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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18