There has only been one player in the history of the game to win a major championship who was older than Mickelson is right now. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48 back in 1968.



Campaign fever: Jordan Spieth

Spieth’s respect in the game’s ranks extends outside the ropes.

He was just selected to run for the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council’s chairman position. He is facing Billy Hurley III in an election to see who will succeed Davis Love III on the Tour’s Policy Board next year.

Spieth, just 24, has already made Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People.” He made that back in 2016, with the magazine writing that “he exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.

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CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 1:10 pm

The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):

Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream


Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)

Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.

Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.


Notables in the field

Phil Mickelson

* This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.

* For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.

* He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.

* This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.


Jon Rahm

* Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

* In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.

* Last year he finished T-34 in this event.


Adam Hadwin

* Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.

* In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.


Brian Harman

* Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.

* Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.

* Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.


Brandt Snedeker

* Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.

* This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.

* Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.


Patrick Reed

* Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.

* This is his first start of 2018.

* Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)