Golf Talk Live - Lanny Wadkins Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 14, 2000, 5:00 pm
(TV COMMERCIAL CLIP)
TOM KITE IN COMMERCIAL:
NOW WATCH THIS. I LEARNED HOW TO DO THIS FROM MY KIDS.

GARY MCCORD IN COMMERCIAL
OH MAN, THAT'S RIGHT AT IT. YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON YOUR WEDGE GAME.

(DOOR BELL RINGS)

TOM KITE IN COMMERCIAL:
OH MAN, WHO COULD THAT BE?

GARY MCCORD IN COMMERCIAL
OH LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT! WHO IS THAT? KITE?

WOW! THESE GUYS ARE SO GULLIBLE, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

TOM KITE IN COMMERCIAL :
OH JEEZ.

LANNY WADKINS IN COMMERCIAL:
OH, I KNEW YOU'D MISS IT.

(DOOR BELL RINGS)

TOM KITE IN COMMERCIAL:
LANNY, WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE?

LANNY WADKINS IN COMMERCIAL:
YOU GOT WEIRD NEIGHBORS.

GARY MCCORD IN COMMERCIAL
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE ROOKIES?

LANNY WADKINS IN COMMERCIAL:
LOOK AT THAT.

(SIGNS SHOWN:
Welcome Tom Kite
and LANNY WADKINS

This message furnished by the PGA TOUR.

THESE GUYS ARE GOOD.


(TV COMMERCIAL END)

LANNY WADKINS
IT'S FILMED A BLOCK FROM MY HOUSE. (CHUCKLE).

PETER KESSLER
DOESN'T IT FEEL LIKE FROM 30 TO 50 (YEARS OF AGE) GOES A WHOLE LOT QUICKER THAN 20 TO 30?

LANNY WADKINS
OH YEAH, I THINK I WAS 20 FOR 40 YEARS. AND I'VE BEEN . YOU KNOW, 30 TO 50 WENT IN ABOUT 5, YEAH (CHUCKLE).

PETER KESSLER
HOW COME WE SEE YOU AND TOM KITE AND TOM WATSON AND RAY FLOYD, GUYS THAT WE'RE USED TO SEEING WIN ON THE SENIOR TOUR, BUT YET WE'RE ALSO SEEING NAMES THAT WE DON'T REALLY KNOW, LIKE

WALTER HALL, AND WE DIDN'T KNOW WHO DANA QUIGLEY WAS, FOR EXAMPLE. HOW IS IT THAT THOSE GUYS CAN COMPETE WITH YOU WHEN YOU'VE BEEN DOING THE SAME THING EVER SINCE YOU WERE A KID?

LANNY WADKINS
WELL UM, HARD TO SAY. I THINK THESE ARE GUYS, THEY HAVE SOLID GAMES THAT PROBABLY FIT THE TYPE OF COURSES THAT THEY'RE PLAYING ON THE . ON THE SENIOR TOUR.

UH, THE MAIN THING THAT I JUST FOUND OUT LAST WEEK IS YOU'VE REALLY GOT TO DRIVE IT STRAIGHT.

IF YOU DRIVE IT STRAIGHT AND PUTT WELL UM, YOU - YOU'VE GOT AN AWFULLY GOOD CHANCE OUT THERE BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF MEDIUM AND SHORT IRONS IN YOUR HANDS.

AND I THINK THAT UH, YOU KNOW, A GUY LIKE DANA QUIGLEY IS A - IS A GRINDER. HE PLAYS - I DON'T - HE TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY WE PLAYED, HE HADN'T MISSED A TOURNAMENT SINCE 1997. I CAN'T FATHOM THAT. BUT UH .

I MEAN, AND DANA DRIVES IT DOWN THE - DOWN THE MIDDLE. HE HITS GOOD, SOLID IRONS AND UH, HAS A - A GOOD, SOLID ALL-AROUND GAME,

UM, NOT SPECTACULAR BUT - BUT ALWAYS IN PLAY. AND I THINK WALTER HALL DOES THE SAME THING. I THINK PEOPLE THAT HAVE GAMES THAT DON'T .

THAT DON'T GET THEM IN TROUBLE THAT - YOU KNOW, THEY - THEY MANAGE THEIR GAMES VERY WELL, AND THEY GET A PUTTER GOING ONCE IN A WHILE AND MAKE A LOT OF PUTTS, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE RIGHT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
IF AFTER YOU'D WON THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TO GO ALONG WITH YOUR OTHER MAJOR, THE U.S. AMATEUR, SOMEBODY SAID TO YOU, 'THAT'S GONNA BE THE LAST ONE YOU'RE GONNA WIN',

WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN SHOCKED TO HEAR THAT YOU'RE NOT GONNA ADD TO THAT STOCK PILE?

LANNY WADKINS
YEAH, VERY MUCH SO. UH, AND I HAD MY CHANCES. I MEAN, I HAD A RUN IN THE EARLY `80'S WHERE I WAS TOP-6 IN THE U.S. OPEN PROBABLY 5 OR 6 STRAIGHT YEARS. UH, AND I'VE GOT 3 RUNNER-UPS IN THE PGA,

UH, FINISHED THIRD IN THE MASTERS 3 OUT OF 4 YEARS. UH, I MEAN, I HAD MY CHANCES. UH, I PROBABLY DIDN'T MAKE THE PUTTS I NEEDED TO MAKE TO WIN THOSE TOURNAMENTS.

AND UH, WHEN I LOOK BACK ON MY CAREER, IF THERE'S ANYTHING I'M DISAPPOINTED IN, IT'S THAT I HAVEN'T WON MORE MAJORS. UM,

THE FUNNY THING IS WHEN YOU HAVE A YEAR WHEN YOU COME CLOSE ON A MAJOR OR A COUPLE OF THEM, WHICH I DID SEVERAL TIMES,

AND YOU'RE IN YOUR EARLY 30'S OR LATE 20'S, YOU ALWAYS THINK THERE'S NEXT YEAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN, ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP AND YOU'RE 45 AND THOSE YEARS ARE GONE.

YOU GO 'OOPS, I'M NOT IN THE MASTERS ANYMORE. I'M NOT, YOU KNOW, A FACTOR IN THESE TOURNAMENTS.' AND YOU KNOW, MAYBE IF YOU'D REALIZED THAT WHEN YOU WERE AT THAT AGE,

YOU MIGHT HAVE WORKED A LITTLE HARDER ON YOUR PUTTING OR DONE SOME OTHER THINGS. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, HIND SIGHT'S ALWAYS BEEN 20-20, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU A BETTER PUTTER NOW THAN YOU WERE 15 YEARS AGO?

LANNY WADKINS
HMM, I DON'T KNOW. I BECAME A BETTER PUTTER FROM ABOUT '82 ON THAN I WAS EARLIER. UM .

I STILL NEED TO WORK AT IT MORE. I - I GET .. YOU KNOW, PRACTICING PUTTING UM, IS NOT THE MOST FUN THING IN THE WORLD. SO I GET . TEND TO LOSE CONCENTRATION PRACTICING PUTTING. BUT UM,

I WORKED WITH PHIL RODGERS BACK IN 1981 ON THE MECHANICS OF MY PUTTING, CHANGED MY MECHANICS COMPLETELY IN THE WAY I - I SET UP TO PUTT AND IN MY STROKE .

AND UH, WENT OUT AND WON 3 TIMES IN 1982. SO IT WAS A . MY PUTTING IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY. I ACTUALLY WAS RANKED IN THE TOP-10 IN PUTTING SEVERAL TIMES UH IN THE `80'S AND,

I THINK, TO THIS DAY PUTT PRETTY CONSISTENT BECAUSE OF UH MY MECHANICS CHANGE. I - I WAS ALWAYS A GOOD SPEED PUTTER. I READ GREENS GOOD.

UH, I THINK THAT BECAUSE MY SPEED IS SO GOOD I DON'T 3-PUTT MUCH. UM, AND WHEN I GET TO MAKING PUTTS LIKE I DID YESTERDAY, THEY KIND OF GO IN IN BUNCHES.

AND THAT'S USUALLY THE WAY I'VE BEEN. WHEN MY PUTTS GO IN, THEY GO IN IN BUNCHES. SO .

PETER KESSLER
LET'S SEE WHAT NORMAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA WANTS TO ASK YOU. HOW ARE YOU, NORMAN?

NORMAN FROM S. CAROLINA
ONLY GREAT. UH LANNY, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN. AND UH, I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR BROTHER, BOBBY, HOW HE'S DOING AND IF HE'S GONNA PLAY THE SENIOR TOUR?

LANNY WADKINS
UH, I'M SURE HE'D LIKE TO PLAY IT WHEN HE GETS THERE. HE'S 48 AND UH, WILL BE 50 JULY OF 2001. HE'S PLAYING THE BUY-DOT-COM (BUY.COM) TOUR RIGHT - THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.

UH, I THINK HE'S GOT STATUS OUT THERE THIS YEAR AND WILL BE PLAYING OUT THERE AS MUCH AS I KNOW - UH, RIGHT NOW, HE'S ACTUALLY UH, I THINK, GOT ENOUGH MONEY TO BE EXEMPT ON THE SENIOR TOUR.

BUT HE'S GOT TO MAINTAIN THAT, YOU KNOW, FROM HERE, YOU KNOW, THROUGH UH, YOU KNOW, '01.

PETER KESSLER
HOW TOUGH HAS IT BEEN FOR HIM TO HEAR THE COMPARISONS ABOUT YOUR PGA TOUR RECORD VERSUS HIS RECORD EVEN THOUGH HE'S WON PROFESSIONAL TOURNAMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE PGA TOUR?

LANNY WADKINS
YEAH, HE'S PLAYED VERY WELL. UM, BOBBY'S GOT A LOT OF TALENT. UH, HE'S VERY HARDHEADED WHEN IT COMES TO SWING CHANGES AND - AND IDEAS.

BUT UH, MOST BROTHERS WOULD SAY THAT ABOUT EACH OTHER. BUT WE'VE HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. I'VE ALWAYS PULLED HARD FOR HIM. UH, WE'VE PLAYED TOGETHER IN SOME TEAM EVENTS. AND UH,

WE'RE VERY CLOSE. AND - AND I WISH, YOU KNOW, MORE THAN ANYTHING, HE COULD HAVE WON A COUPLE SOME WHERE ALONG THE LINE. BUT UH, HE HAD SOME CHANCES. AND HE LOST A COUPLE IN PLAYOFFS AND UH,

LOST PHILADELPHIA ONE YEAR IN A PLAYOFF TO LOU GRAHAM, LOST UH THE HERITAGE ONE YEAR TO BERNHARD LANGER IN A PLAYOFF. AND .

BUT HE'S WON SOME BIG ONES. HE'S WON THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT IN JAPAN TWICE, HAVE, YOU KNOW AND. UH, AND WON THE EUROPEAN OPEN ONCE. SO HE'S A .

HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER. AND UM .I - I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF HE DOESN'T COME OUT AND HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL SENIOR CAREER BECAUSE HE'S A STRAIGHT DRIVER OF THE BALL, ALWAYS HAS BEEN,

AND - AND DRIVES IT, YOU KNOW, PRETTY LONG AND IS A GOOD, SOLID IRON PLAYER. SO UH, WITH WHAT HE DOES, HE SHOULD BE A FACTOR OUT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
IF THERE WAS A SIGN-UP SHEET TO PLAY A SKINS GAME ON TV, BUT YOU GOT TO PUT UP YOUR OWN MONEY, WOULD YOU PUT LANNY WADKINS ON THAT SIGN-UP SHEET?

LANNY WADKINS
MIGHT BE KIND OF COOL.

PETER KESSLER
(CHUCKLE) WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

(BREAK)

NEXT SEGMENT
Getty Images

Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 10:33 pm

After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.

La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.

"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."

Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.

The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.

"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."

Getty Images

Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

Getty Images

Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

Getty Images

13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings.