Golf Talk Live - Gene Sarazen Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 28, 1996, 5:00 pm

PETER KESSLER

LOOKING AT YOU IN YOUR MASTERS GREEN JACKET WITH ENVY IT MAKES ME THINK OF THE LITHOGRAPH THAT YOU HAVE JUST PARTICIPATED IN, THAT YOU AND THE ARTIST HAVE SIGNED AND IF PEOPLE WANT TO PURCHASE THIS AUTOGRAPHED LITHOGRAPH THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE GENE AND MARY SARAZEN FOUNDATION, DON'T THEY?

GENE SARAZEN

THEY SURE DO. LINDA HARTOLD (???) DID THAT?

PETER KESSLER

LINDA HARTOLD, AND SHE SIGNS IT ALSO.

GENE SARAZEN

I HAD TO SIGN SOMETHING LIKE 250 AND UH JUST AS I GOT THROUGH SIGNING, BUT I DON'T LIKE SIGNING WITH A PENCIL. I LIKE A PEN.

PETER KESSLER

I DON'T BLAME YOU.

GENE SARAZEN

AND THIS PENCIL HAD SQUARE, WAS A SQUARE ONE AND IT KEPT HURTING MY FINGER AND I NEVER WENT THROUGH AN AUTOGRAPH LENGTH LIKE THAT ONE. I WOULD NEVER DO IT AGAIN WITH A PENCIL.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S WHY IT'S GOING TO BE SUCH A COLLECTOR'S ITEM, BECAUSE YOU ONLY SIGNED THE 250 AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYMORE.

GENE SARAZEN

NO NO.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'LL BE WORTH ZILLIONS ONE DAY BECAUSE OF THAT GENE.

GENE SARAZEN

NO MORE.

PETER KESSLER

NOW LISTEN I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO GO HOME IN A MOMENT AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE GREATEST FEAT THAT YOU'VE ENGINEERED RECENTLY IS IN RENEWING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE AT AGE 94. THEY GAVE YOU A 6 YEAR LEASE ON THIS THING SO IT DOESN'T EXPIRE UNTIL YOU'RE 100. CAN YOU GIVE ME A LIFT?

GENE SARAZEN

NO

PETER KESSLER

WELL WHAT NO?

GENE SARAZEN

I DON'T USE THAT, THAT DRIVER'S LICENSE MUCH. MY GRAND SON DRIVES ME AROUND.

PETER KESSLER

YEAH WELL WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE LICENSE?

GENE SARAZEN

IT'S A SOUVENIR.

PETER KESSLER

A SOUVENIR! I WANT A LIFT HOME. HOW, HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO GET BACK TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA FROM BRASELTON, GEORGIA?

GENE SARAZEN

FLY BACK WITH MR. PANOS.

PETER KESSLER

GOOD IDEA. WHAT'S GIVING YOU RIGHT NOW THE GREATEST JOY IN YOUR LIFE, GENE?

GENE SARAZEN

I WOULD SAY HOSTING THIS WORLD OPEN BECAUSE, JUST THINK OF IT, AT 94 I'M HOSTING A , A GREAT TOURNAMENT THAT SOME DAY IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR.

PETER KESSLER

AND WHAT AN INCREDIBLE THING TO INVITE ALL THE OPEN CHAMPIONS FROM THE FIRST GREAT PLAYER BORN IN THIS CENTURY AND THE YOUNGEST MAN, SECOND YOUNGEST MAN TO WIN A U.S. OPEN EVER STILL.

GENE SARAZEN

YEAH.

PETER KESSLER

GREAT PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU TONIGHT.

GENE SARAZEN

PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER

THANK YOU. BEST OF LUCK THIS WEEK WITH EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE DOING.

GENE SARAZEN

WELL I DON'T HAVE TO PLAY THANK GOD.

PETER KESSLER

I UNDERSTAND, NO I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE FIRST ALTERNATE AND THEY MAY NEED YOU, SO WE'RE GOING TO HIT A COUPLE OF SHOTS

GENE SARAZEN

NO I'LL LET MR. PANOS DRIVE FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER

AND BEFORE, BEFORE GENE DRIVES ME HOME, WE'RE GOING TO GO WORK ON HIS GAME A LITTLE BIT. I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT, WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT MONDAY ON GOLF TALK LIVE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.

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Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


FALLING

Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.