Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 3
THAT WAS THE MOMENT THERE.. THAT'S WHEN THE SNOWFLAKE GOT KICKED OFF THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND STARTED SNOWBALLING DOWN THE HILL AND ALL THOSE VICTORIES HAVE PILED UP SINCE THEN.
AND YOU REALLY, YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO MAKE THAT PUTT TO WIN. BECAUSE EARLIER IN THE WEEK, YOU WENT OUT ON A LIMB.
ON A WEDNESDAY OF A PRACTICE ROUND, YOU WALKED BY CAMERMAN, ED POLLACK AND MYSELF, AND YOU SAID TO ME, 'I'M GONNA WIN THIS WEEK,' WHICH I COULDN'T BELIEVE. IT WAS VERY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR YOU TO BE THAT BOLD. WHY'D YOU THINK THAT WAS YOUR WEEK?
UM, BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED THE WEEK BEFORE. I PLAYED THE DOWN AT SOUTHERN. I'D MISSED THE CUT THERE THE PREVIOUS 2 YEARS AND I'D MISSED 2 CUTS GOING IN THERE AND IT JUST FELL INTO PLACE.
I WAS JUST PLAYING BEAUTIFUL. I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER HAD AS GOOD AS A BALL STRIKING WEEK AS I HAD THAT WEEK.
UM, AND THE ONLY THING THAT HELD ME BACK FROM MAYBE CONTENDING THERE WAS UM, MY PUTTING. I JUST DIDN'T QUITE HOLE ENOUGH PUTTS. AND I JUST FELT UH, AS THE WEEK PROGRESSED IF I WOULD JUST MAKE A COUPLE MORE PUTTS THAN THE WEEK BEFORE, UM, I'DHAVE A REAL GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING.
SCOTT VAN PELT
AFTER YOU WON THAT EVENT WHEN YOU WERE ACCEPTING THE TROPHY AND, I GUESS, HAVING A CELEBRATORY SWIG, WHICH YOU HAD EARNED, UH, YOU -- YOU WERE FAIRLY OVERCOME WITH EMOTION, AND RIGHTFULLY SO.
IT HAD BEEN A LONG, LONG HAUL TO GET THERE. IN A SENSE, YOU'RE STILL A YOUNG MAN. BUT YOU'D BEEN CLOSE AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING, 'WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WIN?' YOU FINALLY BROKE THROUGH AND YOU MENTIONED YOUR GRANDFATHER,
WHO YOU SAID THE VICTORY WAS FOR. AND IT WAS, IT WAS DIFFICULT CLEARLY FOR YOU TO GET OUT THOSE WORDS BECAUSE HE WASN'T ABLE TO SEE IT.
WHY WAS IT THAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT? WAS IT BECAUSE YOU WANTED HIM TO BE THERE?
(LAUGH) YOU'RE GETTING ME TOUGH AGAIN.
SCOTT VAN PELT
I'M SORRY. I DON'T WANT TO PUSH THE WRONG BUTTONS HERE.
THAT'S UH... YOU KNOW, I USED TO, AS A KID, I'D GO UP AND SPEND THE SUMMERS WITH HIM, 3, 4 WEEKS AT A TIME UP AT FERNADINO?? BEACH. UH, AND PLAY GOLF. UH, JUST REALLY ENJOY BEING UP THERE.
WE WERE VERY SIMILAR. WE JUST REALLY ENJOYED EACH OTHER'S COMPANY.
AND UH, HE GOT, HE GOT SICK. HE WORKED AT PAPER MILLS ALL HIS LIFE. HE OWNED A HARDWARE STORE AND HE GOT, UH, I DON'T KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY, EXACT TYPE OF CANCER, BUT HE GOT A CANCER THAT SURROUNDS YOUR LUNGS AND YOUR HEART. AND UH,
IT'S CAUSED SOLEY BY ASBESTOS. UH, AND HE CONTRACTED IT FROM THE PAPER MILLS AND HE DIED, UH WHILE I WAS IN SCHOOL. AND UM, HIS ONLY WISH: HE JUST WANTED TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE ME PLAY ON TOUR.
UH, YOU KNOW... AND HE JUST LOVED TO TELL A STORY, AND I GET A KICK OUT OF IT TOO, AND HE, I WAS PLAYING REALLY GOOD AND I WAS MAKING 4 OVER PAR AND HE WAS PROBABLY ABOUT THE SAME, AND UH,
I THINK I EITHER BOGIED OR DOUBLE BOGIED THE LAST HOLE, 9TH HOLE, AND HE MADE A PAR, A BOGIE, AND BEAT ME BY A SHOT. AND I WAS CRYING. I WAS UPSET AND I SAID,
'GRAND DADDY, YOU KNOW, YOU BEAT ME THIS TIME BUT WHEN I COME BACK NEXT SUMMER, YOU'RE NOT EVER GONNA BEAT ME AGAIN.'
AND UH, HE NEVER DID. AND HE, UH, HE LOVES TO TELL THAT STORY.
SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, I THINK THAT, UH, YOU'D LIKE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART ANYWAY THAT CERTAINLY HE HAD THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE FOR THAT ONE AND ALL THE OTHER ONES. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE THAT HE'D BE ENORMOUSLY PROUD NOW OF ALL THAT, UH, YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED.
WE'VE GOT SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS ON THE LINE. SCOTT, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.
SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSESTTS (MALE):
HI'YA DOING. DAVID, I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR GREAT YEAR AND TO TELL YOU HOW GREAT THAT WAS TO HEAR, UM, MARK O'MEARA COME IN WITH A CALL AS WELL.
SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
AND TELL HOW HE FELT ABOUT THAT.
SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
UM, MY QUESTION IS HOW YOU REMAIN SO SUCH A STOIC AND PLACID IN NATURE, UH, ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR COMING DOWN THE WIRE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP YOU NEEDED A GOOD ROUND IN THE FINAL ROUND TO SECURE WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE SCORING TITLE IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY TITLE. AND,
JUST WANTED TO SEE HOW THAT REALLY-- I'M ABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT FOR A LITTLE WHILE. HOW IN FACT ARE YOU ABLE TO, UH, YOU KNOW, KEEP THAT NATURE THROUGHOUT A WHOLE 18 HOLE ROUND.
YEAH, WELL UM, YOU KNOW, GETTING CAUGHT UP IN WHAT'S GOING ON WHILE I'M PLAYING IS - IS ONLY GOING TO DETRACT FROM WHAT I'M TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. UM, SO I GOT TO REALLY TRY TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHERE I AM WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO WITH EACH SHOT, WITH EACH PUTT.
UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE SUNGLASSES DID HIDE A FEW TEARS.
MARK FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
WHEN I WAS DONE ON THE 72ND HOLE.
YOU KNOW, IT, WHEN - YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY I HAVE A VOID WITH MAJORS AND I HAVEN'T PLAYED ON RYDER CUP. BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S UH, WITH THAT PUTT GOING IN, I - I, UH, REACHED A CULMINATION OF 15, 20 YEARS OF WORK. UM,
I BEAT EVERYBODY FOR THE YEAR, WON THE MONEY TITLE, WON THE VARDON. UM, YOU KNOW, SO I WAS CERTAINLY EMOTIONAL. I DON'T THINK, IT'S JUST -- YOU JUST DIDN'T QUITE SEE IT, I DON'T THINK, BEHIND THE GLASSES.
SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, THAT'S INTERESTING THAT YOU BRING THAT UP. BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE YOU HAD SENSITIVE EYES. MAYBE THOSE GLASSES DO SERVE ANOTHER PURPOSE. THEY'RE THAT ARMOR THAT SORT OF SHIELD US FROM THOSE EMOTIONS. YOU HATE TO LET THOSE UP, DON'T YOU?
WELL, YOU KNOW, UH... (PAUSE)
FOR ME, THE ONLY EMOTION THAT REALLY IS, CAN GET YOU GOING IS WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE ANGRY, MAYBE A LITTLE UPSET. UM, I THINK IT, FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS, I GUESS THEY'RE MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE FOCUSED. UM,
BUT GETTING REALLY HIGH AND ELATED. UH, ALL THAT'S GONNA DO IS CAUSE PROBLEMS, I THINK, AS YOU PROGRESS THROUGH YOUR ROUND. UM, BECAUSE THEN YOU START THINKING AHEAD. UM, THAT'S JUST DETRIMENTAL TO WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.
SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, IT SEEMS THAT IN GOLF HAPPINESS IS ALWAYS FLEETING AND ANGER IS ALWAYS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.
WE THANK SCOTT FOR CALLING. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK HERE ON GOLF TALK LIVE AND AS WE DO, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT CAUSE A LITTLE BIT OF ELATION. HEY, YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET TO KISS MINNIE MOUSE, DO YOU?
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
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."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
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.'"
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."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
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."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
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.