Golf Talk Live - Jack Nicklaus Transcript Segment 6
EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE, WE SELECT ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE E-MAILED TO US DURING THE WEEK. AND THE QUESTION TONIGHT FOR JACK NICKLAUS IS:
I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE RIVALRY BETWEEN DAVID DUVAL AND TIGER WOODS. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS RIVALRY COMPARES TO THE ONE YOU HAD WITH ARNOLD PALMER AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER? THANK YOU BRIAN.
WELL . I MEAN, IS THERE A RIVALRY BETWEEN DAVID AND TIGER YET? I MEAN, GOOD GRACIOUS, THEY'VE ONLY STARTED PLAYING AGAINST EACH OTHER. I MEAN, THE PRESS IS GONNA MAKE A RIVALRY OUT OF IT.
UH, I SUPPOSE THAT UH . UH, RIVALRY BETWEEN ARNOLD PALMER AND JACK NICKLAUS WAS CREATED IN ONE WEEK IN 1962. SO I SUPPOSE THERE'S NO REASON WHY A RIVALRY WITH, UH, TIGER WOODS AND DAVID DUVAL COULDN'T, COULDN'T TAKE PLACE. BUT,
YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT UNTIL THAT REALLY . THAT RIVALRY WON'T BECOME MATURE UNTIL THEY RIVAL EACH OTHER IN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
RIGHT NOW, DAVID HASN'T WON A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP YET. AND TIGER HAS WON IN HIS AMATEURS BUT HE'S ONLY WON ONE PROFESSIONAL MAJOR. SO WHEN THE TWO OF THEM START PLAYING AND THOSE ARE THE TWO THAT ARE COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE, THEN IT'LL BECOME A REAL RIVALRY.
UH, RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN AND . AND RIGHTLY SO `CAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF VERY, VERY GOOD PLAYERS.
OBVIOUSLY, THE TWO OF THEM ARE THE DOMINANT PLAYERS. BUT UH . UH, I THINK THAT UH . YOU KNOW, THE MASTERS MAY MAKE THAT HAPPEN THIS WEEK.
I HAVE A YES OR NO QUESTION FOR YOU BASED ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID ABOUT TIGER'S AMATEURS. IS THE U.S. AMATEUR A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'WELL'? WHAT HAPPENED TO YES OR NO?
DON'T GIVE ME THAT LOOK.
I CAN'T ANSWER IT THAT WAY `CAUSE IT'S, `CAUSE IT'S NOT ACTUALLY THE TRUTH. WHEN BOBBY JONES WON IT, IT WAS A MAJOR. WHEN I WON IT, IT WAS ON THE FRINGES OF STILL BEING A MAJOR.
TODAY, IT'S NOT LOOKED UPON AS BEING A MAJOR. HOWEVER, APPLES TO APPLES, JONES WON AMATEURS, I WON AMATEURS AND TIGER WON AMATEURS. I WOULD SAY THEY'RE MAJORS.
LET'S SEE WHAT MARK WANTS TO ASK YOU. THIS MAY NOT BE A YES OR NO QUESTION. MARK IN NOVA SCOTIA, YOUR QUESTION FOR JACK, SIR.
MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
GOOD EVENING, MR. KESSLER, MR. NICKLAUS. IT'S CERTAINLY A PLEASURE, GENTLEMEN.
MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
UH, MR. NICKLAUS, FIRST I JUST LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE COUNTLESS HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT UH THAT YOU PROVIDED ME AND SO MANY OTHER FANS WITH OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR GLORIOUS CAREER.
UH, IT'S TRULY BEEN A PLEASURE TO FOLLOW THE GAME DURING THAT -- YOUR ERA OF GOLF. AND MANY OF THE MEMORIES WILL BE VIVID, OF COURSE, FOREVER.
UM, MY QUESTION FOR YOU THIS EVENING IS UH, WONDERING IF YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP UH WITH ARNOLD PALMER UH, I KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS YOU'VE BEEN TREMENDOUS UH COMPETITORS BOTH ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE,
MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
AND ALSO I THINK UH GOOD FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN TEAM EVENTS, BUT COULD YOU JUST TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHETHER YOU'VE SEEN, UH, MR. PALMER LATELY IN YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP UH THESE DAYS? THANKS VERY MUCH.
WELL ABOUT - UH, WE JUST HAD DINNER ABOUT AN HOUR AGO. UM .
WINNIE AND, WINNIE AND BARBARA HAVE BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS FOR YEARS. AND ARNOLD AND I HAVE BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS. WE CAME UP AND HAD DINNER HERE BEFORE WE CAME HERE TONIGHT.
UM . UH, ARNOLD AND I UH . UH . OUR RELATIONSHIP GOES BACK TO UH .. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED ON THE TOUR, I FIRST STARTED ON TOUR.
AND ARNOLD . I WAS THIS YOUNG UPSTART THAT CAME IN, AND ARNOLD TREATED ME, YOU KNOW, AS NICE AS ANYBODY COULD TREAT ME.
UM, I MEAN, HERE I WHIPPED HIM IN THE '62 OPEN, WHICH WAS MY FIRST YEAR ON TOUR, YET, YOU KNOW, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER AND I . AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE WAY HE TREATED ME . HE WAS GREAT.
AND, THROUGH THE YEARS, WE HAVE COMPETED IN ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN COMPETE AGAINST. I MEAN, WHETHER IT'S GOLF, BUSINESS, UH, DESIGN, YOU NAME IT, WE'VE COMPETED. AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO COMPETE.
BUT THAT'S WHAT REALLY BOTH OF LOVE . `CAUSE BOTH OF US WOULD LOVE TO BEAT THE OTHER ONE IN ANYTHING WE DO. YET THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T SIT DOWN AND HAVE DINNER, UH, THINK ALIKE, DO OTHER THINGS, HAVE FUN, UH . AND BE GREAT FRIENDS, WHICH WE ARE.
DID YOU FIGHT OVER THE CHECK?
NO, I LET HIM HAVE IT TONIGHT. (LAUGH)
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO .(LAUGH)
IT WAS AT HIS CLUB.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK, COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH JACK.
If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it
NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.
She says she always gets nervous starting a round.
You don’t believe it, though.
She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .
Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .
Or disarming ticking bombs . . .
“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.
Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.
Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.
Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.
At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.
She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.
She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.
And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.
There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.
Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.
It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.
Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.
Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.
“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”
About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.
Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.
“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”
David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.
“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”
Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.
Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . .
“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.
Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.
“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”
Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.
“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.
Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.
National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.
The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.
Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.
These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:
Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.
This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.
“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”
Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.
In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.
If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.
“He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”
Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.
Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.
''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''
The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.
The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.
''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''
Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.
''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''
First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).
Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.
''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.
''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''