Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 28, 2000, 5:00 pm
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JESPER PARNEVIK MAY NOT HAVE LEARNED MUCH ABOUT MAKING GREAT GOLF SWINGS FROM SWEDEN'S MOST CELEBRATED COMIC, WHO HAPPENS TO BE HIS FATHER, BO,

BUT HE DID ABSORB LESSONS ABOUT SHOWMANSHIP AND THEATRICS. MEET WORLD CLASS GOLFER AND WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINER, JESPER PARNEVIK, NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

(GTL MUSIC/INTRO BEGINS)

WE USED TO FIND JESPER PARNEVIK AMUSING.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
(VIDEO CLIP)
IT'S NOT THAT I AM A COMPLETE LUNATIC.

PETER KESSLER
 
NOW WE FIND HIM COMPELLING. WE USED TO APPRECIATE HIS STYLE. NOW WE APPRECIATE HIS SUBSTANCE.

WE USED TO EXPECT HIM TO BE A SUPPORTING PLAYER ON BIG OCCASIONS. NOW WE EXPECT HIM IN THE CENTER OF EVERY BIG BATTLE.

TOM WATSON DIDN'T WIN RIGHT AWAY. AND IT TOOK HOGAN ALMOST A DECADE TO NOTCH HIS FIRST TOUR VICTORY.

PARNEVIK HAD TO SLOWLY WORK HIS WAY INTO A ZONE OF COMFORT. AND HE LEARNED TO MAKE QUALITY DECISIONS UNDER PRESSURE ...

WINNING AT PHOENIX IN '98, WINNING AT GREENSBORO IN '99, WINNING THE HOPE IN 2000.

HE WAS THE PERFECT FOIL (AS IN FENCING) AND PARTNER FOR SERGIO GARCIA IN '99 RYDER CUP PLAY. AND HE DOESN'T SEEM TO GET IN HIS OWN WAY ANYMORE.

AND HE KNOWS IF YOU'RE GONNA DRESS LIKE THIS, YOU'D BETTER PLAY ...

LIKE THAT.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, JESPER PARNEVIK.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
 
GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
 
YOUR DAD'S THE MOST FAMOUS COMIC IN SWEDEN. AND IN THE 20TH CENTURY, BOB HOPE, ARGUABLY, HAS BEEN THE MOST FAMOUS AND ENDURING COMEDIAN.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT DID YOUR DAD THINK WHEN YOU WON MR. HOPE'S GOLF TOURNAMENT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, I MEAN, OF COURSE, HE WAS VERY PROUD. I MEAN UM, I REMEMBER EVER SINCE I CAME OVER HERE IN '85 TO UM, JOIN PALM BEACH UNITY COLLEGE FOR A - FOR A SEMESTER,

MOSTLY TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE BUT, OF COURSE, JUST TO PLAY GOLF, AND HE HAD ME TAPE EVERY NIGHT, YOU KNOW, ALL THE GOOD COMEDIANS FROM THE UNITED STATIONS BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE DOING OVER HERE AND SO ON.

AND HE'S ALWAYS LOVED THE OLD GUYS, YOU KNOW, LIKE ... LIKE BOB HOPE, THE SMOTHER BROTHERS WERE ANOTHER PARODY THAT HE REALLY LOVED, AND YOU KNOW, BILL COSBY, GUYS LIKE THAT, ...

THE OLD SCHOOL WHERE JOKES WERE A LITTLE BIT CLEANER, LITTLE BIT UM, LITTLE BIT MORE THOUGHT BEHIND IT. AND UM, SO THAT'S WHAT I DID ALL NIGHT, YOU KNOW, TAPED ALL THOSE TAPES.

PETER KESSLER
 
SOME DADS FIND IT HARD TO SAY, 'I'M PROUD OF YOU, SON.' IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR DAD DOESN'T HAVE TROUBLE DOING THAT WITH YOU. IS THAT TRUE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH NO, BECAUSE HE ... YOU KNOW, HE'D GROWN UP - I'D GROWN UP IN THE LIMELIGHT, AND HE'S BEEN IN LIMELIGHT THE WHOLE OF HIS LIFE. SO HE KNOWS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

AND UM, YOU KNOW, I LEARNED A LOT FROM THAT AND UH, WE HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER. I MEAN, HE'S ALWAYS TRIED ALL THESE JOKES OUT ON US, IN THE FAMILY, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE A VERY TOUGH CROWD.

BUT UH, YEAH, WE HAVE A GREAT UH RELATIONSHIP, ALL - EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY. AND HE'S PROBABLY GONNA BE OVER HERE SHORTLY, MAYBE FOR - EVEN FOR AUGUSTA.

PETER KESSLER
 
DOES HE STILL TEASE YOU THAT HE'S MORE FAMOUS IN SWEDEN THAN YOU ARE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH, I MEAN, HE STILL LOVES THAT, OF COURSE. BUT UH, I'M GETTING CLOSER. I'M GETTING CLOSER. I MEAN UH, I THINK IT WAS AFTER THE TURNBERRY BRITISH OPEN THAT HE ACTUALLY, FIRST TIME, HE SAT DOWN ON THE FLIGHT NEXT TO THIS OLD LADY.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, I JUST LOST TO UH NICK PRICE. YOU KNOW, HE BEAT ME BY ONE. AND UM, SO HE SITS DOWN AND I THINK SHE SEES HIS UH BOARDING PASS. IT SAYS 'PARNEVIK' ON IT.

AND SO SHE GOES, 'OH, DO YOU KNOW JESPER PARNEVIK?' AND HE GOES - HE WAS BAFFLED BY THAT. AND THAT - THAT'S - PRETTY MUCH FROM THAT DAY HE KNEW, 'OH MAYBE, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT TO DO SOME MORE SHOWS TO CATCH UP.'

BUT UM, I'M GETTING THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
OUR AUDIENCE MAY BE BAFFLED BY WHO YOUR DAD IS BECAUSE WE DON'T SEE HIM HERE. SO WE PUT TOGETHER A COUPLE LITTLE CLIPS THAT WE'RE GONNA SHOW

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH YEAH?

PETER KESSLER
 
EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW SO THAT YOU HAVE A SENSE OF THE KIND OF WORK THAT BO PARNEVIK DOES. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

(CLIPS BEGIN)
UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER (MALE):
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FOREIGN POLICY? UM, HAVE YOU TALKED TO MR. BRESHNEV ABOUT PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

BO PARNEVIK, JESPER'S FATHER (MALE):
YES UH, WE'VE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. UH, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT PRESIDENT BRESHNEV WANTS TOO BIG A PIECE OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

WHEN I ASKED HIM TO GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, HE SAID THAT UH, HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW UH, HOW TO GET OUT OF RUSSIA.

(NEW CLIP STARTS)
BRING ME THE HELSINKI AGREEMENT PLEASE.

AH ...

I'M SURE THEY'RE GONNA END (???). THAT PART HAS ALREADY BEEN USED.
(CLIPS END)

PETER KESSLER
 
HAVE YOU EXPLAINED TO YOUR DAD THAT, EXCEPT FOR IN SWEDEN, YOU ARE MORE FAMOUS IN EVERY OTHER COUNTRY?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, HE KNOWS THAT BY NOW, I THINK. BUT STILL IN SWEDEN I'M HAVING A TOUGH TIME BECAUSE UH, YOU KNOW, HIS AUDIENCE HAS BEEN SO BIG FOR SO LONG THAT UH, ANYONE PROBABLY FROM -

EVEN NOW THOSE THAT HAVE NEVER SERIOUSLY SEEN HIM PERFORM WHEN HE WAS AT HIS HIGHEST PEAK UH, YOU KNOW, KNOW HIM AND SO ON. AND ...

THEN YOU HAVE THE WHOLE OLDER CROWD THAT, YOU KNOW, HAVE SEEN PERFORM SINCE HE WAS, YOU KNOW, 25. BUT UH, THIS SHOW YOU SAW HERE WAS UH, I THINK, THE ONLY SHOW HE'S EVER DONE IN ENGLISH.

AND UH, IT WAS FOR THE MONTEREY FESTIVAL.

PETER KESSLER
 
SPEAKING OF PEAKS, YOU ARE PLAYING THE BEST GOLF OF YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. WHAT ARE YOU DOING BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT'S THE TOUGH THING ABOUT GOLF. YOU KNOW UH, YOU NEVER KNOW. AND YOU NEVER YOU WHEN YOU'RE GONNA RUN OUT OR WHEN YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GONNA PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF.

SO UM, WHAT I DID LAST YEAR I THINK WAS A VERY SMART MOVE, WAS THAT I TOOK THE 10 LAST WEEKS OFF OF THE YEAR TO UM, RELAX, YOU KNOW, GOT IN GOOD SHAPE, WORKED OUT A LOT WITH MY SISTER JESSICA DOWN AT UM, A CLINIC THEY HAVE IN PALM BEACH CALLED NOVA HEALTH.

AND THAT HELPED ME A LOT JUST TO FEEL STRONGER AGAIN BECAUSE IT'S ... IT'S A TOUGH TIME TRAVELING, PLAYING THE WAY WE DO. AND UH, SOMETIMES YOU'VE JUST HAD ENOUGH.

AND THAT'S WHAT I DECIDED, I - I DID LAST YEAR. AND SO WHEN I CAME OUT THIS YEAR TO HAWAII, I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

BUT I WAS KEEN TO PLAY THOUGH. I MEAN, I WAS REALLY MOTIVATED. I HAD A LOT OF FUN ON THE GOLF COURSE. SEEMS LIKE WHEN I HAVE THE MOST FUN ON THE COURSE, THAT'S WHEN I PLAY MY BEST GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
 
THERE'S A COUPLE OF STATISTICS THAT ARE RIVETING SO FAR THIS YEAR. YOU'RE NUMBER ONE STATISTICALLY ALL-AROUND. BUT YOU'RE ALSO NUMBER ONE IN BOUNCE-BACKS, MAKING A BIRDIE AFTER A BOGEY.

AND YOU'RE ALSO NUMBER ONE IN RELATION TO PAR ON PAR-3'S WHICH SUGGESTS TO ME YOU'RE HITTING YOUR IRONS REALLY CLOSE TO THE HOLE. IS THAT TRUE?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
REALLY WELL. I MEAN UH, IT WAS NOT THAT I WORKED ON MY IRONS ALL WINTER AND I KNEW WHEN I CAME TO HAWAII THIS ... THIS IS GONNA WORK. IT WAS A THING WHERE I ... I THINK IT WAS WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST TOURNAMENT,

TOURNAMENT OF THE CHAMPIONS IN MAUI, AND UH, I JUST FOUND SOMETHING ON THE RANGE BEFORE THE PRO-AM AND I STARTED JUST FLAGGING MY IRONS. AND IT JUST FELT SO GOOD AND JUST KEPT GOING.

AND UH, SO I'M PROBABLY HITTING MY IRONS THE BEST I HAVE IN MY CAREER RIGHT NOW. AND THAT LEADS TO A LOT OF SHORT BIRDIE PUTTS. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, IN ... AS YOU KNOW, IN A FEW OF THE TOURNAMENTS,

I HIT MY DRIVER A LITTLE BIT WIDE WHICH CAUSED A LOT OF DOUBLES AND TRIPLES TO HAPPEN. SO THAT'S PROBABLY WHY YOU SAY THE BOUNCE-BACKS 'CAUSE I MADE A LOT OF DOUBLE BOGEYS AS WELL.

PETER KESSLER
 
DID YOU WRITE THAT SWING THOUGHT DOWN FOR WHEN YOU FORGET IT?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
I STILL HAVE IT, YEAH. I STILL HAVE IT. BUT UH, THAT'S THE ... THIS IS PROBABLY THE LONGEST STRETCH THOUGH YOU HAVE A FEEL OR A SWING THOUGHT THAT WILL LAST. USUALLY IT'S GONE THE NEXT DAY. SO I'M VERY PLEASED IT'S STILL THERE.

PETER KESSLER
 
LAST YEAR, YOU WERE VERY NICE TO ME WHEN WE DID A SHOW THE DAY TOGETHER THE DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY. AND YOU MADE A PARTICULARLY NICE GESTURE IN MY DIRECTION.

JESPER PARNEVIK

THAT'S RIGHT, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
 
LET'S SHARE THAT WITH EVERYBODY, JUST REFRESH EVERYBODY'S MEMORY OF HOW NICE THAT WAS. LET'S SEE THAT.

(CLIP BEGINS)
JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WELL, I HEARD IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY TOMORROW. SO UM,

PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S ALSO TRUE.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
WHAT I'M GONNA DO ... I'M GONNA SING YOU A LITTLE SWEDISH BIRTHDAY SONG.

PETER KESSLER
 
I WOULD LIKE THAT.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, (SINGING IN SWEDISH - AIR AS IS)

CHEERS?

PETER KESSLER
 
CHEERS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DRINKING ...

PETER KESSLER
 
IT'S FUNNY, I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT SONG FOR A COUPLE DAYS.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
MMM.
(CLIP ENDS)

THAT OTHER TUNE (???)...

PETER KESSLER
 
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY COMING UP. YOU'RE GONNA BE 35 IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. IF YOU HADN'T SUNG LAST YEAR, I WOULDN'T THIS YEAR.

(SINGING)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JESPER. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

MAKE A WISH, BLOW OUT THE CANDLE.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS LOOKS HEALTHY.

PETER KESSLER
 
IT IS. IT DOESN'T GO WITH THE LIFIZZ ACTUALLY.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
OH, THAT'S TRUE. BUT IT GOES WITH MY PANTS THOUGH PRETTY ... YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
 
IT DOES PERFECTLY, THE CANDLE DOES.

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
 
TURNING 35 - IT'S MY PLEASURE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I REMEMBER I HAD A FRIEND WHO, WHEN HE TURNED 35, HE CRIED ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT AT HIS PARTY BECAUSE HE FIGURED IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. IT WAS A CHARMING CELEBRATION.

WHAT ARE YOUR HAPPY THOUGHTS ABOUT TURNING 35?

JESPER PARNEVIK
 
UH, ACTUALLY I DON'T THINK ABOUT AGE THAT MUCH BECAUSE UH, I'M SURPRISED EVERY YEAR ACTUALLY WHAT MY BIRTHDAY - HOW - WHAT MY - HOW OLD I AM BECAUSE UH I STILL FEEL LIKE I'M 15 OR 20.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. SO SOME YEARS AGO ACTUALLY, I STEPPED INTO THE PRESS ROOM AND SOMEBODY ASKED ME HOW OLD I AM. AND I GO, '31' AND I SERIOUSLY MEANT 31. I GO, 'NO DAMN, I'M - I'M 34'.

AND UH, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT AGE THAT MUCH 'CAUSE I FEEL STILL, LIKE I SAID, LIKE I'M 20 YEARS OLD.

PETER KESSLER
 
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. AND WE'RE GONNA BE RIGHT BACK WITH THE BIRTHDAY BOY AFTER THIS.

(BREAK)

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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.


1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.