Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2001, 4:00 pm
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RAY FLOYD STARTED WINNING PGA TOUR EVENTS IN 1963 AS A 20 YEAR OLD. IN 2000 HE ADDED ANOTHER SENIOR MAJOR AT THE AGE OF 57 AND EARNED COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS. SINCE HE'S BEEN WINNING FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, WHAT EXACTLY DID HE COME BACK FROM? MEET RAY FLOYD, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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IN RAY FLOYD'S CASE, YOUTH WAS NOT WASTED ON THE YOUNG. HE IRONICALLY WON HIS FIRST MAJOR, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1969. THE SAME YEAR THAT WALTER HAGEN, THE ORIGINAL TOUR PARTY ANIMAL WHO WON 5 PGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE ROARING 1920'S

PASSED AWAY. RAY'S UNDENIABLE PARTY SKILLS AT NIGHT AND HIS BRILLIANT GOLF BY DAY WOULD HAVE MADE WALTER PROUD, BUT RAY FLOYD KNEW THAT THE PARTY DAYS WOULD END WHEN HE WAS READY TO COMMIT HIMSELF TO ADULT HOOD, FAMILY HOOD, AND

RESPONSIBILITY. IN 1973 RAY MET MARIA AND BECAME A GROWN UP. GOLF AND LIFE WERE EASY FOR RAY AS A KID, BUT BY HIS MID 30'S, HE KNEW WHAT KIND OF WORK WAS REQUIRED TO KEEP MAKING IT LOOK EASY. BY THE TIME HE SHOT 17 UNDER TO WIN AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL, TO TIE NICKLAUS' MASTERS SCORING

RECORD IN 1976, HE WAS A CONFIRMED GROWN UP, AND OVER TIME HE HAS SHOWN US SEVERAL RAY FLOYDS.


RAY FLOYD, THE YOUNG WILD GOLF PROTG.

RAY FLOYD, THE GROWN UP MAJOR CHAMPION.

RAY FLOYD, THE GRIZZLED VETERAN.

THE BRILLIANT FRONT RUNNER.

THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPION AT AGE 43.

RAY FLOYD THE MENTOR.

THE CAPTAIN

THE OLDEST RYDER CUP PLAYER

THE SENIOR MAJOR CHAMPION

RAY FLOYD, THE DEDICATED HUSBAND

THE PROUD SON OF HIS FATHER WHO TAUGHT HIM THE GAME.

RAY FLOYD, THE CONSUMMATE PROUD FATHER, HIMSELF.

RAY FLOYD, STILL WINNING TOURNAMENTS NEARLY 40 YEARS AFTER FIRST STEPPING INSIDE THE ROPES TO WIN HIS FIRST. HE HASN'T LOST THAT MISCHIEVOUS BOYISH OUTLOOK OR DEVILISH LOOK OF DELIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE GREATEST CHAMPIONS IN THE LAST 40 YEARS, RAYMOND FLOYD.

WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE, SIR.

RAYMOND FLOYD
NICE TO BE WITH YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
1960, ARNOLD BECAME THE KING, IT WAS THE END OF HOGAN, THE BEGINNING OF JACK, AND YOU AS A 17 YEAR OLD THAT YEAR WIN THE NATIONAL J.C.'S AND COULD PROBABLY CLEARLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, SEE YOUR FUTURE IN GOLF THAT YEAR.

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL I DON'T KNOW THAT I COULD FORESEE THE FUTURE FROM THERE BUT I THINK WINNING THE NATIONAL JC MADE ME FEEL THAT I HAD A CAREER IN GOLF AND, AND IT REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT, IT WAS THE ONLY THING AS A YOUNGSTER THAT I EVER WANTED TO DO AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. I THINK YOU HAVE WISHES TO BE THIS OR THAT BUT MY

DESIRE WAS ALWAYS TO PLAY GOLF AND I THINK WINNING THE JC GAVE ME SOME CONFIDENCE THAT MAYBE I'VE GOT A CHANCE IN THIS GAME.

PETER KESSLER
DID THE GAME EVER COME EASILY TO YOU?

RAYMOND FLOYD
I THINK THE GAME WAS FAIRLY EASY AS A YOUNGSTER BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS. I USED TO PRACTICE AND GET IMMEDIATE RESULT. I WOULD GO AND PLAY BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL IN, IN SEASON IN SCHOOL, OR, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND, AND REALLY NOT DO MUCH WITH THE GOLF CLUBS UNTIL SUMMER CAME AROUND AND THEN I'D WORK A LITTLE BIT

AND BOY I WAS BETTER THAN I WAS THE YEAR BEFORE. HONESTLY, I THINK YOUTH IS BLESSED WITH VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS SO, NO I DIDN'T KNOW HOW REALLY DIFFICULT THE GAME WAS WHEN I WAS, WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER.

PETER KESSLER
PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOUR BACHELOR HOOD DAYS IN THE 60'S AND I ALWAYS THINK, YOU KNOW, FOR A GUY IN HIS 20'S, WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITIES, BEING A CELEBRITY, THE 1960'S WAS A PRETTY

GOOD TIME TO BE IN EXACTLY THAT MODE OF HAVING FUN AND LIVE THE LIFE THAT YOU WANT TO LIVE.

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL I WAS ALL INSPIRED BY TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY AND GOING TO PLACES THAT I HAD ONLY HEARD ABOUT. YOUR LOS ANGELESES AND NEW YORK CITIES AND CHICAGOS AND GOING OUT OF THE COUNTRY EVEN. IT WAS, IT WAS A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE THING AND I ENJOYED THE LIFESTYLE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ALWAYS PLAYED BETTER AND DID YOUR JOB BETTER WHEN YOU HAD A PLAN AS OPPOSED TO A SEAT OF THE PANTS KIND OF A PLAN?

RAYMOND FLOYD
I, I'M CERTAIN THAT EVERYBODY THAT PLAYS WELL HAS A PLAN OR A GOAL. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU, ONE EXPRESSES THE DIFFERENCE MAYBE ON A, ON A GAME PLAN OR A BIG PLAN. I THINK IT'S PART OF

A GOAL AND I THINK I'VE ACHIEVED MOST OF MY SUCCESSES IN YEARS WHERE, WHERE I WAS VERY DEFINITE WITH MY GOAL SETTING AND WANTED SOMETHING VERY BADLY. THAT'S WHEN I HAD MY BETTER YEARS.

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22 PGA TOUR WINS INCLUDING 4 MAJORS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU AND LEE TREVINO OF COURSE HAD THAT VERY FAMOUS THREE DAY MATCH THAT YOU BROKE EVEN ON, ULTIMATELY, AND THE WINNER EACH DAY SHOOTING A 63 AND THIS WAS AT A TIME WHEN NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU, HAD EVER HEARD OF LEE TREVINO, SO YOU'RE HAPPY

TO GO PLAY SOMEBODY YOU'D NEVER HEARD OF. DO YOU SUPPOSE EITHER OF YOU EVER PLAYED MUCH BETTER GOLF SUBSEQUENT TO THAT THEN YOU DID THOSE THREE DAYS, HEAD TO HEAD?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL THAT, THAT WAS A MARVELOUS STORY. OF COURSE IT'S BEEN EMBELLISHED AND TOLD SO MANY TIMES THROUGH THE YEARS BUT I WENT DOWN TO EL PASO TO PLAY LEE. HE WAS THE CLUB PRO, HE WAS THE CART ATTENDANT, HE WAS THE BAG GUY, HE WAS IT.
HE WAS, HE RAN ALL THE GOLF UH

PETER KESSLER
TOOK YOUR CLUBS OUT OF THE CAR.

RAYMOND FLOYD
OH YEAH, HE, HE POPPED RIGHT UP AND TOOK THE BAGS OUT AND I WAS ASKED WOULD I GO DOWN AND PLAY THIS GUY FROM DOWN IN TEXAS. HE WAS FROM DALLAS. I WAS LIVING THERE AT THE TIME, TO COME DOWN AND PLAY HIM.

WOULD I PLAY HIM FOR SOME MONEY AND I SAID WHAT'S HIS NAME AND THEY SAID LEE TREVINO AND I SAID YEAH I'LL PLAY SOMEBODY I NEVER HEARD OF AND THAT WAS THE START OF THE STORY AND LIKE

YOU SAY, IT TOOK THREE DAYS AND I SHOT 66 AND 65 AND LOST UH THEN I SHOT 63 AND WON AND THE END OF THAT STORY TO MAKE IT SHORT IS THAT'S THE FIRST TIME I EVER SPOKE SPANISH. I SAID ADIOS.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

RAYMOND FLOYD
I GOT OUT OF THERE. HE COULD REALLY PLAY ON THAT LITTLE FLAT GOLF COURSE AND, AND DRIVE FAIRWAYS AND HE WAS SOMETHING TO WATCH.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU THOUGHT ON THE VERY LAST HOLE, ON THE VERY LAST DAY DID YOU NOT, THAT THE EAGLE PUTT THAT HE HAD JUST INSIDE THE ONE THAT YOU MADE WAS IN ALL THE WAY.

RAYMOND FLOYD
THERE'S NO WAY, TO THIS DAY, IT'S VIVID IN MY MIND THAT HIS BALL WENT INTO THIS HOLE AND YOU KNEW IT HAD TO DROP AND IT JUST HUNG IN THE LIP. IT JUST STAYED THERE AND YOU KNEW ANY

SECOND IT WAS GOING TO TOPPLE, BUT IT JUST SAT THERE AND HE MISSED IT AND I MADE IT TO BEAT HIM AND I SHOT 63 TO HIS 64 AND ADIOS CAME VERY SHORTLY THERE AFTER.

PETER KESSLER
DIDN'T YOU HAVE A SENSE THOUGH THAT YOU WOULD BE SAYING HELLO TO HIM AGAIN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE ON ANOTHER GOLF COURSE?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL, THAT'S WHEN I STOPPED ASSESSING TALENT AS WELL. A COUPLE OF THE FELLOWS THERE THAT OWN THE GOLF CLUB ASKED ME ABOUT WHAT I THOUGHT OF HIS GAME. I SAID HE'S INCREDIBLE. BOY ON A GOLF COURSE LIKE THIS

NOBODY CAN BEAT HIM, AND THEY SAID WELL WE'RE THINKING OF PUTTING, PUTTING LEE ON TOUR. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LEE? AND I SAID WELL, YOU KNOW, WE PLAY THOSE ELEVATED GREENS WITH BIG DEEP SAND BUNKERS IN FRONT AND I DON'T THINK HE COULD HAVE HIT A WEDGE OVER THE CLUBHOUSE THERE AT THAT TIME.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

RAYMOND FLOYD
AND, I SAID YOU KNOW, IT'S A DIFFERENT GAME OUT THERE. I'D THINK TWICE BEFORE I PUT HIM OUT THERE ON TOUR, SO THAT WAS A GREAT OUT FOR ME. EVERY TIME A, A SPORTSWRITER OR, OR

SOMEONE WOULD ASK ME ABOUT A YOUNG PLAYER COMING ALONG, WHAT DID I THINK AND I'D SAY WELL I WAS THE GUY THAT DIDN'T THINK TREVINO WOULD MAKE IT. YOU BETTER ASK SOMEBODY ELSE.

PETER KESSLER
AND I'LL BET LEE'S NEVER LET YOU FORGET THAT EITHER. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND BE RIGHT BACK.

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 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



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Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

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Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

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