Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
MEDIA GENERALLY LIKES GUYS WHO ARE QUOTABLE. YOU GOT HIGH MARKS IN THE AFTER MATH OF THE BYRON NELSON WHEN ASKED WHAT YOU WOULD DO WITH THE 810 THOUSAND DOLLAR FIRST PRIZE

CHECK YOU QUIPPED, I'M GOING TO KEEP IT OUT OF NAZDAK.

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL THAT MADE SOME OF MY FINANCIAL ADVISOR BUDDIES UPSET BUT THAT'S IT. I, HEY THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. WHY, WHY CUT IT IN HALF?

RICH LERNER
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR DAD ABOUT MONEY?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL DAD IS ULTRA CONSERVATIVE BECAUSE OF THE WAY HE GREW UP WITH NO MONEY AND 'B', THE WAY HE RETIRED. OKAY, I HAVE THIS MUCH, I'M DONE, SO NOW, THIS IS AS RICH AS I'M GOING TO GET

AND I'M HAPPY WITH THAT, SO I, I, THE WAY I SEE IT, I MAKE MY MONEY BY MAKING BIRDIES AND PARS AND, AND EAGLES AND NOT BY MY INVESTMENTS OR ANYTHING THAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT IS GOING TO HURT MY GOLF, SO, IF I'M WORRIED ABOUT WHERE MY MONEY IS

AND WHAT IT'S INVESTED IN, THEN I'M IN TROUBLE, SO I JUST TRY TO KEEP IT SAFE AND, AND FORGET I'VE GOT IT.

RICH LERNER
KEEP IT SAFE. KEEP IT SIMPLE.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT, LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. CASEY FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. HI YOU'RE ON GOLF TALK LIVE WITH ROBERT DAMRON.

CASEY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA (MALE):
HEY ROBERT. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

ROBERT DAMRON
DOING GREAT.

CASEY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA (MALE):
GOOD. LISTEN, I WANTED TO, BY THE WAY I'M CADDYING AT THE PGA IN ATLANTA SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU DOWN THERE.

ROBERT DAMRON
ALRIGHT

CASEY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA (MALE):
BEST OF LUCK TO YOU.

ROBERT DAMRON
THANK YOU

CASEY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA (MALE):
I WANTED TO ASK YOU, I KNOW WHEN I PLAY WITH SOME GUYS, YOU KNOW, SOME GUYS ARE BETTER BALL STRIKERS THAN OTHERS

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

CASEY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA (MALE):
AND WANTED TO ASK YOU, WHO IS THE BEST BALL STRIKER YOU'VE EVER PLAYED WITH AND WHY DO YOU THINK THAT

THEY'RE THE BEST BALL STRIKER YOU'VE EVER, EVER PLAYED WITH? AMATEUR OR PROFESSIONAL.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL, THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT BALL STRIKING SETS APART THE TOP PLAYERS FROM THE REST OF THE FIELD. IT SETS APART THE NICK PRICES, IT SETS APART THE NICK FALDOS, THE VIJAY SINGHS AND THE TIGER WOODS BECAUSE IF YOU'RE

CONSISTENTLY MISSING LESS GREENS AND YOU'RE CONSISTENTLY HITTING THE BALL CLOSER TO THE HOLE, IT'S HARD TO LOOSE (LAUGHS) AND, AND IF YOU NOTICE THE GUYS ARE, ARE STREAKY PUTTERS. THE BEST PLAYERS. FRED COUPLES, DAVIS LOVE, GUYS LIKE THAT. NICK PRICE, SO,

THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN? VIJAY PROBABLY. HE'S, HE'S AWESOME. I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH FREDDIE COUPLES BUT MAN, HE'S GOOD ON THE RANGE. (LAUGHS)


BUT PROBABLY VIJAY. IT, IT'S, YOU CAN JUST SEE THE CONFIDENCE WHEN HE STANDS OVER A SHOT THAT HE KNOWS WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. WELL GREENS HIT IS THE MONEY STATISTIC.

ROBERT DAMRON
IT, IT DEFINITELY IS.

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU, YOU HIT

ROBERT DAMRON
IT'S ON THE RATED STATS .

RICH LERNER
YEAH WELL YOU, YOU'RE GOING TO GO THROUGH PERIODS WHERE YOU DON'T MAKE PUTTS, WHERE IT SCARES THE HOLE

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
BUT AS YOU SAID, IF YOU, YOU CAN CONSISTENTLY HIT 67-8, 70 % OF YOUR GREENS, YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A LITTLE MONEY.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL A GUY THAT I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF WITH IS SCOTT HOCH.

RICH LERNER
OOH

ROBERT DAMRON
HE HITS THE BALL WITH HIS IRONS SO WELL IT, IT'S FRIGHTENING AND HE ALWAYS HAS, AND IT'S JUST A KNACK THAT HE'S GOT AND YOU KNOW, THE GUYS GOT MORE TOP TENS THAN ALMOST ANYONE PROBABLY.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. ANOTHER SHORT BREAK. COME BACK, FIND OUT WHAT'S AHEAD FOR ROBERT DAMRON WHEN WE COME BACK IN JUST A MOMENT. STAY WITH US.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.