Golf Talk Live - Jack Nicklaus Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 5, 1999, 4:00 pm

PETER KESSLER
OKAY, AFTER THE '86 MASTERS AND THEY HAD WRITTEN THAT NASTY ARTICLE THAT WAS ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR, THAT YOU HAD BEEN DONE. AND, OF COURSE, YOU WEREN'T DONE AND YOU WON.

YOU SAID, 'MY CLUBS AREN'T RUSTY AND I'M NOT DONE.' HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY ABOUT THAT? ARE YOUR CLUBS NOT RUSTY?

JACK NICKLAUS
OH, YOU MEAN 1999?

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT NOW, TODAY.

JACK NICKLAUS
MY CLUBS ARE REAL RUSTY RIGHT NOW. (LAUGH)

LAST 4 DAYS THEY GOT POLISHED OFF A LITTLE BIT. I HAD TO RUB THE RUST OFF TO GO PLAY. BUT UH .

NO, MY GOLF GAME AND . AND CLUBS ARE RUSTY. THEY'VE GOTTEN RUSTY, UH, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. UH, I MEAN, I'VE KNOWN THAT UH . UH, THE HIP HAS CAUSED A LOT OF IT BUT ALSO A DESIRE CAUSED A LOT. OF COURSE, WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE HURTING .

YOU KNOW, YOU LOSE A LOT OF DESIRE TO DO A LOT OF THINGS. UH . THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT UH I WON'T RUB THE RUST OFF OF THEM, PETER.

I MEAN, I LOVE TO PLAY GOLF. I LOVE TO COMPETE. IF THERE'S ANYWAY THAT I CAN AND I'M CAPABLE OF DOING SO, YOU KNOW, I WILL BE THERE. IF . IF I CAN'T, THEN UH I WON'T GO OUT AND TAKE UP A SPOT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT GIVES YOU A GREATER SOURCE OF SATISFACTION, KNOWING THAT YOU BEAT THE BEST PLAYERS OF THE 50'S, 60'S, 70'S, AND 80'S, HEAD TO HEAD, OR

THE FACT THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO PLAY AT SUCH A HIGH LEVEL FOR SUCH A LONG TIME DISTINCT FROM WHO YOU WERE ABLE TO BEAT OVER THE PERIOD.

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL I NEVER REALLY WORRIED TOO MUCH ABOUT WHO I BEAT. UM, I THINK ANYBODY WHO'S GONNA PLAY A LONG PERIOD OF TIME IS GONNA HAVE TO BEAT PLAYERS OF ALL ERAS AND - OR ALL YEARS. AND,

YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS, I WELCOME THE CHALLENGE AND I ENJOY EACH ONE OF THEM. I MEAN, WHEN YOU GO DOWN THROUGH ARNOLD AND GARY AND UH TREVINO AND UH .

MILLER, WEISKOPF, AND .UM .

KEEP RIGHT ON GOING AND WATSON UH . YOU'VE GOT ALL THOSE FELLOWS WHO ARE ALL GREAT PLAYERS. THEY'RE ALL WONDERFUL PLAYERS.

AND THEY ALL UH . THEY ALL COMPETED HARD. THEY ALL UH WOULD HAVE THEIR DAY AND THEY WOULD WIN. SO, YOU KNOW,

EACH ONE OF THEM CAME ALONG AND I WANTED TO ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, AND . AND I WAS JUST DELIGHTED THAT THAT CONFRONTATION OR THAT RIVALRY INCLUDED JACK NICKLAUS .

`CAUSE, YOU KNOW, I COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN OUT THERE AND THEY COULD'VE BEEN PLAYING AGAINST SOMEBODY ELSE. SO I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE IN THAT RIVALRY OR IN THAT COMPETITION. AND UH .

THAT WAS FUN. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT KEPT ME GOING. THAT'S WHAT . DO IT, IS TO SAY, 'OH HEY, I GOT SOMEBODY NEW THAT WANTS TO COME ALONG AND KNOCK, KNOCK, YOU KNOW, THE . UH, KING OFF THE HILL' OR SOMETHING, YOU MIGHT SAY. AND,

SO UH, THAT SPURRED ME, MADE ME WORK HARDER. AND UH . UH, BUT I WAS PROUD THAT I WAS ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, TO DO IT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU CAN PREPARE AS YOU WISH TO, WHERE WILL WE SEE YOU NEXT PLAYING GOLF ON TELEVISION?

JACK NICKLAUS
UM . PETER, I HOPE THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AND THAT'S PRETTY SOON AFTER SURGERY. BUT UH, DON'T COUNT ME OUT.

PETER KESSLER
NEVER DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL SEE YOU VERY SOON ON GOLF TALK LIVE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.

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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.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.