Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 1998, 5:00 pm
SCOTT VAN PELT
EVERY WEEK WE LOOK FOR SOME OF YOUR HELP VIA THE INTERNET. AND OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK THAT WE HAVE SELECTED: 'WHAT MAJOR DO YOU THINK IS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR GAME AND WHY? THAT COMES FROM STEVE BARRON, IN SAN ANTONIO, TX.

AND I ASSUME, DAVID, THEY'RE ASKING YOU BECAUSE I DON'T PLAY IN THE MAJORS. AND SO WHICH ONE --

UNK OFFSTAGE VOICE (MALE):
MAYBE YOU SHOULD.

NO, I DON'T THINK I'M GOING TO QUALIFY UNDER ANY OF THE CURRENT SITUATIONS.

WHICH COURSES? WHICH EVENTS? WHICH MAJORS?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, UH. YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO SAY AUGUSTA IS A GOOD FIT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, UM ...

I WOULD LIKE TO - IT TO BE THE US OPEN. I THINK THAT'S, UH, I MEAN, YOU CAN SIT HERE AND ARGUE AND I'M NOT GOING TO SAY WHICH IS WHICH. BUT UM, FOR ME THAT'S PROBABLY THE GRANDEST OF ALL. UM,

AND UH, SO I'D LIKE TO HOPEFULLY THINK THAT MY GAME FITS THE US OPEN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU SAID THAT YOU'RE STILL LEARNING HOW TO PLAY THAT EVENT, AREN'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
OH YEAH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
IT'S LIKE, IT'S AN INCREDIBLY GRUELING PROCESS

DAVID DUVAL
UH-HUH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO, HOW TO KEEP IT IN PLAY ON THE FAIRWAYS AND THE GREENS. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS A, IS A REAL LEARNING CURVE, ISN'T IT?

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, AND UH, YOU KNOW THIS YEAR, UH, I PLAYED VERY WELL. I THINK I BROKE PAR TWICE.

UH, I HAD TWO OTHER POOR DAYS WHERE I SHOT 75.

SCOTT VAN PELT
TWO 75'S, YUP.

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK I WAS PLAYING IN A FIELD OF ONLY MAYBE ONE OF 2 PLAYERS. BUT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE FIELD TO BREAK PAR TWICE THAT WEEK. UM,

YOU KNOW AND, AND I HAVE FIGURED OUT A FEW THINGS. AND YOU FIGURE OUT SOMETHING HERE, SOMETHING THERE. I'VE FIGURED OUT SOMETHING THAT HELPS MY DRIVING. UM, HOW TO, HOW TO AIM INTO THE FAIRWAYS. UM, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GONNA TELL YA. (LAUGH)

SCOTT VAN PELT
OKAY. THEN YOU'LL HAVE TO KILL ME, RIGHT? (LAUGH).

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, BUT UH... YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU JUST PICK LITTLE PIECES EACH YEAR AND, AND GET BETTER AND THEN TRY TO MAKE THAT FINAL PUTT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I HAVE A FEELING THAT TRUTH BE TOLD YOU'D TAKE ANY OF THE 4 AT THIS POINT.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
ALRIGHT, WE'VE GOT BRIAN FROM TORONTO. BRIAN, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
HI DAVID?

DAVID DUVAL
HEY.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON A GREAT SEASON.

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
HOPEFULLY SEE YOU IN CANADA SOON. AND IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PARNETERED WITH AND PLAY AGAINST?

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, UH, I CAN SIT HERE AND TELL YOU, UM, HONESTLY THAT I AM GLAD I DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. UM,

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN ARGUE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST SEND OUT MARK AND TIGER TOGETHER OR TIGER AND ME OR TIGER AND WHOMEVER. I MEAN, YOU KNOW AND YOU PAIR UP CERTAIN PEOPLE AND I THINK, UM,

IT'S A SITUATION WHERE YOU GOTTA BE CAREFUL TOO BECAUSE IF YOU GET, UH, THE COUPLE PLAYERS, OR TWO TEAMS THAT ARE VIEWED BY FAR AS BEST TEAMS THEY HAVE TO OFFER AND THEY GET BEAT. UH,

THAT'S VERY BIG MORAL VICTORY FOR THE OTHER TEAM. SO, IT'S CERTAINLY A -- A TOUGH SITUATION.

I - I THINK, UM, I'VE PROVEN, MARK AND I HAVE PROVEN THAT WE PAIR UP WELL TOGETHER. UM, HOWEVER, IT MIGHT BE BEST FOR MARK TO KIND OF DO FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHAT HE DID FOR ME A COUPLE YEARS AGO. UM, HELP OUT SOMEONE WHO HASN'T PLAYED ON A PRESIDENT'S CUP, WHO'S, UM, NEW TO IT, UM,

DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M NOT SAYING THAT I'M AN EXPERIENCED I INTERNATIONAL PLAYER BY ANY MEANS,

BUT I HAVE PLAYED THE PRESIDENT'S CUP.

SCOTT VAN PELT
GOT ONE UNDER YOUR BELT (LAUGH).

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, I UH, I THINK UH JIM FURYK, HE AND I LIVE IN PONTE VEDRA TOGETHER. AND UH, NOT TOGETHER BUT IN PONTE VEDRA. AND HE AND I GET ALONG, UH, FAMOUSLY, AND I THINK WE'D BE A GREAT TEAM.

BUT UM, I'D BE, I'LL BE HONORED TO PLAY WITH ANY OF THE GUYS ON THE TEAM. I MEAN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT 12 OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.

SCOTT VAN PELT
HOW MUCH DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL, I DON'T WANT TO SAY VINDICATED, BUT HOW -- HOW GOOD DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL INSIDE TO GO TO THIS PRESIDENT'S CUP UNDER MUCH DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES THAN LAST TIME.

WHERE LAST TIME, THERE WAS, YOU HAD SOME OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS, CERTAINLY THEY WERE UNDERSTANDABLE. YOU CALLED ARNOLD PALMER TO LET HIM KNOW WHERE YOUR HEAD WAS. HE CHOSE YOU. AND YOU GO OUT AND GO 4 AND 0 AS WE'VE DISCUSSED.

BUT NOW YOU GO BACK AS THE NUMBER ONE GUY. AND NOW THERE'S TALK OF YOUR BEING THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. THERE'S A VERY DIFFERENT FEELING NOW THAN IT WAS 1996.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, IT'S A BIT. YES, CERTAINLY, A LOT BIT BUT UM,

YOU KNOW, I JUST, UH, I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AS A, AS A TEAM MEMBER TO, UH, BE PREPARED TO PLAY WHEN I GET THERE FOR CAPTAIN NICKLAUS AND, AND MY TEAMMATES. SO I'M GOING TO DO THE BEST I CAN TO DO THAT. UM,

THE SITUATION IS CERTAINLY DIFFERENT. I WASN'T SELECTED THIS YEAR AND I -- I NEVER UNDERSTOOD. I MEAN, I CAN APPRECIATE WHERE ALL THE HOOPLA IS COMING FROM, BUT I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY I WAS, I WAS DRILLED ON IT.

I MEAN, I DIDN'T CHOOSE ME. YOU KNOW, AND I GOT CHOSEN AND I WENT THERE AND -- AND WAS READY TO PLAY AND DID MY BEST. UM,

YOU KNOW, BUT THIS TIME AROUND, YEAH, AS YOU SAID, I FINISHED FIRST IN THE STANDINGS. UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MAKES ME THOUGHT OF THE BEST PLAYER OR WHAT IT MAY BE, BUT UM,

I CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAY WELL AND, AND DO THE BEST I CAN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU PLAYED FOR PALMER, NOW YOU GET A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR NICKLAUS, AND I KNOW, I GOTTA BELIEVE ANYWAY, THAT YOU'D VERY MUCH LIKE, UH, AND LOOK FORWARD TO, PLAYING FOR CAPTAIN CRENSHAW IN A VERY DIFFERENT EVENT COMING NEXT YEAR.

DAVID DUVAL
I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CHANCE. UM, I HAVE TO PLAY WELL IN 1999 TO EARN A SPOT ON THAT TEAM. UH, STILL, BUT, I CERTAINLY HAVE A GOOD HEAD START ON IT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YES YOU DO. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. BUT AS WE DO, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT A YET ANOTHER PIECE OF HARDWARE THAT IS PROBABLY ON DISPLAY SOMEWHERE IN THE HOUSEHOLD UP AT PONTE VEDRA.

NICE JACKET AS WELL. DAVID DUVAL, WON THE WORLD SERIES. HE'S WON A LOT LATELY. STICK AROUND. GOLF TALK LIVE'S COMING BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x