Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 2
SO MANY GUYS HAVE ASKED SAM SNEAD WHAT THE REAL SECRET WAS. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU?
WELL IT DIDN'T REALLY COME UP AS THE SECRET. I HAVE BEEN, I'D PLAYED TWO PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH SAM AT GREENSBOROUGH AND THAT WAS THE TOURNAMENT HE OWNED AND HE, HE WAS, SAM THEN WAS PROBABLY IN HIS MID 50'S AND HE HAD JUST THRASHED ME IN A PRACTICE ROUND AND I'D GONE OUT TO THE PRACTICE TEE AND SAM WAS OUT THERE AND I WAS REALLY STRUGGLING
AT THAT TIME. MY SWING HAD GOTTEN PRETTY SHORT AND LAID OFF AND SAM WALKED UP, AND HE JUST WATCHED ME HIT TWO OR THREE BALLS AND DIDN'T SAY A WORD AND I LOOKED BACK AND I
SAID SAM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING. YOU GOT TO TELL ME SOMETHING YOU SEE HOW BAD I'M STRUGGLING AND OF COURSE SAM, WASN'T MUCH ON GIVING AWAY A LOT OF
INFORMATION AND HE KIND OF, HE KIND OF TURNED AROUND TO MAKE SURE NOBODY ELSE WAS LISTENING. HE DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE IT TO BUT ONE PERSON, AND HE SAID YOU GOT TO TURN, JUNIOR, YOU GOT TO TURN, AND UH THAT WAS WHAT SAM TOLD ME AND OF COURSE I'VE
HEARD THAT WHEN ANYBODY ASKS SAM ABOUT THE REAL SECRET, WHAT IS THE CRUX OF IT HE'S ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THE TURN.
DID IT WORK FOR YOU?
IT DID. YOU KNOW I STARTED BEING CONSCIOUS OF GETTING THE SHOULDERS BACK WHICH PULLED THE HIPS UP WITH ME A LITTLE BIT AND I DID START PLAYING A LITTLE BETTER.
WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT TITANIC THOMPSON?
WELL I ONLY MET HIM ON THE OCCASION WHEN I WENT DOWN TO PLAY LEE TREVINO. I, I'D NEVER HEARD OF HIM. I DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS, BUT AFTER THE FACT I HEARD ALL THE STORIES AND
THE TWO DAYS THAT I SPENT WITH HIM DOWN THERE HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON. WHAT A STORY TELLER AND HE WAS A CARD SHARK AND, AND MAGICIAN WITH HIS HANDS, I MEAN HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING.
IT'S FUNNY HOW OVER TIME THINGS DO GET DISTORTED. WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ARNOLD'S DRIVING IN THE 1960'S THERE'S THIS PERCEPTION THAT HE HIT IT IN THE TREES ALL THE TIME, WHEN MY
RECOLLECTION WAS THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE STRAIGHTEST DRIVER UNDER PRESSURE ON THE TOUR FOR MAYBE THE WHOLE DECADE OF THE 1960'S.
I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION. I ALWAYS THOUGHT ARNOLD WAS THE BEST DRIVER OF THE GOLF BALL THAT I'D EVER SEEN AND HE HIT IT HARD AND HE HOOKED IT AND ON THE HARDER FAIRWAYS IN THE 60'S BEFORE PERFECT CONDITIONS AND A LOT OF IRRIGATION,
WE PLAYED THE HARDER, FIRMER FAIRWAYS AND HE CAN MAKE IT GO A LONG WAY DOWN LOW WITH THAT HOOK, BUT HE REALLY COULD DRIVE THE BALL VERY STRAIGHT.
WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF HIS GAME IN THOSE DAYS? WHAT LET HIM DOWN? WHAT PROPPED HIM UP?
WELL HE WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN, IN THE EARLY 60'S UNTIL JACK CAME OUT AND THEY RAN HEAD TO HEAD FOR A WHILE, BUT I DON'T THINK ARNOLD IN ANY ASPECT WAS REALLY WEAK. I THINK
RELATIVELY HE WAS WEAKER OUT OF
BUNKERS. HE WASN'T SO GREAT OUT OF BUNKERS WHEN YOU PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE OR RELATIVE TO OTHER PARTS OF HIS GAME. I THOUGHT HE WAS A FABULOUS LONG IRON PLAYER.
HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE PUTTER. HE MADE A LOT OF LONG PUTTS. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FABULOUS ATTRIBUTE THAT HE HAD. PLAYERS JUST DIDN'T SEEM TO MAKE A LOT OF LONG PUTTS IN THOSE DAYS, BUT ARNOLD TENDED TO MAKE ONE OR TWO A ROUND FROM PRETTY, PRETTY GOOD WAYS OFF, BUT RELATIVELY
I THINK HIS BUNKER PLAY AND MAYBE SOME OF HIS WEDGE PLAY MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN UP TO PAR WITH THE OTHER PARTS BUT HE WAS A VERY WELL ROUNDED PLAYER.
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM PLAYING WITH HOGAN THAT YOU COULD INCORPORATE INTO YOUR OWN WAY OF GETTING YOUR BUSINESS AROUND THE GOLF COURSE?
I THINK THE ONE THING THAT I LEARNED FROM BEN WAS DEMEANOR. I LEARNED THAT IT WAS A BUSINESS AND YOU TRIED TO GO ABOUT IT THE SAME WHETHER YOU WERE SHOOTING 80 OR 60. I THINK THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT I MIGHT HAVE EXTRACULATED FROM BEN.
WHEN YOU WON YOUR FIRST MAJOR, THE PGA IN 1969 AND HAD A 5 SHOT LEAD GOING IN THE LAST ROUND THAT YOU TRIED TO CONSERVATIVELY MANAGE, DID YOU SORT OF FIGURE OUT LATER THAT MAYBE PLAYING CONSERVATIVE WITH THE LEAD WASN'T RAY FLOYD'S BEST STYLE TO WIN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS?
I THINK PLAYING CONSERVATIVE WITH THE LEAD IN SOME RESPECTS MIGHT NOT BE THE WORD. I THINK PLAYING SMART. I LIKE THE WORD SMART, AND THE SMARTER I PLAYED, SOMETIMES THE BETTER I PLAYED, THE LOWER I SHOT.
I THINK MY THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN I WAS PLAYING WELL AND WINNING, THE THOUGHT PROCESS WAS SO GOOD, AND YOU BECAME SO POSITIVE WITH WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO AND YOU PLAYED AND MADE THE GAME EASY, SO YOU MIGHT GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE LEE ON
THE FAT SIDE OF THE GREEN INSTEAD OF IF THERE'S WATER OR BUNKERS ON THE SHORT SIDE, AND I THINK AS I PLAYED SMARTER, IT WAS COMFORTABLE AND I TENDED TO HIT THE SHOTS THAT I WAS VISUALIZING OR NEEDED TO HIT MORE
OFTEN AND BY WHAT I CALL PLAYING A LITTLE BIT SMARTER WAS NOT NECESSARILY PLAYING CONSERVATIVE.
WAS MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP SOMETHING THAT YOU ACTIVELY THOUGHT ABOUT THEN OR WERE YOU TOO CAUGHT UP IN HAVING FUN AND THE GOLF WAS JUST PART OF THE FUN AND THAT YOU WOULD SEE WHAT HAPPENED OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE?
OH I THINK IN MY EARLY DAYS, THE COMING OUT AND WINNING VERY EARLY AND, AND BEING ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, WINNING IN MY FIRST YEAR AT AGE 20, I WAS STILL IN AWE OF THING S AND TO WIN I DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT I WAS AWARE OF, OF WHAT IT MEANT AND HOW MUCH IT MEANT AT THAT TIME.
AS I PROGRESSED DOWN AND, AND WOULD GO THROUGH PERIODS WHEN I WOULDN'T PLAY WELL, I THINK ALL OF US HAVE BEEN THROUGH THAT. YOU WONDER WHEN YOU START PLAYING BADLY WILL YOU EVER PLAY WELL AGAIN, AND, AND WHEN
YOU'RE PLAYING REALLY, REALLY WELL YOU WONDER HOW YOU, HOW YOU COULD EVER MISS A SHOT, SO I'VE CERTAINLY HAD THE UPS AND DOWNS. I KNOW, GOING BACK TO ONE OF YOUR ORIGINAL THINGS ABOUT PLANS OR, I WAS CALLING THEM GOALS, I KNOW IN 1969 IT WAS MY FIRST YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY FOR RYDER CUP.
WE USED TO HAVE TO PUT 5 YEARS IN BACK IN THOSE DAYS, YOU HAD TO BE A PGA MEMBER TO MAKE A RYDER CUP TEAM AND THAT TOOK 5 YEARS AND IN MY 5TH YEAR I WAS ELIGIBLE FOR RYDER CUP AND MY GOAL WAS TO MAKE THE RYDER CUP. I HAD NOT WON A MAJOR AND MY
GOAL WAS TO WIN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. I WON ALSO TWO OTHER EVENTS THAT YEAR PLUS THE PGA. MADE THE RYDER CUP TEAM SO I ACCOMPLISHED A LOT OF THINGS. IT WAS ALSO A GOAL OF MINE TO BREAK THE ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLAR MARK AND ALL OF THAT HAPPENED IN 1969.
WAS SAM SNEAD UPSET AFTER THE RYDER CUP MATCH WHEN JACK CONCEDED TONY JACKLIN'S SHORT, BUT MAYBE MISABLE PUTT WHICH ENDED UP MEANING A TIE AND HOLDING ON TO MR. RYDER'S CUP?
THERE'S BEEN SO MANY STORIES ABOUT THAT BUT I SAY THAT SAM WAS NOT UPSET ABOUT IT. I KNOW PEOPLE HAVE SAID AND PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN THAT SAM WAS PRETTY UPSET THAT JACK GAVE HIM THAT PUTT. SAM WAS,
EXPRESSED THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN TONY THAT PUTT BUT I DON'T THINK HE WAS UPSET AND I THINK VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER, EVERY PLAYER ON THAT TEAM, ALONG WITH THE CAPTAIN AND ALL, AND ALL THE SUPPORT PEOPLE
WERE, I THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I THINK IT WAS THE CLASSIC THING TO DO IN THAT COMPETITION. YOU KNOW RYDER CUP HAS EVOLVED SOMETIMES INTO SOMETHING THAT'S NOT WHAT IT SHOULD BE AND IT'S ABOUT, IT WAS ALL
ABOUT SPIRIT, THE GAME, YOU'RE TAKING YOUR COUNTRY ACROSS THE PINE. IT'S GOOD WILL. THAT WAS RYDER CUP. SURE YOU WERE TRYING TO WIN BUT I THINK RYDER CUP GOT A LITTLE BIT OUT OF HAND HERE, OF LATE.
HAD YOU EVER SEEN A GESTURE LIKE THE ONE THAT JACK MADE AND WHAT IMPRESSION DID IT HAVE ON YOU?
I THINK THAT'S THE GAME. I THINK THAT'S THE GAME OF GOLF HAS A LOT OF CONNOTATION. IT'S A, IT'S A GENTLEMANLY GAME, IT'S A GAME OF HONOR, IT'S A GAME OF INTEGRITY AND I THINK THAT'S THE THING THAT, THE RIGHT THING THAT WAS DONE THERE.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.
Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.
Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.
Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.
It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.
The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.