Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 2
WELCOME BACK. YOU KNOW TOMMY, WHEN BYRON NELSON WON HIS 11 EVENTS IN A ROW IN 1945, THAT STREAK STARTED IN MARCH AND DIDN'T END UNTIL AUGUST.
NOW, TIGER IN 1999 WON EVERY PGA EVENT THAT HE PLAYED IN STARTING AT THE END OF AUGUST AND HERE IT IS JANUARY 2000. SO HE'S GOT A STREAK GOING FROM THE END OF AUGUST TO JANUARY.
WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU ABOUT HIM?
YES HE HAS, PETER.
THAT SAYS TO ME THAT HE'S THE GREATEST GOLF PLAYER OUT THERE TODAY, PETER. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
HE'S UM . HE'S IMPROVED EVERYTHING, HIS SWING, HIS UH .
MENTAL ATTITUDE, HIS CONCENTRATION'S BETTER.
HE'S JUST UH . IT UH . IT'S ALMOST - ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT HIM. I - I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'RE GONNA BEAT HIM.
HE MADE THE MOST CRUCIAL PUTT AT THE UH . THIS LAST TOURNAMENT UH THAT HE WON OVER IN UH HAWAII. I - I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THOSE WERE CRUCIAL PUTTS HE HAD TO MAKE TO STAY IN THE CONTEST. AND HE MADE THEM.
NICKLAUS WAS THE LAST GUY THAT I'VE EVER SEEN WHO COULD DO THAT MOST EVERY TIME.
YOU KNOW, IT WAS A HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN 1900 WHEN HARRY VARDON WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. AND HE WAS TIGER WOODS. HE . HE COULD HIT PAR-5'S IN 2 THAT NOBODY ELSE COULD REACH.
HE HIT IT HIGHER. HE HIT IT SOFTER. IT SAT DOWN FASTER FOR HIM THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE GAME. WHERE DO YOU THINK TIGER CAN ELEVATE HIS GAME AND THE NOTION OF WHAT A GOLFER CAN DO GOING FORWARD?
UH, THERE'S NOT MUCH HE CAN DO NOW. HE'S - HE'S . HE'S ALMOST - HE'S GOT A .
HE'S GOT A BEAUTIFUL GOLF SWING TO START WITH. AND - AND I WANT TO THINK THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT. UH .
I WAS HONORARY IN - IN THE 1993 UH LOS ANGELES OPEN. AND IT WAS RAINING OUTSIDE AND I WAS TO GIVE A CLINIC. AND UH, I WENT INDOORS TO GIVE THE CLINIC. AND I USED TIGER IN THE CLINIC
UH, HE HAD A KIND OF UH - HE WAS KIND OF LOOSE AT THE TOP LIKE MOST KIDS ARE WHEN THEY'RE 16 YEARS OLD.
HE . HE KIND OF HAD A - KIND OF HAD A - KIND OF A MULE TRAIN SWING. HE WANTED TO POP THAT WHIP AT THE TOP. AND I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO FIRM IT UP.
AND I TELL HIM - TOLD HIM THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IS TO CHANGE YOUR - CHANGE YOUR - PUT YOUR LEFT HAND ON TOP OF THE CLUB AND GRIP IT IN THE BACK 3 FINGERS WITH THE LEFT HAND.
AND THAT WOULD HELP FIRM YOUR GRIP. AND HE'S DONE IT. HE'S DONE THAT. HE'S FIRMED UP HIS SWING AND THAT'S .
I - I WANT TO BE . I - I THINK THAT I HELPED HIM ALONG THE WAY A LITTLE.
WHEN JONES WAS IN HIS PRIME IN THE LATE 1920'S, AND YOU KNEW WHAT HE WAS UP TO AND HE WAS MORE POPULAR, AS YOU SUGGESTED, THAN ANY OTHER SPORTS HERO OF THE TIME,
HE WAS 'EVEN MONEY' AGAINST THE FIELD. NOW TODAY IN A PGA TOUR EVENT, THERE'S 156 PLAYERS, 155 THAT TIGER HAS TO PLAY AGAINST. WHAT DO YOU RATE HIS CHANCES AS HE GOES INTO AN EVENT GENERALLY?
UH, ABOUT 'EVEN MONEY', PETER. HE'S - HE'S GOT THE - I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY OUT THERE THAT CAN BEAT HIM. HE'S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD. AND IT'S JUST REMARKABLE, HOW WELL HE PLAYS.
AND HE'S ALSO A GOOD PUTTER. EVERY PHASE OF HIS GAME IS JUST ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.
ALL THE GREAT ONES THAT YOU COMPETED AGAINST AND WATCH ALSO HAD SOMETHING GOING ON INSIDE THEIR HEART AND HEAD THAT SET THEM APART, FROM - FROM SAM SNEAD AND HOGAN,
TO JACK AND ARNIE AND TOM WATSON. WHAT IS IT THAT TIGER HAS GOING ON INSIDE THAT YOU SENSE?
UM . HE HAS A LOT OF DETERMINATION. HE'S DETERMINED TO .
TO PROVE TO EVERYBODY THAT HE'S THE - THE GREATEST PLAYER THAT EVER LIVED, NO DOUBT THAT'S WHAT'S IN THE BACK OF HIS MIND.
WHAT WOULD THE FELLOW THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED, BEN HOGAN, IF HE WERE SITTING WITH US TONIGHT, DO YOU THINK HE WOULD SAY ABOUT TIGER WOODS?
HOGAN WOULD SAY, 'IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.' HE'D JUST SAY - HE'D UH - HOGAN WOULD SAY EXACTLY THE SAME WORDS I JUST SAID, THAT THE GUY'S UH, POTENTIALLY THE GREATEST GOLF PLAYER THAT EVER LIVED.
DO YOU THINK THAT IF YOU PICKED 2 OF THE - THE GREATEST RECORDS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR GAME, WHICH WOULD BE JACK'S 20 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BYRON NELSON WINNING 11 IN A ROW IN '45,
DO YOU THINK EITHER ONE OF THOSE IS OUTSIDE OF HIS REACH?
NOT IF HE STAYS HEALTHY, PETER. IF HE STAYS HEALTHY AND KEEPS HIMSELF IN GOOD CONDITION AND UH,
GOES ABOUT IT UM . THERE - THERE - HE'S GOT A SHOT, I'LL TELL YOU THAT, TO BREAK ALL THOSE RECORDS.
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TOMMY BOLT.
Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
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.