Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEB SITE TODAY FOR YOU, BRUCE. AND IT IS, 'HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WILL TAKE YOU TO GET BORED ON THE SENIOR PGA TOUR? '. STEVE FISHER WANTS TO KNOW.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WILL TAKE YOU TO GET BORED ON THE SENIOR PGA TOUR? STEVE FISHER, DALLAS, TX )

BRUCE LIETZKE
BOY, BORED? UM, I'M - I'M NOWHERE NEAR BURNOUT. HE'S ASKING ABOUT BORED. UH, I ... BURNOUT IS NOT A FACTOR IN MY LIFE, AS LITTLE GOLF AS I'VE PLAYED. UH, LIKE I SAID, I PLAN ON PLAYING 10 YEARS.

AND THE ONE THING I, I KIND OF - I FIND MYSELF FOCUSING ON IS, THERE'S A ... THE CHARLES SCHWAB COMPANY HAS STEPPED ON THE SENIOR TOUR AND PROVIDED A LITTLE BONUS MONEY. MUCH LIKE MY FRIENDS IN NASCAR IN DRAG RACING HAVE A YEAR LONG BONUS PROGRAM THAT THEY STRIVE FOR,

UH, I HAVE FOUND MYSELF, MORE AND MORE, LOOKING ON TO THAT BONUS, UH, YEAR END, UH, POOL. AND I ... AGAIN, I'M, I'VE BEEN RETIRED, AS YOU SAID, PETER, FOR A LONG TIME NOW. UH, I'M VERY ANXIOUS TO GET OUT AND PLAY SOME GOLF.

UH, I STILL LOVE TO PLAY GOLF, NEVER DID LOSE MY LOVE TO PLAY GOLF. AND I'VE BEEN KIND OF CHOMPING AT THE BIT FOR ABOUT 15 OR 16 YEARS NOW. AND I DON'T SEE MYSELF GETTING BORED. AND I REALLY BELIEVE, ESPECIALLY WITH THAT, UH, THAT BONUS MONEY,

I'M GONNA FEEL LIKE A NASCAR GUY OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, DASHING TO THE END, PUTTING FRESH TIRES ON AND UH, AND - AND GOING TO THE END OF THE YEAR, UH, FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. AND UH, I DON'T SEE MYSELF BEING BORED. I - I'VE NEVER REALLY BEEN BORED.

I'VE UH, I'VE BEEN DISTRACTED FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH FAMILY UH OBLIGATIONS BUT UH, NEVER BORED.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT BEING HOME FOR YOU?

BRUCE LIETZKE
WELL, THOSE ARE MY VACATIONS. UH, TOUR PLAYERS ARE VERY STRANGE PEOPLE. UH, MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, WORK AND WHEN THEY GO ON VACATION, THEY GO 2 WEEKS TO ORLANDO OR VACATION. UH, WHEN FULLTIME TOUR PLAYERS GO ON VACATION,

THEY WANT TO GO HOME AND STAY AROUND THE HOUSE. UM, MY, MY CARS AROUND THE HOUSE UH KEEP MY MIND OCCUPIED BECAUSE I DON'T PLAY ANY GOLF WHEN I'M HOME. UM, MY, MY FAMILY DUTIES ... MY KIDS ARE OLDER, THEY'RE DRIVING.

THEY, THEY'RE BRANCHING OUT A WHOLE LOT MORE ON THEIR OWN. IT GIVES ME A LOT OF TIME DURING THE DAY WHEN THEY'RE IN SCHOOL. CARS KEEP ME VERY OCCUPIED AND THAT MAKES MY HOME VERY ATTRACTIVE.

AND I HAVE A VERY ATTRACTIVE WIFE WHICH MAKES MY HOME VERY ATTRACTIVE, AND I ENJOY CHASING HER AROUND THE HOUSE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. AND UH, THAT'S - THAT'S UH ...

AND THIS CAR YOU SEE RIGHT HERE, THAT - UH, IT TOOK ME 2 YEARS. THAT'S A KIT CAR AND I BUILT IT FROM SCRATCH. UH, I'VE DONE THAT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS. SO THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT KEEP ME AROUND THE HOUSE,

THOSE KIDS, UH, CARS AND 3 DOGS, 3 CATS, ALL THE, ALL THOSE TRAPPINGS.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE THE TRAPPINGS OF SUCCESS THAT BOTHER YOU?

BRUCE LIETZKE
52:07
UH, (SIGH) ...

BOY, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. UH ...

UH, PROBABLY THE - THE ... UH, GOING BACK A LITTLE BIT TO BEING IN FRONT OF THE CROWDS AND ALL THAT. AND I, I HAVE A TOUGH TIME FEELING, FEELING LIKE I'M ON DISPLAY. AND I GUESS THAT'S THAT, THAT WHOLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE, UH, IN CROWDS OR UNFAMILIAR SITUATIONS.

UH, BUT THAT'S - THOSE HAVE BEEN PART OF MY DUTIES AS A PGA TOUR PLAYER. WE, WE ARE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS. AND A LOT OF TIMES, I PROBABLY HAVEN'T REALIZED THAT OR HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO THAT UH, UH,

THAT OBLIGATION. AND THE SENIOR TOUR, EVEN TO A, UH, A MORE OF A DEGREE, WE ARE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, IN THE 2 DAY PRO-AMS AND ALL THAT. AND I'M GONNA HAVE TO LEARN TO BE A LITTLE MORE OUTGOING AND HAVE A LITTLE MORE FUN ON THE GOLF COURSE. UH ...

UH, THOSE ARE SOME GOALS THAT I NEED TO HAVE. BUT IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE. AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE TRAPPINGS OF, OF UH, OF BEING IN A VERY PUBLIC, UH, DOMAIN. ESPECIALLY THE POPULARITY OF GOLF NOW, IT'S SO DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO.

GOLF WAS, PRO GOLF WAS JUST A QUIET LITTLE SPORT, AND WE WOULD JUST SLIP INTO TOWN AND SLIP ON OUT. AND BOY,

PETER KESSLER
NO MORE SLIPPING.

BRUCE LIETZKE
PRO - THE PRO TOUR DOES NOT ... UH, GO LIKE THAT. UH, I DON'T KNOW IF THE SENIORS DO THAT OR NOT. I KNOW THE PGA TOUR DOES NOT. AND UH, UH, I'M GONNA TRY AND BE A LITTLE MORE FAMILIAR AND LITTLE MORE AT EASE, UH, DURING THOSE WEEKS THAT I'M PLAYING SENIOR GOLF,

UH, AND TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME UNCOMFORTABLE THAT - THAT ARE PART OF THOSE TRAPPINGS, I GUESS.

PETER KESSLER
WE HAVE SENIOR PGA TOUR WINNER, DOUG TEWELL, WHO WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THOSE FUN THINGS, RIGHT DOUG?

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/SENIOR PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, PETER. BRUCE, I JUST - I REALLY JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU STAY HOME WITH THOSE KIDS FOR A COUPLE MORE YEARS 'CAUSE I HAVEN'T QUITE GOT MY SATCHEL FULL.

BRUCE LIETZKE
YOU THINK SO, DOUG? MAYBE EVEN THROUGH THOSE COLLEGE YEARS, SO MAYBE I SHOULD JUST STAY AT HOME THROUGH THOSE COLLEGE YEARS ALSO?

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
I THINK SO. 'CAUSE BY THEN, I THINK I'LL BE ABOUT 57 AND BE READY TO JUST GO TO GRAND LAKE AND DO A LITTLE FISHING MYSELF.

BRUCE LIETZKE
YEAH. WELL, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, DOUG, UH, I CONSIDERED IT AND NO. I'M COMING OUT, IN FACT, I'M COMING OUT MY VERY FIRST ELIGIBLE WEEK, WHICH IS IN CHICAGO. AND I WILL UH, UH, MEET YOU AND GREET YOU THERE AND GO BACK TO THE THING WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR ... ALL THE WAY BACK THROUGH COLLEGE.

UH, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, TO GETTING BACK OUT. ALL - BUT WITH ALL THE FRIENDS I HAVE OUT THERE AND UH, UH, PUSHING YOU GUYS A LITTLE BIT, THAT'S MY, THAT'S MY PLAN. I'M GONNA PUSH YOU UH, AS FAR AS I CAN.

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL, WE'RE EXCITED TO HAVE YOU COMING OUT. AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, IT'S GONNA BE FUN. IT'S NICE TO HAVE ANOTHER FADER COMING OUT, YOU KNOW. 'CAUSE YOU KNOW HOW I WORK THAT BALL LEFT TO RIGHT, AND UH ...

BUT I WON'T SEE YOU CHICAGO. I'LL GIVE YOU A BREAK. I'M GONNA TAKE THAT WEEK OFF. AND THEN I'LL, I'LL GET TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH YOU THE FOLLOWING WEEK.

BRUCE LIETZKE
I FIGURE I NEED TO GO TALK TO THOSE TOUR OFFICIALS OUT THERE. AND THE ONES THAT DON'T LIKE TO PUT THOSE BACK RIGHT PIN PLACEMENTS, IF I CAN OFFER MONEY, WHATEVER IT IS, FISHING TRIPS, I WANT ALL BACK RIGHT PIN PLACEMENTS. AND YOU AND I WILL DO JUST FINE.

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL, I DID THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR AS A TRADITION. I BRIBED THEM VERY MUCH AND IT WORKED. I CAN TELL YOU, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WANTING THAT BIG LEAD COMING DOWN THE STRETCH, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.

BRUCE LIETZKE
YOU LET ME KNOW WHICH GUYS YOU TALKED TO AND I'LL, I'LL BE READY TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, JUST ...

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL, WE WISH YOU A LOT OF LUCK AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AND PLAYING AGAINST BUCK DOWN THERE AT THE LEGENDS.

BRUCE LIETZKE
YUP.

PETER KESSLER
DON'T FORGET, DOUG, HE'S THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND THE ANSWER IS 'NO.'

DOUG TEWELL, CALLER/PGA TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY.

PETER KESSLER
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. AS WE LEAVE FOR JUST A MINUTE, HERE ARE YOU AND SCOTT MCCARRON ON YOUR WAY TO JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE 59'S AT THE SHARK SHOOTOUT.

YOU MAKE EVERYTHING - HOW DO YOU MAKE PUTTS WITH THAT THING?

BRUCE LIETZKE
OH THIS, I - I DID, I DID THIS WEEK. UH, I HAD A PARTNER THAT COULD FLY THE BALL ABOUT 320 OFF THE TEE AND I HAD A PUTTER THAT WAS REALLY WORKING ON THOSE GREENS AT SHERWOOD.

AND, AND AGAIN, A FELLOW FADER, UH, HE LIKES TO FADE THE BALL. AND BOY, HE DRIVES IT A MILE. AND UH, WE HAD A GREAT TIME THAT WEEK. WE HAD COME CLOSE THE YEAR BEFORE AND WE FINALLY DID IT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU COULD WIN WITH YOUR GRANDMOTHER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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