Golf Talk Live - Jan Stephenson Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
10 YEAR OLD MARTINA, WHAT ARE DOING UP THIS LATE AND WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION FOR JAN?

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
WELL, UM . WHEN I TAKE A BIG - UH, WHEN I TAKE MY SWING, I UM, I MAKE A DIVOT AND THEN I CAN'T SWING THAT FAR. AND MY MOM'S BEEN TRYING TO HELP ME BUT I STILL CAN'T GET IT.

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S . THAT'S - THAT'S A GOOD ONE. BUT IT'S GOOD THAT YOU'RE OUT THERE WITH YOUR MOTHER. IS THIS WHEN YOU PRACTICING OR WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING?

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
UH WELL, I HAVEN'T PLAYED THAT MUCH BECAUSE WHEN I DO PLAY, I SORT OF SKIP SOME HOLES BECAUSE . AND WHEN I DO PLAY, I SORT OF MAKE LITTLE DIVOTS IN THE GROUND. AND I JUST DON'T THROW THEM THAT FAR.

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, THAT'S OKAY. YOU KNOW, IT'S OKAY TO TAKE LITTLE DIVOTS. I THINK THE - THE KEY IS WHEN YOU DO GO TO PLAY, BECAUSE IT CAN BE FUN TO PLAY GOLF, IS DON'T START FROM THE TEE.

START FROM HALFWAY IN TO THE GREEN `CAUSE THAT WAY YOU'LL LEARN TO HIT BUNKERS AND CHIPS AND PUTTS. BECAUSE SOMETIMES IF YOU GET TIRED OF HITTING FROM THE TEE AND BY THE TIME YOU GET NEAR THE GREEN,

YOU'RE TIRED AND YOU'VE WASTED TOO MUCH TIME AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE NEXT HOLE. SO THE KEY IS TO GO TO WHEREVER YOUR PARENTS HIT THEIR SHOTS AND THEN HIT IN WITH THEM.

SO THEN YOU LEARN ALL OF THE GAME. SO IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER IF YOU DON'T HIT IT VERY FAR. BUT IF YOU'RE - IF YOU ARE TAKING TOO MUCH DIVOT AND IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR BACKSWING,

MY WHOLE KEY IS, BECAUSE I'M - I WAS PRETTY SMALL WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, WAS THAT I TRY TO SET MY - GET MY SETUP AND THEN JUST TRY SWING WITH MY ARMS. DON'T TRY TO USE YOUR BODY `CAUSE THEN IT MAKES IT TOUGH TO COME BACK TO THE SAME PLACE.

JUST MAKE - MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T TAKE TOO BIG A BACKSWING.

MARTINA FROM CALIFORNIA
OKAY, THANK YOU.

JAN STEPHENSON
THANK YOU. GOOD LUCK.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO SOPHIE IN MASSACHUSETTS. HELLO SOPHIE.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
HI JAN.

JAN STEPHENSON
HI SOPHIE.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
LISTEN, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR WONDERFUL FINISH, THAT YOU - YOU'D PLAYED SO WELL THIS PAST YEAR. AND I HEARD THAT YOU WON FIRST PLACE IN THE UH, LITTLE - IN THE VISTA LEGENDS. AND CONGRATULATIONS.

JAN STEPHENSON
THANKS SOPHIE. I MEAN, IT'S THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT I - THAT REALLY SUPPORT ME. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE IT'S UM, IT'S PRETTY IMPORTANT TO ME. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE OUR SENIORS TOUR.

AND UM, I MEAN, I GOT LUCKY THAT - THAT BETH DIDN'T PLAY TOO WELL `CAUSE SHE WAS IN SECOND PLACE. BUT IT WAS REALLY NEAT TO - TO WIN SOMETHING

`CAUSE AT MY AGE YOU DON'T WIN TOO MUCH AND YOU DON'T REACH YOUR GOALS. AND IT WAS ONE OF MY GOALS SO IT WAS REALLY NEAT TO HAVE DONE THAT.

SOPHIE FROM MASSACHUSETTS
WELL, SUZANNE AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. AND WE WISH YOU THE BEST. AND I WANTED TO ASK YOU: HOW IS YOUR NEW GOLF COURSE COMING ALONG AND THE NEW DESIGN OF YOUR GOLF COURSE?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH WELL . WELL, WALKABOUT IS - IS REALLY DOING WELL. IT'S - IT'S ACTUALLY MY - MY NEW LOVE. I MEAN, I - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DOING IT. AND IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME TO BREAK THROUGH. AND . AND UM,

THE OWNERS . IT WAS PRETTY NEAT BECAUSE THEY'D NEVER BUILT A GOLF COURSE BEFORE. AND WHEN I WENT THERE TO PRESENT - TO DO A PRESENTATION TO SEE IF I COULD GET THE BID,

AND THEY SAID - I AND - WE - I ASKED THEM WHY, LATER ON, THAT THEY HIRED ME. AND THEY SAID 'BECAUSE OF YOUR ENTHUSIASM. WE DIDN'T EVEN CARE IF YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DESIGN.'

SO UM, IT'S - IT'S DOING REALLY WELL. WE'RE GONNA HAVE GOLF SCHOOLS, I'M TALKING ABOUT A 'JAN FOR JUNIORS' GOLF SCHOOL FOR KIDS. AND .

PETER KESSLER
WHERE EXACTLY IS IT?

JAN STEPHENSON
IT'S UH EAST OF ORLANDO. AND UH, IT'S IN TITUSVILLE. UM, I - AND I'M ACTUALLY . IT'S - IT'S A WHOLE AUSTRALIAN THEME, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE NAME WALKABOUT. BUT I'M EVEN USING AN AUSTRALIAN GRASS THAT HAS JUST BEEN GRANTED APPROVAL BY THE USGA.

AND SO UM, IT'S - IT'S GONNA BE A WHOLE 'AUZ' (AUSTRALIAN) EXPERIENCE. I HOPE WHEN YOU DRIVE IN, YOU'RE GONNA FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN AUSTRALIA AND THAT YOU'LL REALLY HAVE A GOOD TIME.

PETER KESSLER
PEOPLE, WHEN GIVEN THEIR OPPORTUNITY, FOLLOW THEIR DREAM AND DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. HAVE YOU DONE WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO AND DID YOU FOLLOW YOUR DREAM?

JAN STEPHENSON
ABSOLUTELY. I FOLLOWED IT ALL THE WAY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY CAREER. EVERY SINGLE DAY UH, I - I AM SO LUCKY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. AND PEOPLE ASK WHY I WORK SO HARD. BUT I REALLY TRULY ENJOY IT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SEE YOURSELF PLAYING THE TOUR 5 YEARS FROM NOW GIVEN YOUR BUILDING ENTHUSIASM AFTER THE - OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS?

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, YOU KNOW, IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY. I - I HEARD AN INTERVIEW THAT I DID WHEN I WAS 25. AND I SAID, 'OH, BY . BY THE TIME I'M 35, I'LL BE WELL AND TRULY RETIRED FROM GOLF.' (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
NICKLAUS SAID THAT TOO.

JAN STEPHENSON
SO . UH, YOU KNOW, I'M - I'M NEVER SAYING NEVER. BUT UM, I LOVE TO PLAY TOO MUCH. I JUST HOPE I CAN STAY HEALTHY BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO PLAY.

AND - AND THIS DESIGN, IT IS REALLY FUN TO CREATE BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THE WORLD'S WORST CRITIC WHEN YOU PLAY A GOLF COURSE. I MEAN, EVERY TIME I PLAY A GOLF COURSE, 'THIS IS WRONG. THIS SHOULDN'T BE IN THE WRONG PLACE AND .'

AND OUR OFFICIALS LAUGH AT ME BECAUSE I ALWAYS FILL - I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT FILLS THESE FORMS ABOUT HOW THEY DID THE COURSE WRONG, HOW THEY DID THE TEES WRONG.

EVERY SINGLE WEEK I FILL OUT THESE FORMS. AND . AND UM, SO IT - I REALLY LOVE DESIGNING.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO GET YOURSELF INTO THE KIND OF SHAPE YOU NEED TO BE IN TO PLAY COMPETITIVELY. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CASEY MARTIN SITUATION?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH, THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION. I - I FEEL THAT UM, IT'S REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT - WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH CASEY. BUT I - I CAN THINK OF THE TIMES, I MEAN, I - I'VE WATCHED BEN HOGAN BE IN A LOT OF PAIN.

I MEAN, WHEN I WAS IN FORT WORTH, I WATCHED HIM HIT BALLS EVERY DAY. AND I THINK OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM AND BILLY GLASSON. AND PEOPLE - EVEN WHEN I WAS INJURED AND MY BACK WAS BAD,

THAT IF I COULD HAVE TAKEN THE CART, I PROBABLY COULD HAVE PLAYED. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT - THAT UH WERE DISABLED. AND YET GOLF IS AN ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR. AND IT'S DEFINITELY A .

I DON'T CARE, YOU HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE TO PLAY. AND IF YOU'RE PLAYING BASKETBALL OR SOMETHING ELSE, YOU COULDN'T HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE RUN FOR YOU.

IN GOLF, WALKING IS A HUGE, HUGE PART OF IT, THE ENDURANCE. I GOT TIRED THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND ENDURANCE IS A HUGE, HUGE PART OF IT. AND I THINK HE HAS A BIG ADVANTAGE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S UH, TAKE A SHORT BREAK. AND AS WE LEAVE, I'M GONNA TELL EVERYBODY THE ADDRESS OF WALKABOUT SO THEY CAN GET IN TOUCH AND COME DOWN AND PLAY WHEN - WHEN DO YOU OFFICIALLY OPEN?

(DURING BREAK, GRAPHIC SHOWN:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
About Walkabout GC:
walkaboutgolf.com
Or jan@walkaboutgolf.com

On Jan:
jan@liquidgolf.com)

JAN STEPHENSON
NOT TILL NOVEMBER.

PETER KESSLER
NOT TILL NOVEMBER OF 2000. ABOUT WALKABOUT GOLF CLUB, WALKABOUT GOLF DOT COM (walkaboutgolf.com) OR JAN AT WALKABOUT GOLF DOT COM (jan@walkabout.com)

AND FOR JAN, JAN AT LIQUID GOLF DOT COM (jan@liquidgolf.com). WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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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

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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

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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.