Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 1998, 5:00 pm
SCOTT VAN PELT
ANOTHER HANDSOME MANTLE PIECE YOU EARNED OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE. NOW, OUR LAST CALLER ASKED ABOUT YOUR ABILITY TO SORT OF KEEP THINGS FOCUSED, TO KEEP THAT GAME FACE ON,

DO YOU THINK PERHAPS THE FACT THAT IN YOUR LIFE, UH, WE TALKED ABOUT THE LOSS YOUR GRANDFATHER AND THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU WERE A YOUNG CHILD, AT THE AGE OF 9 YOUR BROTHER, BRENT, UH, DIED OF THIS RARE BLOOD DISORDER,

THAT THE FACT THAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED LOSS IN YOUR LIFE THAT REALLY MATTERS. LOSS THAT YOU DON'T NECESSARILY GET OVER IN YOUR LIFE.

THAT YOU LOOK AT A GOLF TOURNAMENT AS JUST THAT. A GOLF TOURNAMENT YOU SAY, 'YOU KNOW WHAT, IF I DON'T WIN THIS ONE, THERE'S GOING BE ANOTHER ONE NEXT WEEK AND THERE'S GOING BE ANOTHER ONE NEXT YEAR.'

AND WINNING AND LOSING AN INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE END OF THE WORLD.

DAVID DUVAL
NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. UH, IT'S UH...

YOU KNOW, A SITUATION WHERE, UH, I WAS ASKED THAT AND I THINK I SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT, UH, IF I DON'T EVER WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, UM, I'LL BE ALRIGHT.

YOU KNOW, IF THAT'S THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENS TO ME.

SCOTT VAN PELT
SURE.

DAVID DUVAL
AND I BELIEVE THAT. I MEAN, IT'S -- YOU GOTTA REMEMBER THAT WE PLAY GOLF.

SCOTT VAN PELT
EXACTLY.

DAVID DUVAL
WE'RE PLAYING A GAME.

SCOTT VAN PELT
EXACTLY.

DAVID DUVAL
UM, WHAT'S TO BE UPSET ABOUT. UH, CERTAINLY IT HURT AT THE MASTERS THIS YEAR. AND IT HURTS WHEN YOU DON'T PLAY WELL AND YOU MISS A CUT, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER.

I MEAN, DO YOU THINK A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY CARE? NO -- NO. I MEAN, THEY REALLY DON'T.

AND YOU KNOW, I DON'T REALLY LIKE TO TALK A WHOLE LOT ABOUT WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH BECAUSE I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN THAT, UM, EVERYBODY'S GIVEN A BURDEN THAT THEY CAN, THEY CAN CARRY, UM, THAT JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE MY BURDEN.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE, SCOTT. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED IN -- IN THE FELLOW WHO'S, UH, SCORING FOR US THAT DAY. YOU KNOW, HE MIGHT HAVE LOST HIS WHOLE FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, SO IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I TALK ABOUT A WHOLE LOT, UM, JUST FOR THAT REASON.

SCOTT VAN PELT
DO YOU THINK MAYBE THE FOLKS IN THE MEDIA THAT WERE PERHAPS A LITTLE TOO TOUGH ON YOU ABOUT NOT WINNING. JUST PERHAPS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE EVERYONE'S FRAME OF REFERENCE IS DIFFERENT.

DAVID DUVAL
UH-HUH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
IF THEY'D NEVER HAD A LOSS LIKE THAT, THEY COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY NOT WINNING A TOURNAMENT WASN'T GOING TO JUST DEVASTATE YOU.

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, IT - IT BLOWS MY MIND AT TIMES THAT UM, UH, IT'S WRITTEN AND IT'S REPORTED ON THAT, UM, PEOPLE ARE FAILING OUT THERE WHEN THEY FINISH 2ND OR 3RD. AND THAT'S AN UNBELIEVABLE SUCCESS FOR THE WEEK, UM, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE. UH,

YOU KNOW, AND UH, THEY - THEY TRY TO MAKE THINGS MORE IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THE INDIVIDUAL MIGHT MAKE 'EM FOR THEMSELVES. AND, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN TO ME.

I MEAN, I MAKE IT AS IMPORTANT AS I WANT IT TO BE AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DECIDE THAT FOR ME.

SCOTT VAN PELT
EXACTLY. WELL, WE'VE GOT A GENTLEMAN ON THE LINE. I UNDERSTAND WE SHOULD CALL HIM, HONKY TONK HANK SMITH.

HANK, UH, YOU GUYS SPENT SOME TIME TOGETHER IN COLLEGE. WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. THANKS FOR CALLING.

HANK SMITH, DUVAL'S COLLEGE ROOMATE (MALE):
YEAH, HEY, WHAT'S HAPPENING GUYS?

DAVE:
HONKY TONK.

HANK SMITH, DUVAL'S COLLEGE ROOMATE (MALE):
HEY, DAVE.

DAVE:
HOW ARE YOU, BUB?

HANK SMITH, DUVAL'S COLLEGE ROOMATE (MALE):
NOTHING. UM, I WANTED TO ASK YOU, UH, SINCE YOU'RE DAD'S BEEN PLAYING THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, UH, IF YOU WERE GETTING ANY HELP ON YOUR GOLF SWING FROM ANYBODY.

UH, AND IF YOU WERE, WHAT KIND OF, UH, WHAT KIND OF STUFF YOU WORKING ON?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE'VE ACTUALLY PRACTICED A LOT TOGETHER. WE LIVED TOGETHER A YEAR AND A HALF. UM,

YOU KNOW, THE BASICS, UH, ALIGNMENT, UM, BALL POSITION. UH, JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE LIKE FROM MY TOES UP THROUGH MY KNEES, THROUGH MY HIPS AND SHOULDERS ARE, ARE AIMING THE SAME PLACE NOW.

THAT'S WHAT I GET MOST CONCERNED WITH. I DON'T GET AS CONCERNED WITH WHETHER I'M AIMING LEFT OR I'M AIMING RIGHT AS LONG AS I'M IN SYNCH. UM, YOU CAN FIX. UM,

YOU KNOW, I'VE - I'VE SPENT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WITH, UH, WITH RICK SMITH. IN -- IN THE PAST 6, 8, 10 MONTHS, I'VE -- I'VE ACTUALLY WORKED, UH, I DON'T REALLY WANT TO CALL IT WORK,

BUT I'VE - I'VE CERTAINLY HAD A FELLOW NAMED HANK FREElIE?? WHO WORKS FOR GOLF PRIDE, HE'S, HE KNOWS WHAT MY GAME IS ABOUT, AND HOW I SWING, AND HOW I PLAY MY BEST.

AND UH, HE CHECKS ME OUT, UH, JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEK HE'S OUT AND JUST TO KIND OF MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ABOUT WHERE IT SHOULD BE. UM, I DON'T GET TOO CONCERNED WITH A WHOLE LOT OF MECHANICS.

YOU KNOW, THE GAME'S, TO ME, ABOUT FEEL. AND, AND UH, AND UH, I - I THINK IF, IF YOU HAVE YOUR LINE SET, UM, YOU - YOU'RE GRIPPING IT WELL, YOUR -- TJE GRIP PRESSURE IS OKAY, THEN IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE.

SCOTT VAN PELT
EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THAT SWING AND I SEE THAT HEAD COME AT THE LAST SECOND, I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW YOU HIT THAT GOLF BALL.

NOW YOUR DAD, WHO, UH, HONKY TONK MENTIONED, HE LEFT IT ALONE, HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT'S WHAT WORKED FOR YOU. DIDN'T TRY TO MESS WITH IT TOO MUCH.

I'M CURIOUS NOW THAT YOU'VE BROKEN THROUGH AND WON IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HERE, AND HE'S BEEN PLAYING BEAUTFULLY IN THE SENIOR TOUR BUT JUST HASN'T GOT THERE YET,

YOU KIND OF PUT THE NEEDLE TO HIM A LITTLE BIT AND SAY, 'DAD, YOU NEED TO CATCH UP HERE'?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH) UH, NO, NOT REALLY. UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT HE'S DONE HAS BEEN GREAT. IT'S BEEN TREMENDOUS. AND UH,

HE'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL. HE HASN'T FAILED.

SCOTT VAN PELT
UH-HUH.

DAVID DUVAL
UM, AND YOU KNOW, I - I THINK IF HE CONTINUES TO PLAY, AND I THINK, UM, MAYBE I SHOULDN'T SAY THIS, BUT THE ONE THING THAT HOLDS HIM BACK IS HE'S NOT QUITE CONVINCED OF IT HIMSELF.

SCOTT VAN PELT
JUST HOW GOOD HE IS?

DAVID DUVAL
RIGHT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WHAT -- WHAT DOES HE, WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO DO HERE? NOW YOU CAN PLAY THE ROLE OF, UH, PSYCHIATRIST HERE,

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK...

SCOTT VAN PELT
WHAT'S HE NEED TO DO TO BELIEVE IN HIMSELF MORE?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS YOU JUST PLAY AND FORGET ABOUT IT. UM, YOU KNOW, HE'S - HE'S BEEN BEATEN IN A COUPLE PLAYOFF. HE'S HAD A CHANCE HERE AND THERE. UM,

HE'S PROVED THAT HE CAN DO IT. I MEAN, YOU GOTTA STEP BACK AND REALIZE, UM, I THINK HIS BEING A 6 OR 7 HOLE PLAYOFF IN PITTSBURGH, HE PLAYED GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
SURE.

DAVID DUVAL
AND YOU GOTTA TAKE THAT OUT OF IT. UM, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S A LOT OF WHAT I TOOK OUT OF IT WHEN I GOT BEATEN AND HAD NOT WON IT.

HEY, I DID IT, I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TO WIN AND I PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO WIN. AND I HANDLED THE SITUATION. UM, IT JUST DIDN'T WORK OUT

SCOTT VAN PELT
NOW THERE'S LIFE OUTSIDE THE ROPES THAT, UH, WE ALL GO THROUGH OUR UPS AND DOWNS, AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT EARLIER. AND YOU AND YOUR FATHER HAD YOUR TIME.

I MEAN, THERE WAS A DIVORCE THAT CAUSED PERHAPS SOME STRUGGLES, PEAKS AND VALLEYS. BUT NOW THINGS ARE, THINGS ARE BETTER.

AND IT MUST MAKE YOU AWFULLY PROUD AS A SON OF A DAD TO SEE HIM GO OUT THERE AND SUCCEED JUST AS IT MUST MAKE HIM ENORMOUSLY PROUD TO SEE HIS SON HAVE THIS KIND OF SUCCESS.

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. UH, IT'S --

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A PLAYER IN MY FATHER WHO, WHO UH, DID WHAT MOST, MOST PEOPLE DO OF HIS AGE AND GENERATION THAT THEY GOT INTO THE CLUB BUSINESS. UM, YOU KNOW, HAD A WIFE. UH, STARTED A FAMILY.

HE WAS ALWAYS GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY ON TOUR. UM, JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AND THERE CERTAINLY WASN'T A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY IN -- IN PROFESSIONAL GOLF PLAYING. UM,

20:38: 48
YOU KNOW, HE --HE PUT IN HIS TIME. 30 YEARS IN CLUB. AND, UH, AND NOW, HE'S UH, KIND OF GOT A SECOND LEASE.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WE'LL IT'S WORKING OUT BECAUSE THERE'S OBSCENE MONEY TO BE MADE ON THE SENIOR TOUR AND HE'S MAKING PART OF IT.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK, AND AS WE DO, WE'LL LOOK AT THE STATISTICS, THE RESUME, IF YOU WILL, OF THIS GENTLEMEN. READ THEM AND WEEP.

UNBELIEVABLE YEAR, 2.59. YOU GONNA TAKE ME OUT TO DINNER AFTER THE SHOW? VARDON TROPHY, OF COURSE, HE TALKED ABOUT EARNING THAT. TOP 10 IN NEARLY HALF THE EVENTS HE PLAYED.

AND, HE WAS NOT 12TH IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP STANDINGS THIS YEAR. HE WAS NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST.

STAY WITH US. WE'RE BACK WITH DAVID DUVAL IN JUST A MOMENT.

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The Ryder Cup topped his list.

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