Golf Talk Live - Dottie Pepper Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2000, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
AND HERE'S THE QUESTION THAT WAS POSTED TO OUR WEB SITE FOR YOU TONIGHT, DOTTIE. AND IT IS: 'ARE YOU HAPPY IN YOUR NEW MARRIAGE TO RALPH AND HOW HAS IT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?' DEBRA WANTS TO KNOW.

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH WELL, CERTAINLY YES TO THE FIRST QUESTION. AND TO PART B, OH GOSH UM ...

IT'S JUST ... IT'S MADE LIFE FUN. I'VE ... YOU KNOW, I'M MARRIED TO MY BEST FRIEND.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S A LOT.

DOTTIE PEPPER
AND WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON AND ENJOY, YOU KNOW, JUST ... JUST BEING HOME AND BEING QUOTE-UNQUOTE NORMAL, IF THERE'S A DEFINITION FOR THAT. YOU KNOW, BEING ABLE TO TAKE A NORMAL LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH 2 ANIMALS THAT WE'RE EXTREMELY ATTACHED TO ...

AND ... YOU KNOW, JUST - JUST TAKE A NORMAL LIFE ON THE ROAD HAS MADE ... MADE TRAVELING, WHICH IS THE HARDEST PART OF THIS JOB WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND, UM, IT'S JUST MADE IT A LOT MORE FUN.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE HERE, WE FIGURED IT WAS AT LEAST 3 YEARS AGO AND MAY BE 4, FUN WAS NOT A WORD THAT YOU WOULD HAVE GIVEN ME IN YOUR ANSWER AT THAT TIME. YOU WERE ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
PROBABLY NOT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU WERE STILL LOOKING FOR HOW TO HAVE FUN WITH THE BEST FRIEND.

DOTTIE PEPPER
RIGHT, ABSOLUTELY. AND UM ... YOU KNOW, I'VE ... I'VE BEEN VERY BLESSED. IT'S ... IT'S GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A QUESTION FROM MARY ELLEN WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU, I THINK, A TERRIFIC ONE. GO AHEAD, MARY.

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
HI DOTTIE. HOW ARE YOU?

DOTTIE PEPPER
GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
GOOD. HEY, I THINK IT'S KIND OF IRONIC THEY SHOWED THAT UH LAST PUTT AT THE OLDS CLASSIC CAUSE MY HUSBAND'S STILL, YOU KNOW, RECOVERING FROM THAT BRUISE I GAVE HIM WHEN I HIT HIM CAUSE I COULDN'T COME AND SEE YOU.

(PETER AND DOTTIE LAUGH)

DOTTIE PEPPER
HE'S PROBABLY NOT THE ONLY ONE.

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
(LAUGH) WELL, I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU UH, THANK YOU FOR UH SENDING THE MESSAGE BACK AFTER I SENT YOU THE NOTE. SO ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH WELL, MY PLEASURE. I ... I ENJOY DOING THE FAN MAIL THING. BUT I'VE ALSO DEVELOPED A LOT OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS OUT OF THAT. AND UM, IT'S BEEN - IT'S BEEN THAT QUOTE OF - THAT WORD AGAIN, FUN FOR ME, BECAUSE I ...

I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF UM ... A LOT OF GOOD FEEDBACK FROM STUFF LIKE THAT.

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
YEAH, WELL UH, MY WHOLE FAMILY'S ROOTING FOR YOU. YOU'RE - YOU'RE PLEASANTLY KNOWN AS 'DOTTIE PEPPERONI' IN MY HOUSE SO ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, THANK YOU.

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
MY 3 YEAR OLD, THAT'S WHAT HE CALLS YOU, 'DOTTIE PEPPERONI'.

DOTTIE PEPPER
BEING MARRIED TO AN ITALIAN, I'M SURE RALPH CAN APPRECIATE THAT TOO. (LAUGH)

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
ANYWAY UM, WHEN YOU DO COME BACK TO DEFEND AT OLDS, WHICH YOU ARE, RIGHT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
ABSOLUTELY.

MARY ELLEN, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (FEMALE):
OKAY. ARE YOU GONNA BRING YOUR DAD IN TO COME AND TAKE PART (???)?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I'D LIKE TO. UM, YOU KNOW, I'M ... I THINK I'M ONE OF THE FEW TOUR PLAYERS - AND I WOULDN'T SAY FEW, BUT PLAYERS OF MY GENERATION THAT STILL HAS THEIR DAD WORKING. SO I GUESS HE'LL HAVE TO ASK FOR A HALL PASS, BUT WE'LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SPENT TIME WITH JACK NICKLAUS YEARS AGO,

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
JUST THE TWO OF YOU PLAYING A ROUND OF GOLF, AND HE SAID TO YOU ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING: 'JUST KEEP IT STRAIGHT LINES. KEEP IT SIMPLE.' WHAT'D YOU THINK HE MEANT BY THAT AND DID YOU ACT ON THE ADVICE?

DOTTIE PEPPER
UM, I DID. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS I SPECIFICALLY TOOK FROM MY TIME WITH HIM THAT UM HAVE HELPED ME A LOT. I CONSIDER MYSELF A PRETTY GOOD FAIRWAY BUNKER PLAYER, WHICH I CONSIDER NICKLAUS THE BEST.

AND I PICKED HIS BRAIN ABOUT THAT. AND THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS ABOUT PICKING LINES. AND THIS LINE HAPPENED TO BE A LITTLE OPEN TO BECOME ... I THINK WOULD'VE ...

I MEAN, I THINK I'M PRETTY ADEQUATE FROM THERE. AND LIKE I SAID, I THINK HE'S THE BEST SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE KEY THINGS I ALSO - I PICKED UP.

SECONDLY WAS HE AND HIS FAMILY HAD JUST COME BACK FROM A TRIP TO THE BAHAMAS. AND THEY BROUGHT BACK A BUNCH OF SUSHI ... OH MY GOSH, GOT HOOKED. (LAUGH)

SO THAT WAS SECOND. BUT YOU KNOW, BEING DOWN IN JUPITER UM, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AROUND JACK AND GARY AND ... AND THE FAMILY AND ...

IT'S ... IT'S BEEN A GREAT MOVE FOR US, BEING IN THAT AREA. AND WE STILL LOVE OUR SUMMERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, BUT FLORIDA HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD MOVE FOR US BECAUSE IT ENABLES ME TO BE IN A REALLY COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 12 MONTHS A YEAR AND SOME PLACE WHERE I WANT TO GO PRACTICE.

PETER KESSLER
THE TEAM FOR THE SOLHEIM CUP IS TAKING SHAPE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK ON - AT HOW IT STANDS CURRENTLY.

DOTTIE PEPPER
IT IS.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN, TITLE BLOCKED BY TIME CODE:
?? SOLHEIM CUP
?? STANDINGS
POINTS
1. JULI INKSTER 362.30
2. DOTTIE PEPPER 171.52
3. MEG MALLON 151.69
4. SHERRI STEINHAUER 146.96
5. KELLY ROBBINS 134.96
6. ROSIE JONES 96.30 )

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU'RE IN REASONABLY SECURE SHAPE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR - OF THE WAY THE TEAM IS SHAPING UP IN TERMS OF THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER VICTORY?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I ... I THINK IT'S GREAT. YOU SEE EVERY PLAYER ON THERE HAS AT LEAST 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN UM ... WITH - YEAH, THAT'S CORRECT, AT LEAST 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. AND THAT'S THE KEY.

SOLHEIM CUP
STANDINGS
POINTS
7. NANCY SCRANTON 77.40
8. TINA BARRETT 74.07
9. BRANDIE BURTON 69.20
10. MICHELE REDMAN 68.96
11. BECKY IVERSON 66.50
12. KELLI KUEHNE 65.50 )

UM, THE ONE I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IS THE PLAYER AT NUMBER 9. AFTER COMING BACK WITH NO PLAY AT ALL IN 1999, SHE'S ALREADY MOVED HERSELF TO 9TH IN THE POINT STANDING. AND SHE'S ANOTHER KEY, KEY ELEMENT OF THAT TEAM.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A MIX OF PLAYERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCE AND ONES THAT ARE GONNA BE ROOKIES BECAUSE WE'VE ALWAYS HAD THAT GREAT BLEND. AND I THINK ...

I DON'T THINK - WHOEVER'S ON THAT TEAM, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO WRONG.

PETER KESSLER
AND - AND BRANDIE'S PRETTY FEISTY LIKE YOU ARE.

DOTTIE PEPPER
MY PARTNER ... (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PAT BRADLEY AS YOUR CAPTAIN AND LOCH LOMOND, WHERE YOU'RE GONNA PLAY, IN SCOTLAND?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I'VE NOT BEEN TO LOCH LOMOND, BUT PAT HAS KEPT US VERY ABREAST OF WHAT'S GOING ON AND HER IMPRESSIONS OF BEING OVER THERE TWICE NOW PLAYING THE GOLF COURSE, UM, WHAT WE CAN EXPECT WEATHER-WISE,

WHICH IS PROBABLY NOT VERY GOOD. AND SHE'S JUST EXTREMELY ORGANIZED. SHE IS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. AND I THINK HER TEAM IS TAKING SHAPE THE WAY SHE HAD REALLY ENVISIONED IT. AND I THINK IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT WEEK.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN COMFORTABLE BEING WITH YOU AND NOT NECESSARILY NEEDING LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE AROUND. THE ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR ABILITY TO ... DO YOU STILL FIND YOURSELF AS FASCINATING COMPANY AS YOU ALWAYS HAVE?

DOTTIE PEPPER
SOMETIMES I AMAZE MYSELF. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
IN WHAT WAY?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I UM ... YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD THINK THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE ROAD ALL THE TIME WOULD JUST DO THAT ALL THE TIME. THEY'D BE OUT IN PUBLIC, THAT THEY WOULD WANT TO FEED OFF THAT, THEY NEED THAT SORT OF SUPPORT OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.

I'M EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. I LIKE TO BE EXTREMELY AWAY FROM IT. UM, BOTH COMMUNITIES WE LIVE IN ARE VERY SMALL AND VERY PRIVATE. AND THAT'S WHERE I'M ... I'M AT MY MOST COMFORTABLE AND JUST PRETTY SIMPLE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN THEY CALL YOU MRS. SCARINZI WHEN YOU GO INTO THE STORE, THEN YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN GOOD SHAPE, RIGHT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
EXACTLY. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF YOUR PEERS ON TOUR WHEN WE RETURN. DON'T GO AWAY.

(DOTTIE ON THE COVER OF GOLF WORLD MAGAZINE SHOWN WITH TITLE 'HEART AND SOLHEIM')

(BREAK)

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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.