Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
(WRITTEN TEXT)
TOMMY BOLT'S 85TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
BLACK DIAMOND RANCH
3/31/01

PETER KESSLER
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.

(APPLAUSE)

TOMMY BOLT
THANK YOU PETER. THANK YOU PARTNER. OH BLESS YOU. YOU'RE A GREAT GUY.

PETER KESSLER
I'M SO GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU, TOM. EVERYBODY'S FRIEND, EVERYBODY'S HALL OF FAMER, TOMMY BOLT.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S THE ONE YOU DREAM ABOUT GROWING UP, RIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
HARD TO SET NEW GOALS

TOMMY BOLT
IT, IT IS, PETER

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU REACH THE GOAL OF YOUR DREAM IN LIFETIME

TOMMY BOLT
THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. IT, IT'S HARD TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER GOAL. THEN I BECAME 50 YEARS OLD, I WAS ACTUALLY 52

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
AND LITTLE DID THEY KNOW YOU, YOU COULD HAVE PLAYED IN IT TWO YEARS EARLIER.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, TWO YEARS EARLIER.

PETER KESSLER
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

TOMMY BOLT
THEY WERE PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WERE THEY?

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID HOGAN AND SNEAD THINK OF THE SET UP THAT WEEK?

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
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

LAST DAY

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
ONTO THE GREEN?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
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?

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
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?

TOMMY BOLT
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

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT... ERNIE ELS IS ONE OF THEM

TOMMY BOLT
ERNIE ELS IS, HAS WON A COUPLE OF OPENS AND HE'S A GOOD STRAIGHT PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
VIJAY SINGH PERHAPS.

TOMMY BOLT
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.

PETER KESSLER
HARD TO BELIEVE THEY DIDN'T GIVE YOU AN EXEMPTION TO PLAY THIS YEAR, TOMMY.

TOMMY BOLT
THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IF I'D ASKED FOR IT, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

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.

(MUSIC)

(BREAK)
 
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