Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
MILLER BARBER, 'MR. X', FORMER TOUR PLAYER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
WE MAY NOT BE PLAYING IN MAJORS ANYMORE, BUT WE STILL FIND WAYS TO KEEP IT INTERESTING OUT HERE.

TOMMY BOLT, IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
OKAY FELLOWS, WHAT'S THE GAME TODAY?

MILLER BARBER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
BINGLES, BANGLES AND BONGLES.

GOLFER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
JIM IN THE DOGWOOD

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
MUFFINS AND PROXIES

TOMMY BOLT IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
DOGWOODS WITH EARS.

SLOPPY JOES

MILLER BARBER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
HOW ABOUT LONDERS AND DUPIES

GOLFER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
NO DUPIES

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
DOUBLE PLUMP BECAUSE I'M THE BAD GUY

MILLER BARBER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
CORN DOGS WITH GRAVY

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
ROLLER COASTER DOUBLE DOWNS (??)

GOLFER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
THAT'S WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

TOMMY BOLT IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
GILLIGANS, BUT NO SKIPPERS.

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
IS THAT LEGAL?

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
HOW ABOUT WE JUST PLAY FOR FUN?

TOMMY BOLT IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
LET ME THINK ABOUT IT. I THOUGHT ABOUT IT NO.

(MUSIC)

TOMMY BOLT IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
OKAY WE'RE ALL SET.

GOLFER #2 IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
DO YOU KNOW IF THERE'S AN ATM AROUND HERE?

(CRICKETS CHIRPING)

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

YOUR FRIEND, GOLF'S FRIEND, TIGER'S FRIEND AND TEACHER, THE GREAT BUTCH HARMON'S ON THE PHONE. HE, PROBABLY GOT CONCERNED BECAUSE YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TIGER'S DRIVING NEXT MONTH, RIGHT BUTCH?

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
WELL, FIRST OF ALL, PETER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO TOMMY TALK. I'VE BEEN A GREAT FAN OF TOM'S FOR A LONG TIME. I COULD NEVER PLAY LIKE HIM BUT I COULD SURE GET MAD LIKE HIM, I KNOW THAT.

(PETER AND TOMMY LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
HEY HOW ABOUT THAT SHOT OF YOUR DAD BACKING OUT OF THE WAY.

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
(LAUGHS) WELL THAT WAS, I'VE GOT THAT HANGING IN MY GOLF STUDIO. TOM HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH THE 18TH AT CHERRY HILLS BUT I THINK HE GOT THAT FISH WITH THAT DRIVER. BUT REALLY TOM, I CAN REMEMBER AS A YOUNGSTER AND I THINK

IT WAS '57 WHEN LIONEL WON THE PGA IN DAYTON, YOU AND MY DAD HAD A GREAT MATCH TOGETHER.

TOMMY BOLT
YES WE DID. HE BEAT ME IN ONE OF THEM.

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
I REMEMBER THE LAST HOLE, YOU HAD THE SHOT IN THERE ABOUT OH EIGHT, TEN FEET AND YOU HAD MUD ON YOUR BALL AND THEY WOULDN'T LET YOU

CLEAN IT AND DAD HIT A YIP PUTT AND HIT THE POLE AND IT ALMOST WENT IN BECAUSE YOU COULD PUTT WITH THE FLAG IN IN THOSE DAYS.

TOMMY BOLT
IN THOSE DAYS YOU COULD, BUTCH. BUTCH IT'S NICE TO TALK, NICE TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AND GOOD TO TALK TO YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOU GETTING MARRIED.

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOM, AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, YOU WERE TRULY ONE OF THE GREATEST BALL STRIKERS I'VE EVER SEEN AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO YOU.

TOMMY BOLT
WELL, PETE, UH THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BUTCH, YOU'RE A GREAT GUY.

PETER KESSLER
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO MENTION TO BUTCH ABOUT THE DRIVING CONCERN YOU HAD WITH TIGER.

TOMMY BOLT
BUTCH

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
YES SIR

TOMMY BOLT
UH

PETER KESSLER
OVER HERE (LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING WITH UH, UH TIGER'S DRIVING.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH WE PROBABLY GOT TO MAKE IT SHORTER SO HE CAN FIND IT.

TOMMY BOLT
WELL, (LAUGHS) YOU'RE RIGHT. HE, HE DRIVES ALL THE GREENS AND TWO PUTTS FOR HIS BIRDIES, BUT I THINK THAT HE NEEDS TO, HE DRIVES IT A LONG WAYS, YES, BUT LETS GET HIM A LITTLE MORE ACCURATE, OKAY?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I AGREE WITH YOU, TOM, AND I, I KNOW HE'S WORKING ON THAT RIGHT NOW FOR SOUTHERN HILLS.

TOMMY BOLT
I'LL BET HE IS.

BUTCH HARMON, TIGER WOODS' INSTRUCTOR (MALE):
GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.

TOMMY BOLT
WELL GOOD TALK TO YOU, BUTCH.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL ALL SEE YOU THERE. WE'VE GOT 13 YEAR OLD, YOUNG MAN ON THE PHONE NAMED JOHN WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION, TOMMY. GO AHEAD JOHNNY.

HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
HELLO JOHN.

JOHN, YOUNG CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
HEY TOMMY. HEY PETER. HOW'S IT GOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD BUDDY. HOW YOU DOING?

JOHN, YOUNG CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
I'M DOING PRETTY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
HOW YOU PLAYING?

JOHN, YOUNG CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
UM, I'M SHOOTING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ASK TOM?

JOHN, YOUNG CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
WELL, I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PLAY GOLF?

TOMMY BOLT
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO PLAY GOLF? WHEN I WAS, I CADDIED JOHN

JOHN, YOUNG CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
UH HUH

TOMMY BOLT
AND I CADDIED FOR SOME OF THE OLDER PROFESSIONALS BACK IN THOSE DAYS AND I JUST, AND THEY DRESSED SO NICELY AND EVERYTHING AND I SAID, LOOK HERE, THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO BE AND SO I JUST

DECIDED TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL GOLF PLAYER, AND IT, OF COURSE YOU GOT TO WORK AT IT. IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN, YOU HAVE TO, IT, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF STAGES BEFORE YOU CAN GET THERE. YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT HARD.

PETER KESSLER
HOW MUCH QUICKER WOULD YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR GOLF SWING IF YOU'D HAD A BUTCH HARMON OR SOMEONE LIKE HIM TO BE YOUR EYES?

TOMMY BOLT
HOO! IT WOULD HAVE BEEN (LAUGHS), WELL, I GUESS, I COULD HAVE IMPROVED, YEAH, BUTCH HARMON OR BEN HOGAN OR SOMEBODY LIKE THAT, YEAH. IF BUTCH COULD HAVE LOOKED AT MY SWING WHEN

I WAS A YOUNGSTER, HE, HE WOULD HAVE PROBABLY SLOWED MY TEMPO DOWN, MY BACKSWING AND I COULD HAVE GOTTEN IT ALL TOGETHER QUICKER, PETER. IT WOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN TWO CAMERAS TO CATCH MY SWING.

PETER KESSLER
WELL IT DIDN'T TAKE YOU THAT LONG BECAUSE YOU WERE PLAYING WORLD CLASS GOLF WHEN YOU WERE 21, 13 YEARS BEFORE YOU EVER JOINED

THE TOUR.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH I, I PLAYED, I WAS, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO PROVE THAT I COULD PLAY, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH BUT YOU KNEW YOU COULD PLAY AND EVERYBODY YOU BEAT KNEW YOU COULD PLAY.

TOMMY BOLT
I KNEW I COULD PLAY BECAUSE I WON ALL THE AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS, A LOT OF THEM, AND... BUT I, BACK IN THOSE DAYS, THEY WEREN'T PLAYING FOR MUCH MONEY OUT THERE ANYWAY, PETER. SO, I DIDN'T MISS TOO MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE SENIOR TOUR NEXT YEAR YOU'LL MAKE UP FOR THAT GRAVY YOU DIDN'T GET.

TOMMY BOLT
THAT'S TRUE

PETER KESSLER
LET, LET'S TALK TO T.J. IN INDIANA. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, T.J.?

T.J., CALLER FROM INDIANA (MALE):
FANTASTIC. MR. BOLT, I HAVE A FEW, A ONE QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, IN DETAIL, PLEASE EXPLAIN THE LIGHTER SIDE OF BEN HOGAN.

TOMMY BOLT
THE LIGHTER SIDE?

T.J., CALLER FROM INDIANA (MALE):
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, THAT HE ACTUALLY HAD A BETTER SENSE OF HUMOR.

TOMMY BOLT
HE WAS A, HE WAS A GREATEST, HE WAS A GREAT HUMAN BEING. BELIEVE ME HE WAS. HE WASN'T THE, THE, THE GET THE TEMPER, NOT THE TEMPERAMENTAL GUY BUT THE

STAND OFFISH PERSON, OR, HE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY, HOGAN DID. HE WAS, THEY JUST DIDN'T, HE JUST, WHEN HE, WHEN HE WAS ON THE GOLF COURSE HE WAS IN HIS OFFICE AND HE WAS TENDING TO HIS BUSINESS AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE BOTHERED, THAT'S HOW THE MEDIA GOT THAT, BROUGHT THAT STUFF UP.

PETER KESSLER
BUT HE WAS A GREAT GUY TO HAVE DINNER WITH, WASN'T HE?

TOMMY BOLT
OH BEN WAS A GREAT, AND YOU COULD TALK TO HIM. I, I HAD A LOT OF, I COULD REALLY MAKE HIM LAUGH. I'D TELL HIM A LOT OF FUNNY STUFF AND, AND IT JUST BROKE HIM UP. HE, HE WASN'T REALLY A, HE WAS A GREAT PERSON.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH TOMMY.

(MUSIC)

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

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.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

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

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

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.


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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."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

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.

@tommyfleetwood_1

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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.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.