Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 7
NOW I KNOW ONE OF THE REALLY EXCITING THINGS THAT YOU'RE UP TO WITH YOUR FAMILY IS YOU AND JACK ARE STARTING TO BUILD SOME GOLF COURSES TOGETHER.
YES. WE'VE GOT ONE THERE, UH WE'LL START END OF SPRING AT UH FLATWOODS IN WEST VIRGINIA. IT LOOKS LIKE WE MIGHT LAND TWO OR THREE MAYBE DOWN IN NORFOLK VIRGINIA. WELL WE GOT UH UH THIS AND THAT ALL OVER BUT I THINK THAT IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU BUILT THE GOLF COURSES A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR THE GUY THAT PAYS THE FREIGHT. THAT'S THE AVERAGE GUY. HE GOES OUT AND HE'S A NINETY, NINETY FIVE SHOOTER AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE PLAYS SOME OF THESE GOLF COURSES AND HE'S A HUNDRED AND FORTY, A HUNDRED AND THIRTY, WELL I KNOW THAT'S VERY, VERY BAD BUT YOU CAN STILL BUILD A GOLF COURSE WHERE THEY CAN PLAY WELL AND ENJOY IT AND ALSO BE TOUGH ENOUGH. IT'S JUST YARDAGE. THAT'S ALL IT IS.
DO YOU STILL FEEL LIKE THE GOLF COURSE SHOULD START OFF FAIRLY EASY SO YOU CAN GET INTO A LITTLE BIT OF A RHYTHM?
I'VE ALWAYS FELT THAT, THE FIRST HOLE SHOULD BE A FAIRLY EASY HOLE. ONE TO GET STARTED OFF NOT ONE THAT KILLS YOU. IF YOU GO GET STARTED OFF WITH DOUBLE BOGEY, BOGEY BOY THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT PLAYING ANYMORE.
NO FUN FOR ANYBODY.
YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING WITH AMATEURS AND BEATING THEM FOR FUN YOUR WHOLE LIFE, IF YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE, IF YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE OUR VIEWERS, WHICH ARE REALLY ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE, ALL OF US HACKERS ARE SITTING HERE AND LISTENING TO YOU WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF GOLF ADVICE IN TERMS OF KEEPING IT SIMPLE THAT YOU COULD GIVE US?
WELL ACTUALLY UH GOLF IS RHYTHM AND TIMING. IF YOU JUST SWING THE CLUB LIKE IT'S, I THINK THE BEST THING I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE AND AS FAR AS TEACHING IS CONCERNED, I TELL THE GIRLS THAT ARE STARTING OR HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS, I SAID LOOK, YOU JUST SWING UP AND PULL DOWN. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. SWING UP AND PULL DOWN. AND I TELL YOU I HAD ONE WOMAN THERE AND SHE STARTED DOING THAT THE BEST SHE'S EVER DONE FOR NINE HOLES WAS, WAS 75 AND UH WHEN I GOT THROUGH WITH HER, SHE CAME IN, HER HUSBAND HAD LOOKED ME UP AND SAID GUESS WHAT MY WIFE SHOT TODAY AND I SAID I DON'T KNOW. HE SAID 52. THAT'S 23 SHOTS BETTER THAN THE ROUND SHE'S HAD, THE BEST ROUND SHE'D EVER HAD. AND UH HE SAYS BOY UH I'M GOING TO BE LUCKY NOW.
WELL, WE'RE LUCKY BECAUSE
YOU COME BACK TO SEE US AGAIN
GREAT TO BE WITH YOU,
IT'S BEEN GREAT.
WILL YOU COME SEE US AGAIN?
I WILL ANYTIME.
YOU SET ALL THE GOLF RECORDS. WE WANT YOU TO SET THE MOST APPEARANCES ON GOLF TALK LIVE RECORD. NEXT WEEK WE'RE GOING TO SPEND 90 MINUTES WITH RAY FLOYD RIGHT HERE ON GOLF TALK LIVE. UNTIL THEN THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND THANKS, GOOD NIGHT.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.
Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.
"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."
Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.
"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."