Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 3
WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE MARIA SAW IN YOU THAT HELPED YOU EITHER DISCOVER OR REDISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL AND YOUR GREATNESS AS A MAN AND AS A PLAYER?
OH, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I WAS VERY LUCKY, WHATEVER SHE SAW THAT UH, WELL I, I ALWAYS SAY I HAVE, I HAD TWO CAREERS BEFORE AND AFTER BUT WHAT MARIA DID WAS FOCUS ME. A LITTLE
STORY, THAT WE HAD BEEN MARRIED A VERY SHORT TIME AND I WITHDREW FROM A TOURNAMENT AND SHE WAS NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT, AND WE HAD A HEART TO HEART AND SHE SAID HEY LOOK, YOU
KNOW, YOU'RE YOUNG. YOU'RE ONLY 30
YEARS OLD. IF YOU, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU THERE'S CAREERS OUT THERE. YOU CAN BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SOMETHING ELSE, AND WOW YOU COULD HAVE HIT ME UP ASIDE THE HEAD WITH THE BIGGEST
HEADED DRIVER YOU'VE EVER SEEN AND IT ABSOLUTELY WOKE ME UP AND IT WENT BACK TO THE ONLY THING I EVER DESIRED TO BE WAS A GOLFER AND WHEN SHE SAID IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT, I REALIZED THAT HEY
THAT I'M DOING SOMETHING I REALLY LOVE TO DO AND IT'S ABOUT TIME I STARTED APPLYING MYSELF.
NOW BUT THAT WITHDRAWAL WAS ACTUALLY RIGHT. YOU PLAYED 27 HOLES OF A TOURNAMENT AND WITH 9 TO GO ON FRIDAY, SOMEBODY SAID LET'S GO DOWN TO THE TRACK AND HANG OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. IT WAS THAT KIND OF A WITHDRAWAL, RIGHT?
THAT WAS EXACTLY THE WITHDRAWAL.
(RAYMOND AND PETER LAUGH)
YOU WOULDN'T LET ME MISS IT WOULD YOU?
I THOUGHT WE'D SNEAK THAT IN.
YEAH, SOUNDS GOOD.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PUT A 5 WOOD IN YOUR GOLF BAG BEFORE THE 76 MASTERS WHICH OF COURSE YOU WON?
I HAD PLAYED AUGUSTA NATIONAL SINCE 1965 AND I COULD REACH THE PAR 5'S BUT IN THE 60'S AND 70'S THE TROUBLE WITH THE PAR 5'S WAS THE HARDNESS
BEFORE THE BENT GRASS. IT WAS HOW FIRM THE GREENS WERE, AND I COULD TAKE A THREE OR A TWO IRON AND, AND GET IT TO THE GREENS BUT BOY WHEN IT HIT THEM IT WAS GONE LIKE 15, YOU NEVER
REALLY THOUGHT TOO MUCH ABOUT THE WATER IN THE FRONT BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HIT ENOUGH CLUB TO GET OVER THAT BUT IF YOU WERE TO CARRY SAY A THREE IRON UP INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE 15TH GREEN, IT WAS TOO HOPS INTO THE BACK LAKE OVER THAT FRONTS 16. THAT WAS THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE 15TH HOLE AND WE TELL THE
YOUNGER PLAYERS THAT TODAY AND THEY LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU'RE CRAZY. YOU COULD NEVER HIT A BALL BACK IN THAT LAKE, THEY SAY, BUT THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM, AND, 5 WOODS WERE NOT CLUBS THAT WE HAD EVER SEEN AT THAT
TIME. I THINK EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU'D SEE ONE IN A LADIES SET AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT AUGUSTA IN THE FALL. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I COVETED. IT WAS A TITLE THAT I REALLY
CHERISHED AND I WAS GOING TO GIVE IT MY ALL AND I STARTED THINKING, BOY, PAR 5'S ARE PARAMOUNT THERE. YOU MUST PLAY THE PAR 5'S WELL BUT WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? AM I GOING TO PLAY SHORT ON ALL THESE HOLES AND WEDGE UP? THE GREENS ARE STILL DIFFICULT
AND FIRM AND HARD WITH A WEDGE, AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT MORE LOFT. HOW COULD I GET A, HIT, GET THE BALL HIGHER UP IN THERE AND SOMEWHERE, I DON'T KNOW EVEN HOW THE THOUGHT OCCURRED BUT, ABOUT A 5 WOOD, AND I WENT TO THE CLUB SHOP IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA. THERE WERE, I FELT HIS NAME WAS DON, I CAN'T REMEMBER HIS LAST NAME, THAT OWNED THE CLUB SHOP, AND I SAID DO YOU HAVE ANY 5 WOODS HEADS?
AND HE HAD SOME RAW 5 WOOD HEADS AND I SAID LET'S MAKE A COUPLE UP. I, I WANT TO SEE IF I CAN GET ONE THAT'LL, THAT'LL WORK FOR ME, AND HE MADE ME UP A COUPLE OF HEADS AND ONE OF THE TWO WAS, WAS REALLY GOOD AND I
STARTED PRACTICING WITH IT IN THE WINTER OF '75 AND JACK GROUT WAS HELPING ME WITH MY GOLF GAME AT THAT TIME. HE WAS AT LAGOURAS DOWN IN MIAMI BEACH AND I CAME OUT WITH THIS 5 WOOD AND HE SAID WHAT IS THAT?
AND I SAID WELL THAT'S A 5 WOOD. HE SAYS WHAT IN THE WORLD YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT? AND I SAID THAT'S FOR AUGUSTA. JACK, YOU KNOW, IF I CAN HIT THIS THING INSTEAD OF HAVING TO HIT TWO AND THREE IRONS, I CAN GET THIS CLUB UP HIGH AND COME DOWN AND I
THINK I CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PAR 5'S, AND JACK WAS A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT MY 5 WOOD BUT THE MORE I PRACTICED WITH IT THE BETTER I GOT AND I WOULD PRACTICE WITH THAT
CLUB EVERY TIME I WAS HOME. I DIDN'T TAKE IT ON THE ROAD WITH ME WHEN I WAS PLAYING BUT EVERY TIME I CAME
HOME I PRACTICED WITH A 5 WOOD AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE SECRET WEAPON.
AS THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT AND DELICIOUS VICTORY? THE '76 MASTERS?
WELL IT'S HARD, CERTAINLY, TO SEPARATE MAJORS. I THINK YOUR GOAL IS TO WIN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT IT'S, IT'S THE TITLE THAT I REALLY HAD THOUGHT ABOUT. IT, IT WAS THE GAME THAT I PLAYED WHEN I WAS 14 OR 15,
PUTTING OR GETTING ON A TEE AND SAYING, IF I CAN PAR THIS HOLE I WIN THE MASTERS OR IF I CAN MAKE THIS PUTT I WIN THE MASTERS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED VERY CLOSE TO AUGUSTA. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN NORTH CAROLINA, SO GEOGRAPHICALLY IT WAS CLOSE.
IT WAS SOMETHING, I THINK MY FIRST TELEVISED GOLF TOURNAMENT WAS WATCHING ARNOLD WIN THE MASTERS SO IT HELD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE FOR ME AND PROBABLY I GUESS IF, IF, IF YOU MADE ME SAY TAKE ONE AND THROW THE OTHERS AWAY, I WOULD TAKE THE MASTERS, YES.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
-28 TOP 10'S IN PRO MAJORS INCLUDING 4 WINS (HAD A TOP 20 FINISH IN A MAJOR EVERY YEAR BUT ONE BETWEEN 1965 -'94)
-ALONG WITH SAM SNEAD, ONLY PLAYER TO WIN AN OFFICIAL PGA TOUR EVENT IN 4 DIFFERENT DECADES.
-FIRST AND ONLY PLAYER TO WIN ON THE PGA & SENIOR PGA TOUR IN THE SAME YEAR (1992)
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.
Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.
As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.
"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."
Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.
Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.
Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.
But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.
Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.
Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:
Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180
Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70
Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5
Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450
Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200
Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.
Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.
“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.
“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”
Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.
“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.
Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.
Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim.
Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.