Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 3
LET'S CHECK IN WITH A FEW OF YOUR FANS. JOHN IN VIRGINIA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?
JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GOOD, HOW ARE YOU?
JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GREAT. UH, JOHN, WE JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW RIGHT OFF THE BAT, WE'RE REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF YOU. AND UH, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THE WORLD OF YOU.
I GOT ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. DO YOU - DO YOU FEEL LIKE UH, THE OTHER PGA TOURING PROS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU?
UM, WELL, I THANK - THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM ARE. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM MIGHT RELATE TO SOME OF THE THINGS I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT UH,
THE PROS HAVE BEEN GREAT WITH ME. UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE MADE SOME OF THEM MAD AND WE'VE - WE'VE KIND OF ALL WORKED THAT OUT A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW. BUT UH . UH, THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY GOOD.
WHAT DO YOU WANT KIDS TO THINK? AS YOU TRY TO SORT OUT YOUR OWN LIFE AND FIGURE OUT WHO YOU'RE GOING TO BE AND THE WAY YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE, WHAT DO WANT OTHER YOUNG, YOUNG PEOPLE TO THINK,
KIDS WHO ARE 10 TO 15 YEARS OLD WHO ARE IMPRESSIONABLE, WANT TO HIT IT LIKE YOU BUT ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE MESSAGE OF YOUR LIFE OFF THE GOLF COURSE?
I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. UM, YOU KNOW, I - I STILL SMOKE A LOT OF CIGARETTES (CHUCKLE). AND UH, I DON'T KNOW. UM, THAT .
YOU KNOW, I LOVE KIDS TO DEATH AND - AND I WOULDN'T . I WOULDN'T SAY I'M THE BEST ROLE MODEL IN THAT ASPECT OF SMOKING CIGARETTES ON THE GOLF COURSE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
BUT YOU KNOW, UH . I'M NOT READY TO QUIT SMOKING. UM, I - I JUST . YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T KNOW - I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, PETER. I DON'T THINK IT'S .
I DON'T THINK I'M A GREAT ROLE MODEL AS - WHEN IT COMES TO THE - MY PAST AND - AND WHAT I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
AND UM, I DO, I CHERISH KIDS AND I LOVE THEM. AND UM, I WANT THEM TO WATCH ME PLAY. UM, AND I WANT THEM TO BUY A TON OF THESE LION T-SHIRTS AND STUFF AND WEAR THEM EVERYWHERE. BUT .
UM, PEOPLE GROW UP DIFFERENTLY IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND WHERE I GREW UP, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE DRINKING AT, YOU KNOW, 10 TO 12, 13 YEARS OLD. YOU'RE HUNTING. YOU'RE FISHING.
I NEVER DID ANY OF THAT. I JUST PLAYED GOLF. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S KIND OF THE WAY WE'RE . NOW I WOULDN'T SAY BROUGHT UP 'CAUSE I WAS BROUGHT UP VERY GOOD.
MY PARENTS WERE . I LOVE THEM TO DEATH. THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH ME. I JUST DIDN'T LISTEN TO THEM HALF THE TIME, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T. BUT UH,
I THINK A LOT OF IT'S WHERE YOU GROW UP. AND UM, THINGS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT UM, AS YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD OR IN DIFFERENT STATES, HOW THINGS ARE PERCEIVED AND . AND DEALT WITH. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'M .
I'M NOT GONNA SAY I'M A GOOD ROLE MODEL. BUT I DO HAVE A GAME THAT I WOULD LOVE FOR KIDS TO COPY SOME DAY, OR TRY AND TAKE IT BACK AS FAR AS THEY CAN, AND TRY AND HIT IT AS HARD AS THEY CAN.
SO BASICALLY MY . MY ANSWER WOULD BE GOLF. THAT WOULD MY - MY TYPE OF ROLE MODEL FOR THEM . UM, WHEN I'M PLAYING GOOD. JUST WHEN I'M .
AND NOT SLAPPING IT AROUND.
YEAH, WHEN I'M PLAYING BAD, JUST DON'T WATCH, (GIGGLE) JUST DON'T WATCH. (LAUGH)
GOOD ADVICE. LET'S TALK TO TOM IN CALIFORNIA. GO AHEAD, TOM.
TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
YEAH PETER, HOW YOU DOING?
TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
JOHN, I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN. I'M CALLING FROM UH CALIFORNIA. I - WHAT I HAD A QUESTION WAS . WAS WHEN YOU - WHEN YOU GET IN A MAJOR -
IF YOU GET IN A . A TOURNAMENT WHERE YOU'RE DOWN TO THE STRETCH AGAINST TIGER WOODS, DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE INTIMIDATED LIKE DAVIS LOVE WAS? AND ALSO I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I SAW YOU AT THE RENO-TAHOE OPEN.
AND JOHN WAS GREAT THROUGH THE THURSDAY ROUND. HE TOOK MY KID THROUGH THE ROPES, TIED HIS ARM AROUND HIM, SIGNED A CARD FOR HIM, AND SHOT 2-UNDER. I GOT TO FOLLOW HIM ALL DAY.
I LOVED IT. IT WAS THE BEST TIME I EVER HAD AT A GOLF TOURNAMENT 'CAUSE I GOT TO SEE THE GUY I LOVED TO WATCH, YOU KNOW, PLAY 18 HOLES UP CLOSE. AND I HAD DRAGGED MY WIFE AND MY 2 KIDS UP - UP ALL THE WAY TO RENO FROM SOUTH CITY, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO. AND .
I LOVE WATCHING JOHN. AND I WON'T WATCH A TOURNAMENT UNLESS HE'S IN IT. SO IF I CHECK THE SCORE AND HE'S NOT THERE, I'M NOT WATCHING. BUT I LOVE YOU JOHN. TAKE IT EASY AND I HOPE YOU WIN A MAJOR 'CAUSE I'M ROOTING FOR YOU. TAKE IT EASY.
THANKS, TOM, THANKS. HARD TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION UH, IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONTENTION TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,
MY ONLY CHANCE TO BEAT TIGER WOODS, I THINK, WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS. THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY CHANCE RIGHT NOW. UM .
'CAUSE TIGER IS JUST ON A ROLL THAT I DON'T THINK THERE'S NOT TOO MANY PLAYERS THAT HAVE HAD THAT ROLL. UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S AMAZING ABOUT TIGER IS - IS WHEN HE DOESN'T HIT SUCH A GREAT SHOT, HE COMES BACK AND MAKES A 10-FOOTER FOR PAR .
OR UM, HE MAKES A LONG, LONG PUTT FOR A BIRDIE OR HE - HE, YOU KNOW, HE HAD 2 EAGLES, I THINK, ON FRIDAY WHEN HE SHOT 64, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN. AND .
THAT'S THE THING THAT JUST GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE. AND HE'S NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TOUGH AND REALLY GREAT, BUT HE'S GOT SO MUCH CONFIDENCE.
IT'S LIKE THERE'S AN AURA ABOUT TIGER THAT UH, 'HEY, NOBODY'S GOING TO BEAT ME' . IN A GREAT WAY. IT'S NOT A COCKY WAY. HE'S JUST THAT GOOD. AND UM .
BUT IF THERE WAS EVER A TOURNAMENT THAT I MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT HIM RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE - WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS, THE BRITISH THIS YEAR.
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL DOESN'T SET UP AS WELL FOR YOU AS IT DOES FOR TIGER? YOU CAN BOTH HIT SHORT IRONS INTO THE PAR-5'S. YOU CAN HIT NOTHING INTO THE PAR-4'S.
YOU'RE A GREAT FAST GREENS PUTTER. ISN'T THAT A PLACE THAT YOU SHOULD PLAY MUCH BETTER GOLF THAN YOU HAVE?
UH, I WOULD THINK. I UM, HAVE NEVER FIGURED THE GREENS OUT THERE. I MEAN, IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT FIGURING THEM OUT. UH, I JUST LOOK AT AUGUSTA, I PLAYED REALLY WELL MY FIRST TIME THERE. I THINK I FINISHED 17TH OR SOMETHING IN '92.
UM, AND I - I CAN'T REMEMBER, I THINK IT WAS THE YEAR LANGER WON, AND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN '94 THAT I FINISHED 3RD.
UM, BUT I'VE ALWAYS PLAYED THE FRONT NINE GREAT AND I'VE NEVER SHOT THE 30 AND 31'S THAT A LOT OF GUYS DO ON THE BACK NINE. UM, I'VE NEVER . NEVER HAD A HOT PUTTER THERE.
AND I THINK MY . I DO LOVE FAST GREENS, BUT I GET AGGRESSIVE. I GET VERY AGGRESSIVE AND YOU CAN'T AT AUGUSTA.
SO, I MEAN, WHEN TIGER WON IN '97, UH, I DIDN'T PLAY, BUT I HEARD HE DIDN'T HAVE ONE 3-PUTT. YOU KNOW, THAT'S - THAT'S JUST PHENOMENAL. AND .
BUT IF THERE WAS A GOLF COURSE - I MEAN, I AGREE, I WOULD THINK I WOULD HAVE PLAYED BETTER THERE. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, WHO KNOWS? MAYBE THIS YEAR.
DO YOU ACTIVELY GET READY? I MEAN, NICKLAUS USED TO, FOR EXAMPLE, COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE A MAJOR, GO TO THAT SITE AND PLAY 1 BALL FOR 4 DAYS AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE WINNING SCORE WAS GONNA BE IF HE PLAYED WELL AND HE WAS USUALLY RIGHT.
WHAT KIND OF ACTIVE PLAN CAN YOU MAKE NOW, GIVEN THAT YOU'RE IN REASONABLY GOOD SHAPE BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION, TO SEE THAT YOU PLAY THE BEST GOLF OF WHICH YOU'RE CAPABLE AS OPPOSED TO 'YOU KNOW, LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES THIS WEEK'?
YEAH, I ALWAYS GET MORE FIRED UP FOR MAJORS AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE . I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT THE MAJORS. UM . I JUST . I FEEL A LITTLE MAYBE MORE NERVOUS SO I MIGHT FOCUS A LITTLE HARDER.
UM, THAT'S THE THING, KIND OF BACK TO TIGER, HE'S SO FOCUSED ON EVERY TOURNAMENT, LIKE DAVID DUVAL IS AND DAVIS LOVE AND MOST OF THE GUYS. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE MY CAREER'S BEEN .
'WELL, THIS WEEK I'M PRETTY FOCUSED, MAYBE I'LL PLAY WELL.' SOMETIMES I'M OUT THERE, I'M JUST NUMB. I JUST, LIKE YOU SAID, SOMETIMES I JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. AND UM.
IT - IT'S WEIRD. UM, WHEN I - WHEN I DON'T FEEL GOOD BEFORE I TEE OFF, I SEEM TO PLAY BETTER THAN WHEN I FEEL GREAT AND I'M HITTING THE BALL GREAT ON THE RANGE BEFORE I PLAY. I GET THE CONFIDENCE GOING. I'M GONNA PLAY GREAT TODAY.
IT'S GONNA BE A GOOD NUMBER. AND YOU KNOW, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS.
SO I - I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE THAT PART OUT. AND UM, IT'S TOUGH. IT'S VERY, VERY TOUGH.
AND I DON'T KNOW IF I GET BORED WITH THE GAME SOMETIMES OR . OR WHAT. IF I KNEW THE - YOU TELL ME THE ANSWER.
I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.
YOU GIVE ME THE ANSWER.
BUT WHAT I KNOW NOW IS WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND COME BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING. AND WE'LL SEE IF YOU'VE BEEN WORKING OUT ENOUGH TO BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MOVE THAT YOU LIKE TO.
LET'S CHECK IT OUT WITH JOHN DALY IN JUST A MOMENT.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.
Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.
"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."
Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.
"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."