Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 6
ALRIGHT, HERE'S THE QUESTION POSTED TO OUR WEB SITE THAT WE PICKED FOR JOHN TONIGHT:
WHAT THOUGHTS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT A CAREER AFTER YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER? WILL IT BE GOLF RELATED OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY SOMETHING IN ANOTHER AREA? DAVID BORROWS SENT THAT IN.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
UH .THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS I'D LIKE TO DO. UM, YOU KNOW, I'D LOVE TO MAYBE TRAVEL A LITTLE BIT MORE TO OTHER PLACES WHERE IT'S NOT GOLF.
UM, I'D LIKE TO GET INTO SOME - MAYBE SOME . MY OWN KIND OF LIKE RESTAURANTS AND SPORTS SORT OF PUB THINGS. I'D LOVE TO DO THAT. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I JUST STARTED THIS NEW COMPANY WITH UM .
A LOT OF PEOPLE, WHEN I WAS YOUNG, THEY CALLED ME A LOT OF THINGS, BUT THE LION HAS BEEN THE ONE THAT HAS STUCK OUT THE MOST. AND UH, TALKING TO CHI-CHI ABOUT, I'D SAY 5 OR 6, 7 MONTHS AGO,
HE JUST BROUGHT IT UP. HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE THE LION. AND I'VE NEVER TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THAT BEFORE. HE JUST BROUGHT IT UP. HE SAID 'THE GOLD HAIR, THE BLUE EYES .
YOU NEED TO BE THE LION PUNISHING(???)' THAT'S WHAT HE SAID. AND SO I GOT TO THINKING ABOUT IT. AND THEN UM, RONNY MCCAHAN AND MARK CAME TO ME AT THE JC PENNY. AND YOU KNOW, WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT THIS AND - AND .
I SAID, 'YEAH, THE LION, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO BE.' AND RONNY BROUGHT IT BACK UP TO ORLANDO AND GOT A GRAPHIC GUY HERE IN TOWN AND DREW IT UP, FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.
AND UM, IT'S JUST . WE'RE JUST SORT OF PROMOTING IT TODAY RIGHT HERE ON THE SHOW TONIGHT.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THIS THING? WHAT IS THIS NEW ENTERPRISE GOING TO DO? WHAT ARE ITS GOALS?
WELL, WE - WE WANT TO . WE WANTED TO MAKE IT FUN. UM, IT'S NOT GONNA BE SOMETHING WHERE YOU GOT TO SPEND A TON OF MONEY TO GET A DECENT QUALITY ITEM, WHETHER IT'S A HAT - WE'RE GONNA HAVE HATS, TEE SHIRTS, GOLF SHIRTS .
UM, BELTS . JUST A LOT OF FUN STUFF THAT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAN . I WANTED PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT. AND IT'S GONNA BE GOOD QUALITY. UM, CROSS CREEK HAS DONE A TON OF SHIRTS FOR US.
THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL TO DEAL WITH AND I'VE BEEN WEARING THEM A LOT. AND UH, YOU KNOW, THE HATS ARE REALLY . ARE REALLY COOL WITH THE LION ON IT AND THE SIGNATURE AND - AND THE SWING.
AND UM, BUT WE'VE BEEN KIND OF AROUND ALL DAY TODAY TALKING TO PEOPLE UM . UH, TALKED TO EDWIN WATTS TODAY AND - AND THEY'RE INTERESTED AND - AND UM, LIQUID UH GOLF DOT COM, WHO'S REALLY HUGE.
UM, WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF HOPEFULLY DOING SOMETHING WITH THEM TO SELL THE MERCHANDISE. AND UM, IT'S GONNA BE MORE - MOSTLY JUST A LOT OF FUN, A LOT OF STUFF THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE FUN WITH IT.
UM, THE FIRST SET OF TEE SHIRTS ARE 'GRIP IT AND RIP IT.' THE SECOND ONES ARE GONNA BE 'HIT IT HARD.' WE'RE GONNA COME UP WITH A - JUST A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT FUN SAYINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN IDENTIFY. AND .
THE LION WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE BACK OF THE TEE SHIRT. AND UH, IT'S JUST GONNA BE A LOT OF FUN.
DO YOU LIKE YOURSELF MORE THAN YOU USED TO, DO YOU THINK? ARE YOU BEING BETTER TO YOU?
YEAH, I AM. UM, YOU KNOW, I . I STILL GET PRETTY DOWN WHEN I DON'T PLAY GOOD, BUT I DON'T TAKE IT OUT LIKE I USED TO. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'M - I'M EAGER TO GET TO THE NEXT DAY IF THINGS AREN'T GOING GOOD
AND UM, TO WORK ON MY GAME AND FIND OUT, 'ALRIGHT, WHAT'S GOING ON? LET'S GET THIS SOLVED.' AND THAT'S KIND OF THE WAY I'VE APPROACHED LIFE. UH .
UH, JUST IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GOOD DAY, THEN HEY, LET'S . LET'S JUST GET THROUGH THIS DAY AND - AND WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, YOU KNOW. AND UH, NOT EVERY DAY IS GONNA BE A GOOD DAY.
BUT UH, I'M ACTUALLY HAVING FUN. AND - AND FUN IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY OFF THE GOLF COURSE, YOU KNOW. PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE AROUND ME WERE SCARED TO BE AROUND ME WHEN THOSE FUN NIGHTS TURNED INTO SOME DISASTERS BECAUSE .
SURE OVERDRINKING AND JUST DOING STUPID THINGS. AND I JUST DON'T SEE MYSELF DOING THAT ANYMORE. IT'S - FOR ONE, IT'S NOT WORTH IT. UH, FOR TWO, I REMEMBER HOW HANGOVERS USED TO FEEL. I DON'T LIKE THEM, DON'T WANT THEM.
UM, SO THAT PART OF IT IS JUST . GO OUT IF I WANT TO GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN. AND UM, I'M GONNA DO A LOT OF PROMOTION DAYS. UH, WE'VE - WE'VE HAD SOME GOOD TALKS WITH THE - THE ALE HOUSE HERE IN TOWN.
WE DID A PROMOTION LAST WEEK, JUST SIGNED SOME TEE SHIRTS AND SOME HATS AND - AND WE JUST HAD A GREAT TIME WITH IT. AND TO ME, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO. UM,
THIS IS SORT OF A DREAM TO BE IDENTIFIED WITH SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE . LIKE I'M SURE GREG NORMAN FEELS THE SAME WAY ABOUT THE SHARK AND NICKLAUS ABOUT THE BEAR AND TIGER AND THE WALRUS AND ALL THAT.
AND PEOPLE SAID IT'S A GOOD IDENTITY FOR ME. UM, YOU KNOW, THE LION IS - IS . IS JUST . IS . I THINK KIND OF FITS ME. I MAY - MAYBE NOT BE IN AS GOOD A SHAPE AS A LION IS. BUT UH,
TO - TO HIT THE BALL AS HARD AS I DO AND . AND EVERY NOW AND THEN, I MIGHT PLAY WELL. (CHUCKLE) SO .
YOU HAVE THE HEART LIKE THE LION.
GOT THE LION HEART, YEAH, YEAH .
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
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.