Golf Talk Live - Tom Watson Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 29, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET BARNEY ANSWER THIS ONE. OF ALL YOUR WINS IN MAJORS AGAINST JACK, WHICH ONE MEANS THE MOST TO YOU? GORDON ARNOLD WANTS TO KNOW.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)
WELL IT, IT, HONESTLY IT'S A TOSS UP, PETER, BECAUSE I PLAYED, I PLAYED BETTER AT THE BRITISH OPEN IN TURNBURY IN '77. THAT WAS, THAT WAS JUST A HEAD TO HEAD BATTLE WE PLAYED TOGETHER BUT I'D HAVE TO SAY, WINNING AT U.S. , THE U.S. OPEN AGAINST JACK, AT PEBBLE BEACH, PROBABLY TAKES THE NOD. THAT WAS MY DREAM COME TRUE.

THAT LITERALLY WAS A DREAM BECAUSE I, GOING TO STANFORD I'D GO DOWN TO PEBBLE BEACH AND I'D GET OFF AT 7:00 IN THE MORNING AND GO OUT AND PLAY AND TRY TO SHOOT A SCORE AND, YOU KNOW, PLAY ACT LIKE I'M PLAYING AGAINST

JACK NICKLAUS IN THE U.S. OPEN AT PEBBLE BEACH, AND THAT DREAM DID COME TRUE AND I'D HAVE TO GIVE THAT TO NOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BOY HITTING 5 FOOTERS, WAS THAT FOR THE OPEN ALSO. WAS THAT THE ONE TOURNAMENT?

TOM WATSON
NO. THOSE WERE FOR DIMES. THOSE WERE FOR DIMES AND NICKELS.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE ALONE HITTING THE 5 FOOTERS.

TOM WATSON
OH, UH... NO, I USED TO PLAY A GAME ON THE PUTTING CLOCK. I'D TAKE THREE BALLS, NINE HOLES AND I'D GO AROUND AND I'D TRY TO, GO AROUND WITH 27 PUTTS, NOT THREE PUTT ONCE, AND BE AT LEAST, AT LEAST 9 UNDER PAR. NINE ACES IN 27 HOLES.

PETER KESSLER
FOR SOME OF US WE'D BE THERE A LONG TIME.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH JOE FROM TEXAS. GO AHEAD JOE.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
PETER AND TOM, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE ON WITH YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU SIR.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
TOM, I'VE, I'VE ADMIRED YOUR SKILL FOR MANY YEARS, I'M 60 YEARS OLD.

TOM WATSON
I'M NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM YOU.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
YOU'RE A GRETA PUTTER AND MOST OF ALL YOU'RE A CLASSY GUY. DO YOU NOW, DO NOT FEEL INSULTED BY THIS QUESTION, IT'S NOT A TRICK QUESTION.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS) OKAY.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A SCIENTIFIC SECRET TO PUTTING?

TOM WATSON
I WISH YOU WOULD TELL ME WHAT IT IS.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
WELL I'LL GIVE YOU THE FIRST PART.

TOM WATSON
OKAY

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
IF YOU DO NOT KEEP YOUR EYES FOCUSED PARALLEL TO THE PUTTING PATH YOU WILL NOT SEE THE HOLE AS WELL AS YOU SHOULD. THERE'S, THERE'S A SCIENTIFIC SECRET.

TOM WATSON
WELL THAT DOESN'T SEEM

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
THE REASON

TOM WATSON
YEAH

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
FOR WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T

TOM WATSON
YOU KNOW I, AS JOE TODAY, I WAS OUT WITH DAVID LEADBETTER AND HE, WHAT HE TOLD ME TO, ABOUT MY EYES. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, YOUR EYES ARE NOT LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN AT THE BALL AND WHAT HE DID, HE SAID, INSTEAD OF LOOKING LIKE THIS AT THE BALL, HE SAID, BEND

YOUR, BEND YOUR HEAD OVER LIKE THIS SO I'M LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN AND NOW I'M SEEING THE LINE A LOT BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
JOE MAY HAVE FED THAT TO DAVID LEADBETTER.

TOM WATSON
YEAH HE MAY HAVE DONE THAT IS RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
ABOUT YOUR PUTTING, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE COULD ALL DO YOUR ROUTINE IN OUR HEAD. JUST LIKE WE CAN DO NICKLAUS' PRE-SHOT ROUTINE FOR OUR FULL SHOT IN OUR HEAD. TWO, TWO SWINGS OF THE PUTTER

TOM WATSON
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
AND GO. THEN THERE WAS A TIME WHERE I FELT LIKE YOU SORT OF WEREN'T IN YOUR ROUTINE ANYMORE WHEN YOU WEREN'T PUTTING AS WELL AS YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE IN THE ROUTINE. WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

TOM WATSON
WELL RIGHT NOW, AGAIN, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU, YOU'RE ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DOING THINGS THE WAY YOU, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD AND, AND AGAIN, I, I WORKED WITH, WITH, WITH DAVID AND ONE OF THE THINGS HE SAID, VERY SIMPLY

WAS THAT MY ELBOWS AND MY BODY WERE NOT WORKING TOGETHER. THEY, MY ELBOWS WERE OUT A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS, LIKE LEO DEAGLE. REMEMBER LEO DEAGLE

PETER KESSLER
ABSOLUTELY

TOM WATSON
AND HE'D LEAN OUT LIKE THIS, AND BRUCE MY CADDIE SAYS SOMETIMES I LOOK LIKE, YOU KNOW, MY EYES, MY, I'M KIND OF FLOPPY OUT HERE AND JUST KIND OF THIS WAY

AND DAVID JUST SAID, ALRIGHT, JUST BRING THE LEFT, JUST BRING, BRING IT IN A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS, AND I WAS WATCHING GEORGE ARCHER LAST WEEK AT THE MASTER CARD CHAMPIONSHIP IN HAWAII AND I NOTICED THAT HIS ELBOW WAS IN LIKE THIS. HIS LEFT ELBOW IN PARTICULAR LIKE THIS, AND IT MAKES,

IT MAKES THE PUTTER FLOW BACK AND FORTH. I'VE HAD THE, I'VE HAD THE TOUGHEST TIME ON SHORT PUTTS. THAT PUTTER, WITH THE PUTTER GOING JUST STRAIGHT INSIDE, AND THE REASON IS I'M, I'M OUT HERE LIKE THIS AND THAT THE LEFT ELBOW KIND OF GOES THIS WAY

AND THE CLUB COMES RIGHT INSIDE SO, MAYBE I'VE SOLVED THE PROBLEM WITH SOME HELP FROM OBSERVATION OF GEORGE ARCHER AND THE HELP FROM DAVID.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU KNOW DEAGLE WAS A TERRIBLE PUTTER. JONES USED TO SAY

TOM WATSON
OH HE WAS AWFUL, WASN'T HE?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
HE WAS A BRILLIANT BALL STRIKER AND IF HE MADE PUTTS IT WAS A SERIES OF HAPPY ACCIDENTS.

TOM WATSON AND PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOM WATSON
GREAT LINE. GREAT LINE.

PETER KESSLER
BACK TO SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH TOM.

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The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.

Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.

The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.

Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.

On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.


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''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.

''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''

Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.

''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.

''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''

Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.