Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 5
NOW TOM BOLT TO SAVE HIS PAR.... GREAT, GREAT. NO BOGIES TODAY. AND A THREE UNDER PAR ROUND, A ROUND OF 69 FOR A MAN THAT IS 52 YEARS OLD, A SUPER GUY, IN AT 284, BILLY CASPER IS
IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT 283. TOMMY BOLT.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY FOR YOU TOMMY, AND THE QUESTION IS, IN 1971 AT AGE 55, ACTUALLY HE WAS 54, AND CONTRARY TO WHAT SHANKLE SAID AT 52, YOU WERE 54, YOU
BATTLED FOR THE TITLE THAT JACK NICKLAUS WON AT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE FINISHING THREE STROKES BACK, WHAT ARE YOUR FONDEST
MEMORIES FROM THE 1971 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE YOU PLAYED AWFULLY GOOD GOLF AND HAD A CHANCE TO WIN?
UH, WELL, I WAS, AFTER 63 HOLES, NICKLAUS AND I WERE TIED, AND I WAS PLAYING WITH GARY PLAYER, AND I, I HIT A 4 WOOD IN THERE ABOUT 50 FEET PAST THE HOLE ON NUMBER TEN AND HOLED IT FOR A BIRDIE. I MIGHT HAVE BEEN LEADING AFTER 64 HOLES, PETER.
BUT I, I THE WHEELS RAN OFF. I SHOT EVEN PAR AND HE SHOT 3 UNDER PAR. BEAT ME AT THREE SHOTS. HE WAS, JACK WAS REALLY PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS.
BY HIS OWN ADMISSION THAT WAS
THE BEGINNING OF THE BEST GOLF HE EVER PLAYED THROUGH 1975.
I, I WAS 55 AND HE WAS ABOUT 30 I GUESS. ABOUT 30, MAYBE 31.
31, YEAH. JUST TURNED 31.
AND UH HE WAS, OH, I WAS PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS, PETER, I WAS WINNING ALL THE SENIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS. I WAS THE WORLD SENIOR CHAMPION. THE PGA SENIOR'S
CHAMPION AND I WON THE SENIOR TOURNAMENT OUT IN LAS VEGAS, OUT THERE, THEY HAD A TOURNAMENT OUT THERE. THE U.S. NATIONAL SENIOR'S GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT AND I
WON IT 5 CONSECUTIVE TIMES. I LOVE TO PLAY THOSE SENIORS. I CAN'T HANDLE THESE JUNIORS NOW.
YOU'RE STILL BEATING GUYS WHO ARE 50. WE, WE'VE GOT MICHAEL RIGHT HERE FROM ALBERTA ON THE TELEPHONE, WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.
MICHAEL, CALLER FROM ALBERTA (MALE):
GOOD EVENING TOMMY AND PETER. IT'S A GREAT, IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO TALK TO YOU MR. BOLT, TONIGHT. I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION IN REGARDS TO, YOU, YOU SEEM TO HAVE
USED YOUR EMOTION TO MOTIVATE YOUR GAME AND I WONDER WHO YOU THINK ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY DEMONSTRATES THAT? AND I'VE GOT ONE MORE OTHER QUESTION FOR YOU HERE, I PLAYED A ROUND OF GOLF WITH A FELLOW NAMED
PAUL RUNYAN, WHO IS, IS PROBABLY IN YOUR AGE CATEGORY AND IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO PLAY WITH HIM, AND I THINK THAT, IF YOU HAVE A BOOK AVAILABLE, I WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO PURCHASE IT BECAUSE
SOME OF THE STORIES YOU'RE TELLING US ABOUT ARE VERY, VERY INTERESTING. THANKS MR. BOLT.
HECK, I DON'T REMEMBER THE QUESTIONS ANYMORE.
UH I THINK HE ASKED, YES, I HAVE A BOOK. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1970, BUT IT WAS REPUBLISHED 1999 I THINK. IT'S BEEN OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS, YES.
WE'LL, WE'LL SHOW EVERYBODY THAT BOOK.
THE HOLE TRUTH, RIGHT?
THE HOLE TRUTH, YEAH. YEAH.
AND THEN I THINK THE OTHER QUESTION WAS, WERE THERE, IS THERE ANYBODY ON TOUR TODAY THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOU?
THAT SHOWS EMOTIONS LIKE ME? THAT SHOWS HIS EMOTIONS LIKE I DID. UH...
LET'S SEE. I CAN'T, I THINK, I DON'T, WELL
BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANYBODY, MAN
NO THERE'S NOBODY OUT THERE THAT SHOWED THEM LIKE, AS WELL AS I DID.
DO YOU THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THERE AREN'T GUYS LIKE YOU AND THE OTHER TERRIBLE TOM, TOM WEISKOPF, THAT THERE AREN'T CHARACTERS LIKE
YOU ON TOUR ANYMORE BECAUSE GOLF'S SO MUCH LESS OF A STRAIN ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH MORE OF A BIG BUSINESS, AND THE GUYS ARE MORE SERIOUS?
IT, IT ABSOLUTE TRUTH, PETER, THAT GOLF IS BIG BUSINESS NOW BECAUSE THEY'RE PLAYING FOR SO MUCH MONEY, AND SO THEY CAN'T, BACK WHEN I WAS PLAYING, WE WERE, WE WERE STILL HAVING FUN OUT THERE, AND THAT'S WHEN I SHOWED
MY EMOTIONS A LOT, AND I DIDN'T, THAT, THAT'S THROWING A CLUB RIGHT THERE, ACCORDING TO THE
THAT'S A TOSS
YEAH, THAT'S, I MEAN THE NEWSPAPER SAYS WELL BOLT'S JUST THROWING HIS CLUBS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
THAT LOOKED LIKE THE '55 CANADIAN OPEN.
THAT WAS ARNOLD'S FIRST
ARNOLD'S FIRST TOURNAMENT
THAT HE WON. YEAH.
I PLAYED WITH HIM THREE ROUNDS. YEAH, I KNOW. HE PUT IT IN THE TREES ON ONE HOLE AND HE THOUGHT HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THAT, THOSE TREES. YOU COULDN'T WALK THROUGH THEM. HE THOUGHT
HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THERE AND, I SAID, ARNOLD PUT IT BACK ON THE FAIRWAY AND PITCH IT ON THE GREEN AND TAKE YOUR PAR. HE DID JUST THAT AND WALKED ON AND WON THE TOURNAMENT. HE WAS PLAYING GOOD
BACK IN THE, HE WAS A, HE WAS A VERY FIERY GUY. HE HAD, HE HAD A LOT OF DETERMINATION, ARNOLD DID. HE, WELL MOST OF THE PLAYERS, MOST OF THE OLDER PLAYERS OUT THERE DIDN'T THINK HE HAD A VERY GOOD SWING AND HE
WOULDN'T, WOULDN'T BE TOO SUCCESSFUL AND HE WAS JUST DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM, IT, IT MADE HIM MORE DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM
THAT HE COULD AND THAT'S, THAT'S PART OF HIS MAKE UP. HE'S A, HE, HE HAS
A LOT OF DETERMINATION AND HE, AND DESIRE TO WIN AND HE DID JUST THAT.
WE'LL TELL EVERYBODY WHERE THEY CAN GET THE BOOK AS WE GO TO BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND TAKE A FEW MORE PHONE CALLS IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU.
YEAH, THAT'S FINE.
OKAY, THE BOOK, TO ORDER THE HOLE TRUTH, 800-387-7638. 387-7638. THAT'S CANADA AND THE U.S. IS 800 BOY MY EYES ARE GOING BAD, 800-465-3609? IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.
HEY YOU'RE PRETTY GOOD, PETER.
OH YOU WAIT, DON'T, WAIT TILL YOU GET TO BE MY AGE, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING EITHER.
WE'LL BE BACK.
DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.
The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.
''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''
In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.
''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''
The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.
''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.
Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member
Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.
Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:
Matt Kuchar— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 17, 2018
"It's been a passion of mine to explore & see the world, and I'll now be joining the European Tour as an Affiliate Member, which is very exciting." pic.twitter.com/7wDbuGXz8j
As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.
Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.
Hot Seat: Rory jumps into the fire early
The world’s top tours head to desert regions this week, perfect locales for The Hot Seat, the gauge upon which we measure the level of heat the game’s top personalities are facing ...
Sahara sizzle: Rory McIlroy
McIlroy won’t have to look far to see how his form measures up to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
McIlroy will make his 2018 debut with Johnson in his face, literally.
McIlroy will be grouped with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood in the first two rounds.
Players like to downplay pairings early in a tournament, but it’s hard to believe McIlroy and Johnson won’t be trying to send each other messages in this European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. That’s the alpha-dog nature of world-class players looking to protect their turf, or in the case of McIlroy, take back his turf.
“When you are at the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Trevor Immelman said about pairings during Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge last month.
And that was an offseason event.
“They want to show this guy, ‘This is what I got,’” Immelman said.
As early season matchups go, Abu Dhabi is a heavyweight pairing that ought to be fun.
So there will be no easing into the new year for McIlroy after taking off the last three months to regroup from the stubborn rib injury that plagued him last season. He is coming off a winless year, and he will be doing so alongside a guy who just won the first PGA Tour event of 2018 in an eight-shot rout. Johnson’s victory in Hawaii two weeks ago was his fifth since McIlroy last won.
“Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place, and that was because of where I was physically,” McIlroy said of 2017. “I feel prepared now. I feel ready, and I feel ready to challenge. I feel really good about where I’m at with my health. I’ve put all that behind me, which has been great.”
Sonoran Smolder: Phil Mickelson
Mickelson will turn 48 this summer.
His world ranking is sliding, down to No. 43 now, which is the lowest he has ranked in 24 years.
It’s been more than four years since he last won, making him 0 for his last 92 starts.
There’s motivation in all of that for Mickelson. He makes his 2018 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs area this week talking like a man on a renewed mission.
There’s a Ryder Cup team to make this season, which would be his 12th straight, and there’s a career Grand Slam to claim, with the U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson finished second in ’04.
While Mickelson may not feel old, there are so many young stars standing in his way that it’s hard not to be constantly reminded that time isn’t on his side in these events anymore.
There has only been one player in the history of the game to win a major championship who was older than Mickelson is right now. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48 back in 1968.
Campaign fever: Jordan Spieth
Spieth’s respect in the game’s ranks extends outside the ropes.
He was just selected to run for the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council’s chairman position. He is facing Billy Hurley III in an election to see who will succeed Davis Love III on the Tour’s Policy Board next year.
Spieth, just 24, has already made Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People.” He made that back in 2016, with the magazine writing that “he exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.
CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats
The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.
How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):
Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)
Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.
Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.
Notables in the field
* This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.
* For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.
* He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.
* This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.
* Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
* In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.
* Last year he finished T-34 in this event.
* Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.
* In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
* Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.
* Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.
* Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
* Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.
* This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.
* Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.
* Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.
* This is his first start of 2018.
* Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.
(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)