Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 11, 1996, 5:00 pm
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IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS NO ONE EVER PLAYED THEIR GAME AT WORLD CLASS LEVELS LONGER THAN THE AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE SAM SNEAD. THIRTY TWO YEARS AFTER WINNING HIS FIRST PGA CHAMPIONSCHIP IN 1942 SNEAD ALMOST WON IT AGAIN FINISHING THIRD BEHIND A COUPLE OF KIDS NAMED TREVINO AND NICKLAUS.

HE WAS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE TOUR AND AN EQUALLY MAJOR FACTOR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE SENIOR TOUR NEARLY FIFTY YEARS LATER. HE PLAYED AGAINST AND BEAT GENERATIONS OF GREAT GOLFERS, NAMES LIKE JONES, SARAZEN, HOGAN, NELSON, GOODDALL, DEMERRIT, PALMER, CASPER, NICKLAUS AND PLAYER.

HE TAUGHT HIMSELF THE GAME IN THE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA HE MADE HIS FIRST CLUBS FROM MAPLE LIMBS AND LEFT BARK ON ONE END TO GRIP THE CLUB SECURELY, BALLS WERE HARD TO FIND AND SAM LEARNED TO DRAW THE BALL BECAUSE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PASTURE BEHIND THE SNEAD HOME DRAINED POORLY AND A SLICED BALL COULD BE LOST FOR EVER.

HE BUILT HIS SWING THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR AND HE PLAYED BY FEEL. HE ASSEMBLED A LIST OF SWING KEYS WHICH HE STILL USES TODAY AT AGE 84. SAM DISCOVERED THAT A SWING THAT USED 80-90% OF HIS POWER WAS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN A MORE AGGRESIVE HIT. HE WON MORE PGA TOUR VESTS THAN ANY MAN WHO EVER PLAYED THE GAME.

HIS SWING MAYBE AS ATTRACTIVE AND PLEASING AS ANYONE WHO EVER SWUNG A GOLF CLUB, AND WAS EVERY BIT AS EFFECTIVE AS IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. HE IS A LEGEND, A SUPERSTAR, AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION AND A GREAT TELLER OF STORIES. HEAR SOME OF THEM TONIGHT WHEN YOU MEET SAM SNEAD ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

SAM SNEAD
THANKS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
I WANT TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO GOLF TALK LIVE IM PETER KESLER AND THIS OF COURSE IS THE GREAT SAM SNEAD. HOW ARE YOU PLAYING?

SAM SNEAD
LOUSY

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME ABOUT IT. WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING?

SAM SNEAD
ANYWHERE FROM A TO B.

PETER KESSLER
A TO B.

SAM SNEAD
A TO B.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU STILL HAVE A FLOCK OF PIGEONS THAT YOUR FLEECING THESE DAYS?

SAM SNEAD
WELL YOU KNOW IVE LOST ALMOST ALL MY PIGEONS. BRUCE FORBES??? WAS MY FAVORITE PIGEON.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S MALCOMS BROTHER, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
BROTHER. WE WOULD HAVE ABOUT 800 GOING EVERY DAY WE PLAY AND YOU
KNOW WHAT HE CALL ME? PIGG, HE CALL, ' SAY, HEY PIGG!, WHAT TIME WE GOING?' AND I SAID 'AS SOON AS YOU CAN GET HERE.' WE GOT A STARTING TIME?', I SAID 'A STANDING ONE'

PETER KESSLER
HE WAS A PIGEON, HEY, IS IT TRUE THAT WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU AND YOUR BROTHER HOMER WERE BOYS THAT YOU USED TO MAKE YOUR FIRST GOLF CLUBS BY CUTTING DOWN THE LIMBS OF THE SWAMP MAPLES?

SAM SNEAD
WELL THAT ENDED UP THE BEST CLUB, BUT WHEN I WAS A KID WE HAD CHESTNUT TREES THEN AND AS YOU CUT A TREE DOWN, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A LARGE ONE THEN IT WOULD HAVE SPROUTS GOING UP ALL AROUND IT SO YOU COULD GO JUST KICK ONE OFF, TAKE A HATCHET, PUT A LITTLE MORE LOFT ON IT, OH, YIOU COULD TRY TO BE FANCY. TAKE ALL THE BARK BUT 12 INCHES, THAT'S THE GRIP. YOU LEFT THAT FOR THE GRIP

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU REMEMBER THE YEAR THAT YOU WON THE MASTERS THE LAST TIME IN '54 THAT YOU WENT BACK TO OLD WHITE THAT SUMMER AND MADE ANOTHER MAPLE LIMB SWAMP GOLF CLUB AND WENT AROUND OLD WHITE IN '76 WITH THAT CLUB AND A WEDGE?

SAM SNEAD
THAT'S RIGHT. HOW'D YOU KNOW THAT?

PETER KESSLER
YOU TOLD ME THAT ONCE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. HOW'D YOU PUT? WHAT DID YOU PUT WITH THE WEDGE OR THE

SAM SNEAD
THE WEDGE

PETER KESSLER
'76

SAM SNEAD
YOU HIT IT RIGHT AT THE EQUATER WITH THE SOLE AND YOU COULD RUN IT PRETTY GOOD

PETER KESSLER
ALL THE GUYS ARE DOING THAT TODAY FROM THE FRINGE

SAM SNEAD
FRINGE, YES. THEY ARE DOING IT A LOT

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU USED TO PLAY A LOT OF MATCH PLAY EVENTS LIKE THE PGA, FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU MISS THAT THAT ISN'T AROUND ANYMORE AND THAT ALL THE TOURNAMENTS WERE STROKE PLAY. WASN'T IT A LOT OF FUN TO HAVE THE MATCH PLAY EVENTS?

SAM SNEAD
IT WAS BUT, THEY FINALLY FOUND OUT THAT WHEN YOU HAD 2 FINALISTS THAT WERE HARDLY HEARD OF, THAT MAYBE 200 PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP FOR THE FINALS

PETER KESSLER
AND NOBODY'D WATCH IT ON TV

SAM SNEAD
AND SO, IT WAS DECIDED THAT'S GONE. AND SO, I DON'T BLAME THEM

PETER KESSLER
NOW, IT WAS SAID WHEN YOU WERE A KID, LIKE WALTER HAGAN, YOU LIKED TO FOOL AROUND WITH CLOTHES ON YOUR MOMS SEWING MACHINE AND SHE THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO BE A TAYLOR AT ONE POINT, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
OH, SURE. I TAKE UP PANTS AND I COULD PUT FRENCH CUTS ON THEM AND I COULD TAKE UP AND PUT A NEW COLLAR ON IT. I SUPPOSE I WAS THE WIZ WHEN I COMES ?????. SCARED MY MOTHER TO DEATH. BUT, I WAS VERY CAREFUL

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'D YOUR MOM AND DAD THINK ABOUT YOUR PLAYING GOLF AND YOUR FAME WHEN IT CAME?

SAM SNEAD
YOU KNOW, THEY NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. I SAID TO MY MOTHER ONE TIME WHEN I CAME HOME, I SAID, `MOM, DID YOU EVER THINK I'D EVER AMOUNT TO ANYTHING?' `WELL, YES. YOU WERE ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING. YOU WERE DOING SOMETHING ALL THE TIME.' AND, GOD LOVE HER, VERY STRICT. WHEN SHE SAID DON'T DO THAT, WE DIDN'T DO THAT. WELL, KIDS,' WELL, I GOTTA HAVE, WELL I.' HM HM HM HM . NOT AT MY HOUSE, THERE WASN'T ANY TALK BACK

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAD? WAS HE SOFTER THAN MOM?

SAM SNEAD
A LITTLE MORE SO. BUT, EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW
OR ASKED FOR WE WENT TO MOMSHE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT WOULD COME TO HER ASK HER ABOUT DIFFERENT DEALS AND THINGSHER BROTHER SAID TO HER, HE WAS THE HEAD CARPENTER, FOR THE VIRGINIA HOT SPRINGS COMPANYAND THEY LEFT IT UP TO HIM TO MAKE THE STAIRWELL IN THE TOWER AND HE CAME HOME , HE WAS STAYING AT HOME AT THAT TIME, HE SAID, `LAURA I M AT A QUINCY I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO BURT LEFT IT UP TO ME, SHE SAID, `ED GO TO BED AND SLEEP ON IT YOU FIND IT, YOULL THINK OF SOMETHING' CAME DOWN THE NEXT MORNING AND SAID, `I GOT HER' WENT IN AND BUILT THE STAIRWELL.

PETER KESSLER
SMART LADY, HOW DID SHE CALL, HOW DID SHE, YOUR MOM CALL ALL THE BOYS IN AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR DINNER HOW DID SHE FIND ALL OF YOU?

SAM SNEAD
HAHA WELL ACTUALLY WHEN I GREW UPAT ANY KIND OF AN AGE YOU MIGHT SAY, 10, 12 YEARS OLD WERNT TOO MANY OF US AT HOME AND I WAS THE YOUNGEST , MY BROTHER NEXT TO ME, WELFORD, THEY CALL HIM PETE HIS THREE YEARS OLDER AND HOMER WAS 12 YEARS OLDER AND I USED TO CHASE FOR HIM HAVE TO GO OVER3 OR 4 FENCES, AND 2 OR 3 FIELDS

PETER KESSLER
HOMER WAS A BIG HITTER THOUGH RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
HE WAS HE COULD HAVE PLAYED ON THE TOUR HE WAS VERY GOOD. BUT MY MOM SAID, `SON YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE LOOK OUT AFTER HOMER, I SAID, `LOOK OUT AFTER HOMER?', WELL HE WENT AROUND THE WORLD TWICE WELL HE HAD A COUPLE OF PATENTS THAT DIDNT QUITE GET THROUGH BUT WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF MONEY.

PETER KESSLER
BUT YOU WERE GREAT FRIENDS WERNT YOU?

SAM SNEAD
WELL HE AND I WERE THE CLOSEST OF THE SIX, ONE SISTER

PETER KESSLER
IS IT TRUE HE USED TO HIT AT 300 YARDS WITH THAT MAPLE CLUB?

SAM SNEAD
HE NEVER HIT ONE WITH THE MAPLE CLUB

PETER KESSLER
OH

SAM SNEAD
IM THE ONLY ONE THAT USED THE MAPLE CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT, WERE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK WE WILL COME RIGHT BACK WITH SAM SNEAD, RIGHT AFTER THIS, DONT GO AWAY.

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."