Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 6

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

DURING WORLD WAR TWO, THE RYDER CUP WASN'T PLAYED, BUT THE UNITED STATES NAMED A RYDER CUP TEAM TO PLAY IN 1943, IN THE HAPPY CIRCUMSTANCE THAT THE WAR MIGHT END BEFORE THE COMPETITION WAS SCHEDULED. WHAT A TEAM THAT NEVER GOT TO PLAY. CAPTAINED BY WALTER HAGEN, THE TEAM INCLUED CRAIG WOOD, JIMMY DEMARRIT, HORTON SMITH, BYRON NELSON, LOYD MANGROM, GENE SARAZON, BEN HOGAN AND OF COURSE, SAM SNEAD.

PETER KESSLER

NOW YOUR FIRST RYDER CUP WAS, WAS IN '37 AND AGAIN HAGEN WAS THE CAPTAIN.

SAM SNEAD

RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF FUN TO HANG OUT WITH HIM WASN'T IT?

SAM SNEAD

EVERYBODY WAS B0. HE PLAYED ONE ROUND WITH ME. BO I WANT TO PLAY A ROUND WITH YOU I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND I GOT TO PLAY IN ONE MATCH AND THAT WAS THE SINGLES. I DIDN'T GET TO PLAY IN THE OTHERS, BUT, UH I KIND OF FELL IN LOVE WITH, WELL SO TO SPEAK, WITH UH HAGEN OVER THERE, HE SAID TO ME, HE SAID SAM HOW ABOUT YOU TAKING THE LITTLE LASSIE OUT FOR DINNER OR DANCE TONIGHT. I'M GOING TO GAVE MAMA A GOLF LESSON. I SAID MHMM. THAT WAS FUNNY. THAT WAS FUNNY. THAT WAS SO, THAT WAS MY MEETING WALTER HAGEN UH HE WAS QUITE A CHARACTER. A WONDERFUL MAN.
HE'S THE ONLY ONE, HE WAS THE FIRST GUY TO BE ABLE TO GET IN THE CLUBHOUSE IN ST. ANDREWS. THE FIRST TIME THAT HE BROKE THAT UH, THE UH LITTLE STRING WHERE GOLF PROS WERE CADDIES.

PETER KESSLER

WELL THEY GOT TIRED OF HIM PULLING UP IN THE FRONT DOOR IN THAT BIG LIMOUSINE AND HE HAD A, A FOOTMAN AND A SERVANT AND A CHAUFFEUR AND, AND A BUTLER

SAM SNEAD

HE HAD IT ALL

PETER KESSLER

HE HAD ALL THESE PEOPLE WAITING ON HIM HAND AND FOOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD

HE, HE WAS A PISTOL. I TELL YOU.
HE WAS SOMETHING ELSE AND EVERYBODY LIKED WALTER. WONDERFUL GUY. HEAD WAS ALWAYS BACK AND WALKING FORWARD HE SAID SMELL THE FLOWERS AND LISTEN TO THE BIRDS AS YOU WALK DOWN THE STREET BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT COMING THAT WAY AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S A GREAT LINE. GENE SARAZON SAID THAT, AND WE WERE JUST VISITING WITH GENE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO THAT, THAT WALTER HAGEN REMINDED HIM OF ARNOLD PALMER WHEN HE EVENTUALLY PLAYED WITH ARNOLD THAT, THAT THEY WERE BOTH A LITTLE WILD FROM TEE TO GREEN BUT THAT THEY COULD HOLD WHATEVER WAS NECESSARY TO MAKE THREES AND FOURS. DO YOU FEEL THAT WAY?

SAM SNEAD

YES. YUP.

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ERIC IN FLORIDA. HELLO ERIC.

ERIC FROM FLORIDA

HI PETER. HELLO SAM.

SAM SNEAD

HI

ERIC FROM FLORIDA

I'M REALLY ENJOYING THE SHOW. I WANTED TO ASK SAM ABOUT HIS RYDER CUP EXPERIENCES. WHO WAS HIS FAVORITE PARTNER AND ALSO WHAT WAS HIS TOUGHEST MATCH, HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE AND DID HE ENJOY THE UH RYDER CUP FORMAT?

SAM SNEAD

WELL I DID. THE ONLY MATCH THAT I DISLIKED, WE WERE PLAYING AT WHITWORTH AND I'M PLAYING WITH HARRY WEAKMAN AND ONE HOLE WHICH WAS THE 9TH HOLE, MY BALL WAS IN THE FAIRWAY AND I GOT UP THERE, THERE WERE 5 GUYS, I SAW THEM AT THE NEXT UH AT THE NEXT SHOT, THEY KICKED MY BALL UNDER A WHAT DO YOU CALL UH, COURSE BUSH, AND THEN I'M ON A PAR 5 ON 16TH I THINK 16TH HOLE AND I SEE THE BALL IN THE FAIRWAY AND I GOT DOWN THERE IT'S BACK IN A DITCH SOME SEVENTY FEET OFF THE FAIRWAY OH IT HIT SOMEBODY AND, AND, AND.MHMM, THAT SURE DID AND I LOST THE, THAT COST ME THE MATCH OH I WOULD HAVE WON THE MATCH, I WOULD NOT HAVE WON, I LOST A MATCH UH IN MY ALL THE TIME I PLAYED IN THE UH RYDER CUP TEAM BUT UH THAT WAS JUST A ONE TIME THAT I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY CHICKEN.

PETER KESSLER

NOW WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU WOULD PLAY WITH HOGAN, AND, AND NELSON AND LOYD MANGROM IN THE 40'S AND 50'S AT PLACES LIKE PINEHURST OUR GUYS WEREN'T KICKING THE GOLF BALLS OF THE ENGLISH WERE THEY?

SAM SNEAD

NO, NO. MANGROM WASN'T PLAYING VERY WELL AND I'D COME OUT OF THE CRASH AND HE SAYS 'NUDY' HE CALLED ME NUDY, 'CAN I PUT THE THING WHERE YOU CAN'T EVER GET AT IT?' AND I SAID LOYD TRY A LITTLE BIT HARDER BUT I HAD A LOT OF FUN PLAYING WITH ALL THE THE PARTNERS I HAD AND I WOULDN'T SAY WHAT IS WHO OR ANYTHING ABOUT THAT BUT I LIKED EVERYONE I PLAYED WITH, THEY WERE ALL GREAT GUYS.

PETER KESSLER

YOU, YOU ONLY LOST TWO MATCHES OUT OF THE 12 THAT YOU PLAYED IN SINGLES, OUT OF THE 13 ACTUALLY, YOU WON 10 AND, AND LOST 2 WHICH MADE ME THINK AGAIN THAT MATCH PLAY WAS SOMETHING IN ADDITION TO YOUR THREE PGAS THAT YOU REALLY LOVED AND YOU SPENT YOUR TIME AWAY FROM THE TOUR REALLY PLAYING MATCH PLAYS. AND AGAINST LIKE THE FELLOW WHO JUST CALLED JERRY FROM VIRGINIA WHO YOU BEAT OUT OF SOME MONEY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. THAT'S REALLY YOUR FAVORITE ISN'T IT?

SAM SNEAD

YES. I LIKE MATCH PLAY. YOU CAN HAVE AN EIGHT. THAT ONLY MEANS ONE HOLE. SO YOU CAN GO AFTER IT MORE IN MATCH PLAY THEN YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING MEDAL.

PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW, WE, WE'VE NEVER TALKED ABOUT, TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT AUDREY. YOUR WIFE AUDREY.

SAM SNEAD

MY WIFE AUDREY, WELL, I KNEW HER EVER SINCE WE WERE IN LOW GRADED SCHOOL AND UH UM WE SORT OF KIND OF LIKED EACH OTHER RIGHT THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE WAS A GOOD, VER. VERY, VERY GOOD ATHLETE, SHE WAS A LITTLE ON THE HEAVY SIDE BUT IT DIDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. THAT'S WHEN THEY HAD SIX GIRLS ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM OR SEVEN AND UM IT WAS ONE IN THE CENTER, WAS TWO GUARDS IN THE CENTER AND THE GIRL THAT SHE UH WAS WITH BOY SHE CAME OUT OF THERE BLACK AND BLUE. THIS ONE CAME OVER TO ME AND SHE SAYS LOOK GET THIS ANIMAL OFF OF ME SHE'S KILLING ME. SO I WENT OVER TOWARD HER AND I SAID HEY LOOK TAKE IT A LITTLE EASY ON HER I'M GOING TO HAVE TO CALL YOU. SHE SAID YOU BETTER NOT. I HAPPENED TO BE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY WHEN SHE MADE A FOUL BUT UH, UH THAT WAS WONDERFUL. SHE WAS A GOOD GOLFER. SHE WAS A SIX HANDICAP BUT SHE WON THE UM OUR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AT BOCA RATON I THINK A COUPLE OF TIMES. AND SHE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT PLAYING WITH THE GIRLS. AT THAT TIME THEY WEREN'T VERY GOOD. SHE WANTED TO PLAY WITH THE, THE MEN. SHE'D HIT A FOUR IRON, I MEAN A FOUR WOOD 200 YARDS BUT UH SHE WAS STRONG AND UH SHE, BOY SHE LOVED SPORTS.

PETER KESSLER

WAS IT, WERE YOU ABLE TO STILL BE A PRETTY GOOD HUSBAND AND FATHER GIVEN THAT YOU WERE ON THE ROAD SO MUCH?

SAM SNEAD

WELL YOU KNOW MY KIDS DIDN'T HARDLY KNOW ME. BOY THEY KIND OF SHIED AWAY WHEN I CAME IN AND I COULDN'T GET ON THEM FOR EVERYTHING THEY DID AND UH BUT OHH, POP HAD TO MAKE IT SOME WAY AND, AND UH WHEN THE FIRST ONE WAS BORN THEY STAYED WITH HIM ABOUT TWO WEEKS BUT SHE SAID NOW HE'S YOURS, YOU, I'VE HAD HIM ALL DAY, HE'S YOURS NOW. I JUST HAD A BAD ROUND THOUGH. I SAID YEAH THAT'S GREAT. I SAID HEY I CAN'T GO THIS ROUTE ANYMORE SO AFTER TWO WEEKS WE'D GO HOME.

PETER KESSLER

AND YOU'D WORRY ABOUT THE BIRDIES AND EAGLES AGAIN AND LET HER WORRY ABOUT THE BABIES?

SAM SNEAD

THAT'S RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

I GOT YOU. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. SAM WILL STILL BE HERE. DON'T GO AWAY.

BREAK

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Lexi looks to shine as LPGA season begins next week

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 6:06 pm

Lexi Thompson may be No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, but in so many ways she became the new face of the women’s game last year.

That makes her the headliner in a fairly star-studded season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic next week.

Three of the top four players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are scheduled to tee it up on Paradise Island, including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and co-Rolex Player of the Year So Yeon Ryu.

From the heartache at year’s start with the controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration, through the angst in the middle of the year with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, to the stunning disappointment at year’s end, Thompson emerged as the story of the year because of all she achieved in spite of those ordeals.

Next week’s event will mark the first time Thompson tees it up in an LPGA tournament since her season ended in stunning fashion last November with a missed 2-foot putt that cost her a chance to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and become the world No. 1.

She still walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for the season’s low scoring average.

She also walked away sounding determined to show she will bounce back from that last disappointment the same way she bounced back from her gut-wrenching loss at the year’s first major, the ANA, where a four-shot Sunday penalty cost her a chance to win her second major.

“Just going through what I have this whole year, and seeing how strong I am, and how I got through it all and still won two tournaments, got six seconds ... it didn’t stop me,” Thompson said leaving the CME Group Tour Championship. “This won’t either.”

Thompson was named the Golf Writers Association of America’s Player of the Year in a vote of GWAA membership. Ryu and Sung Hyun Park won the tour’s points-based Rolex Player of the Year Award.

With those two victories and six second-place finishes, three of those coming after playoff losses, Thompson was close to fashioning a spectacular year in 2017, to dominating the tour.

The new season opens with Thompson the center of attention again. Consistently one of the tour’s best ball strikers and longest hitters, she enjoyed her best year on tour last season by making dramatic improvements in her wedge play, short game and, most notably, her putting.

She doesn’t have a swing coach. She fashioned a better all-around game on her own, or under the watchful eye of her father, Scott. All the work she put in showed up in her winning the Vare Trophy.

The Pure Silk Bahamas Classic will also feature defending champion Brittany Lincicome, as well as Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brooke Henderson, I.K. Kim, Danielle Kang and Charley Hull.

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One & Done: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

Beginning in 2018, Golf Channel is offering a "One & Done" fantasy game alternative. Choose a golfer and add the salary they earn at the event to your season-long total - but know that once chosen, a player cannot be used again for the rest of the year.

Log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to start your own league and make picks for this week's event.

Here are some players to consider for One & Done picks this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Hudson Swafford returns as the defending champion:

Zach Johnson. The two-time major champ has missed the cut here three years in a row. So why include him in One & Done consideration? Because the three years before that (2012-14) included three top-25s highlighted by a third-place finish, and his T-14 at the Sony Open last week was his fifth straight top-25 dating back to September.

Bud Cauley. Cauley has yet to win on Tour, but that could very well change this year - even this week. Cauley ended up only two shots behind Swafford last year and tied for 14th the year prior, as four of his five career appearances have netted at least a top-40 finish. He opened the new season with a T-7 in Napa and closed out the fall with a T-8 at Sea Island.

Adam Hadwin. Swafford left last year with the trophy, but it looked for much of the weekend like it would be Hadwin's tournament as he finished second despite shooting a 59 in the third round. Hadwin was also T-6 at this event in 2016 and now with a win under his belt last March he returns with some unfinished business.

Charles Howell III. If you didn't use him last week at the Sony Open, this could be another good spot for the veteran who has four top-15 finishes over the last seven years at this event, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013. His T-32 finish last week in Honolulu, while not spectacular, did include four sub-70 scores.

David Lingmerth. Lingmerth was in that 2013 playoff with Howell (eventually won by Brian Gay), and he also lost here in overtimei to Jason Dufner in 2016. The Swede also cracked the top 25 here in 2015 and is making his first start since his wife, Megan, gave birth to the couple's first child in December. Beware the sleep-deprived golfer.

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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.