Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 3
TOMMY BOLT'S 85TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
BLACK DIAMOND RANCH
AND WE HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD LIKE STAN OLSON, WHO CONCEIVED AND CREATED BLACK DIAMOND, AMONG THE OTHER HUNDRED OF GOOD IDEAS THAT HE'S HAD OVER HIS
LIFETIME, INCLUDING ONE THAT HE AND JOHN HAD MOST RECENTLY, WHICH WAS TO GET THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE TOGETHER TO PURCHASE, FOR THE CLUB, IN YOUR HONOR, TO REST RIGHT OUT FRONT FOR
ALL TO SEE, A REPLICA OF THE BEST TROPHY IN GOLF, THE U.S. OPEN TROPHY.
THANK YOU PETER. THANK YOU PARTNER. OH BLESS YOU. YOU'RE A GREAT GUY.
I'M SO GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU, TOM. EVERYBODY'S FRIEND, EVERYBODY'S HALL OF FAMER, TOMMY BOLT.
THAT'S THE ONE YOU DREAM ABOUT GROWING UP, RIGHT?
YES IT IS, PETER. THAT'S THE ONE I, I DREAMED ABOUT WHEN I WAS, WHEN I WAS CADDYING. WE, WE PLAYED, WHEN THE CADDIES PLAYED WE ALWAYS PLAYED FOR THE NATIONAL OPEN. THAT WAS THE BIGGEST
TOURNAMENT OF ALL OF THEM AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT I, SAID, THAT'S WHAT I PUT IN MY MIND, I WANTED TO BE THE NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION, AND I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ACHIEVE THAT, BOY, THAT WAS MY GOAL.
AND I, KIND OF, I WAS, THERE WAS A KIND OF A LET DOWN AFTER THAT, PETER. I, I MEAN I DIDN'T CONTINUE PRACTICING LIKE I DID AND WORKING AT IT LIKE I SHOULD HAVE, AND,
CONSEQUENTLY I DIDN'T WIN BUT A COUPLE MORE TOURNAMENTS. I WON THE, I WON THE MEMPHIS OPEN. I BEAT HOGAN IN A PLAY OFF IN THE MEMPHIS OPEN AND I WON AT PENSACOLA. THE ONLY TWO TOURNAMENTS I WON AFTER WINNING THE OPEN.
HARD TO SET NEW GOALS
IT, IT IS, PETER
WHEN YOU REACH THE GOAL OF YOUR DREAM IN LIFETIME
THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. IT, IT'S HARD TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER GOAL. THEN I BECAME 50 YEARS OLD, I WAS ACTUALLY 52
AND I STARTED PLAYING IN THE, THOSE SENIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND THEY HAD A SENIOR TOURNAMENT OUT IN LAS VEGAS, OUT THERE. I WENT OUT THERE AND JUST WALKED AWAY WITH THAT LITTLE JESSIE, BOY. WHAT ARE YOU
DOING OUT HERE, THEY SAID, ALL THOSE GUYS. YOU DON'T, YOU STILL PLAY ON THE TOUR, WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUT HERE? I SAID I'M 50 YEARS OLD, I CAN PLAY IN THIS TOURNAMENT.
AND LITTLE DID THEY KNOW YOU, YOU COULD HAVE PLAYED IN IT TWO YEARS EARLIER.
YEAH, TWO YEARS EARLIER.
WHEN, WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING THE OPEN IN '58 AT SOUTHERN HILLS, THE GREENS WHEN WE LOOK AT FOOTAGE OF IT TODAY, DON'T LOOK AS FAST
THEY WERE PETER.
THEY WERE A LOT SLICKER THAN THEY LOOK ON TELEVISION, BELIEVE ME. THE GREENS WERE FAIRLY SLICK. THEY WEREN'T SUPER SLICK LIKE OAKMONT OR OAKLAND HILLS OR, BUT THEY WERE GOOD SLICK GREENS.
WHAT DID HOGAN AND SNEAD THINK OF THE SET UP THAT WEEK?
WELL HOGAN THOUGHT IT WAS THE TOUGHEST OPEN THAT HE EVER TRIED TO, EVER PLAYED IN. HE, HE SAID IT WAS, HE TOO, YOU KNOW, HE'D HAD A LOT TO DO WITH IT, AND THOSE GUYS WERE WILTING OUT THERE, BOY AND I, I WAS JUST,
SHOO, IT WAS JUST PERFECT FOR ME.
AMAZING TO THINK THAT A LOT OF THOSE PAR 4'S YOU WERE HITTING THREE AND FOUR WOODS TO, THE 18TH HOLE, YOU HIT A FAIRWAY WOOD THE
ONTO THE GREEN?
DID THAT MEAN THAT LAG PUTTING AND CHIPPING WERE PROBABLY AS IMPORTANT THAT WEEK, GIVEN THAT YOU HAD TO HIT SO MANY LONG SHOTS INTO THE GREENS AS DRIVING ACCURACY WAS?
YES IT WAS, PETER, AND ACTUALLY, CHARLIE BARTLETT KEPT, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE WRITER FOR CHICAGO TRIBUNE, BACK IN THOSE DAYS, HE'S THE, HE'S THE FIRST ONE TO START THOSE STATISTICS, YOU KNOW, ON GREENS HIT
IN REGULATION, FAIRWAYS, AND I HIT 14 GREENS EVERY ROUND SO IT, I, I PUTTED WELL, BUT I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T PUTT SUPER, NOT, NOT LIKE TIGER WOODS PUTT, NOTHING LIKE THAT, BUT I, I PUTTED, YOU KNOW, WELL ENOUGH TO, TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT.
WHO DO YOU SEE, IF TIGER'S ON HIS GAME AT THE U.S. OPEN, WHICH THERE'S EVERY REASON TO THINK HE WILL BE, WHO DO YOU SEE AS LIKELY CHALLENGERS TO HIM?
VERY FEW, PETER. I, I JUST REALLY DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW OF ANYBODY THAT'S EVEN, ANY OF THOSE GUYS OUT THERE THAT GOT, CAN COME CLOSE TO IT. IF HE'S DRIVING THE BALL WELL NOW. NOW IF HE STARTS DRIVING IT AND MISSING A LOT OF FAIRWAYS HE'S GOING
TO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS, BECAUSE IN THE OPEN TOURNAMENT YOU DO HAVE THOSE ROUGHS UP PRETTY HIGH, BUT HE CAN HIT THAT TWO IRON, THAT, THAT
LITTLE LOW TWO IRON HE HITS ABOUT AS FAR AS SOME OF THOSE GUYS HIT THEIR DRIVES. IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO BEAT TIGER WOODS. HE'S GOING TO BE THE ODDS ON FAVORITE, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. I GUESS YOU'D, YOU'D HAVE TO INCLUDE PHIL MICKELSON IN, IN, IN THAT.
MICKELSON, I THINK THAT'S HIS NAME
RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT... ERNIE ELS IS ONE OF THEM
ERNIE ELS IS, HAS WON A COUPLE OF OPENS AND HE'S A GOOD STRAIGHT PLAYER.
VIJAY SINGH PERHAPS.
VIJAY'S, UH, DAVID DUVAL HAS, IF HE CAN GET OUT THERE AND MAINTAIN HIS CONCENTRATION, HE'S GOT A SHOT. IT, IT, IT'S JUST HARD TO SAY WHO'S GOING TO WIN BUT TIGER WOODS IS NO DOUBT THE FAVORITE.
HARD TO BELIEVE THEY DIDN'T GIVE YOU AN EXEMPTION TO PLAY THIS YEAR, TOMMY.
THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IF I'D ASKED FOR IT, PETER.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AND TOMMY'S GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT HAS SERVED HIM AS THE BASICS OF HIS GOLF SWING FOR JUST THE LAST 65 YEARS OR SO. DON'T GO AWAY.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.
Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.
''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''
It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.
''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''
Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.
''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''
After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.
''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''
He's making his first start in the event.
''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.
Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.
''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''
Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.
The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.
''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''
Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.
''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur
Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.
The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.
They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.
It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.
“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”
The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.
The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.