Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 1998, 5:00 pm
SCOTT VAN PELT
(CLIP FROM 1998 TUCSON CHRYSLER CLASSIC)
WELL DAVID, YOU TALKED ABOUT A SHOT IN TUCSON THAT GOT THINGS GOING FOR YOU THIS YEAR. IT WASN'T THIS ONE. THIS IS THE, UH, 9TH HOLE MAKING THE TURN, I BELIEVE, FRIDAY.

IT'S ABOUT 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE THAT DAY, BUT THIS HAS GOT THINGS WARMED UP. THIS IS ...

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, THAT WAS A...

SCOTT VAN PELT
AN ACE..

DAVID DUVAL
A UNIQUE SITUATION. THAT WAS THE 2ND SHOT I HOLED OUT AT ON THAT 9. AND THAT WAS TO SHOOT A 28.

SCOTT VAN PELT
28, THAT'S PRETTY SPORTY TURNING. NOW, THIS IS A BIG PUTT. THIS WAS ON THE LAST. AND YOU TALK ABOUT VERY NEARLY BLOWING YOUR 7 SHOT LEAD. THIS MAKES SURE THAT YOU DID NOT.

THAT WAS A BIGGER PUTT THAN I REMEMBER IT BEING. YOU POINTED IT OUT IN THE BREAK THAT, UH, ...

DAVID DUVAL
IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE.. IT WAS REALLY. THE TOURNAMENT WAS CERTAINLY NOT OVER STILL AT THAT POINT YET.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU NEEDED THAT BECAUSE JUSTIN STILL COULD HAVE CAUGHT YOU.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, HE HAD A VERY MAKE-ABLE BIRDIE PUTT FROM JUST BEHIND THE HOLE MAYBE 15, 18 FEET. UM,

AND THAT'S REALLY THE REASON I WENT FIRST. I MEAN, THE TOURNAMENT, I'M NOT JUST 2 OR 3 PUTTS TO WIN. IT'S - IT'S, WE'RE STILL DOGGING IT OUT. AND, AND THAT'S WHAT ENDED THE TOURNAMENT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
20:42: 26
WELL BOMB'S AWAY AT ANOTHER WIN. IT WAS QUITE A MOMENT.

WE GOT BOB FROM ALABAMA. BOB, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

BOB FROM ALABAMA, CALLER (MALE):
THANKS A LOT. DAVID, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL US ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHENING AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM. UM, WHAT YOU DO AND HOW THIS HAS IMPACTED YOUR GAME OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO? AND SELFISHLY, HOW YOU GET A COPY OF YOUR PROGRAM?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH) UM, THOSE I DON'T HAVE, UH, COPIES TO SEND OUT. UM, YOU KNOW, I -- IT'S BEEN WELL, PRETTY WELL DOCUMENTED WHAT -- I WAS IN A POSITION, I HAD PUT MYSELF IN A POSITION WHERE I WAS OVERWEIGHT. UM,

DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. UH, TOOK OFF THE WEIGHT AND THEN, UH, PROCEEDED TO, UH, TRY TO STRENGTHEN MY BODY.

I - I FOLLOW THE BELIEF THAT TO MAKE YOURSELF A BETTER PLAYER, YOU -- YOU MAKE YOURSELF A BETTER ATHLETE, A MORE FIT, STRONGER ATHLETE. UM, I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD TRAIN SPORTS SPECIFIC. UM, I THINK THAT'S A, A MYTH THAT...

I MEAN, CERTAINLY YOU CAN, YOU CAN STRENGTHEN CERTAIN PARTS OF YOUR BODY THAT MIGHT BE USED MORE OFTEN IN GOLF THAN IN SOMETHING ELSE, HOWEVER, UM, THROUGH THAT I THINK YOU CREATE IMBALANCES, UH, IN YOUR BODY.

AND SO I, I TRAIN JUST GENERALLY, UH, STRENGTH CONDITIONING AND CARDIO CONDITIONING.

SCOTT VAN PELT
HOW MUCH HAS THAT HELPED YOU IN TERMS OF LIKE TRANSLATION TO THE GAME. I MEAN, YOU ARE A LOT LONGER IN A GAME THAN SOME PEOPLE REALIZE YOU ARE. HAS THAT BEEN A DIRECT, UH, IMPACT OF THIS TRAINING YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK IT'S HAD A BIT OF AN EFFECT CERTAINLY. UM, AND I THINK THE BIGGEST THING THAT IT HELPS TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, UM, YOU'VE PLAYED 25 EVENTS, UM, YOUR BODY MAY, MIGHT NOT HAVE BROKEN DOWN AS MUCH AS YOUR, THE NEXT COMPETITOR YOU'RE PLAYING AGAINST. UM, SO I THINK THAT'S WHERE IT HAPPENS

BUT I GOTTA, YOU KNOW, I GOTTA SET IT A LITTLE STRAIGHT. I'M JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE. I, I GET SLACK TOO NOW AT TIMES AND, AND UH, I SEEK EXCUSES NOT TO GO. BUT, UH, I REALIZE IN THE END IT'S GONNA BE HELPFUL SO I TRY TO DO IT

SCOTT VAN PELT
I SUPPOSE...

DAVID DUVAL
RELIGIOUSLY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I SUPPOSE THAT'S THE WORST PART OF HUMAN NATURE. IT'S A HECK OF A LOT EASIER TO SIT ON THE COUCH.

DAVID DUVAL
OH YEAH.

AS YOU'VE POINTED OUT IN THE PAST, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE A VORACIOUS READER AND ALL BUT YOU STILL KNOW HOW TO WORK THE REMOTE, DON'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
QUITE WELL. I'M SURE I COULD OPERATE ALL THESE CAMERAS (LAUGH).

SCOTT VAN PELT
WE MIGHT LET YOU STICK AROUND. WE'VE GOT LARRY FROM ONTARIO. LARRY, WELCOME.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
HI, HOW YA DOIN'?

SCOTT VAN PELT
VERY WELL.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
HI DAVID.

DAVID DUVAL
HI LARRY.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
I REALLY ENJOY, UH, WATCHING YOU PLAY.

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
YOU'VE, UH, REALLY HELPED TURN ME ONTO THE GAME OF GOLF. UH,

DAVID DUVAL
WELL THANK YOU.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
UH, I REALLY ENJOY YOU OUT THERE.

UM, OUT OF ALL THE, ALL THE GREAT PROS THAT ARE OUT THERE, WHO DO YOU GET, UH, REALLY PUMPED UP TO PLAY. LIKE IF, IF YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A MATCH THAT WEEKEND, WHO -- WHO REALLY GETS YOU PSYCHED UP TO, UH, TO PLAY YOUR UTMOST BEST?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH - SIGH) THIS IS GONNA SOUND REALLY, REALLY KIND OF STUPID. UM, BUT

THAT'S TYPICAL FOR ME, RIGHT? UM,

SCOTT VAN PELT
THERE'S NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THAT. EXACTLY. (LAUGH)

DAVID DUVAL
BUT, UH, ANY OF THEM. I MEAN REALLY, UM, I THINK THAT'S THE REALLY UNIQUE THING ABOUT OUR COMPETITION AND OUR, UH, COMPETITORS AND PEERS WHO MAKE UP THE FIELD EACH WEEK. UM,

YOU KNOW, THEY CAN ALL PLAY. AND UH,

I THINK, IF YOU GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN WATCHING GREG NORMAN'S NAME ON THE LEADERBOARD OR TIGER'S NAME OR MARK'S, OR MICKELSON'S, OR GO DOWN THE LIST, UM,

YOU KNOW, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOMEBODY WHO PASSES EVERYBODY AND WINS THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,

I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THE SAME 6, 7, 8 FIRST TIME WINNERS EVERY YEAR. AND I THINK IN '96 THERE WAS LIKE 18 OR SOMETHING. I MEAN,

AND YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, ALL SMALLER EVENTS THAT ARE, MIGHT BE LESSER FIELDS. UH, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WESTERN OPENS THIS YEAR, HARTFORD, UM,

YOU KNOW, SOME BIG TIME EVENTS. UH, AND - AND

SCOTT VAN PELT
WESTCHESTER TOO, RIGHT?

DAVID DUVAL
YEP, WESTCHESTER.

SCOTT VAN PELT
RIGHT.

DAVID DUVAL
I MEAN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CLASSIC GOLF COURSES, UH, GREAT FIELDS. AND IT JUST GOES TO SHOW AND PROVES A POINT THAT THEY CAN ALL PLAY. AND - AND I DON'T, I DON'T PUT WEIGHT OR STOCK IN ANY ONE OTHER THAN ANOTHER.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL THAT'S NOT NEARLY AS STUPID AS YOU LEAD US TO BELIEVE. I GUESS, THE POINT IS THAT WHETHER YOU ARE BATTLING JUSTIN IN TUCSON, OR PHIL MICKELSON IN AKRON, OR UH, PHIL TATAURANGI IN THE MICHELOB, YOU'VE GOT TO BE AS JACKED UP TO PLAY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM

DAVID DUVAL
OH, ABSOLUTELY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
OR YOU'RE GONNA TO GET YOUR DOORS BLOWN OFF.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE PERFECT POINT WAS - UH, IT KIND OF CAME DOWN TO PHIL, MYSELF AT AKRON THIS YEAR. UM,

BUT DAVIS ENDED UP SHOOTING SOMETHING LIKE 64 OR 5 ON SUNDAY AND HE, HE KIND OF PUT HIS NAME IN THE HAT IN THE END.

AND THAT'S WHY I SAY YOU DON'T PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO WHO YOU'RE PLAYING.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL YOU CANN'T EVER SLEEP ON DAVIS LOVE, THAT WOULD NOT BE A GOOD IDEA. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK AND ONE OF THE VICTORIES THAT I DID NOT YET MENTION CAME IN HOUSTON WHERE HE SHOT 64.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT -- HIS WHITE SHOES. I'M NOT A FAN OF THE WHITE SHOES. BUT THAT'S JUST ME. BUT, I AM A FAN OF THIS ONE HERE.

A BOMB FINDS ITS MARK. YOU GET TO SIT AND WATCH THIS ONE. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK. STAY WITH US. KEEP WATCHING GOLF CHANNEL LIVE.

(BREAK)

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Lexi looks to shine as LPGA season begins next week

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 6:06 pm

Lexi Thompson may be No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, but in so many ways she became the new face of the women’s game last year.

That makes her the headliner in a fairly star-studded season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic next week.

Three of the top four players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are scheduled to tee it up on Paradise Island, including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and co-Rolex Player of the Year So Yeon Ryu.

From the heartache at year’s start with the controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration, through the angst in the middle of the year with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, to the stunning disappointment at year’s end, Thompson emerged as the story of the year because of all she achieved in spite of those ordeals.

Next week’s event will mark the first time Thompson tees it up in an LPGA tournament since her season ended in stunning fashion last November with a missed 2-foot putt that cost her a chance to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and become the world No. 1.

She still walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for the season’s low scoring average.

She also walked away sounding determined to show she will bounce back from that last disappointment the same way she bounced back from her gut-wrenching loss at the year’s first major, the ANA, where a four-shot Sunday penalty cost her a chance to win her second major.

“Just going through what I have this whole year, and seeing how strong I am, and how I got through it all and still won two tournaments, got six seconds ... it didn’t stop me,” Thompson said leaving the CME Group Tour Championship. “This won’t either.”

Thompson was named the Golf Writers Association of America’s Player of the Year in a vote of GWAA membership. Ryu and Sung Hyun Park won the tour’s points-based Rolex Player of the Year Award.

With those two victories and six second-place finishes, three of those coming after playoff losses, Thompson was close to fashioning a spectacular year in 2017, to dominating the tour.

The new season opens with Thompson the center of attention again. Consistently one of the tour’s best ball strikers and longest hitters, she enjoyed her best year on tour last season by making dramatic improvements in her wedge play, short game and, most notably, her putting.

She doesn’t have a swing coach. She fashioned a better all-around game on her own, or under the watchful eye of her father, Scott. All the work she put in showed up in her winning the Vare Trophy.

The Pure Silk Bahamas Classic will also feature defending champion Brittany Lincicome, as well as Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brooke Henderson, I.K. Kim, Danielle Kang and Charley Hull.

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One & Done: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

Beginning in 2018, Golf Channel is offering a "One & Done" fantasy game alternative. Choose a golfer and add the salary they earn at the event to your season-long total - but know that once chosen, a player cannot be used again for the rest of the year.

Log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to start your own league and make picks for this week's event.

Here are some players to consider for One & Done picks this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Hudson Swafford returns as the defending champion:

Zach Johnson. The two-time major champ has missed the cut here three years in a row. So why include him in One & Done consideration? Because the three years before that (2012-14) included three top-25s highlighted by a third-place finish, and his T-14 at the Sony Open last week was his fifth straight top-25 dating back to September.

Bud Cauley. Cauley has yet to win on Tour, but that could very well change this year - even this week. Cauley ended up only two shots behind Swafford last year and tied for 14th the year prior, as four of his five career appearances have netted at least a top-40 finish. He opened the new season with a T-7 in Napa and closed out the fall with a T-8 at Sea Island.

Adam Hadwin. Swafford left last year with the trophy, but it looked for much of the weekend like it would be Hadwin's tournament as he finished second despite shooting a 59 in the third round. Hadwin was also T-6 at this event in 2016 and now with a win under his belt last March he returns with some unfinished business.

Charles Howell III. If you didn't use him last week at the Sony Open, this could be another good spot for the veteran who has four top-15 finishes over the last seven years at this event, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013. His T-32 finish last week in Honolulu, while not spectacular, did include four sub-70 scores.

David Lingmerth. Lingmerth was in that 2013 playoff with Howell (eventually won by Brian Gay), and he also lost here in overtimei to Jason Dufner in 2016. The Swede also cracked the top 25 here in 2015 and is making his first start since his wife, Megan, gave birth to the couple's first child in December. Beware the sleep-deprived golfer.

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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.