Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 6
YOU CAN E-MAIL EVERY WEEK YOUR QUESTIONS TO OUR GUEST ON GOLF TALK LIVE AT THE GOLF CHANNEL.COM OUR QUESTION FOR TIGER THIS WEEK IS FROM JIM COX IN GREENWOOD SOUTH CAROLINA. IN MANY INTERVIEWS YOUR DREAM IS TO HAVE EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PLAY GOLF, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. WHAT IS YOU VISION TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, AND HOW CAN AMATEURS LIKE ME HELP. I THINK WE'VE ANSWERED ALL OF THAT QUESTION EXCEPT FOR THE LAST PART. WHAT CAN THE REST US DO WHO SHARE YOUR DREAM TO HAVE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE GAME OF DIFFERENT BACK GROUNDS AND TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE PRICE NOW.
WELL ONE IS TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL JUNIOR GOLF FOUNDATION , WHETHER IT'S YOUR, FOR ME I GREW UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WE HAD THE HEART ASSOCIATION OR EVEN IF IT'S YOUR CLUB TO GET BEHIND THAT AND SUPPORT IT AND PUSH IT BECAUSE WITHOUT THESE KIDS GOLF WILL NOT HAVE A FUTURE AND I THINK THAT KIDS OUGHT TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND I STRESS IT LIKE YOU CANNOT BELIEVE BECAUSE IT'S VERY EASY TO DO TO HELP BECAUSE ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THEM.
WHAT IS YOUR TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION DOING, IS THAT PART OF THAT EFFORT?
RIGHT THAT'S OUR SOLE EFFORT, TO PERFORM JUNIOR CLINICS AROUND THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS BOOST KIDS SELF ESTEEMS AND TRY AND MAKE GOLF MORE NOT ONLY AFFORDABLE BUT EXCESSIBLE.
THANKS TO YOU WERE SEEING MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AT TOURNAMENTS THEN WE'VE EVER BEFORE. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO SUSAN IN TEXAS, HOW ARE YOU SUSAN.
PHONE CALLER SUSAN
I'M FINE, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR TIGER. I HAVE A NINE YEAR OLD SON WHOSE SHOWING A GREAT INTEREST IN GOLF AND HE'S PRETTY GOOD AND WE'D LIKE TO GET LESSONS FOR HIM BUT HE'S APPREHENSIVE AND HE WANTS TO WAIT UNTIL HE BETTER BEFORE GETTING LESSONS AND SEEING AS YOU STARTED SO YOUNG COULD YOU GIVE HIM SOME ADVICE OR GIVE US SOME ADVICE ABOUT THAT?
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET LESSONS RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T YOUR GOING TO DEVELOP BAD TECHNIQUES AND BAD HABITS AND AS A KID WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT THE GAME THEY MUST HAVE THE PROPER TECHNIQUES BECAUSE IT'S SO HARD TO BREAK THEM. KIDS LEARN SO MUCH FASTER WHEN THEIR TAUGHT AND THEIR LIKE A SPONGE, THEY'LL ABSORB A WHOLE BUNCH OF KNOWLEDGE. IF IT'S OFFERED IN A CORRECT WAY TOO, IT'S GOT TO BE PUT IN A FUN MATTER , IT CAN'T BE LIKE IT'S DRILL WORK AND LIKE BORING. KIDS GOT TO BE ENTERTAINED AND GOT TO HAVE FUN WHILE THEIR DOING IT AND IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH THEY'LL LEARN.
BILL IN ILLINOIS, YOUR QUESTION FOR TIGER.
PHONE CALLER BILL
HOW ARE YOU BILL?
PHONE CALLER BILL
HI I'M DOING GREAT. THIS KIND OF MIRRORS THE LAST QUESTION. I HAVE A 6 YEAR OLD WHOSE REALLY BEEN ADDICTED TO GOLF SINCE HE WAS 2 1/2 AND THE QUESTION I HAVE IS WHAT IS MAYBE YOUR DAD DO DIFFERENT OR MAYBE YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO DAD'S LIKE MYSELF WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE A LITTLE PRECOCIOUS AND GOOD LITTLE ATHLETES THAT CAN HIT THE BALL AND MAYBE ATTITUDE WISE HIS PROBLEM MIGHT BE HE MIGHT BE A LITTLE TOO COMPETITIVE, DID YOU HAVE THAT LITTLE STREAK OF TIGER IN YOU IS THAT WHY THE NAME IS TIGER AS IT IS, WHAT DID YOUR DAD DO TO KIND OF ALLEVIATE THAT?
YOU KNOW MY DAD KNEW I WAS VERY COMPETITIVE, I HATED TO LOSE. I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT SECOND SUCKS, AND ANYTHING WORSE THAN THAT IS HORRIBLE. BUT WITH THAT I KNOW HE'S VERY COMPETITIVE AND YOU OUGHT TO KEEP FUELING THAT FIRE BECAUSE ONCE YOU RELINQUISH IT YOU'LL RELINQUISH IT FOREVER, HE'LL NEVER GET IT BACK
ENCOURAGE HIM TO GO OUT THERE AND COMPETE. IF YOU PLAY GOLF COMPETE WITH HIM , OR ELSE PUTTING, CHIPPING, HITTING BALLS ON THE RANGE CLOSEST TO THE TARGET JUST HAVE FUN DOING IT ALWAYS HAVE FUN. KIDS WHO ARE VERY COMPETITIVE HATE TO LOSE BUT THEN AGAIN THEY ALWAYS WANT TO ENJOY AND MY DAD'S COME OUT WITH A BOOK RIGHT NOW WHICH WILL BE RELEASED IN A FEW MONTHS AND HE EXPLAINS ALL THIS AND HOW HE DID IT WITH ME AND HE'LL EXPLAIN IT A LOT BETTER THAN I CAN BECAUSE MY VOCABULARY WASN'T EXACTLY THAT GOOD WHEN I WAS LITTLE.
IT'S PERFECT NOW, WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND AS WE JUST MENTIONED OF COURSE THAT YOU HAD E-MAILED QUESTIONS INTO US AND THERE ARE MANY OF YOU WHO ARE LISTENING
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff
Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.
While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.
0 words— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable. High pressure, good.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you watch the end of the NFL games yesterday ? Enough said.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
I didn’t say you couldn’t be friends and competitive. But in a playoff, 1 tiny mistake and you lose, and that devastated me. Friends before and after, competitors during play.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you win ? It’s all about surviving the competition to test yourself.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.
Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over
The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.
As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.
Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.
And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.
And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.
McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.
The Ryder Cup topped his list.
Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.
When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.
“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”
McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.
Or similar assertions from TV analysts.
“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.
And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.
The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.
Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.
And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.
Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.
The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.
The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.
More bulletin board material, too.
Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.
Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions
Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.
The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.
It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.
The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”
Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.