Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WE PROMISED YOU ANOTHER WINNING FLOYD AND WE WELCOME HIS SON, ROBERT. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
NICE TO SEE YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE OF YOUR DAD'S GOLFING TRAITS TO ADOPT AS YOUR OWN, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
I'D SAY THE, THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE GAME. I THINK OVER THE YEARS HIS SHORT GAME HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN PHENOMENAL AND THAT'S WHAT'S STOOD

TIME MORE THAN ANYTHING, BUT HIS MENTAL APPROACH TO THE GAME, HIS MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND JUST BEING ABLE TO PREPARE MENTALLY AND BEING ABLE TO HANDLE MOST ANY SITUATION MENTALLY, THAT WOULD BE THE ASSET THAT I WOULD HAVE, WOULD HAVE LIKED TO INHERIT.

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PARTNERED WITH HIS FATHER TO WIN THE '00 OFFICE DEPOT FATHER SON CHALLENGE)

PETER KESSLER
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU, RAY, TO OBJECTIVELY AND WITH A FATHER'S LOVE BUT ALSO WITH THE TOUGHNESS REQUIRED, TELL HIM WHAT YOU THINK HIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES ARE?

RAYMOND FLOYD
THE, THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR ME IS WATCHING AND WATCHING HIS STRUGGLES. I'VE BEEN THROUGH THE SAME THINGS THAT, THAT HE WILL GO THROUGH AND HAS GONE THROUGH BUT I THINK THAT MAKES IT EVEN TOUGHER KNOWING THAT YOU'VE RUN THE

GAUNTLET THERE BEFORE, BUT ROBERT HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD PLAYER SINCE HE WAS A REAL LITTLE GUY. HE, HE WON AT EVERY LEVEL AND GOING UP FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE TO AMATEUR, NICE, PRETTY GOOD SIZE AMATEUR EVENTS, DOING WELL IN THE U.S. AMATEUR, HE'S, HE'S PLAYED VERY, VERY WELL AND IT'S

THERE. HE'S, HE'S DONE IT. HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT AND I THINK HIS DISCIPLINE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE... LACKING IF YOU WOULD, IN HIS YOUNG DAY. MAYBE HE TOOK THAT FROM ME, BUT I HOPE THAT HE WOULD REALIZE THAT IT'S A MUCH

TOUGHER GAME TODAY. THERE'S A LOT MORE TALENT OUT THERE. THE DEPTH OF FIELD IS INCREDIBLE. THERE ARE SO MANY PLAYERS LIKE ROBERT RUNNING AROUND PLAYING IN MINI TOUR S AND IN

OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NO PLACE TO PLAY HERE AND A GREAT POOL OF TALENT AND TO RISE ABOVE THE TOP OF THAT TODAY IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN I HAD COMING UP WHEN I WAS HIS AGE, SO, I THINK HE'S, HE'S ADDRESSED THAT NOW AND I THINK THAT ROBERT'S GOING TO COME TO THE FRONT WITH HIS GOLF AND BE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT.

PETER KESSLER
OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOT TO BE A JOY TO BE RAY'S SON BUT YOU'VE ALSO GOT THE BURDEN OF COMPARISON. ARE YOU GETTING BETTER ABOUT IGNORING THAT OR DISREGARDING THE INEVITABLE COMPARISONS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DAD?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
YEAH, I NEVER REALLY HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT. MY BROTHER ACTUALLY TOOK A LOT OF THE HEAT OFF OF ME. YOU KNOW, HE WAS RAYMOND FLOYD, JR. AND WE'D PLAY IN AMATEUR EVENTS GROWING UP AND JUNIOR EVENTS PLAYING, GROWING UP AND HE, HE WAS OLDER THAN ME,

AND YOU KNOW, I KIND OF SLID UNDER THE COVERS AND RAYMOND HAPPILY TOOK, YOU KNOW, TOOK THE BURDEN AND SO I WAS, I WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT AND THEN, YOU KNOW, COMPARISONS ARE JUST SOMETHING, THEY'RE

COMPARISONS TO SOMEBODY YOU'RE VERY PROUD OF. SOMEONE YOU , YOU'RE VERY CLOSE TO AND IT'S NOT LIKE I WAS BEING COMPARED TO JACK NICKLAUS OR, OR IN SOME OF THESE KIDS CASES NOW, TIGER WOODS. SOMEONE THAT THEY

DIDN'T NECESSARILY, DIDN'T NECESSARILY KNOW SO I WAS BEING COMPARED TO MY, MY DAD WHO, WHO'S ALWAYS A VERY FINE PERSON IN MY LIFE AND I REALLY ENJOY TALKING ABOUT HIM, SO IT'S, IT'S NOT THAT HARD. IT'S

NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WEIGHS ON YOU WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING GOLF, IT'S
JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE MEDIA.

PETER KESSLER
HOW COMPETITIVE ARE THE MATCHES THAT YOU TWO PLAY INFORMALLY FOR FUN TOGETHER?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
THEY'RE VERY, I REMEMBER BEFORE I, I HAD BEATEN HIM, THEY WERE THE MOST COMPETITIVE. IT WAS VERY TOUGH TO BEAT HIM. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I LEGITIMATELY HAD A CHANCE TO BEAT HIM. I WAS THREE UP. I SHOT 33 ON THE

FRONT NINE AND HE SHOT 36 AT OUR HOME COURSE IN MIAMI AT INDIAN CREEK AND I ASKED HIM HOW MANY SHOTS HE NEEDED ON THE BACK NINE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF I WAS GOING TO BEAT HIM

I WANTED

PETER KESSLER
BAD MOVE

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
I WANTED HIM TO KNOW I WAS GOING TO BEAT HIM. WELL HE BIRDIED TEN, ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND SO DID I SO I WAS LOOKING AT HIM LIKE ALRIGHT, YOU JUST CAME WITH IT AND I'VE STILL GOT A THREE SHOT LEAD. WELL HE BIRDIED

THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN AND FIFTEEN TOO AND THEN HE HAD AN EAGLE PUTT ON EIGHTEEN FROM ABOUT TWENTY FEET AND I HAD AN EAGLE PUTT FROM ABOUT TWENTY FIVE FEET AND I MISSED MINE AND HE LAGGED IT UP THAT FAR AND

BEAT ME BY ONE AND I KNOW IF I MADE MY EAGLE PUTT HE WOULD HAVE MADE HIS AND BEAT ME BY ONE TOO, SO THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I'D EVER REALLY HAD A CHANCE AND YOU KNOW, SO

OBVIOUSLY THAT INSPIRED ME TO TRY TO BEAT HIM AND HE WASN'T GOING TO LET
ME WIN AND IT WAS EXTRA SPECIAL WHEN I FINALLY DID.

PETER KESSLER
HOW COMPETITIVE ARE YOU TWO AWAY FROM GOLF? OTHER SPORTS, OTHER THINGS IN LIFE?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WE'RE NOT COMPETITIVE AT ALL IN THAT, THAT RESPECT AND, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE , EVEN TODAY WHEN WE PLAY GOLF NOW AFTER THE FACT, WE'RE NOT COMPETITIVE, OR I DON'T FEEL LIKE WE'RE COMPETITIVE WHEN WE PLAY. I ENJOY THE COMPANY AND WE GO OUT AND PLAY, BUT I FELT WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, BOTH RAYMOND AND ROBERT,

THAT, THEY WERE GOING TO BEAT ME, THEY WERE GOING TO BEAT ME. IT WASN'T GOING TO BE THE FATHER AND THE SON RUNNING THE FOOTRACE AND LETTING THE CHILD BARELY WIN ALL THE TIME. WE, WE DID THOSE THINGS BUT ON

THE GOLF COURSE THE RULE WAS THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO BEAT ME. THEY WEREN'T EVER GOING TO HAVE IT GIVEN TO THEM AND I THINK THAT'S WHY HE BRINGS IT UP NOW. IT WAS SPECIAL KNOWING THAT I WAS PLAYING AS HARD AS I COULD PLAY THE DAY HE BEAT ME.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN THE TWO OF YOU WON THE FATHER SON CHALLENGE LAST YEAR AND DAD MAKES THE BIRDIE ON THE PLAY OFF HOLE TO BEAT THE MILLERS, WHAT DO YOU FEEL IF ANYTHING THAT YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR DAD AND JOHNNY ABOUT COMPETITION? ABOUT YOU TAKING YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
WELL, I'VE BEEN AROUND, YOU KNOW, HIM FOREVER, AND, AND JUST, JUST THE FOCUS AND THEN THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING . I PUTTED FIRST, THE BACK NINE, OR FROM

ABOUT NINE OR TEN ON, THE LAST ROUND OF THE FATHER SON, THE LAST FEW HOLES, AND WE WENT INTO THAT PLAY OFF AND, AND I PUTTED LAST, EXCUSE
ME, AND WE WENT TO THAT PLAY OFF AND HE SAID TO ME, HE GOES, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PUTT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS, SO HE WANTED TO GIVE ME A

CHANCE TO MAKE IT AND THEN HE WENT AHEAD AND MADE IT AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU LEARN BECAUSE I, I'VE DEFINITELY TALKED A GOOD GAME PLAYING WITH FRIENDS AND SAID

ALRIGHT I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS AND, YOU KNOW, YOU MAKE IT ONE TIME OUT OF TEN AND HE SEEMS TO BE THE OTHER WAY, HE MISSES ONE TIME OUT OF TEN, AND THAT'S, THAT'S SOMETHING I'VE LEARNED AND, YOU KNOW I DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW HOW HE DOES IT BUT
I GUESS THAT'S THE SECRET.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR SPENDING A FEW MINUTES WITH US TONIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU GO AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH DAD. DON'T GO AWAY. HERE'S DAD AND DAUGHTER ON COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FROM 1986 WHEN RAYMOND WON THE U.S. OPEN AT SHINNECOCK.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

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



It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



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.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



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.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.