Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 3
IN 1949 SAM SNEAD ARRIVED IN AUGUSTA GEORGIA HOT OFF A PLAYOFF VICTORY IN THE GREENBORO'S OPEN. A TOURNAMENT THAT HE WOULD GO ON TO WIN 8 TIMES. HE FELT THAT HE WAS ON HIS WAY BACK TO CURING A PUZZLING AILMENT CALLED THE YIPS??? OR AS THEY SAY IN GREAT BRITAIN THE TWICHES AND WHAT OTHER PLACE CAN TEST YOU MORE THAN AUGUSTA NATIONAL THE GALLARY WARMED TO THE GREAT VIRGINIA NATIVE AS HE MADE A FINAL ROUND CHARGE SHOT A BRILLANT 67 AND WON BY 3 STROKES TO CLAIM HIS FIRST OF 3 GREEN JACKETS. AFTER HIS VICTORY HE RECEIVED A CONGRATULATORY PHONE CALL FROM A REVOVERING VAN HOGAN. IN 1952, DESPITE HITTING HIS T SHOT INTO THE WATER ON THE FAMED PAR 3 TWELVE HOLE IN THE FINAL ROUND HE WOULD ONCE AGAIN WIN THE MASTERS, IT WAS HIS 6TH OF 7 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, UNLESS THE OF COURSE NEXT YEAR THE 84 YEAR OLD YOUNGSTER DECIDES TO GIVE IT MORE ONE MORE SHOT AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL.
SAM, HOW MUCH OF THE GOLF COURSE CHANGE OVER THE YEARS, THE SPEED OF THE GREENS FOR EXAMPLE AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?
WELL, THEY ARE VERY FAST. I THINK THAT THE LAST YEAR THAT I WON THE GREENS WERE AS FAST AS I HAVE EVER SEEN THEM.
DID YOU GUYS PREFER THEM THAT FAST? YOU AND BEN AND BYRON AND ALL THE FELLOWS OF THAT TIME?
BUT YOU KNOW I PUT??? DO FAIRLY WELL, BECAUSE I WAS PLAYING IRON CLUBS WELL AND I WOULD TRY TO STAY BELOW THE HOLE. THE MNUTE YOU GET IT ABOVE THE HOLE YOU HAD SOME PROBLEMS.
YOU, YOU SAID A LOT OF TIMES THAT YOU WEREN'T A GREAT PUTTER FROM 6 FEET AND IN AND HISTORY SHOW S THAT YOU HAVE BEEN A GREAT LAG??? PUTTER , BUT YOU COULDN'T HAVE MISSED TOO MANY WHEN IT COUNTED AND STILL WON ALMOST 200 GOLF TOURNAMENTS.
WELL, MY PUTTING WAS UP AND DOWN, I KNOW IF I COULD HAVE SHOT 69 I WOULD HAVE WON 9 U.S. OPENS THE LAST ROUND. SO, I WOULD HAVE ONE GOOD ROUND OF PUTTING ONE SO-SO, BUT ALWAYS HAVE ONE THAT WAS, IT WAS AWFUL.
HOW GOOD WAS HOGAN'S PUTTING WHEN HE WAS AT HIS BEST?
WELL, HE WAS THE BEST OUT THERE I THINK WITH THE ONE.
AMAZING, BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF HIM TODAY, WE THINK OF THE TIMES PAST HIS PRIME WHEN STARTED TO HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE PUTTER WHICH EVENTUALLY FORCED HIM OFF THE TOUR, HE WOULDN'T PLAY GOLF SO THAT PEOPLE COULDN'T SEE HIM HAVE TROUBLE PULL THAT BLADE BACK.
WELL, HE PUTTED VERY WELL IN OUR PLAY OFF IN 54, AND ON THE 16TH HOLE WE WERE BOTH WITHIN 6 INCHES OF EACH OTHER AND I WAS THE WAY. AND WHEN I HIT MY FIRST PUT AND I SAID, `OH MY GOD, I MUST BE I'M 7 FEET PAST THE HOLE', AND IT ONLY WENT A FOOT PAST. AND I GOT OVER IT AND JUST READY TO STRIKE IT A GUY IN THE GALLARY ACROSS THE CREEK HOLLORED, `MISS IT!' EVERYBODY TURNED AROUND LOOKED AT HIM AND HE JUST MELTED RIGHT T DOWN TO THE GROUND AND I TAPPED MY IN. AND I TOLD MY CADDY, I SAID, `HE'LL NEVER GET THIS PUT TO THE HOLE.' AND HE LEFT ABOUT 5 FEET SHORT, AND THAT WAS THE ONLY SIGN THAT I SAW THAT HE WAS GOING TO GET THERE, THAT HE HIT A TERRIBLE PUT THERE WITH A LITTLE YAKEN??? SHORT RIGHT.
LITTLE TWITCHES, HUH?
BUT, ALL IN ALL HE AND I, WE WERE PARTNERS AND HE DIDN'T SAY VERY MUCH. WHEN WE WERE PLAYING OVER IN ENGLAND HE SAID, ` DAMN THAT ROBERTO DEMENZO???' I SAID,
WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
MEN JUST KEEP THE HEAT ON, I SAID, `YOU'LL GET IT' AND I PLAYED BETTER THAN HE DID AFTER THE FIRST FOUR HOLES EVERY ROUND. BUT HE COLLARED ME THE FIRST FOUR HOLES, SEEMED LIKE. BUT, AS I SAID HE DIDN' T TALK EVEN TO HIS PARTNER WAS JIMMY DEMERRIT???
YOUR WAY, RIGHT?
WELL I RESPECTED THAT, HE SAID, `HEY I CAN'T JUST `HEY MARY, HI JOE HOW'S THE KIDDIES?' HE JUST CAN'T DO THAT. I'M TRYING TO DO MY BEST FROM HERE TO THERE. AND I RESPECT HIM FOR THAT AND I WOULD NEVER WATCH HIM HIT THE SHOT, I WOULD WATCH HIM TEE UP GET HIS LITTLE WAGGLE??? SET THE CLUB DOWN AND THEN I WOULD LOOK DOWN THE FAIRWAY, WOULDN'T WATCH HIS SWING.
`CAUSE IT WAS SO FAST, RIGHT?
WELL HE SHORTENED UP HIS SWING CONSIDERABLE YOU KNOW THEY CALL HIM, HE SWINGS THE CLUB LIKE ALICE BOULER???WELL THE CLUB POINTED TO THE GROUND LIKE DAILY.
WHEN HE WAS IN HIS 30'S, RIGHT?
OR IN THE 1930'S
IT SEEMED ABOUT THE THIRD ROUND RED GREENGER??? WOULD POP UP, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS?
77, YOU BET CHA
77 THEN THEY WOULD RUN BY HIM. SO, HE DECIDED HE HAD TO CHANGE HIS SWING, GET A SWING THAT HE COULD RELY ON. AND COULD BE MORE CONTINOUS DOING THE SAME THING.
AND HE WAS.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ONE OF OUR VIEWERS, WE'VE GOT BILL FROM GEORGIA WITH US. HELLO BILL.
BILL - CALLER
HI PETER, HOW ARE YOU?
GOOD. HOW YOU DOING?
BILL - CALLER
GREAT! FANTASTIC SHOW IN OUR MOST HONORABLE SPORTS. MR. SNEAD IT'S AN HONOR TO BE IN YOUR COMPANY.
BILL - CALLER
YOU SHOULD, IT SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL VERY PROUD THAT NO ONE IS LIKELY TO EVER APPROACH YOUR CAREER EARNINGS. ONE QUESTION, IN THE 40'S AND 50'S, YOUR HAY DAY, WERE THERE ANY TALENTED SOUTH PAWS ON TOUR? OR ANY THAT COME TO YOUR MIND? THANK YOU, AND I WILL TALK TO YOU LATER.
ANY GOOD LEFTIES IN THOSE DAYS?
WELL THERE WERE A COUPLE OF THEM BUT THEY DIDN'T HANG AROUND TO LONG.
DIDN'T YOU ONCE, IF I GOT THIS RIGHT, DIDN'T YOU PLAY WITH JUST YOUR LEFT HAND THREE ROUNDS IN 1945? OR 1946? I THINK AT THE HOMESTEAD AND SHOT 83, 82, 81. AND INCLUDED A HOLE IN ONE WITH THE THREE IRON?
DID YOU DO THAT ON A BET?
WELL I TELL YOU I WAS NURSING A RIGHT WRIST, I HAD SPLIT THE RADIUS AND I HAD A BANDAGE AROUND MY WRIST. THE DOCTOR SAID IF YOU PUT IT IN A CAST YOU COULD GET A SPUR AND THAT WOULDN'T BE GOOD, AND YOU WOULD WANT A LITTLE MOBILITY. AND THIS MAN I JUST FINISHED PRACTICING, PLAYING WITH MY DRIVER MATTER OF FACT WAS MY HARDEST TO PLAY WAS THE DRIVER, SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE EASIEST BUT IT WASN'T AND I JUST GOT THROUGH AND CAME DOWN TO THE SHOP AND A MAN CAME IN AND HE SAID, `IS THE PRO AROUND?' I WOULD LIKE A LESSON OR JUST PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF. 'NO, THEY ARE OUT PLAYING.' HE SAID, `GEEZ I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY IT', AND I SAID, `WOULD YOU MIND PLAYING WITH A ONE ARMED MAN?' AND HE SAID, `OH GEE, A ONE ARMED MAN?' AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU SHOOT?' AND HE SAYS ABOUT 85-90. WELL I THINK MAYBE I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A GAME I SAID WELL I'M JUST PLAYING. I INTRODUCED MYSELF AS SAM AND HE WAS BILL. WHEN WE GOT TO THE 6TH HOLE THATS WHERE I HAD TO HOLD ONE WITH A 3 IRON, HE HAD HIT A 4 IRON. I HIT A 3 IRON AND HE THREW HIS 4 IRON ALMOST TO THE GREEN. HE SAID A ONE ARM MAN BEATIN' THE HELL OUT OF ME.
HIT HIM WITH A HOLE IN ONE YET? WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SLAMMIN' SAMMY SNEAD RIGHT AFTER THIS, DON'T GO AWAY.
Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener
South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.
Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.
Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.
Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.
Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.
Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder
He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):
12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson
Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson
At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker
Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.
1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas
Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.
Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone
HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.
It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.
Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.
It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.
''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''
The reward now?
''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''
He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.
During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.
''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''
Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.
''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''
During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.
''Bones, don't ever do that again.''
It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.
Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.
And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.
It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.
''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''
Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.
And not the Masters.
He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.
''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''
There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.
Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.
''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''
He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.
''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.
He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.
''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''
Except for that first week in April.
The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't
The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.
All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.
By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.
Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.
As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:
This is unreal,hiding in kitchen beachside missile attack from North Korea. Alarm went out all over Hawaii, and it’s no test...— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) January 13, 2018
In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv https://t.co/qHLeQSecnd— JJ Spaun (@JJSpaun) January 13, 2018
Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws. Please lord let this bomb threat not be real.— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonFW) January 13, 2018
While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:
Yeah, you heard that right.
“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”
Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.
Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.
Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.
As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.
Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.
Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.
With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.
First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.
“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”
Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.
We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.
The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.
These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.
Here's two more just for good measure.
Focus on a different face every time and this 15 second clip turns into 10 minutes of pure entertainment pic.twitter.com/JJeVV5eaVh— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 15, 2018
Farts ... will they ever not be funny?
Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.
Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.
Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"
Yeah Tommy, we all got that.
Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.
But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.
We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.
Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.
PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.
Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.