Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
ONE OF THE AMAZING LAPSES IN MODERN GOLF IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN YET ELECTED AND INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME. THERE

ARE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME WHO HAVE RECORDS THAT DON'T TOUCH YOUR RECORD ON THE BEST DAY THEY EVER HAD. HOW MUCH DOES THAT BURN YOU UP?

TOMMY BOLT
UH IT BOTHERS ME A LITTLE PETE, BUT NOT, PETER, BUT NOT THAT MUCH. I, I THINK I'M GOING, I THINK I'M GOING TO GET IN THERE THIS YEAR, AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE JACKIE BURKE GET IN THERE BECAUSE I THINK HE DESERVED IT.

HE WON A COUPLE OF MAJOR TOURNAMENTS BUT NOW THE, THE PGA SENIORS IS A MAJOR TOURNAMENT, SO I WON THAT AND THE OPEN SO I, I THINK I SHOULD BE IN THE PGA HALL OF, THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME, TOO.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU THINK YOU GOT A SHOT AT IT THIS YEAR?

TOMMY BOLT
I THINK I GOT A SHOT AT IT THIS YEAR, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S ALWAYS A KEY TO WINNING A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. YOU HAD YOUR SERENITY IN 1958. YOU WERE AT HOME, YOU WERE PLAYING WELL BUT THERE WAS ALSO 18 HOLES TO DEAL WITH,

PARTICULARLY THE TOUGHEST HOLE ON THE GOLF COURSE, A CONVERTED PAR 5 THAT WAS MADE A PAR 4, THE 12TH HOLE WHICH YOU DIDN'T EVEN PAR UNTIL THE FOURTH DAY, HOW COME?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I WAS LUCKY, PETER, AND

PETER KESSLER
WELL WHAT DID YOU DO THE FIRST THREE DAYS?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I BIRDIED IT.

PETER KESSLER
OH (LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
I HAD TO MAKE THREE ON THAT HOLE. EVERYBODY ELSE, PETER. THAT'S WHERE I WON THE TOURNAMENT, REALLY, I MEAN I JUST BLEW THEM OUT RIGHT THERE. I MADE THREE STRAIGHT THREES ON THERE THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS AND HOGAN,

I HEARD OVER THE, THE, FROM THE GALLERY AND EVERYTHING, HOGAN WAS MAKING 6'S AND SOME OF THEM WERE MAKING 6'S AND 7'S AND I WAS FOUR STROKES ON ONE HOLE, BOY, YOU CAN'T

HANDLE THAT. I BIRDIED IT THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS AND I COULD HAVE BIRDIED IT THE LAST ROUND BUT I, I DIDN'T HOLE THAT TWENTY FOOTER.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THAT THE MOST FUN YOU EVER HAD PLAYING GOLF THAT WEEK, DO YOU SUPPOSE?

TOMMY BOLT
PETER, I, I WAS, I WAS AT PEACE WITH MYSELF AND AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD AND I WAS JUST, MARY LOU AND I HAD JUST BEEN MARRIED IN 1957 AND I HAD A NEW WIFE AND I WAS ON THE TOUR, BACK ON THE TOUR AGAIN AND WINNING

TOURNAMENTS, YES, IT WAS, I, I WAS, I WAS AS HAPPY AS YOU CAN GET, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT SOUTHERN HILLS AGAIN THIS YEAR.

TOMMY BOLT
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PLEASURE.

TOMMY BOLT
I'LL BE THERE, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO BE WITH YOU, MY FRIEND.

TOMMY BOLT
GOOD TO SEE YOU, FELLA.

PETER KESSLER
MAN, THAT'S SOME GRIP. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.

TOMMY BOLT
(LAUGHS)

WELL YOU GOT TO HOLD THE CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
MAN, I'M NOT A CLUB.

(MUSIC)
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.