Golf Talk Live - Payne Stewart Transcript Segment 4
EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK A QUESTION OF OUR GUEST AND THE QUESTION FOR PAYNE STEWART TONIGHT IS. PAYNE, GOOD SHOWING AT THE GVO. LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR. WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ON THE TOUR PLAYERS ASSOCIATION? FROM MIKE WAGNER IN VICTORIA.
WELL MIKE, THANK YOU I PLAYED GOOD FOR 63 HOLES UP THERE IN VANCOUVER, I KEEP GETTING BETTER EVERY YEAR IN VANCOUVER I'M 6TH THEN 2ND SO NEXT YEAR BOY I'M ALIVE. BUT ANY WAY, THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION I THINK IS, IS THERE'S A BUNCH OF PLAYERS ON TOUR THAT ARE INTERESTED IN THE INNER WORKS AT THE PGA TOUR OFFICE WHICH THOSE GUYS SUPPOSEDLY WORK FOR US
ALL RIGHT, THE COMMISSIONER WORKS FOR US, ALL THE PEOPLE AT THE OFFICE UP THERE WORK FOR US AND SOMETIMES WE DON'T FEEL THAT WERE GETTING THE PROPER RESPONSES THE OUR QUESTIONS. OR QUICK ENOUGH RESPONSES TO OUR
QUESTIONS. ONE OF THEIR PAT LINES IS WE'LL LOOK INTO IT AND WE'LL GET BACK TO YA. YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S LAWYER TALK AND YOU KNOW SO WE WERE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT SOME OF THE CERTAIN THINGS, I MEAN, THERE'S LIKE SUPPOSEDLY 300 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE
GENERAL FUND. YOU KNOW WHAT'S THE GENERAL FUND, EVERYTHING WE HEAR ABOUT IS WELL THAT GOES IN THE GENERAL FUND, WELL WHAT'S THE GENERAL FUND FOR. YOU KNOW WHAT
DOES IT DO, WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS AND BEING THAT WE HAVE A POLICY BOARD AND INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS, THEY PASS EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON. WELL I I'M IN AGREENCE WITH A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS IS, LET ALL THE PLAYERS VOTE ON IT, LET US, LET THE
PLAYERS PASS POLICY FOR WHAT WE DO OUT THERE FOR A LIVING, YOU KNOW. YES WE VOTE FOR THE INDEPENDENT PLAYERS, I MEAN THE INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED ALONG WITH THE PLAYER DIRECTORS BUT, YOU KNOW WE GET A MEETING SAY AT TPC, IT'S THE ANNUAL MEETING AND WE GOT ALL THE
PLAYERS THERE LETS PASS SOME POLICY RIGHT HERE BOYS, LETS BRING IT UP AND
VOTE ON IT. YOU GOT EVERYBODY HERE LETS PASS POLICY RIGHT NOW, LETS SEE HOW THAT WORKS.
THAT'S THE WAY THEY DO IT ON THE LPGA TOUR.
MAJORITY VOTE BY THE PLAYERS, CHANGES POLICY.
ISN'T THAT HOW IT WORKS IN THE UNITED STATES, MAJORITY RULES.
MOST COMPANIES WHEN WE VOTE FOR PEOPLE, YES.
THERE YOU GO.
THERE YOU GO, LETS SEE WHAT TODD IN TEXAS WANTS TO ASK YOU, HELLO TODD.
CALLER- TODD IN TEXAS
HEY TODDY HOW ARE YOU BUDDY
CALLER- TODD IN TEXAS
GOOD HOW'S IT GOING?
GOOD THANK YOU
CALLER- TODD IN TEXAS
WANTED TO KNOW A FEW OUTLOOKS FOR NEXT YEAR. WHAT TOURNAMENTS YOUR GOING TO PLAYING, WHAT YOUR SCHEDULE
LOOKS LIKE AND HAVE YOU GOT ANY EQUIPMENT CHANGES COMING UP.
WAIT FIRST TELL US WHO TODDY IS
WELL TODD'S A COLLEGE BUDDY OF MINE THAT I GREW UP WITH, ACTUALLY HE'S FROM JEFFERSON CITY MISSOURI AND WE MET ON A PLANE GOING TO THE US JUNIOR AMATEUR BACK IN 1974 OR 5 SO WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR A LONG TIME.
AND HIS, WE'VE GOT CHILDREN THE SAME AGE. BUT ANYWAY UM, NEXT YEAR THE SAME AMOUNT OF TOURNAMENTS TODD
PROBABLY, I REDUCED MY SCHEDULE THIS YEAR AND I FOUND THAT I ACTUALLY PLAYED BETTER I'VE BEEN MORE PRODUCTIVE OUT ON TOUR AND RIGHT NOW I'M IN THE LAST YEAR OF MY TOP FLITE CONTRACT WERE TALKING TO THEM ALONG WITH OTHER MANUFACTURE'S
AND A WE'LL JUST SEE, SEE WHAT COMES ABOUT.
CALLER- TODD IN TEXAS
ALSO I WANT TO TELL YOU. I THINK YOU HIT THAT PUTT AT OLYMPIC A LITTLE TOO HARD.
WELL THANKS A LOT
YOUR A GOOD FRIEND, YOUR OFF THE LIST.
HE'S NOT COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND HE'S NOT COMING BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE. LETS SEE WHAT MAX IN FLORIDA WANTS TO ASK YOU, HELLO MAX.
CALLER- MAX IN FLORIDA
HELLO PETER, PAYNE GREAT TO BE TALKING TO YA.
THANK YOU MAX
CALLER- MAX IN FLORIDA
I GOT A QUESTION ABOUT YOU KNOW YOUR SWING SEEMS SO FLUID, SO TENSION FREE, YOU KNOW SO EFFORTLESS. NOW YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GET OUT THERE IN THESE TOURNAMENTS A, IT'S ALMOST LIKE YOUR PLAYING ON A SATURDAY
AFTERNOON WITH YOUR REGULAR FOURSOME. WHAT ARE YOUR SWING THOUGHTS OUT THERE, WHAT DO YOU SAY THAT YOUR ABLE TO DO THIS.
WELL MAX THE ONE THING THAT WHEN I'M SWINGING WELL AT IT THAT I TRY TO CONCENTRATE IS ALL I THINK ABOUT IS THE RHYTHM OF MY SWING AND I DON'T THINK ABOUT MY BACK SWING, I DON'T THINK ABOUT THE TEMPO AND THE RHYTHM OF MY SWING AND I'VE BEEN
DOING IT FOR SO LONG, THAT WHEN I'M SWINGING GOOD RHYTHM IT JUST COMES VERY NATURALLY TO ME, I HAVEN'T HAD TO WORK VERY HARD ON RHYTHM AND WHEN I AM OFF THAT'S THE SOLE THING THAT I GO TO THE PRACTICE TEE AND TRY TO WORK ON.
SO IT'S ALMOST NEVER MECHANICS IF THERE'S A PROBLEM.
WELL YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOMETIMES THERE'S MECHANICS THAT THE CLUB MIGHT BE COMING A LITTLE BIT OVER THE TOP OR WHATEVER AND I'VE GOT A COUPLE OF DRILLS FOR THAT, THAT I DO
BUT IT'S GENERALLY RHYTHM YOU KNOW IF MY RHYTHM IS GOOD AND SMOOTH AND A COUPLE OF DRILLS THAT I DO ARE LIKE. NORMALLY HIT A 7 IRON SAY 160 YARDS, I'LL GO OUT TAKE A FULL SWING WITH A 7 IRON AND TRY TO HIT IT 130 YARDS. SEE IF
I CAN CONTROL THE BALL. CONTROL A DRAW OR A FADE WITH IT BY TAKING A FULL SWING AND ONLY HITTING IT HALF THE DISTANCE OR _ OF THE DISTANCE AND IF I CAN GET TO THAT FEEL THAN THE RHYTHM RIGHT, THEN WERE SET.
SAM SNEAD SAID, THAT IF HE COULD HIT EVERY ONE OF HIS CLUBS A 100 YARDS WITH A FULL SWING, THAT'S WHEN HE KNEW HIS RHYTHM WAS GOOD, INCLUDING THE DRIVER.
THAT'S, THAT'S THE SAME WORK I WORK ON. IT'S FUNNY THAT GUYS WILL WATCH ME HIT THESE DRIVERS IN THE PRACTICE ROUNDS OR PRACTICE TEE WARMING UP. AND I'M ONLY HITTING THEM 100 YARDS, 150 YARDS AND THERE KIND OF GOING WOO, WOO, YOU KNOW THERE'S, WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM YOU KNOW IT'S JUST, IT'S A DRILL, IT'S JUST A RHYTHM DRILL
TO GET A LITTLE TENSION OUT EARLY, AND JUST GET SOME RHYTHM BUILT INTO THE DAY.
AS WE GO TO BREAK LETS SEE SOME OF THE RESULTS THAT, THAT RHYTHM HAS YIELDED OVER THE YEARS AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
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."