Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
ROBERT TELL US ABOUT THIS SHOT IN 1982. TOM KITE IN A PLAY OFF WITH JACK NICKLAUS AND DENNIS WATSON.

ROBERT DAMRON
HOPEFULLY I WASN'T DRESSED LIKE THESE GUYS BACK HERE.

RICH LERNER
WHOO HOO!

ROBERT DAMRON
BUT I'M, I'M, STANDING ACTUALLY, TOM KITE WAS CHIPPING TOWARDS ME AND I COULDN'T SEE THE HOLE AND I JUST REMEMBER IT DISAPPEARING AND HIM JUMPING AND YOU KNOW, THE

EXCITEMENT AROUND THE GREEN AND, AND THE GALLERY AND, AND I'M SURE I WAS CHEERING TOO.

RICH LERNER
YOU WERE ALREADY IN LOVE WITH THE GAME AT THIS POINT BY WHAT AGE? NINE, TEN, ELEVEN YEARS OLD?

ROBERT DAMRON
NO, PROBABLY A LITTLE YOUNGER. SEVEN, EIGHT, YEAH.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. ANY OTHER GREAT MEMORIES FROM BAY HILL INVITATIONALS OF YEARS PAST?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH I REMEMBER ALL OF THEM. I, I WAS IN THE TREE BEHIND THE GREEN WHEN GARY KOCH MADE HIS PUTT ON 15 TO STAY IN A PLAY OFF WITH GEORGE BURNS AND HE WON ON THE NEXT HOLE. BOY, WHEN

TOM KITE AND DAVIS LOVE BOTH HIT, BOTH DOUBLED THE LAST HOLE, TOM KITE DUMPED IT IN THE WATER

RICH LERNER
RIGHT

ROBERT DAMRON
AND DAVIS KNOCKED IT OVER. I WAS THERE ON 18. CRENSHAW TAPPED IN ON THE LAST HOLE IN PITCH DARK.

RICH LERNER
WERE, WERE YOU THERE FOR GAMEZ' FAMOUS SHOT?

ROBERT DAMRON
I WAS IN THE STANDS. I WAS IN THE STANDS. I DIDN'T MISS ANY OF IT.

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
IT'S, IT'S, YOU KNOW I HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT WATCHING BAY HILL, WATCHING THESE PLAYERS, SOME OF WHOM I KNEW, A LOT OF WHOM I ONLY KNEW FROM TV, WATCHING THESE GUYS, I SAID GOSH, I WANT TO DO WHAT THEY DO. THIS IS AWESOME. THIS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR WHEN BAY HILL INVITATIONAL

COMES AROUND AND I GET TO GO WATCH THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD AND, AND TO BE IN THERE NOW IT'S, IT'S, IT'S A SPECIAL THING.

RICH LERNER
THE STORY OF, AND WE'LL GET BACK TO BAY HILL AND HOW MUCH THAT TOURNAMENT MEANS TO YOU, BUT, BUT I THINK FIRST WE SHOULD DELVE INTO THE STORY OF HOW YOUR FAMILY CAME TO LIVE OFF OF THE 10TH GREEN AT BAY HILL

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
IT'S A REMARKABLE SAGA OF PERSONAL SUCCESS.

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH REALLY

RICH LERNER
ON THE PART OF YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER

ROBERT DAMRON
IT'S

RICH LERNER
SO TAKE US BACK TO KENTUCKY AND, AND, AND SHARE THAT STORY WITH US.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL WE'RE FROM PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY WHICH IS THE BIGGEST, IT'S, NOT EVEN SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE AND IT'S THE BIGGEST TOWN FOR A HUNDRED MILES PLUS,

IN ANY DIRECTION. APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, TINY, VERY POOR, BUT A LOT OF COAL MINES AND STUFF AND A LOT OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THERE, INCLUDING MY DAD, WERE IN THE COAL BUSINESS,

AND, DAD ACTUALLY HAD THE COMPANY THAT WOULD GO TO YOUR LAND AND SAY, HEY, I'LL GIVE YOU X-PERCENTAGE IF WE CAN MINE THE COAL, WE'LL RETURN IT BACK AND, TO THE WAY YOU HAD IT, SO,

AND, AND YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY DID OKAY BUT NOTHING GREAT, AND, I DON'T REMEMBER THIS TIME BECAUSE I WAS

VERY YOUNG BUT THERE WAS AN ENERGY CRISIS. LINES AT THE GAS STATION HIT. I DON'T KNOW. YOU'RE A LITTLE OLDER THAN I AM.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU MAY REMEMBER.

RICH LERNER
YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T, YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT HE SAID IT WITH A WINK IN HIS EYE.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH... OH

RICH LERNER
THE FAMOUS DAMRON WINK.

ROBERT DAMRON
VAGUE, MAYBE VAGUELY

RICH LERNER
I AM SLIGHTLY OLDER SO THAT WOULD BE AROUND THE TIME. IATOLLA KOMENI

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
HAD A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO

ROBERT DAMRON
DID YOU HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE THEN AND HAD TO WAIT IN LINE AND?

RICH LERNER
PERHAPS WERE IT NOT FOR

ROBERT DAMRON
OKAY

RICH LERNER
IATOLLA

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT!

RICH LERNER
WHO KNOWS WHERE YOU'D BE.

ROBERT DAMRON
BUT ANYWAY. THAT'S TRUE! YOU KNOW, NOT TO SAY HE WAS A GREAT GUY OR ANYTHING,

BUT

RICH LERNER
OKAY SO YOU'RE

ROBERT DAMRON
BECAUSE OF THE, THE ENERGY CRISIS AND WHATEVER PROBLEMS THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE U.S. HAD, THE PRICE OF COAL JUMPED TEN TIMES OVER IN THE SPAN OF A WEEK, A, ONE BUSINESS WEEK, SO ALL OF A SUDDEN, MY DAD INCLUDED, EVERYBODY IN PIKEVILLE WAS MAKING TONS OF MONEY AND DAD ISN'T FOND OF

WORKING AND HE LOVES TO PLAY GOLF AND CARDS AND SO I GUESS ONE DAY HE JUST CHECKED THE BANK ACCOUNT AND SAID THAT'S ENOUGH, I'M DONE, OUT.

RICH LERNER
HOW OLD WAS HE?

ROBERT DAMRON
34 I THINK. SO THAT'S, THAT'S PRETTY YOUNG.

RICH LERNER
FOR, FOR THOSE OF US, FOR WHOM THAT SOUNDS SO VERY TASTY

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
I LOVE WHAT I DO BUT

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
THERE'S NOT A ONE OF US WHO DOESN'T ENTERTAIN THAT THOUGHT. WHAT ARE HIS DAYS LIKE?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL, HE GOES TO, YOU KNOW, BREAKFAST WITH MY MOM EVERY MORNING. HE IS A, SO ROUTINE. HE, IT'S LIKE GROUND HOG DAY WITH HIM. EVERY DAY IS THE SAME.

GOES TO BREAKFAST WITH MY MOM IN THE MORNING. GOES AND PLAYS GOLF, PRACTICES. WHEN HE'S IN FLORIDA HERE, HE PLAYS, YOU KNOW, BAY HILL IN THE SHOOT OUT ALMOST EVERY DAY

AND THEN AFTER THEY'RE DONE, THEY'LL PLAY A LITTLE CARDS, GO HOME, GO TO DINNER WITH MOM, GO TO BED, DO THE NEXT THING, THE SAME THING

THE NEXT MORNING.

RICH LERNER
THAT, THAT'S A NICE LIFE AND YOU TOLD ME PRIOR TO THIS SHOW THAT YOU'D LOVE TO FOLLOW IN POPS FOOTSTEPS

WHICH I FOUND A LITTLE BIT SURPRISING IN THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU SAID IT

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
YOU'D LIKE TO GET OUT IN YOUR MID 30'S TO, TO LATE 30'S. YOU'RE NOT ENTIRELY HOPEFUL THAT'LL HAPPEN,

BUT

ROBERT DAMRON
NO, I

RICH LERNER
YOU'D LIKE TO PULL A LIETZKE IF POSSIBLE.

ROBERT DAMRON
I LOVE, I LOVE TO PLAY ON THE TOUR. LOVE TO COMPETE. LOVE TO BE OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, WAIT FOR THAT TIME FOR ME WHEN MY GAME FINALLY DOES

COME ON WHICH ISN'T AS OFTEN AS I WOULD LIKE BUT, I, I'M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF THE TRAVEL. I HATE TO SAY IT. YOU KNOW, THE AIRPORTS AND THE, AND

THE HOTEL ROOMS AND, AND I GET PRETTY HOMESICK. I THINK THAT IS PASSED DOWN TO ME FROM MY DAD.

RICH LERNER
YOU'RE PRETTY

ROBERT DAMRON
I'M A HOMEBODY.

RICH LERNER
HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU GET AROUND THE CHANNEL CIRCUIT ONE

THROUGH TWENTY-TWO?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH I'M AWESOME

RICH LERNER
CAN YOU GET AROUND?

ROBERT DAMRON
I'M AWESOME. TWENTY-TWO, ARE YOU KIDDING?

RICH LERNER
FIVE TIMES IN ABOUT ELEVEN SECONDS?

ROBERT DAMRON
SURE

RICH LERNER
THAT'S WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS PASSING BEFORE YOUR EYES. YOU'RE SITTING THERE AND YOU JUST SAY, HOLD YOUR THUMB DOWN ON IT AND IT JUST KEEPS GOING AROUND AND AROUND.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH AND I KNOW WHAT'S ON TOO. IT TAKES ME HALF A SECOND.

RICH LERNER
I HAVE NO LIFE I HAVE NO LIFE. I'M IN ANOTHER COURTYARD (LAUGHS).

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL I, WHAT'S FUNNY IS I'LL PICK MY HOTEL ROOMS BASED ON HOW MANY TV CHANNELS THEY'VE GOT. SO I LOVE

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
SMART

ROBERT DAMRON
I LOVE MY TV SO

RICH LERNER
SMART

ROBERT DAMRON
WHEN I COME HOME THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT I DO. I SLEEP AND WATCH TELEVISION.

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT, SO YOUR POP COMES DOWN TO FLORIDA. WAS, WAS HE A PLAYER AT THIS POINT OR?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH, HE LOVED TO PLAY GOLF. HE WASN'T AS GOOD AS HE IS NOW BUT HE WAS, HE WAS PRETTY GOOD, AND

RICH LERNER
USED TO BEAT BALLS WITH THE, WITH THE HEADLIGHTS ON?

ROBERT DAMRON
HE'S AMAZING. YOU KNOW, VIJAY, TOM KITE. THEY'VE GOT, THEY'VE GOT NOTHING ON HIM ON A GOOD DAY.

HE HITS

RICH LERNER
HMMM

ROBERT DAMRON
HE LOVES TO HIT BALLS. I'M THE EXACT OPPOSITE. HE, HE LOVES IT WHEN HE'S HITTING IT BAD BECAUSE HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY. IF I'M HITTING IT BAD I DON'T WANT TO HIT BALLS. THAT'S NO FUN TO GO OUT AND STRUGGLE. SO, I, I LIKE TO GO WHEN I'M HITTING IT GOOD, YOU KNOW, AND THEN, THAT'S EXCITING, BUT,

LOVES TO PRACTICE AND, AND YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, I WISH I HAD A LITTLE BIT OF, A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THAT IN ME.

RICH LERNER
HE OBVIOUSLY HAS TO BE A MAN OF ENORMOUS CONFIDENCE TO, NUMBER ONE, HAVE DONE AS, AS WELL AS HE DID IN HIS OWN BUSINESS, BUT SECONDLY, TO COME DOWN TO FLORIDA AND BECOME

GOOD ENOUGH AT GOLF AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, STRIKE UP A FRIENDSHIP WITH ARNOLD PALMER.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
IN THE 1970'S, ARNIE WAS THE KING OF KINGS.

ROBERT DAMRON
HE STILL IS.

RICH LERNER
HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE KING.

ROBERT DAMRON
SURE

RICH LERNER
BUT HE WAS POSITIVELY ROYAL AT THAT POINT.

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
FOR YOUR DAD TO COME FROM A SMALL TOWN IN KENTUCKY AND TO GO EYE TO EYE AND BECOME A CONFIDENT, A CLOSE FRIEND AND, AND COMPETITIVE FRIEND OF
PALMER'S, THAT STRIKES ME AS A MAN WHO'S GOT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF CONFIDENCE.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL, HE'S, I, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT. I DON'T THINK HE WOULD LET ON. HE'S KIND OF MORE OF A QUIET TYPE, BUT HE'S, HE'S DEFINITELY NOT SCARED OF ANYONE AND HE'S NOT GOING TO TREAT, I THINK THE REASON THAT, THAT MR. PALMER AND

MY DAD GET ON SO WELL IS HE'S NOT GOING TO TREAT HIM WITH ANY MORE RESPECT OR LESS RESPECT THAN HE TREATS THE NEXT GUY, WHERE AS, I THINK WHEN YOU'RE, YOU KNOW,

ARNOLD PALMER, YOU'RE, YOU'RE, YOU'RE USED TO PEOPLE KISSING UP TO YOU A LITTLE BIT, OR WHATEVER, AND THEN HERE COMES THIS GUY WHO JUST LIKE, HI

HOW YOU DOING, AND, AND GOES ON HIS WAY AND I THINK IT INTRIGUED HIM A LITTLE EARLY.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, YOUR DAD

ROBERT DAMRON
PLUS, PLUS THE COMPETITION. DAD, DAD LIKED TO, LIKE I SAID, WASN'T SCARED OF ANYBODY.

RICH LERNER
HOW, HOW OLD IS DAD NOW?

ROBERT DAMRON
SIXTY-ONE

RICH LERNER
STILL SCRATCH?

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH. OH YEAH. HE, I THINK HE QUIT HAVING BIRTHDAYS AT 54.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH, HE'S 61.

RICH LERNER
HE'S ENTITLED.

ROBERT DAMRON
WE ALL KNOW.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING) YES. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE SHOW, THE EXCITING DRAMA FROM THE VERIZON BYRON NELSON CLASSIC. I THINK ONE OF THE GREAT TOURNAMENTS OF THE 2001 SEASON AND HE WAS RIGHT IN

THE THICK OF IT. WE'LL DO THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE SHOW. STAY WITH US.

(MUSIC)

(BREAK)

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

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Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

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''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

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He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

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