Golf Talk Live - Jack Nicklaus Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 5, 1999, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW, THAT'S JACK AND HIS DAD RIGHT AFTER JACK HAD WON IN '65 AND JACK AND JACKIE AS HE WAS GOING TO WIN IN '86 AND HAD COMPLETED PLAY.

AND NOT ONLY HAS MASTERS WEEK BEEN GREAT FOR JACK NICKLAUS, BUT IT'S BEEN A GREAT WEEK FOR THE NICKLAUS FAMILY.

JACK NICKLAUS
IT REALLY HAS. I THINK THAT UH . ALL MY KIDS HAVE BEEN AT THE UH, THE MASTERS, YOU KNOW, FROM TIME TO TIME. AND '86 UH WAS KIND OF AN INTERESTING YEAR. I THINK MY MOTHER HAD GONE TO THE MASTERS. UH, I DON'T THINK SHE'D BEEN TO THE MASTERS SINCE I WAS AN AMATEUR.

AND I - AND SHE CAME BACK IN '86. AND UH, MY UH . MY SISTER, I DON'T KNOW THAT SHE'D EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS. WHY IN THE WORLD SHE PICKED '86 TO COME, I DON'T KNOW.

BUT UH, THEY CAME AND, OF COURSE, THE KIDS COME EVERY YEAR. AND UH . UH, WE'VE HAD, WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT TIMES THERE. AND, OF COURSE, JACK'S CADDIED FOR ME. STEVE'S CADDIED FOR ME THERE. AND UH,

AS A MATTER OF FACT, STEVE CADDIED FOR ME LAST YEAR. JACK CADDIED FOR ME, OF COURSE, IN '86.

PETER KESSLER
HOW BIG A WEEK AND HOW BIG A DEAL WAS THAT FOR YOUR DAD?

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL, YOU KNOW, MY DAD SORT OF REALLY LIVED FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. UH, I THINK THAT UH MY SISTER GOT THE SHORT END OF THE DEAL AND . AND MY MOTHER SUPPORTED US. AND I THINK THAT UH . UH .

BUT MY SISTER NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT `CAUSE SHE WAS JUST AS SUPPORTIVE AS MY MOTHER. UH, BUT MY DAD, HE JUST . YOU KNOW, UH .

HE LIVED THROUGH MY EFFORTS. AND UH, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY HE PASSED AWAY AT A RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE AT 56. AND UH . UH, HE UH . UH .

HE WAS ALWAYS THERE . HE WAS ALWAYS A FRIEND. HE NEVER INTERFERED. UH, BUT IT WAS THE SAME WAY HE DID WITH ALL SPORTS. YOU KNOW, HE INTRODUCED ME TO ALL SPORTS. HE PARTICIPATED WITH ME. YOU KNOW, HE'D THROW THE BALL BACK TO ME UNTIL I DIDN'T WANT TO OR HE DIDN'T WANT THROW IT BACK MORE OR .FOR --

HE WOULD UH . WATCH ME HIT GOLF BALLS, OR HE WOULD GO HIT TENNIS BALLS WITH ME OR WE'D DO WHATEVER, EVER, YOU KNOW, WE DID . WE HUNTED. WE FISHED TOGETHER. WE DID EVERYTHING.

AND UH, UM . YOU KNOW, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP LIKE THAT WITH YOUR FATHER. AND, AS A RESULT OF THAT UH . UH, YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE RELATIONSHIP I WANTED TO HAVE WITH MY KIDS TOO. AND I THINK I HAVE HAD.

SO UH . BUT MY FATHER . TO SEE HIM COME OUT AND BE THERE AS I FINISHED MASTERS -- I THINK THAT IN '65, I THINK HE CAME UP AND GAVE ME A LITTLE PAT ON THE CHEEK,

YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT. HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, 'THAT WAS GREAT' OR 'WELL DONE, JACK', YOU KNOW. AND -- BUT THAT WAS, THAT WAS ABOUT AS EMOTIONAL AS HE GOT ABOUT -- BUT, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE INSIDE I KNOW HE'S . HE'S,

YOU KNOW, HE'S POPPING INSIDE AND BURSTING FROM . YOU KNOW, THE SEAMS. BUT IT'S UH . UH . HE WAS GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW BIG AN ASSIST DOES YOUR WIFE, BARBARA, GET FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR CAREER AND HELPING TO KEEP LIFE REAL ORGANIZED.

JACK NICKLAUS
UH, WELL OUT OF 20 MAJORS, YOU KNOW, SHE GETS ASSISTS FOR PROBABLY 19. I GET ONE CREDIT FOR MYSELF. (LAUGH)

BARBARA'S GREAT. BARBARA'S UH . UH, I'D HATE TO THINK WHAT UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT MY LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD I NOT MARRIED BARBARA BASH AND UH . AND UH, THE WAY SHE'S HANDLED THINGS.

I MEAN, OUR KIDS ALL KNOW ME. THEY ALL KNOW ME BECAUSE SHE MADE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENED AND I MADE SURE IT HAPPENED. BUT SHE ALWAYS WAS NEVER, NEVER SAID, YOU KNOW, 'JACK, YOU NEED TO DO THIS.'

SHE ALWAYS WOULD . NOT REALLY DO IT BUT IT ALWAYS HAPPENED. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE. SHE ALWAYS KNEW THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND THE RIGHT THING TO SAY. AND THAT'S,

YOU KNOW . NOT MANY GUYS ARE THAT LUCKY. I MEAN, I KNOW THAT WHEN I STARTED ON THE TOUR THERE WAS AN AWFUL LOT OF GUYS THAT I STARTED WITH THAT PROBABLY HAD . YOU KNOW, AS MUCH TALENT AS I DID.

BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT I HAD. AND UH , AS A RESULT, MY LIFE WAS MADE EASY. IT ALLOWED ME TO GO PLAY GOLF AND DO THE THINGS I NEEDED TO DO WHERE THEY DIDN'T REALLY HAVE THAT SUPPORT. AND SO,

MAYBE I . YOU KNOW . I .. AND I THINK WINNING BREEDS WINNING SO I GOT A LITTLE BIT LUCKY WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I LEARNED HOW TO DO A FEW THINGS AND HAD THAT SUPPORT AND AS A RESULT UH . UH, YOU KNOW, I GOT A LITTLE, I GOT A LITTLE FURTHER AHEAD THAN THEY DID.

PETER KESSLER
WE KNOW WHAT A LOT OF THE PUBLIC WANT FOR YOU, WHICH IS TO WIN ANOTHER 20 MAJORS. WHAT DO YOUR KIDS WANT FOR YOU, DO YOU SUPPOSE?

JACK NICKLAUS
THEY WANT ME TO HAVE FUN. AND UH, I PLAYED WITH UH, I PLAYED WITH GARY THIS MORNING. I PLAYED WITH JACK ON . ON UH . GEE .YES, WE PLAYED FRIDAY. I PLAYED GARY YESTERDAY TOO.

AND UH . UH, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE UH . GARY WATCHED ME SWING TODAY, I MEAN, YOU'VE SEEN IT, 80 YARDS BY ME. AND UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS NEVER UH, 'DAD, YOU NEED TO DO THIS .'

HE SAID, 'IT'S JUST GREAT SEEING YOU COME OUT AND HITTING THE BALL. GREAT TO SEE YOU OUT.' UH,

I PLAYED MY FIRST 9 HOLES AFTER SURGERY WITH JACKIE THE OTHER DAY. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, .(CHUCKLE) IT WAS. IT WAS RIDICULOUS, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, AS I SAY, 80 YARDS BEHIND HIM. BUT IT -- THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

THEY . THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT AND UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WAS DOING AND . AND UH, THEY KNOW THAT MY QUALITY OF LIFE REALLY WASN'T VERY GOOD FROM A . AN ACTIVITY STANDPOINT. UH,

MY QUALITY OF LIFE STILL BEING WITH MY FAMILY IS STILL PRETTY GOOD . EITHER WAY.

PETER KESSLER
80 YARDS SHORTER OR NOT, MOST OF US ARE CONVINCED THAT THERE ISN'T A TOURNAMENT THAT YOU COULDN'T HAVE WON JUST WITH 6-IRON, WEDGE, PUTTER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

JACK NICKLAUS
(LAUGH)

BETTER BE A PRETTY . (FADES OUT TO MUSIC BEFORE BREAK)

(BREAK)

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Thompson wins Race, loses tournament after short miss

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

Leaderboard: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15), Lexi Thompson (-14), Jessica Korda (-14), Pernilla Lindberg (-13), Eun-Hee Ji (-13)

What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

Round of the day: Sei Young Kim made the day's biggest charge, turning in a 6-under 66 to close the week in a share of 11th at 10 under. Kim made eight birdies during the final round, including five over her first eight holes en route to her lowest round of the week while erasing a third-round 75.

Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

Shot of the day: There were only three birdies on No. 18 during the final round before Jutanugarn laced one down the fairway and hit a deft approach to 15 feet. The subsequent putt found the target and gave her win No. 7 on her young LPGA career.

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.