Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 8, 1997, 4:00 pm
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IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE EXCITEMENT IN LIFE IS THE JOURNEY RATHER THAN THE DESTINATION THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOST COMPETITIVE FATHER / SON COMBINATION IN PRO GOLF, DAVID DUVAL AND FATHER BOB. THEY'RE EACH LOOKING FOR THEIR 1ST PGA TOUR WIN. DAVID ON THE JUNIOR CIRCUIT AND FATHER BOB ON THE SENIOR.
 
DAVID ISN'T CONCERNED ABOUT BEING CALLED THE BEST PLAYER NEVER TO WIN A MAJOR. HE'S CONCERNED ABOUT BEING CALLED THE BEST PLAYER NEVER TO WIN ON TOUR. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THICK SKIN WHEN YOU'RE UNDER THE WHITE HOT SPOT LIGHT. YOU ALSO HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO BE UNDER THE SPOT LIGHT. AND DAVID DUVAL HAS EARNED THE ATTENTION. AT PEBBLE BEACH IN EARLY 97 HE LED BY 3 WITH ONE ROUND TO PLAY BUT HE FINISHED BEHIND O'MEARA, TIED WITH TIGER FOR 2ND .
 
AT ATLANTA SOME 60 DAYS LATER, THE FORMER 4 TIME GEORGIA TECH ALL AMERICAN FINISHED 2ND TO SCOTT MCCARREN FOR HIS 6TH PGA TOUR RUNNER UP FINISH. MAYBE HE NEEDS MORE PRESSURE LIKE THE WALKER AND PRESIDENTS CUPS PROVIDE, WHERE HE'S PERFORMED WITH BRILLIANCE AND GREAT STYLE. MAYBE HE NEEDS MORE PUTS TO DROP AT THE RIGHT TIME OR MAYBE HE NEEDS A LUCKY BOUNCE THAT OTHER WINNERS ALWAYS SEEM TO GET OR MAYBE HE JUST NEEDS US TO GET OFF HIS BACK, TO LEAVE HIM ALONE, TO GET OFF HIS BACK, TO CHASE IT DOWN WITHOUT US ARM CHAIR PSYCHO ANALYSTS PICKING HIM APART WITH OUR PSYCHO BABBLE.
 
HE'S NOT SIMPLY JUST A PLAYER WITH POTENTIAL. HE'S THE REAL THING WITH A VERY REAL AND VERY COMPLETE GAME. THE QUESTIONS ARE ONE, HOW GREAT CAN HE BE? AND 2, WILL HE ULTIMATELY BE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS OF HIS TIME? DAVID DUVAL, HE'S AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS JOURNEY AND HE ISN'T FORGETTING TO SMELL THE FLOWERS ALONG THE WAY.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG PLAYERS OF THE WORLD AND A FELLOW WHO WILL PROVE TO BE, LATER, ONE OF THE BEST OF HIS TIME, DAVID DUVAL. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO, HOW DOES IT FEEL, IT MUST BE A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE CALLED THE NEXT NICHOLAS. NOT TOO MUCH PRESSURE THERE, RIGHT?

DAVID DUVAL
NOT TOO MUCH I GUESS. I THINK IF ANYTHING IT'S FLATTERING. I THINK AS WE ALL KNOW, EVERYBODY THAT PLAYS THE GAME, THAT JACK NICHOLAS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY. I DON'T THINK THAT THERE WILL BE ANYBODY LIKE HIM, EVER AGAIN. TO BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME BREATH IS FLATTERING BUT, I GUESS A LITTLE BIT MISS SPENT.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, YOU KNOW THE GREATEST EXPERT IN THE WORLD ON GOLF TALENT IS, OF COURSE, YOUR EX ROOMMATE IN COLLEGE, CHARLIE RYMER AND TO THAT END WE'RE GONNA JUST TAKE A LOOK AND A LISTEN TO A COMMENT THAT HE MADE ABOUT YOUR POTENTIAL AS COMPARED WITH THE GOLDEN BEAR. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

CHARLIE RYMER
I'M VERY SURPRISED DAVID HASN'T WON. I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH DAVID. WE'VE PLAYED TOGETHER A LOT. WE WERE TEAM MATES AND DAVID'S THE BEST PLAYER I'VE EVER PLAYED WITH OTHER THAN JACK NICHOLAS. I MEAN, HE'S AN INCREDIBLE PLAYER AND IT AMAZES ME THAT HE HASN'T WON YET. MY SENIOR YEAR DAVID WAS A FRESHMAN AND HE WAS SO MUCH MORE MATURE THAN THE REST OF US WERE. HIS MIND IS SO GOOD AND HE'S JUST AN AWESOME PLAYER AND IT AMAZES ME HE HASN'T WON YET.

PETER KESSLER
SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED MATURE BY SOMEONE LIKE CHARLIE RYMER?

DAVID DUVAL
OH, HE'S A GOOD BUDDY OF MINE BUT I GUESS ANYBODY COMPARED TO HIM WOULD BE MATURE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE SIGNIFICANTLY YOUNGER, A COUPLE OF THE GUYS THAT YOU REALLY LIKED TO WATCH PLAY GOLF AND MOST OF US STILL DO TODAY OF COURSE IS SEVE AND BERNHARD LANGER NOW, THEY ARE AS EXTREME AS CAN BE IN PERSONALITY TYPE AND IN GAME. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU, DO YOU THINK?

DAVID DUVAL
I DON'T KNOW. THE OLDER I'VE GOTTEN AND THE MORE I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, MAYBE THAT DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW. I ALWAYS REMEMBER WATCHING SEVE PRACTICE ESPECIALLY, I DON'T REMEMBER MAYBE 16, 17 YEARS OF AGE I WATCHED HIM AND JOSE MARIE PLAY A PRACTICE AT TPC AND JUST LIKED TO WATCH HIM CHIP AND PUT AS MUCH AS ANYTHING. I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SWING AND IT WAS VERY FIERY IN HOW HE APPROACHED IT. BUT, ON THE OTHER END WITH BERNHARD, I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM A LITTLE BIT AND HE'S AN AWFUL NICE PERSON AND I JUST LIKED HOW HE KINDA TOOK HIS TIME AND MADE SURE HE WAS PREPARED AND ANALYZED THINGS TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITIES AND THEN WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS

PETER KESSLER
IT SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT LIKE YOU AND YOU DIDN'T CALL IT SLOW PLAY. YOU KNOW, YOU'VE PLAYED SUCH GREAT GOLF OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITHOUT WINNING. YOU PLAYED BRILLIANTLY IN REPRESENTING OUR COUNTRY AT THE PRESIDENTS CUP WITH A 4 AND 0 RECORD, 2ND ONLY TO O'MEARA'S 5 AND 0. HOW DISAPPOINTED ARE YOU THAT YOU WON'T BE THERE PLAYING AGAINST SEVE'S TEAM IN VALDERRAMA PARTICULARLY GIVEN THAT YOU TOOK THE EXTRA TIME TO GO OVER AND PLAY THE GOLF COURSE OVER THE SUMMER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, FORTUNATELY FOR ME, I WASN'T IN THE POSITION OF HAVING TO PICK. I THINK ANYBODY OTHER THAN TOM KITE CAN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE HE'S UNDER TO CHOOSE THE 2 REMAINING SPOTS AND I ALWAYS TOLD MYSELF THAT I WOULD LIVE WITH WHATEVER HE DECIDED AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I THINK HE MAKE 2 VERY GOOD CHOICES. I SURE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THAT TEAM BUT, AT THE SAME TIME THIS YEAR I HAVEN'T PLAYED AS WELL AS I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED AND HAD I PLAYED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS I WOULD HOPEFULLY NOT HAVE TO HAVE WORRY ABOUT BEING CHOSEN. AND SO, I PUT MYSELF IN THAT POSITION OF HAVING TO BE A CAPTAINS PICK AND YOU'VE JUST GOT TO LIVE WITH WHAT THE CAPTAIN CHOOSES. HE'S DOING WHAT HE SEES FIT TO BE THE BEST THING FOR THE TEAM AND YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER IT IS TOM KITE'S TEAM.

PETER KESSLER
PLAY ANALYST FOR ME FOR A MOMENT. HAVING PLAYED THE GOLF COURSE AND GIVEN THAT WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE , PARTICULARLY AT VALDERRAMA OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ON THAT PARTICULAR THEME AND THEN DO YOU THINK IT SUITS A PARTICULAR KIND OF PLAYER?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH TOM IN WHAT HE SAID ABOUT IT FIT COREY PAVIN WELL. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS A SHORT GOLF COURSE AND SO, WHETHER YOU'RE A LONG HITTER, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PARTICULARLY ACCURATE, YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THE GOLF COURSE WITH LONG IRONS OFF THE TEES, AND SO, YOU PUT A ONE OR 2 IRON IN FRED COUPLES' HANDS AND PUT HIM UP AGAINST ANOTHER PLAYER WHO'S HAVING TO HIT DRIVERS, YOU'RE GONNA PICK FREDDY TO HIT MORE FAIRWAYS AND HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HIT IT OFF THE GREENS AND THE GREENS ARE VERY SMALL. THEY'RE VERY UNDULATING. WE DIDN'T SEE THEM AT THE SPEED THAT THEY USUALLY ARE ESPECIALLY, I GUESS, FOR THE VOLVO CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE END OF THE YEAR BUT, AS FAR AS LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, I MIGHT SOUND YOUNG AND IMMATURE HERE BUT, I THINK TOO MUCH IS MADE OF THAT. YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE 12 BEST US PLAYERS AGAINST THE 12 BEST EUROPEAN PLAYERS AND YOU'RE GOING TO TELL ME THAT THEY'RE NOT GONNA KNOW THE GOLF COURSE AFTER 3 DAYS, I MEAN

PETER KESSLER
I THINK THEY WILL

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK THAT'S A BIT OF AN INSULT TO THEIR ABILITIES IF ANYTHING.

PETER KESSLER
NO QUESTION ABOUT IT AND I AGREE WITH YOU IN THAT THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN OVER BLOWN ABOUT, NOT ONLY THE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE BUT ABOUT THE MATCH UPS AND ABOUT PAIRING CERTAIN PEOPLE TOGETHER. IT'S NOT AS THOUGH WE HAVE MOLDABLE YOUNG PLAYERS WHO COULD BE GREAT ONE DAY. THEY'RE ALREADY THERE. IT'S GO OUT AND PLAY, FELLOWS

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, THEY BRING UP TIGER WOODS AND JUSTIN LEONARD AND JIM FURYK AS ROOKIES. DOESN'T QUITE SOUND RIGHT, DOES IT? IT DOESN'T SOUND IT TO ME I MEAN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, HE WAS JUST SURPASSED AS #1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK. I GUESS TIGER WAS. BUT, THE MASTERS CHAMPION, THE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION, FURYK'S WON 2 OR 3 TOUR EVENTS AND YOU GOTTA CALL THEM ROOKIES?

PETER KESSLER
AND JUSTIN'S A FORMER US AMATEUR CHAMPION.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, YEAH, NCAA. THEY'RE NOT ROOKIES

PETER KESSLER
I COULDN'T IMAGINE PUTTING TOGETHER A MORE EXPERIENCED TEAM OF MATCH PLAYERS THAN THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'VE JUST MENTIONED

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, I THINK THE US IS VERY WELL REPRESENTED.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DAVID. IF YOU'D LIKE TO TALK TO HIM, GIVE US A CALL AT 1-800-842-9987. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

(BREAK)

 
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Garcia 2 back in weather-delayed Singapore Open

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 3:06 pm

SINGAPORE - Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack that includes Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.

The Thai golfers were locked together at 9 under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.

Masters champion Garcia and former teen prodigy Ishikawa were among seven players leading the chase at 7 under on a heavily congested leaderboard.

Garcia, one of 78 players who returned to the course just after dawn to complete their second rounds, was on the 10th hole of his third round when the warning siren was sounded to abruptly end play for the day.

''Let's see if we can finish the round, that will be nice,'' he said. ''But I think if I can play 4-under I should have a chance.''

The Spanish golfer credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his first major championship title at Augusta National because of the stifling humidity of southeast Asia and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore in 2017, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the subsequent week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. He is feeling confident of his chances of success this weekend.

''I felt like I hit the ball OK,'' Garcia said. ''My putting and all went great but my speed hasn't been great on this green so let's see if I can be a little more aggressive on the rounds this weekend.''

Ishikawa moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage after firing a second round of 5-under 66 that featured eight birdies. He birdied the first two holes of his third round to grab the outright lead but slipped back with a double-bogey at the tricky third hole for the third day in a row. He dropped another shot at the par-5 sixth when he drove into a fairway bunker.

''It was a short night but I had a good sleep and just putted well,'' Ishikawa said. The ''greens are a little quicker than yesterday but I still figured (out) that speed.

Ishikawa was thrust into the spotlight more than a decade ago. In 2007, he became the youngest player to win on any of the major tours in the world. He was a 15-year-old amateur when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.

He turned pro at 16, first played in the Masters when he was 17 and the Presidents Cup when he was 18. He shot 58 in the final round to win The Crowns in Japan when he was 19.

Now 26, Ishikawa has struggled with injuries and form in recent years. He lost his PGA Tour card and hasn't played in any of the majors since 2015. He has won 15 times as a professional, but has never won outside his homeland of Japan.

Chapchai was able to sleep in and put his feet up on Saturday morning after he completed his second round on Friday.

He bogeyed the third but reeled off three birdies in his next four holes to reach 9-under with the back nine still to play.

Danthai was tied for 12th at the halfway stage but charged into a share of the lead with seven birdies in the first 15 holes of his penultimate round.

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McIlroy (65) one back in Abu Dhabi through 54

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 1:09 pm

Rory McIlroy moved into position to send a powerful message in his first start of the new year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Closing out with back-to-back birdies Saturday, McIlroy posted a 7-under-par 65, leaving him poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion after a winless year in 2017.

McIlroy heads into Sunday just a single shot behind the leaders, Thomas Pieters (67) and Ross Fisher (65), who are at 17-under overall at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Making his first start after taking three-and-a-half months off to regroup from an injury-riddled year, McIlroy is looking sharp in his bid to win for the first time in 16 months. He chipped in for birdie from 50 feet at the 17th on Saturday and two-putted from 60 feet for another birdie to finish his round.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy took 50 holes before making a bogey in Abu Dhabi. He pushed his tee shot into a greenside bunker at the 15th, where he left a delicate play in the bunker, then barely blasted his third out before holing a 15-footer for bogey.

McIlroy notably opened the tournament playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who started the new year winning the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in an eight-shot rout just two weeks ago. McIlroy was grouped in the first two rounds with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour’s Player of the Year last season. McIlroy sits ahead of both of them going into the final round, with Johnson (68) tied for 12th, five shots back, and Fleetwood (67) tied for fourth, two shots back.

Those first two rounds left McIlroy feeling good about his off season work.

“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent health,” he said going into Saturday. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”

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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship


First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.