Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DISCOVERED EARLY ABOUT YOUR ABILITY TO SCORE WAS THAT YOU NEEDED TO WORK ON YOUR SHORT GAME AND OVER THE YEARS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE MARVELED AT IS THE ASSORTMENT

OF CHIPS AND PITCHES AND BUNKER SHOTS AND LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU DO AROUND THE GREEN TO SCORE. SO LET'S

TAKE A LOOK AT A RIP OF THINGS AND TELL US TO THE EXTENT YOU CAN, WHAT'S GOING ON, WHERE YOU REMEMBER, AND TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF PLAYING THOSE SHOTS AS WE LOOK AT THEM TOGETHER.

RAYMOND FLOYD
I'LL DO MY BEST PETER. NO GUARANTEE

PETER KESSLER
LOOK. 78 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. FINAL ROUND.

RAYMOND FLOYD
OH THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT DIFFICULT SHOTS WITH THE, AT ST. ANDREWS AND I HIT IT HARD DOWN THROUGH THE, THE LITTLE DEPRESSION THERE AND RUN IT UP. THAT GREEN WON'T HOLD A FULL PITCH.

I DON'T REMEMBER THIS, BUT I'M COMING OVER A BUNKER.

PETER KESSLER
IT WORKED.

RAYMOND FLOYD
OBVIOUSLY WITH THE SWING I WAS IN DEEP GRASS. CAME DOWN PRETTY SOFT.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU TRY TO TAKE THE BALL CLEAN ON THOSE SHOTS OR ARE YOU CATCHING A LITTLE GRASS

(?) AROUND THE EDGES?

RAYMOND FLOYD
NO, YOU'RE
YOU'RE PLAYING A, A BUNKER SHOT. YOU'RE ACTUALLY EXPLODING THE GRASS TO MAKE IT COME UP AND HIGH AND SOFT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT YOUR, WELL WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU HAVE A LITTLE CHIP FROM THE EDGE? ARE YOU TAKING THE BALL CLEAN?

RAYMOND FLOYD
SURE. WHEN THE, WHEN THE BALL'S CLEAN YOU TAKE IT CLEAN, BUT WHEN IT'S DOWN, THAT WAS ONE OF THE REALLY GREAT BUNKER SHOTS OF MY CAREER. THAT WAS THE 15TH AT SHINNECOCK WHEN I WON THE U.S. OPEN.

PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE, OF COURSE, HERE IS THE NEXT HOLE ON THE SAME DAY.

RAYMOND FLOYD
THIS ACTUALLY WAS A DAY LATER. THIS, THIS IS THE FINAL ROUND. THAT WAS

PETER KESSLER
SATURDAY, YEAH

RAYMOND FLOYD
THE PUTT THAT WAS ON SATURDAY, AND I WAS DISTURBED THERE BY A CAMERA MAN WHO HAD A, WHAT DO YOU CALL THEM AN AUTOMATIC DRIVE AND HE TOOK ABOUT THREE CLICK, CLICK, CLICK RIGHT AS I WAS STARTING BACK. FORTUNATELY I REFOCUSED AND GOT BACK IN THERE AND HIT A PRETTY GOOD SHOT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OUT FOR WHEN PLAYING THIS SHOT? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL I, I LOOK, LOSE SHOTS TO THE RIGHT WHEN I GO TO HIT THEM EASY, SO, AND THE WIND WAS BLOWING VERY HARD, AGAINST, FROM THE RIGHT, SO ALL I HAD TO DO WAS KIND OF HOLD IT OR CUT IT IN THERE AND I PREFER THAT OVER THE LEFT TO RIGHT WIND. SO I, I TOOK THERE AN 8 IRON AND HIT IT PRETTY SOLID THROUGH THE WIND.

PETER KESSLER
KIND OF A BRITISH OPEN ATMOSPHERE AT SHINNECOCK ISN'T IT?

RAYMOND FLOYD
YES IT IS. VERY MUCH SO.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE PLAYABILITY OF THE GOLF COURSE AS WELL.

THIS IS THE DOUBLE SANDY.

RAYMOND FLOYD
YES I WILL HIT A BAD DRIVE IN THE FAIRWAY BUNKER. HIT A PRETTY GOOD SHOT TO GET IT UP HERE INTO THE GREENSIDE BUNKER AND HIT THAT NICE SHOT AND MADE THAT TO GO INTO THE PLAY OFF.

WELL THIS WAS MY LAST WIN ON THE REGULAR TOUR IN '92 AT DORAL. THAT WAS A FAIRLY CLEAN LIE, AT THE 13TH, TO BE ABLE TO SPIN IT LIKE THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE BALL CLEAN.

PETER KESSLER
YOU ALWAYS LOOKING TO TAKE THE STRAIGHTEST FACED CLUB YOU CAN?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WHEN, IF THERE'S ROOM. I LIKE TO GET THE BALL ON THE GREEN. I DON'T LIKE TO LET IT BOUNCE AND TUMBLE UNLESS IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

THAT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE GREATEST CHIPS I'VE EVER HIT IN MY LIFE AND TO EVEN THINK BACK ON HOW YOU COULD HOLE THAT SHOT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE. THE FRONT OF THE 14TH AT AUGUSTA.

ALL OF THESE ARE, ARE PRETTY DIFFICULT BUNKER SHOTS THAT, AT THE PGA NATIONAL, YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF ROOM WHEN YOU GET IN THE BUNKERS THAT ARE FAIRLY DEEP THERE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU PLAYED IN YOUR FINAL RYDER CUP AS A PLAYER IN '93 AND HAD A CHANCE TO, NOT ONLY PLAY A SINGLES MATCH THE LAST DAY, BUT YOU PLAYED PROBABLY AS GOOD A GOLF AS YOU HAD

ALL YEAR, AT A CRITICAL MOMENT AND HELPED THE TEAM, WAS THAT SORT OF THE PERFECT, FINAL WAY TO END YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A PLAYER IN THE CUPS?

RAYMOND FLOYD
IT WAS A WONDERFUL WAY TO END, END THE EXPERIENCE. IT'S, RYDER CUP IS THE HARDEST GOLF THAT YOU WILL EVER PLAY. IT IS A LONG TRYING WEEK. YOU'RE PLAYING 36 HOLES. INTENSE PRESSURE. YOU'VE GOT THE WEIGHT OF

YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR AND YOUR FELLOW RYDER CUP MEMBERS AND YOUR CAPTAIN AND I WAS PICKED. I WAS A CAPTAIN'S PICK, AND HERE I AM, PUT IN NEXT OR THIRD TO THE LAST SLOT AND

I'M PAIRED AGAINST OLAZABAL AND AS IT CAME DOWN I BEAT HIM TO WIN THE DECIDING POINT. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL AND I PLAYED PROBABLY AS WELL AS I HAD PLAYED IN 6 MONTHS AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM BUT IT CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME.

PETER KESSLER
I REMEMBER IT WELL. THE TWO IRON TO FOUR FEET, AND TO HITTING THE FLAG ON 15, THE 3 BIRDIES IN FOUR HOLES. WE'LL COME BACK AND TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO BUILD GOLF COURSES BASED ON ALL THESE EXPERIENCES. DON'T GO AWAY.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


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Finances


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Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

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