Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 6
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.
I'LL DO MY BEST PETER. NO GUARANTEE
LOOK. 78 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. FINAL ROUND.
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.
OBVIOUSLY WITH THE SWING I WAS IN DEEP GRASS. CAME DOWN PRETTY SOFT.
DO YOU TRY TO TAKE THE BALL CLEAN ON THOSE SHOTS OR ARE YOU CATCHING A LITTLE GRASS
(?) AROUND THE EDGES?
YOU'RE PLAYING A, A BUNKER SHOT. YOU'RE ACTUALLY EXPLODING THE GRASS TO MAKE IT COME UP AND HIGH AND SOFT.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR, WELL WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU HAVE A LITTLE CHIP FROM THE EDGE? ARE YOU TAKING THE BALL CLEAN?
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.
NOW HERE, OF COURSE, HERE IS THE NEXT HOLE ON THE SAME DAY.
THIS ACTUALLY WAS A DAY LATER. THIS, THIS IS THE FINAL ROUND. THAT WAS
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.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OUT FOR WHEN PLAYING THIS SHOT? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR?
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.
KIND OF A BRITISH OPEN ATMOSPHERE AT SHINNECOCK ISN'T IT?
YES IT IS. VERY MUCH SO.
AND THE PLAYABILITY OF THE GOLF COURSE AS WELL.
THIS IS THE DOUBLE SANDY.
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.
YOU ALWAYS LOOKING TO TAKE THE STRAIGHTEST FACED CLUB YOU CAN?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.