Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 8, 1997, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WHO PLAYS THE GREAT GAME KNOWS HOW HUMBLING IT IS AND HOW YOU CAN HAVE IT ONE DAY AND NOT HAVE IT THE NEXT AND IN THAT SENSE IT'S JUST LIKE OUR LIVES. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S COMING NEXT. NO MATTER WHAT PLANS WE MAKE. WHEN YOU WERE JUST A KID, 9 YEARS OLD, YOUR OLDER BROTHER BRENT, WHO WAS 12 AT THE TIME, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A DISEASE THAT EVENTUALLY TOOK HIS LIFE DURING HIS 12TH YEAR. YOU WERE THE BONE MARROW DONER. IT DIDN'T MATCH. HOW DID YOU RESPOND TO HIS DEATH AND WHAT CHANGES DO YOU THINK IT CAUSED IN THE DIRECTION YOU TOOK IN TERMS OF CHOOSING GOLF FOR EXAMPLE?

DAVID DUVAL
THAT'S A QUESTION THAT'S HARD FOR ME TO ANSWER BECAUSE, BEING JUST 9 YEARS OLD, IT'D BE MORE SUITED FOR ONE OF MY PARENTS TO ANSWER AS FAR AS HOW IT AFFECTED ME. I ONLY KNOW ME AS ME. I JUST KNOW WHO I AM NOW AND HOW I GOT THERE. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CHANGES IT MIGHT HAVE DONE TO ME BUT I THINK, I READ SOMETHING RECENTLY, MY DAD WAS QUOTED AS SAYING THAT I SEEM TO DIVE IN A BIT MORE TO GOLF AND I DO REMEMBER, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER ENJOYING GOING OUT PLAYING ALONE, CARRYING MY BAG. IT NEVER SEEMED ODD TO ME. GOING OUT AND DOING IT ON MY OWN AND MAYBE I KINDA DREW A BIT MORE INSIDE. I DON'T KNOW. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, LIKE I SAID, IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S HARD TO ANSWER BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT CHANGES HAPPENED. I JUST KNOW WHAT IS NOW.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FIND YOURSELF THINKING ABOUT YOUR BROTHER OFTEN AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT POP INTO YOUR HEAD?

DAVID DUVAL
THIS MIGHT SOUND BAD BUT, NO I DON'T AT ALL. YOU KNOW, EVERY NOW AND THEN, COME OCTOBER, AROUND HIS BIRTHDAY. NOT SO MUCH AROUND CHRISTMAS OR THANKSGIVING OR OTHER HOLIDAYS. BUT, HE WAS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ME. HE ALWAYS LIKED THE OUTDOORS AND AS I'VE BECOME, I ENJOY IT VERY MUCH, BEING OUTSIDE BUT, HE WAS ALWAYS INTO SNAKES AND BUGS AND FROGS AND THAT WASN'T MY STYLE. BUT, I DON'T THINK ABOUT HIM A WHOLE LOT. LIKE YOU SAID, I WAS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE A BROTHER. IT'S ALMOST 2 SEPARATE LIVES I GUESS, IF YOU WILL, AND I DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF MEMORIES OF HIM. EVERY NOW AND THEN A NEW ONE POPS UP BUT, THEY'RE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN AND MAYBE THAT WAS SOME KIND OF MECHANISM TO DEAL WITH IT. I DON'T KNOW BUT, LIKE I SAID IT'S LIKE 2 SEPARATE LIVES THAT I'VE HAD

PETER KESSLER
A FEW YEARS AGO, TO STAY ON FAMILY BUSINESS AND NOT PARTICULARLY THE PLEASANT STUFF FOR THE MOMENT, WHEN YOUR PARENTS SPLIT UP, IT REALLY CAUSED A RIFT BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DAD BECAUSE YOU DISAPPROVED OF WHAT WAS GOING ON, DIDN'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, HONESTLY, YES. I DIDN'T AGREE WITH CHOICES THAT WERE BEING MADE AND AS YOU LOOK BACK, IT WAS PRETTY STUPID ON MY PART BECAUSE, I KNOW I'VE MADE A LOT OF BAD CHOICES. AS I'M SURE YOU HAVE AS I'M SURE I'M GOING TO MAKE MORE BAD CHOICES AND I'M SURE MY FATHER WILL TOO. BUT, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S JUST BEING YOUNG AND NOT KNOWING HOW TO DEAL WITH IT OR JUST GETTING ANGRY AND DEALING WITH IT THAT WAY BUT ALL THAT IS REALLY WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE. I HAVE A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MOM. I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAD AND I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAD'S NEW WIFE. WE ALL GET ALONG WONDERFULLY. AND I GUESS THAT'S ALL YOU CAN ASK.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO YOUR DAD. BOB, TELL US, IS THE HEALING PROCESS BETWEEN THE 2 OF YOU FAIRLY COMPLETE AT THIS POINT? ARE YOU THERE, BOB?

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
YES, HERE I AM

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU ABLE TO HEAR MY QUESTION?

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
NO, I WAS NOT

PETER KESSLER
WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT FAMILY BUSINESS. TALKING ABOUT THE DIVORCE, THE NEW MARRIAGE, AND I WAS ASKING YOU, HAS THE HEALING PROCESS BETWEEN YOU AND DAVID, IN TERMS OF THE RIFT THAT WAS CAUSED BY THE DIVORCE, HAS THE HEALING PROCESS BEEN FAIRLY COMPLETED AT THIS POINT?

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
OH, I BELIEVE SO. YOU KNOW WHEN DAVID CAME OUT TO CADDIE FOR ME IN NAPA, IN MY 1ST SENIOR TOUR EVENT, I THINK WE GOT TOGETHER AND EVERYTHING GOT CEMENTED BACK AND WE'VE HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME SINCE.

PETER KESSLER
WHO'S GOING TO BE THE 1ST TO VOW TO BRING A TROPHY FROM THE PGA TOUR INTO THE HOUSE?

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
THAT'S A HARD QUESTION. I MEAN, I WAS CLOSE LAST WEEK IN PITTSBURGH, OR THE WEEK BEFORE, AND I LEFT ONE ON THE LIP. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT STAYED OUT STILL. I THINK DAVID'S GOING TO BE. I HOPE HE IS. I NEED ONE MORE THAN HE DOES BUT, I'D LIKE TO SEE HIM MAKE IT FIRST.

PETER KESSLER
NOW, WHEN YOU SAY NEED, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT FINANCIALLY OR ABOUT YOUR HEAD?

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
NO, TO STAY EXEMPT ON THE SENIOR TOUR, YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO STAY OUT HERE

PETER KESSLER
IT'S A PRETTY CLOSED SHOP

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME, AT THIS POINT, WITH YOU 2 STRIVING FOR YOUR 1ST TOUR WINS, ARE YOU ABLE TO BOTH APPRECIATE HOW GREAT YOUR SITUATION IS RIGHT NOW THAT YOU'RE SORT OF ON THE ROAD TO THIS DESTINATION AND WHEN THE WINS COME, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO COME, PARTICULARLY IN DAVID'S CASE LONG TERM. ARE YOU ABLE TO ENJOY THE FUN OF NOT YET BEING THERE? YOU FIRST DAVID

DAVID DUVAL
YES, I AM. I FEEL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE QUESTION ME BECAUSE I'M NOT JUST RAVING MAD ABOUT THE FACT THAT I HAVEN'T WON A GOLF TOURNAMENT BUT, THE JOURNEY IS GREAT FUN AND I'D LIKE TO DISAGREE WITH MY FATHER RIGHT NOW, I AGREE HE NEEDS IT MORE THAN I DO AND IF I HAD TO CHOOSE, I'D CHOOSE FOR HIM TO WIN. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO ME BUT, HE NEEDS IT MORE THAN I DO RIGHT NOW. I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING NEXT YEAR. I'M GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER FULL YEAR OF OPPORTUNITIES SO, I'D LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE THE CHANCE AT LEAST NEXT YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
HOW PLEASED AND HOW AMAZED ARE YOU ABOUT HOW QUICKLY HE HAS TURNED HIMSELF INTO A CONTENDER. I MEAN, HE HAD ANOTHER GREAT WEEK THIS WEEK. NARROWLY LOST IN A PLAYOFF. GIVE US A SENSE AND YOUR PLEASURE AS HIS SON AT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH HIM OUT THERE.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, I THINK AS A PLAYER, YOU NEVER FULLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. BUT, HAVING PLAYED OUT ON THE REGULAR TOUR AND KNOWING THAT MY FATHER HAS BASICALLY BEEN IN A GOLF SHOP FOR THE LAST 28 YEARS, WHEN HE GOT THROUGH THE QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT BACK IN NOVEMBER, FINISHED 15TH. HE WAS A BIT DISAPPOINTED AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS AN UNBELIEVABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT. AND THEN TO HAVE DONE WHAT HE'S DONE THIS YEAR, I WOULDN'T HAVE EXPECTED ANY LESS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I
THOUGHT THE HARDEST PART WOULD HAVE BEEN GETTING OUT THERE AGAIN LIKE IT WAS FOR ME BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE THE COMPETITIVENESS THAT THE OTHER PLAYERS HAVE HAD FOR YEARS AND YEARS BUT, I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE AND I KNOW SOME OF THE PLAYERS OUT ON THE SENIOR TOUR AND I GOT TO COMPETE AGAINST A FEW OF THEM. MAYBE IT'S THE SON'S ADMIRATION BUT, I THINK THERE ARE SOME PLAYERS THAT ARE BETTER THAN MY FATHER BUT, I DON'T THINK THERE'RE TOO MANY OUT THERE. MAYBE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THEY MIGHT ADMIT IT BUT, WHEN YOU DRIVE IT LONG AND HIT IT STRAIGHT AND HIT YOUR IRONS FAR AND PUT WELL AND YOU'RE PLAYING 66,67,6800 YARDS IT'S A TOUGH COMBINATION TO BEAT AND I'VE ALWAYS SAID AS SOON AS HE STARTS FEELING COMFORTABLE HE'S GOING TO DO WELL AND THAT'S STARTING TO SHOW ITS CASE.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S THE ONLY GAME, ISN'T IT BOB, WHERE YOU CAN HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM SORT OF TWICE, ONCE AS A KID, SPEAKING OF DAVID AND A FEW YEARS BEFORE GETTING READY TO PLAY THE PGA TOUR BUT, ONCE AS A GROWN UP IN YOUR 40s MAKING THE DECISION, OK, I'M GOING TO DEVOTE THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I'M GOING TO GET READY AND I'M GOING TO DO THIS

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
WELL, YOU KNOW, DAVID WAS BEHIND MY DECISION, BASICALLY. HE TOLD ME 2 OR 3 YEARS AGO, HE SAID YOU OUGHT TO START GETTING IN SHAPE AND GETTING READY AND TRY THE SENIOR TOUR HE SAID, BECAUSE I THINK YOU CAN DO WELL OUT THERE AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND I PUT IT OFF FOR A WHILE AND THEN I PLAYED THAT GOLDEN BEAR TOUR LAST SUMMER AND IT WAS PRETTY SUCCESSFUL ON IT AND THIS YEAR AT CHRISTMAS, I HAD ALREADY HAD A 15TH CARD, 15 NUMBER AND THEY SAID YOU MIGHT GET IN NO TOURNAMENTS. YOU MIGHT GET IN 10 TOURNAMENTS AND I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED AT MY POSITION THEN AND TO DATE I THINK I'VE PLAYED IN 17 TOURNAMENTS BUT, HE WAS SAYING, I THINK IT WAS CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS DAY, HE SAID YOU KNOW, IF YOU COULD GET OUT THERE YOU COULD WIN $500,000 THIS YEAR AND I GOT TO THINKING, HOW COULD I EVER WIN $500,000 THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY THE WAY I STARTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND I WAS MAKING $2,000 A WEEK EVERY TOURNAMENT I GOT IN AND I GUESS HE HAD A PRETTY GOOD IDEA OF MY ABILITY, A LOT MORE THAN I HAD. I DID GET COMFORTABLE AND I AM COMFORTABLE OUT HERE. I'VE NEVER PLAYED THESE GOLF COURSES BEFORE SO, I GET A PRACTICE ROUND ON TUESDAY AND A PRO AM ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY AND THEN GO PLAY. TO BE WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW, I'VE FAR SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, WE'VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU TOO. YOUR JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CALL US TONIGHT.

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
THANK YOU AND HEY, DAVE, WE'LL SEE YOU MONDAY

DAVID DUVAL
SEE YA. YOU GOT IT. GOOD LUCK. LOVE YOU.

BOB DUVAL, DAVID'S FATHER
OK, BUD. LOVE YOU. BYE

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH YOUR CALLS AND DAVID RIGHT AFTER THIS. DON'T GO AWAY.

(BREAK)

 
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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.