Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 11, 1996, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

IN THE 1920'S, BOBBY JONES, GENE SARAZON AND WALTER HAGEN ALL DUELED IT OUT FOR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. FANS OF THE GAME WILL NEVER FORGET JACK AND GARY AND ARNIE SLUGGING IT OUT IN THEIR PRIMES. BUT IN BETWEEN THESE GREAT RIVALRIES IS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING OF THEM ALL, HOGAN, NELSON AND SNEAD. THEY TRADED MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BETWEEN THEM AS IF NO ONE ELSE WAS ENTITLED TO WIN. WHAT MADE IT EVEN MORE EXCITING WAS THE AMAZING CONTRAST IN THEIR PERSONALITIES. HOGAN ON THE GOLF COURSE WAS IN HIS CACOON OF CONCENTRATION. NELSON AND HIS BRILLIANT SHOT MAKING AND THE FATHER OF THE MODERN SWING AND THEN LARGER THAN LIFE, SLAMMIN' SAMMY SNEAD. NOW WHEN ONE THINKS OF WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD NELSON NOT RETIRED IN 1946 AT THE AGE OF 34, AFTER WINNING 11 IN A ROW AND 18 AT 30 THE YEAR BEFORE. OF COURSE HOGAN AND SNEAD WOULD GO ON TO WAGE INCREDIBLE BATTLES FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME ABOUT THE TEE SHOTS THAT YOU AND GENE SARAZON AND BYRON NELSON ALL HIT AT THE MASTERS THIS YEAR.

SAM SNEAD
WELL, UH GENE UH GOT UP FIRST AND HE HIT IT IN THE HEEL AND IT WENT RIGHT OFF THE RIGHT OF THE FIRST UH, THE TEE INTO THE PEOPLE. BYRON GOT UP AND OF COURSE THAT BAD HIP, IT WAS HIS RIGHT, HE HAD TO COME OVER IT, HE, ANY WEIGHT, FROM STANDING ON IT, AND HE DUCK HOOKED IT INTO THE PEOPLE. WELL I KIND OF SIMU., UH TOPPED MINE BUT MINE WENT UP THE MIDDLE, JUST RUNNING.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU GUYS WERE ALL IN YOUR PRIME, WHO, WHO WAS THE BETTER SHOT MAKER BETWEEN THE TWO, BYRON OR BEN? I KNOW THAT BEN WAS A BETTER PUTTER THAN BYRON. WHAT ABOUT SHOT MAKING, WERE THEY EQUALLY VERSATILE, SAM?

SAM SNEAD

WELL I THOUGHT UH BYRON MIGHT HAVE BEEN A BETTER DRIVER AND A LONG IRON PLAYER BUT I THINK HOGAN THEN TOOK UH TOOK THE SHOW. UM, HE WAS BETTER AROUND THE GREEN AND ON THE GREENS.

PETER KESSLER

IN TERMS OF HITTING THE BALL AT DIFFERENT HEIGHTS AND, AND CUTTING IT, AND DRAWING IT, DID, DID YOU FELLAS IN THE 30'S AND 40'S AND 50'S PLAY MORE SHOTS DO YOU FEEL THEN THE GUYS DO TODAY WHERE THEY TEND TO HIT ONE KIND OF SHOT MORE OFTEN THAN NOT?

SAM SNEAD

WELL I THINK THE UH BIG HITTERS UH TODAY, THEY FADE,UM MOST OF THEM ARE FADERS BECAUSE THEY CAN CONTROL THAT, NOT AS LONG BUT THEY CAN KEEP IT IN PLAY. THAT'S THE WHOLE THING, TO KEEP IT IN PLAY BUT UM UH HOGAN WAS A HOOKER UNTIL HE HAD, SAID WELL I'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS AND, AND UH GO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT SOME, WELL OF COURSE HE MONKEYED AROUND WITH HIS SWING AND UM I'LL, I'LL SAY THIS FOR HIM, HE'S A, THAT WAS A GUTSY LITTLE GUY, AND HE, BOY HE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING AND DIDN'T DO ANYTHING AND HE JUST TENDED TO HIS OWN GAME UH, BYRON ON THE OTHER HAND WAS A GOOD SHOT MAKER. HE WAS A BOLD PUTTER BUT UH I DON'T THINK HE WAS THE PUTTER THAT BEN WAS.

PETER KESSLER

SOME OF THE GUYS THAT PERHAPS ARE UNDER RATED AND WE DON'T TALK ABOUT AS MUCH AS WE OUGHT TO, HOW GREAT A SHOT MAKER WAS JIMMY DEMARRIT WHO WON THE MASTERS THREE TIMES?

SAM SNEAD

JIMMY WAS A HANDS PLAYER. UM, UM HIS FEET WOULD BE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER AND YOU'D THINK, JUST GETTING READY TO, AND THEN TO WIDEN HIS STANCE, TO GET READY TO SWING THE BALLS ON IT'S WAY... I DIDN'T SEE THAT. UM, JIMMY'S PUTTING I THINK UH WAS UH LIKE MINE, IT WAS `COME'N SEE COME SA' BUT UH REAL GOOD PLAYER, REAL GOOD PLAYER AND A JOLLY GUY. I NEVER HEARD OF ONE PERSON SAY THEY DIDN'T LOVE JIMMY DEMARRIT.

PETER KESSLER
ON OR OFF THE GOLF COURSE, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD

YES

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO BILL IN ARIZONA. HELLO BILL.

BILL FROM ARIZONA

HI SAM.

SAM SNEAD

HI BILL

BILL FROM ARIZONA

THANKS A LOT FOR THE UH SENIOR TOUR, UM YOU REALLY BROUGHT IT ALONG. I'D LIKE YOU TO COMMENT ON AN ARIZONA GOLFER, JOHNNY BULLER, WHO I UNDERSTAND WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF YOURS ONCE UPON A TIME OR, AND STILL PROBABLY IS.

SAM SNEAD

UH, JOHN AND I WENT ON TOUR TOGETHER. WE WENT, IN MY, I HAD JUST GONE WITH DUNLAP, THEY PAID ME FIVE UH FIVE HUNDRED, ONE SET OF CLUBS A YEAR, A DOZEN BALLS A MONTH. SO UH I MET JOHN, ACTUALLY IT WAS UH IN KENTUCKY. HE WAS OUT HITTING BALLS AND, AND I WAS WITH NELSON LONG, THE PRO THERE AT THAT HOME AND UH EVERYTIME HE DIDN'T UH PUT THIS TWO WOOD, I GUESS OR THREE WOOD IN THE TRAP HE'D BEAT THE GROUND WITH IT I SAID HEY LOOK AT THIS (???). HE'D CARRY HIS HAIR WAY DOWN THERE AND HE'D.. SORT OF BLOW IT OUT. AND UH I MET HIM THEN LATER ON IN, IN FLORIDA AND WE WENT OVER TO NASSAU, WAS TALKING TO CRAIG WOOD AND, AND UH UM HENRY PICKARD AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU THINK MY CHANCES ARE UH TO GO ON THE TOUR? CRAIG WOOD WAS THE INSTIGATOR IN GETTING ME UH TO PLAY THE DUNLAP CLUBS AND HE SAID YOU WANT TO KNOW WHETHER YOU GOT TO STAY AT HOME AND TEACH OR PLAY THE TOUR? AND I SAID YES SIR. HE SAID WHY DON'T YOU GO ON AND, AND GET ON THE TOUR IN CALIFORNIA. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT I'LL GIVE YOU MONEY ENOUGH TO COME HOME ON. I SAID I'M ON MY WAY AND BULLER SAID I'LL GO WITH YOU. SO WE DROVE TOGETHER. WENT TO CALIFORNIA BUT THE BEST THING WAS, I SAID BOO-BOO, I CALL HIM BOO-BOO, IS, AND HE CALLED ME JACKSON, MY MIDDLE NAME AND I SAID BOO-BOO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPLIT WHILE WE'RE OUT HERE. I HEARD SOME OF THESE OTHER PRO'S SPLIT. WELL I THOUGHT WELL, WITH ONE'S PLAYING WELL, WELL HE'LL BE ABLE TO CARRY THE OTHER ONE ON MAYBE TO DO SOMETHING. HE SAYS YOU CAN'T PLAY A LICK. I SAID I'LL PLAY YOU FOR $5.00 EVERYTIME WE, OKAY YOU'RE ON, YOU WANT TO MAKE IT, NO, NO AND SO THEY CAME OUT ON THE 71ST HOLE AND HE'S, WALKED UP AND HE SAID, JACK, YOU'VE GOT A SIX IRON, I SAID DON'T LOOK LIKE A SIX IRON. HE SAID I OUGHT TO KNOW I JUST, I JUST FINISHED. I SAID WHAT DID YOU SHOOT HE SAID NEVER MIND. I GOT A SEVEN IRON, HE SAID WELL ABOUT 175 YARDS THEN. AND I PUT IT IN ABOUT TEN FEET FROM THE HOLE. I SAID MHMM, IF I HAD USED THE SIX IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER THE GREEN, BUT ANYWAY, I WON $400 AND BOO-BOO DIDN'T WIN ANY. WE GO UP TO OAKLAND, I WIN THE OAKLAND, AND WE'RE ON THE WAY. BOO-BOO SAID GIVE ME MY FIVE, HE SAID THE GAME IS OFF, THE GAME IS OFF.

PETER KESSLER

DIDN'T YOU FELLAS PLAY LAST YEAR IN THE LEGENDS OF GOLF TOGETHER?

SAM SNEAD

YES WE DID. I CALLED HIM I SAID HOW ABOUT COME AND PLAY, IT'S PROB. IT MIGHT BE THE LAST TIME WE'LL EVER PLAY TOGETHER AND HE WAS THERE. I WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY THIS YEAR BUT UH I WAS HAVING A LITTLE PROBLEMS WITH, NOT MY BACK BUT UH, UH ONE FOOT, MY TOE AND I COULDN'T WALK TOO WELL SO I HAD TO CALL OFF AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MAYBE NEXT YEAR UH TO SEE JOHN.

PETER KESSLER

HOW, HOW WAS IT TO PLAY WITH HIM LAST YEAR? WAS IT GREAT FUN? DID YOU TALK ABOUT THE OLD DAYS?

SAM SNEAD

OH YEAH WE REMINISCED ABOUT THIS AND THAT AND THE OTHER AND, AND UH IT WAS SOMETHING. WE WOULD FLIP A PENNY, WHO GOT THE PENNY, IF IT CAME RIGHT DOWN TO A PENNY, HE TOOK A CAR FIRST YEAR THEN I'M TAKING MINE THE SECOND YEAR SO OFF AND ON SO IT WENT BUT UM WE ROOMED TOGETHER A LOT, MATTER OF FACT WE SLEPT TOGETHER AT MY UNCLE'S PLACE WHEN WE WERE PLAYING L.A. OPEN THE FIRST TIME AND UH JOHN COULD PULL THE COVERS UP AND HE'D WIPE HIS FACE AND THEN DO THAT ONE MORE TIME.GONE, JUST LIKE YOU'D CUT A LIGHT OFF AND I'M OVER THERE WHOPPING THAT BED BOY I'M TURNING ONE WAY AND THEN THE OTHER AND THEN OH IT WAS AWFUL AND WE FINALLY YOU KNOW HE'D GET UP IN THE MORNING AND UH BOY GO BOOM BOOM BOOM TO THE BATHROOM AND THEN HE'D COME BACK AND JUMP ON ME IN BED AND UH WELL THAT WENT ON AND SO I FINALLY SAID, BOO-BOO, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS NOW AND UM THEN AFTER THAT WE DID WE HAD SEPARATE ROOMS.

PETER KESSLER

DID, DID HE JUMP ON YOU LAST YEAR AT THE UH LEGENDS OF GOLF?

SAM SNEAD

NO I'M GLAD HE DIDN'T.

PETER KESSLER

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SAM SNEAD. DON'T 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."