Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 1
CURTIS STRANGE HAS ALWAYS COURTED PRESSURE AS THOUGH IT WERE A WELCOMED FRIEND. HE ROSE TO THE OCCASION WITH A FINAL HOLE EAGLE TO SECURE THE INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM TITLES IN THE NCAA'S FOR WAKE FOREST. HE WON BACK TO BACK U.S OPENS DURING HIS REIGN AS THE WORLD'S BEST PLAYER.
HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED BROADCASTER AND WRITER AND THE CAPTAIN OF THE 2001 U.S RYDER CUP TEAM. MEET CURTIS STRANGE, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
TOM STRANGE WAS NOT ONLY AN INCREDIBLE FATHER, HE WAS A VERY GOOD PLAYER, AND HE UNDERSTOOD THE GOLF SWING HE WOULD TEACH TO HIS TWIN SONS, CURTIS AND ALAN. TOM WON THE VIRGINIA STATE OPEN FIVE TIMES,
IS A MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC HALL OF FAME AND THE VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME. TOM STRANGE WAS AN ASSISTANT TO SAM SNEAD AT THE GREEN BRIAR IN WEST VIRGINIA, BEFORE MOVING BACK TO VIRGINIA TO RUN WHITE SANDS COUNTY CLUB IN VIRGINIA BEACH. TOM LOVED TEACHING JUNIOR PLAYERS.
ESPECIALLY HIS SONS CURTIS AND ALAN. TOM DIED WHEN THE TWINS WERE 14 AND CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND AND 1950 PGA CHAMPION CHANDLER HARPER GAVE CURTIS HIS TIME, HIS LOVE AND HIS GUIDANCE. HIS DAD HAD GIVEN HIM THE SWING.
WAKE FOREST COACH JESSE HADDOCK WOULD BE CURTIS' LAST FATHER FIGURE AND WAS A TOUGH BUT LOVING DISCIPLINARIAN. CURTIS WOULD HELP WAKE FOREST AND JESSE HADDOCK TO THEIR FIRST NCAA TITLE IN 1974 WITH A FINAL HOLE EAGLE THAT GAVE CURTIS THE INDIVIDUAL TITLE AS WELL.
AS AN AMATEUR, CURTIS WON EVERYTHING BUT THE U.S. AMATEUR. AT HOME, HE WON THE VIRGINIA STATE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1970 AND'72 AND THE STATE AMATEUR IN 1974 AND '75. HE WON THE EASTERN, THE WESTERN AND NORTH AND SOUTH AMATEURS. HE PLAYED ON THE WINNING 1975 WALKER CUP TEAM.
HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE BEST PLAYER IN THE 1976 PGA TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT, YET HE FAILED TO QUALIFY. AFTER A EUROPEAN TOUR STINT, HE JOINED THE PGA TOUR IN THE SPRING OF 1977. WHILE THERE WOULD BE DISAPPOINTMENTS, LIKE THE 1985 MASTERS, THE 1990 U.S OPEN, AND THE '95
RYDER CUP, CURTIS FULFILLED HIS POTENTIAL AND BECAME THE NUMBER ONE PLAYER IN THE WORLD. HE WON 17 TIMES ON TOUR FROM 1979 THROUGH 1989 INCLUDING BACK TO BACK U.S. OPENS IN 1988 AND '89. HE PLAYED ON FIVE RYDER CUP TEAMS AND IS THE CAPTAIN OF THE 2001 U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM. CURTIS HOLDS A COURSE RECORD, 62, AT THE OLDEST 18 HOLE COURSE IN THE WORLD, THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS.
HE WAS THE FIRST TO WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN A SEASON ON THE PGA TOUR. CURTIS WON THREE MONEY TITLES AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS. CURTIS IS IN HIS 40'S NOW AND THERE ARE OTHER WORLDS BESIDES WINNING TOURNAMENTS. HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED TELEVISION ANALYST FOR ABC SPORTS.
HE'S A RESPECTED WRITER FOR GOLF MAGAZINE. HE'S A LOVING HUSBAND TO SARAH AND A GREAT FATHER TO HIS SONS DAVID AND THOMAS. LIKE MANY GREAT SPORTSMAN HE'S OPINIONATED, ARROGANT AND TOO TOUGH ON HIMSELF. FOR SO MANY YEARS HE DROVE HIMSELF TO BE THE BEST HE COULD BE. FORCED HIMSELF TO WORK HARD ENOUGH TO
REALIZE HIS MAGNIFICENT OPPORTUNITY. TO FULLY AND HAPPILY EXPLOIT HIS VAST POTENTIAL AND ALL THOSE 5 FOOT PUTTS HE HOLED AS A YOUNG TEENAGER TO WIN THE IMAGINARY U.S. OPEN, WHILE PUTTING ALONE ON THE PRACTICE GREENS NEAR HOME, WERE SUCCESSFULLY HOLED
AGAIN WHEN HE WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD. HE DREAMT OF BEING A MAJOR CHAMPION AND ON ANY NIGHT HE CHOOSES HE CAN DREAM AGAIN OF WHAT WAS BECAUSE THE DREAMS, NOW MEMORIES, ALL CAME TRUE.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE UNITED STATES RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, FORMER NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD, CURTIS STRANGE. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.
THANK YOU PETER.
AND I TELL YOU
NICE TO BE HERE.
NOBODY'S BEEN BETTER THAN YOU AT CALLING IN THE LAST 5, 6 YEARS AND CHECKING IN AND TELLING US WHAT YOU THINK AND I APPRECIATE IT.
WELL SOME OF THE GUESTS YOU'VE HAD ON, YOU KNOW, YOU GET THE URGE TO CALL IN AND SAY HOW MUCH THEY MEANT TO YOU. YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER THE LAST THING WAS JERRY PATE. HE AND I WERE TRAVELING MATES WITH JAY HAAS IN AMATEUR GOLF AND, AND
BOB GOLBY MEANT SO MUCH TO ME OVER THE YEARS THROUGH JAY HAAS, AND THEY'RE, THE PEOPLE LIKE THAT YOU WANT TO KIND OF EXPRESS YOUR, YOUR APPRECIATION AND THANKS.
I REMEMBER WHEN JER... WHEN YOU CALLED IN WHEN JERRY WAS HERE. YOU BASICALLY TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS LUCKY TO BEAT YOU IN THE U.S. AMATEUR.
IT WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME I EVER TOLD HIM THAT EITHER. (LAUGHS) HE, YOU KNOW, HE WAS, JERRY PATE WAS, WAS, WAS A FANTASTIC PLAYER. HE WAS THE NEXT SUPERSTAR AND HE GOT ME THAT DAY.
OTHER THAN PICKING OUT REALLY UGLY SHIRTS FOR YOUR TEAM, WHAT DOES A RYDER CUP CAPTAIN DO SEVEN MONTHS BEFORE THE RYDER CUP BEGINS?
OH GOSH, I DON'T, DO WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME? UH, REALLY, SARAH AND I HAVE, HAVE BEEN DILIGENTLY WORKING SINCE DAY ONE. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT ALL THESE THINGS HAVE TO BE ORDERED AND PREPARED AND ORGANIZED WELL
BEFORE THE MATCHES GET HERE. AS A PLAYER, YOU KNOW, YOU GO INTO THE, TO THE MATCHES. YOU DON'T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THEM UNTIL YOU GET THERE MONDAY AND THEN YOU'RE READY TO PLAY AS A TEAM, BUT AS A CAPTAIN, YOU KNOW, ANYBODY EVER TELLS ME THAT ORDERING SHIRTS AND SWEATERS AND SLACKS IS AN EASY JOB, THEY'D BEST
START DUCKING IN A HURRY. I'LL TELL YOU. I'M SO SICK OF PIN STRIPES AND COLLAR STRIPES BUT, ANYWAY, WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW EVERYTHING REMOTELY CLOSE WITH THE RYDER CUP GOES ACROSS THE DESK. I MEAN IT'S KIND OF NEAT. IT'S, WE, WE
DESIGNED THE BAG ONE NIGHT AND WE, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE CLOTHES AND UMBRELLAS AND LOGISTICS, SCHEDULES ALREADY. EVERYTHING THE PLAYERS MIGHT NEED DURING THE WEEK IS DONE.
WHAT DO YOUR SONS THINK ABOUT THIS WHOLE RYDER CUP EXPERIENCE THAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH NOW?
I THINK PROBABLY THEY HAVE THE ATTITUDE THEY'VE HAD THEIR WHOLE LIFE WITH DAD AND WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING. IT'S JUST IT'S PART OF IT, IT'S ANOTHER THINGS HE'S GOING THROUGH, ANOTHER THING HE'S DOING AND YOU KNOW THEY WERE THERE AT THE '95 RYDER CUP WHICH WAS A WONDERFUL
EXPERIENCE FOR THEM, BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST IT'S SOMETHING DAD'S DOING. YOU KNOW, WE KIND OF DO OUR THING AND PLAY OUR GOLF OR BASKETBALL AND GO TO SCHOOL AND, AND HOPEFULLY HE'S THERE TONIGHT WHEN WE COME HOME BUT A LOT OF TIMES HE'S NOT.
WHAT KIND OF PLAYERS ARE YOUR SONS?
OKAY. THEY, THEY'RE OKAY. THEY ENJOY THE GAME. I ALWAYS SAID TO MYSELF, AND THIS IS THE WAY I WAS BROUGHT UP, THAT MY DAD NEVER PUSHED ME TO THE
GAME, HE WANTED ME TO COME TO IT BECAUSE IF YOU COME TO IT YOURSELF YOU TRULY FALL IN LOVE WITH IT AND I DIDN'T WANT TO PUSH THEM. I, I JUST ALWAYS WANTED THEM TO, TO LEARN TO PLAY WELL ENOUGH SO THEY COULD ALWAYS ENJOY THE GAME IN ANY
BUSINESS OR ENDEAVOR THEY WOULD GO IN TO AND THEY ALREADY DO THAT WHICH IS, WHICH IS GREAT.
HOW IMPORTANT HAS YOUR WIFE SARAH BEEN TO YOUR SUSTAINED SUCCESS OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS?
YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO ASK THOSE TOUGH QUESTIONS SO EARLY IN THE SHOW. I,
LET ME READ YOU THROUGH MY NOTES.
YOU KNOW IT'S, YOU KNOW WE MET IN COLLEGE AND YOU KNOW, SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS OR WHAT I DID AT COLLEGE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT AND, AND THEN WE TURNED PRO, AND I SAY WE, YOU KNOW WE TRAVELED AND WE, WE, WE YOU KNOW SCRIMPED PENNIES, WE HAD TO. I DIDN'T KNOW IF I COULD MAKE
IT ON TOUR AND YOU KNOW ALWAYS SUPPORT FROM BEHIND AND YOU KNOW, LOOKING BACK ON IT, IT MEANT MORE TO ME, IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT MORE TO ME NOW THAN IT DID THEN, BUT JUST SOMEBODY'S ALWAYS THERE.
NEVER TALKED GOLF AND AS WE PROGRESSED AND BECAME MORE SUCCESSFUL WE WERE JUST ALWAYS THERE AND THEN WE HAD KIDS AND ALWAYS THERE FOR THE KIDS AND YOU KNOW I HAVE TWO GOOD BOYS AND IT'S
NOT BECAUSE OF ME SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE OF MY, MY WIFE AND UH SHE'S BEEN WONDERFUL TO THE FAMILY AND, AND YOU KNOW, RECENTLY WITH THE RYDER CUP SHE'S BEEN PICKING A LOT OF PIN STRIPES AND STRIPES AND SWEATERS FOR ME. I WOULDN'T DARE TRY TO DO IT BY MYSELF.
HOW INCREDIBLE DID YOU FIND HER SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEEDED IT AFTER YOU DIDN'T MAKE QUALIFYING SCHOOL THE FIRST TIME AROUND? HOW SOLID WAS SHE?
WELL WHATEVER , I THINK, WHEN I LOOK BACK ON THAT, IT WAS, IT WAS '76, AT BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, OF ALL PLACES AND I THINK, YOU NEED SUPPORT, PETER, WHEN YOU DON'T DO WELL. WHEN YOU'RE DOING WELL, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING IS ROSIE AND YOU KNOW
YOU'RE HOLDING THE TROPHY UP OR, OR WHATEVER. YOU'RE PLAYING WELL, LIFE IS GOOD, BUT YOU NEED SUPPORT, YOU NEED PEOPLE THERE WHEN THINGS AREN'T GOING WELL, AND THAT WAS THE FIRST REALLY DEVASTATING TIME OF MY CAREER. I, I THINK AT THAT TIME, COMING UP THROUGH AMATEUR GOLF WAS
FANTASTIC. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I'D EVER HAD A REAL SET BACK. I LO...MISSED BY A SHOT. I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE, THE GUY YOU KNOW TO, TO PLAY WELL AND TO GET ON TOUR AND DO WELL AND NOW I DON'T HAVE A
CARD AND DIDN'T HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY AND WE CRIED LIKE BABIES THAT NIGHT IN THE ROOM. WE DID. AND, BUT WE CAME BACK.
DID YOU CONSIDER DOING ANYTHING ELSE WITH YOUR LIFE EXCEPT PLAYING GOLF THEN?
WELL I THINK I REMEMBER THAT NIGHT, YOU KNOW, AS YOU, AS YOU BEAT YOURSELF UP A LITTLE BIT, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO FOR A LIVING BUT I THINK YOU COME TO YOUR SENSES WHEN YOU WAKE UP THE NEXT MORNING
AND REALIZE THE SUN DOES COME UP THE NEXT DAY, UH, AS MUCH AS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT IT TO SOMETIMES, IT CAME UP. WE WENT BACK TO CAROLINA. I PRACTICED AND, AND WENT TO PINEHURST. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES, FOR THE NEXT QUALIFYING SCHOOL AND JUST
EVERYTHING KIND OF EVOLVED FROM THERE, BUT, YOU KNOW IT'S, IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE THOSE TIMES, IF YOU DIDN'T
HAVE THE SET BACKS, IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE TIMES THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU'D COME BACK FROM, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE GOOD TIMES. YOU WOULDN'T APPRECIATE THEM.
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR DAD A LITTLE BIT, AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.
Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys
After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.
There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.
It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.
It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.
“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.
In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.
Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”
Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.
“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”
Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.
Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.
If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.
For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.
Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.
Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.
While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.
When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?
Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.
After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.
The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.
That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.
The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.
While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.
Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.
Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.
“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”
The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?
Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'
John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.
That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.
Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.
Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid
Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.
Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.
Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.
World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.
Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.