Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 1996, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

WELCOME BACK AND WELCOME TO BRETT IN CALIFORNIA, HOW ARE YOU BRETT?

PHONE CALLER BRETT

HOW ARE YOU PETER?

PETER KESSLER

DOING FINE THANKS FOR CALLING.

PHONE CALLER BRETT

TIGER IT'S A REAL HONOR TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

TIGER WOODS

THANK YOU!

PHONE CALLER BRETT

AH, LISTEN I WAS KIND OF CURIOUS AS TO WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TIGER LIKES AND JUST WHAT HE DOES IN HIS OFF THE COURSE ACTIVITIES TO HAVE FUN.

TIGER WOODS

WHAT DO I DO OFF THE COURSE AND WHAT KIND OF MUSIC HUH. MUSIC I LIKE TO LISTEN TO R&B, BOYS TO MEN, SOUL FOR REAL, KEEAH SWEAT SOMETHING SMOOTH BUT NOT AFRAID TO LISTEN TO SOME HIP HOP DANCE MUSIC, BUT WELL WHAT I LIKE TO DO WITH MY SPARE TIME IS BASICALLY FISH OR HANG OUT WITH MY FRIENDS. MY TIME NOW IS VERY LIMITED AND I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE I CAN WITH MY FRIENDS, THAT'S SOMETHING I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO.

PETER KESSLER

ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND CHRISTMAS AND THE HOLIDAYS OUT IN CALIFORNIA WITH YOUR FAMILY.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH, I'M LEAVING HERE IN A FEW DAYS AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MY MOM AND DAD AGAIN AND SEEING MY LITTLE DOG JOEY WHOSE A YELLOW LAB AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM SO WE CAN RUN AROUND THE BLOCK AND STUFF AND HAVE FUN.

PETER KESSLER

AND I FORGOT TO OFFER YOU A PREMATURE HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY .

TIGER WOODS

THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. SO YOUR CATCHING UP TO THE REST OF US.

TIGER WOODS

NOT YOU.

PETER KESSLER

WHO'VE WE GOT ON THE LINE. MATT FROM OHIO, HOW ARE YOU DOING MATT?

PHONE CALLER MATT

HOW ARE YOU DOING PETER?

PETER KESSLER

WERE DOING FINE!

PHONE CALLER MATT

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S YOUR MIND SETS GOING TO BE TIGER, GOING INTO THE MAJORS?

TIGER WOODS

GOING TO THE MAJORS HUH. PROBABLY IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME AS EVERY GOLF TOURNAMENT, IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME I'M GOING TO TRY TO WIN AND IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE NOW THE SPOTLIGHT GOING TO BE MORE ON ME THEN IT WAS IN THE PAST. I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH A LITTLE MORE MEDIA ATTENTION, A LITTLE MORE OFF THE COURSE DIFFICULTIES WITH THE PEOPLE IN GENERAL, I'M NOT EXACTLY USE TO THAT YET BUT ON THE COURSE IT'S STILL GOING TO BE THE SAME, LOWEST SCORES STILL WIN AND I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO TRY MY BEST, TO GO OUT THERE DO MY BEST AND WIN.

PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW JACK NICKLAUS SAID YOU WERE GOING TO WIN AT LEAST 11 MASTERS MORE THAN HE AND ARNOLD COMBINED.

TIGER WOODS

RIGHT, RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

AND EVERYBODY INCLUDING YOU EXPECT YOU TO WIN, IT'S OKAY WHEN YOU EXPECT YOU TO WIN BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSIDE PRESSURE DOES THAT ADD OR MAKE ANYTHING MORE DIFFICULT OR ANY LESS FUN FOR YOU TO PLAY THE GAME.

TIGER WOODS

NO ACTUALLY MY FATHERS ALWAYS TAUGHT ME ONE THING, HE SAYS DON'T EVER LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR ANYONE ELSE BUT YOURSELF AND I SAID WHY HE SAYS ONE IF YOU EVER GET CAUGHT UP IN PEOPLES EXPECTATION OF YOURSELF THEN YOU WILL NEVER BE A HUMAN BEING , YOU WON'T EVER LIVE FOR YOURSELF THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOUR VERY SELFISH OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THAT JUST MEANS THAT WHATEVER YOUR GOALS INTERNALLY ARE, YOU STRIVE FOR THOSE BECAUSE ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN'T ACHIEVE AND YOU GO FOR THEM AND IF YOU DO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS IT'S AMAZING THE SELF WORTH THAT YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ACHIEVE THESE THINGS.

PETER KESSLER

SO IT'S REALLY TRUE WHAT YOU SAID BEFORE. WHAT HE REALLY WANTS YOU TO DO IS BE HAPPY WHICH MEANS FOR YOU TO DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO.

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY, WHETHER IT'S STAMP COLLECTING OR WORKING AT A BAR OR.

PETER KESSLER

I HAVE A FEELING HE WASN'T THINKING STAMP COLLECTING.

TIGER WOODS

NO, WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S JUST THE WAY MY POP IS.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR MOM IS A BUDDHIST AND YOU'VE EMBRACED AT LOT OF THAT RELIGION.

TIGER WOODS

RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

HOW BIG OF A PART IN YOUR LIFE DOES THAT PLAY?

TIGER WOODS

UM, ENOUGH I'VE TAKEN SOME OF THE PARTS THAT I LIKE IN BUDDHISM. I'M NOT A FULL FLEDGE BUDDHISM WHERE I'M TRYING TO ACHIEVE AND ENLIGHTEN THEM OR NIRVANA OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, I JUST

PETER KESSLER

YOU LISTEN TO NIRVANA.

TIGER WOODS

NO, NO, NOT THAT STUFF . I TRY TO DIFFERENT ASPECT THAT I CAN APPLY INTO MY LIFE. I'VE APPLIED A LOT OF IT AND TRIED TO BECOME A BETTER PERSON THROUGH THOSE TEACHINGS. I'M NOT GOING TO ACHIEVE OR DO I HAVE THE TIME OR DESIRE TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE SALVATION, IT'S NOT ME IT'S NOT MY TYPE OF PERSON. IF I CARE AND SHARE AND LIVE MY LIFE HONESTLY I THINK THAT, THAT WILL BE ENOUGH FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FLUFF, WE BROUGHT HIM UP BEFORE , IT SEEMS LIKE HE'S BEEN MUCH MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN HE'S BEING GIVEN CREDIT FOR. PETER JACOBSEN WAS EXTREMELY GRACIOUS PARTICULARLY GIVING INJURY TO SAY THAT YOU TWO OUGHT TO WORK TOGETHER AND NOW THE ARRANGEMENT IS PERMANENT BUT I NOTICED EVEN AT THE SKINS GAME YOU PULLED OUT THE DRIVER SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN EVERYBODY HAD ANTICIPATED, I MEAN THROUGH 12 OR 13 HOLES I THINK IT WAS ONLY 2 OR 3 TIMES THAT YOU PULLED IT OUT I MEAN IT JUST LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE TRYING TO MAKE BIRDIES THE SMART WAY NOT THE FLAMBOYANT WAY IS HE PLAYING A BIG FACTOR IN THAT DECISION IN TERMS OF YOUR COURSE STRATEGY RIGHT NOW?

TIGER WOODS

OFF THE TEE FLUFF DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF THE DECISIONS FOR ME. WE TALK ABOUT IT BEING A CADDIE AND PLAYER RELATIONSHIP WE KNOW I HAVE THE LAST SAY SO BUT HE WILL SPEAK HIM MIND WHEN ASKED IF I JUST PULL A CLUB AND HIT IT AND HE KNOWS IT'S THE WRONG , HE WILL SAY SOMETHING BUT HE'LL JUST SAY IT, HE WON'T TALK ME OUT OF THE SHOT BUT NOW WHEN HE DOES, HE'S THE BEST AT THIS HE TALKING ME THROUGH SHOTS INTO THE GREENS WITH CERTAIN WIND CONDITIONS WHAT CLUBS TO HIT BECAUSE SOMETIMES AS A PLAYER COMING DOWN THE STRETCH IN A TOURNAMENT YOUR A LITTLE JUICED YOUR A LITTLE NERVOUS, YOUR ADRENALINE IS FLOWING AND YOUR NOT THINKING AS CLEARLY AS YOU WERE ON THE FIRST TEE. SO WHICH MEANS YOUR GONNA MAKE AN OCCASIONAL MISTAKE MENTALLY AND FLUFF IS THERE BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE WHOSE NOT EXACTLY NERVOUS AS I AM BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE TO HIT THE SHOTS BUT HE HAS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND HE KNOWS WHAT I CAN AND CAN'T SO AND HE SEES THINGS MORE CLEARLY THAN I DO AT TIMES AND HE'LL TALK ME OUT OF SOME SHOTS DOWN THE STRETCH AND THEY'VE WORKED OUT EACH AND EVERY TIME.

PETER KESSLER

EVERYBODY KEEPS SAYING THAT THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST WONDERFUL YEAR OF YOUR LIFE WITHOUT ASKING YOU BUT I'M GUESSING THAT IT'S BEEN ONE OF THE BEST OF FLUFF'S.

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW AH, IT WAS THE BIGGEST CHECK HE'S EVER RECEIVED AT VEGAS AND IT WAS KINDA NICE TO HAVE HIS BIGGEST CHECK AND MY BIGGEST CHECK COME TOGETHER BECAUSE WE BOTH EARNED IT AND THAT'S WHEN IT'S SPECIAL.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT WAS MORE FUN THE ENDORSEMENT CONTRACTS OR SEEING THE FOUR FIGURE CHECK THAT YOU EARNED AT YOUR FIRST EVENT AS A PLAYER ?

TIGER WOODS

BY FAR THE FOUR FIGURE, THE FOUR FIGURE CHECK . IT WAS A 2544 I WON I BELIEVE . THAT TO ME IS THE ULTIMATE BECAUSE ON THE GOLF COURSE I'M IN MY ELEMENT , IT'S MY BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS THAT GOT ME THERE. IT'S MY PLAY THAT EARNS ME THE MONEY , NOT A AGENT OR MY RECORDS IN THE PAST THAT PEOPLE ARE BETTING ON IN FUTURE, THERE TRYING TO MAKE A BUCK THEMSELVES. IT'S NOT THAT IT'S WHAT I HAVE DONE ON THE GOLF COURSE MYSELF. THAT TO ME IS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING EVER.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU DO WHAT THE REST OF US ALWAYS DO, DO YOU OPEN UP THE PAPER IN THE MORNING TO SEE WHAT THE AMOUNT WAS. DO YOU LOOK DOWN THE LIST?

TIGER WOODS

NO, I KNEW I IMPRESSED IT.

PETER KESSLER

BUT YET YOU LOOK DOWN THE LIST, TO SEE WHAT NUMBER YOU ARE.

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY, EXACTLY!

PETER KESSLER

WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER.

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.

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Tour's Integrity Program raises gambling questions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

The video begins with an eye-opening disclaimer: “Sport betting markets produce revenues of $1 trillion each year.”

For all the seemingly elementary elements of the 15-minute video PGA Tour players have been required to watch as part of the circuit’s newly created Integrity Program, it’s the enormity of the industry – $1 trillion annually – that concerns officials.

There are no glaring examples of how sport betting has impacted golf, no red flags that sent Tour officials into damage control; just a realization that with that kind of money it’s best to be proactive.

“It's important that in that world, you can operate not understanding what's happening week in and week out, or you can assume that all of our players and everybody in our ecosystem understands that that's not an acceptable activity, or you can just be proactive and clarify and educate,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan explained earlier this month. “That's what we have attempted to do not with just the video, but with all of our communication with our players and will continue to do that.”

But if clarification is the goal, a copy of the training video obtained by GolfChannel.com paints a different picture.



Although the essence of the policy is straightforward – “prohibit players from betting on professional golf” – the primary concern, at least if the training video is any indication, is on match fixing; and warns players to avoid divulging what is considered “inside information.”

“I thought the questions were laughable. They were all like first-grade-level questions,” Chez Reavie said. “I would like to think everyone out here already knows the answer to those questions. But the Tour has to protect themselves.”

Monahan explained that the creation of the integrity policy was not in reaction to a specific incident and every player asked last week at the Sony Open said they had never encountered any type of match fixing.

“No, not at all,” Reavie said. “I have friends who will text me from home after a round, ‘Oh, I bet on you playing so-and-so.’ But I make it clear I don’t want to know. I don’t gamble like that. No one has ever approached me about losing a match.”

It was a common answer, but the majority of the video focuses on how players can avoid being placed in a compromising situation that could lead to match fixing. It should be noted that gamblers can place wagers on head-to-head matchups, provided by betting outlets, during stroke-play rounds of tournaments – not just in match-play competitions.

Part of the training video included questions players must answer to avoid violating the policy. An example of this was how a player should respond when asked, “Hello, buddy! Well played today. I was following your progress. I noticed your partner pulled out of his approach on 18, looked like his back. Is he okay for tomorrow?”

The correct answer from a list of options was, “I don’t know, sorry. I’m sure he will get it looked at if it’s bothering him.”

You get the idea, but for some players the training created more questions.

How, for example, should a player respond when asked how he’s feeling by a fan?

“The part I don’t understand, let’s say a member of your club comes out and watches you on the range hitting balls, he knows you’re struggling, and he bets against you. Somehow, some way that could come back to you, according to what I saw on that video,” said one player who asked not to be identified.

Exactly what constitutes a violation is still unclear for some who took the training, which was even more concerning considering the penalties for a violation of the policy.

The first violation is a warning and a second infraction will require the player to retake the training program, but a third violation is a fine “up to $500,000” or “the amount illegally received from the betting activity.” A sixth violation is a lifetime ban from the Tour.

Players are advised to be mindful of what they post on social media and to “refrain from talking about odds or betting activity.” The latter could be an issue considering how often players discuss betting on other sports.

Just last week at the Sony Open, Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas had a “friendly” wager on the College Football Playoff National Championship. Kisner, a Georgia fan, lost the wager and had to wear an Alabama football jersey while playing the 17th hole last Thursday.

“If I'd have got the points, he'd have been wearing [the jersey], and I was lobbying for the points the whole week, and he didn't give them to me,” Kisner said. “So I'm still not sure about this bet.”

It’s unclear to some if Kisner’s remark, which was a joke and didn’t have anything to do with golf, would be considered a violation. From a common sense standpoint, Kisner did nothing wrong, but the uncertainty is an issue.

Much like drug testing, which the Tour introduced in 2008, few, if any, think sport betting is an issue in golf; but also like the anti-doping program, there appears to be the danger of an inadvertent and entirely innocent violation.

The Tour is trying to be proactive and the circuit has a trillion reasons to get out in front of what could become an issue, but if the initial reaction to the training video is any indication they may want to try a second take.

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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.