Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU FIGURED OUT THAT YOU WOULD BE VERY, VERY GOOD AS OPPOSED TO VERY, VERY GREAT ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, HOW DID THAT CHANGE YOUR PHILOSOPHY ABOUT WHAT YOU WOULD OR WOULDN'T TRY TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR CAREER?

BRUCE LIETZKE
UM, WELL, I JUST DECIDED - WELL ...

FIRST OF ALL, YOU'RE - YOU'RE ADDING VERY, VERY GOOD. I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER BEEN VERY, VERY GOOD. UH, I THINK I ...

PETER KESSLER
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE IT?

BRUCE LIETZKE
I THINK I WAS A GOOD PLAYER. UM, IT - IT DEPENDS HOW YOU'RE GONNA THROW THE WORD 'GREAT' AROUND. IF YOU'RE GONNA THROW THE WORD 'GREAT' AROUND FOR A, UH, 8 OR 9 HUNDRED PROS THAT HAVE PLAYED OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS,

THEN I WOULD BE A GREAT PLAYER. THE WAY I THROW THE WORD AROUND, THERE'S BEEN ABOUT 20 GREAT PLAYERS IN THE - IN THE WORLD OF GOLF. AND, AND I'M ...

PETER KESSLER
I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU.

BRUCE LIETZKE
AND I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE. I THINK I WAS A GOOD PLAYER - AM A GOOD PLAYER. UH, AND I JUST ... ONCE MY KIDS CAME ALONG, UH, IT REALLY DIDN'T MATTER WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED IN GOLF.

I - I STILL HAVE THINGS THAT, THAT PUSH ME ALONG, AND I LIKE TO PUSH MYSELF TO ACHIEVE THINGS I HAVEN'T DONE. AND, AND THERE'S ONE IN PARTICULAR: I'VE STILL NEVER WON A TOURNAMENT, UH, EASILY.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TAKE A 3 SHOT LEAD - AND I'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT OCCASIONALLY AND - AND HOLD ON TO A 3 SHOT LEAD - I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TURN A 3 SHOT LEAD INTO AN 8 SHOT LEAD. AND I WANTED TO PLAY THE LAST 5 HOLES JUST WALKING ALONG AND SMELLING THE FLOWERS AND TALKING TO THE KIDS. UH,

I NEVER DID THAT. THAT'S ONE THING, THAT'S ONE THING THE SENIOR TOUR, UH, MIGHT PROVIDE FOR ME. UH, THAT'S ONE OF MY OWN INTERNAL CHALLENGES, UH, THAT MY EGO, UH, HASN'T UH, HASN'T TAKEN CARE OF YET.

UH, BUT ONCE MY KIDS CAME ALONG, UM, THE GOALS OF CERTAIN TOURNAMENTS AND CERTAIN UH BIG, UH, ACHIEVEMENTS, NEVER BECAME IMPORTANT. ALL I DID WAS, WHEN CAN I ... WHEN WILL MY FAMILY DUTIES ALLOW ME TO SNEAK OUT AND PLAY A CERTAIN TOURNAMENT?

IF I HAD A COUPLE OF BIRTHDAYS, THEN WHATEVER TOURNAMENTS WERE GOING ON DURING THOSE BIRTHDAYS WERE OUT. UH, WHEN MY LITTLE LEAGUE COACHING CAREER CAME ALONG, THEN MY SUMMER TOURNAMENTS, THE U.S. OPEN WAS GONE, THE BRITISH OPEN WAS GONE, ...

ALL MY SUMMER TOURNAMENTS WERE GONE BECAUSE I WAS COACHING BASEBALL. SO, I JUST ALLOWED ME TO SNEAK AWAY, UH, WHENEVER MY FAMILY DUTIES ALLOWED ME TO DO THAT. AND IT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED.

I, I KIND OF JUST FELT LIKE I WAS SNEAKING AWAY FOR A WEEK TO KIND OF SATISFY MY EGO A LITTLE BIT. AND IF I DIDN'T WIN THAT WEEK, THAT WAS OKAY. I JUST KIND OF DIPPED MY HAND INTO IT. AND AS IT TURNS OUT, OVER THE YEARS, I STILL WAS ABLE TO WIN A FEW TOURNAMENTS, UH, STILL SNEAKING OUT AND DOING IT.

AND THAT'S UH, THAT'S ALL I DECIDED I NEEDED TO DO.

PETER KESSLER
WHY DOES IT BOTHER YOU TO PLAY IN FRONT IN FRONT OF CROWDS?

BRUCE LIETZKE
I'VE JUST NEVER BEEN COMFORTABLE. I - I LEARNED TO ADJUST, AND I THINK I'VE ADJUSTED OKAY. UH, I'VE NEVER GOTTEN COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF CROWDS, WHETHER IT'D BE ON A GOLF COURSE OR A LARGE COCKTAIL PARTY OR UH,

UH, ANY KIND OF CONFINED AREAS. I DON'T THINK I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC IN ANY WAY, BUT UM ... AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, BECOME REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE IN STRANGE CROWDS. AND FOR THE MOST PART, UH, THE SPECTATORS, UH, ARE - ARE STRANGERS TO ME.

AND I AM NEVER AT EASE, BUT I'VE LEARNED - I HAVE LEARNED TO ADJUST TO WHERE IT DOESN'T BOTHER MY GOLF GAME. UH, BUT PERSONALLY, I'M - I'M STILL UNCOMFORTABLE, UH, IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU HAVE SAID THAT YOU'RE NOT A SUPER CONFIDENT PERSON. BUT WHAT DO YOU CALL SOMEBODY WHO, INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AWAY FROM WORK TO GO HOME, SNEAKS AWAY FROM HOME TO GO TO WORK, DOESN'T PRACTICE, LEAVES YOUR GOLF CLUBS IN THE GARAGE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS,

AND HAS THE CONFIDENCE TO GO OUT AND PLAY THE KIND OF GOLF, WITHOUT LEAVING STUFF IN THE POTENTIAL BAG, OF WHICH YOU ARE CAPABLE AND OF WHICH YOU HAVE PLAYED?

BRUCE LIETZKE
WELL, I DON'T KNOW. AGAIN, YOU THREW THE WORD 'SUPER CONFIDENT' IN THERE AND MAYBE I'M NOT ... MAYBE I'M NOT THAT, BUT I DO HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CONFIDENCE IN, IN A LOT OF, A LOT OF THINGS I DO.

UH, MY APPROACH TO GOLF, I HAVE THE UTMOST CONFIDENCE IN THE WAY I HAVE APPROACHED IT AND NOT CHANGED MY SWING. THE MORE I PLAY, UH, THE MORE CONFIDENCE I'VE ATTAINED. UH, EACH AND EVERY YEAR, IT JUST REINFORCES THAT 'STAY AT HOME. DON'T, DON'T TOUCH THE GOLF CLUBS.'

MY SWING IS GONNA BE EXACTLY LIKE IT WAS 4 WEEKS AGO OR 5 WEEKS AGO. AND THE MORE I DO IT, IN THIS CASE IT'S BEEN 27 YEARS, AND I'M GETTING READY TO PLAY ABOUT 10 MORE, UM ...

I GUESS I AM A VERY CONFIDENT PERSON, UM, AND SOMEWHERE, SOMEWHERE YOU GET INTO THE 'SUPER CONFIDENT'. UH, IT MAYBE JUST DOESN'T SHOW A LOT, AND I'M NOT MUCH OF AN OUTGOING PERSON. AND I, I TRY NOT TO, UH,

I CERTAINLY DON'T EVER TRY TO SHOW ANY CONFIDENCE. UH, AND I ALWAYS TRY TO STAY ON AN EVEN KEEL ON THE GOLF COURSE. BUT, YOU'RE RIGHT, I - I DO HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN MY APPROACH, UH, AND THE WAY I, UH, HANDLE MYSELF AND, AND I HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN MY GAME.

PETER KESSLER
I LAUGHED RECENTLY WHEN I READ THAT YOU SAID, 'GEE, I HAVE TO COME UP WITH SOME NEW STRATEGIES FOR THE SENIOR TOUR.' AND I WAS THINKING, 'HE DIDN'T PLAY THE REGULAR TOUR ENOUGH TO HAVE A STRATEGY THERE. HOW'S HE GOT A NEW STRATEGY?'

(BRUCE LAUGHS)

BRUCE LIETZKE
YEAH, IT'S NOT LIKE I'M GONNA GET UP ON THE FIRST TEE AND SAY, 'WELL, I JUST NEED TO HOOK THIS TEE SHOT BECAUSE IT GOES TO THE LEFT.' YEAH, MY - MY GOLF STRATEGY ... YOU KNOW, CERTAIN WAYS TO PLAY CERTAIN HOLES. BUT UH,

I'VE BEEN ASKED, ESPECIALLY RECENTLY, WHAT MY EXPECTATIONS OF GOING ON THE SENIOR TOUR ARE. AND, IN - IN GENERAL, I HAVE FINALLY DECIDED THAT MY EXPECTATIONS ARE MY FIRST TEE SHOT IS GONNA GO OUT AND FADE. IN ABOUT 10 YEARS WHEN I HIT MY LAST TEE SHOT ON THE SENIOR TOUR,

IT'S GONNA GO OUT AND FADE. THOSE ARE MY EXPECTATIONS. I HAVE A LOT OF HOPES. AND MY HOPES ARE TO GET IN CONTENTION, UH, AS OFTEN AS I CAN. AND MY HOPES ARE I WILL WIN SOME OF THOSE TIMES WHEN I GET IN CONTENTION. UH,

BUT WHEN YOU GET INTO EXPECTATIONS, I - I DO EXPECT THAT GOLF BALL TO GO OUT AND FADE EVERY TIME I STAND ON THE TEE BOX.

PETER KESSLER
AS WE GO TO BREAK FOR A MOMENT, WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT A SHOT OF YOUR FAMILY AND BILL ROGER'S FAMILY, WHO ARE WITH YOU ON YOUR EXTENDED 50 YEAR VACATION.

AND ... I DON'T SEE THE ROGER'S FAMILY. EVERYBODY (???) ...

BRUCE LIETZKE
THAT'S, THAT'S MY FAMILY THERE, MY WIFE, ROSE, AND CHRISTINE AND STEPHEN.

PETER KESSLER
AND WHY DON'T WE SEE UH, SLIGHTLY ...

BRUCE LIETZKE
AND THE OTHER PART OF OUR ORLANDO CROWD IS BILL ROGERS, HIS WIFE, BETH, ...

PETER KESSLER
WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE OWNED JEANS.

BRUCE LIETZKE
DAN AND BLAIR. (LAUGH) HE'S ALSO MY PARTNER IN THE LEGENDS TOURNAMENT. HE'D BETTER GET OUT THERE AND PRACTICE.

PETER KESSLER
YES, IF YOU BOTH REMEMBER TO SHOW UP. AND AS WE LEAVE FOR A MOMENT, LET'S LOOK AT STEPHEN HITTING A LITTLE POOL SHOT.

(VIDEO CLIP BEGINS)
BRUCE LIETZKE
COME ON, LET ME SEE YOU MAKE THAT 11 BALL.

STEPHEN LIETZKE, BRUCE'S SON (YOUNG MALE):
NOW?

BRUCE LIETZKE
YEAH. WELL ...

ROSE LIETZKE, BRUCE'S WIFE (FEMALE):
THERE YOU GO. CRANK IT OUT, BUDDY.

BRUCE LIETZKE
GO AHEAD, CHRIS, YOU CAN COME TO SANDY. OKAY ...

ROSE LIETZKE, BRUCE'S WIFE (FEMALE):
YOU'RE GONNA MAKE IT.

STEPHEN LIETZKE, BRUCE'S SON (YOUNG MALE):
UM ...

ROSE LIETZKE, BRUCE'S WIFE (FEMALE):
OH!

BRUCE LIETZKE
WHOA! HAS HE GOT TOUCH OR WHAT? LOOKED LIKE CRENSHAW PUTTING THERE.

(BREAK)

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