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Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
TALKED EARLIER ABOUT LUCKY BREAKS. IS THAT ANOTHER ONE?

BUTCH HARMON
AH, THAT'S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. CHRISTIE IS, HAS REALLY BEEN THE GREATEST THING THAT'S PROBABLY EVER HAPPENED TO ME, PETER. AT 57 YEARS OLD I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU THAT I'M

THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE. I'M A VERY FORTUNATE PERSON TO HAVE HAD THE AVAILABILITY TO, CHRISTIE AND I WERE TOGETHER 22 YEARS AGO, AND KIND OF WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER THEN BUT THE AGE DIFFERENCE, I DIDN'T

THINK WAS RIGHT AND KIND OF WENT OUR OWN SEPARATE WAYS AND AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT WE FOUND EACH OTHER AGAIN AND IT'S, LIKE I SAY, IT'S THE REASON I GOT THIS SMILE ON MY FACE AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS TIGER WOODS.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED?

BUTCH HARMON
VERY MUCH SO. WE'RE GETTING MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER IN NAPA. IT'S A VERY SMALL WEDDING. ONLY ABOUT 60, 65 OF OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS OF WHICH YOU HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THEM, YOU'RE THE ONLY MEDIA PERSON THAT'S GOING TO BE

THERE, AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. IT'S GOING TO BE A WEDDING OF JUST FUN... OF OUR FRIENDS, THE PEOPLE THAT MEAN THE MOST TO US IN OUR LIFE, ON HER SIDE AND ON MY SIDE GOING TO BE WITH US FOR THIS SPECIAL DAY AND IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY NICE.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S FUNNY, YOU JUST SAID THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT IT WAS, THAT WE THOUGHT IT WAS TIGER WHO WAS MAKING YOU HAPPIEST. WHAT'S GOING TO BE , WHAT WOULD BE HARDER TO IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT OR WHO? CHRISTIE OR TIGER?

BUTCH HARMON
OH I COULD LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT TIGER. SORRY TIGER, BUT I, I COULDN'T LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT CHRISTIE. SHE'S, SHE'S MY STRENGTH, SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND, SHE'S MY LOVER, SHE'S EVERYTHING THERE IS IN A WOMAN. I'M A LUCKY MAN.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE BEEN HINTING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SLOW THE WHOLE THING DOWN AND TAKE LIFE A LITTLE BIT EASIER, BUT, ISN'T IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE HAVING TOO MUCH FUN TO SLOW DOWN RIGHT NOW?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL I'M A WORK-AHOLIC. I MEAN IT'S WHAT I DO. I'M A VERY LUCKY PERSON. I GET TO MAKE A VERY NICE LIVING AT, AT WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING AND I LOVE DOING IT. I HAVE A YOUNG FAMILY NOW

THAT I WANT TO ENJOY. AS I SAID EARLIER IN THE SHOW, I AM, I'M NOT VERY PROUD OF THE FACT I DIDN'T GET TO ENJOY MY CHILDREN WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER BECAUSE I MADE MYSELF TOO

BUSY. I'M TRYING TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF AND DO SOME THINGS FAMILY WISE THAT I'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE AND I'M SORRY MICHAEL AND C.H. THAT I DIDN'T GET TO DO IT FOR YOU... AND YEAH, THE

TIME, THINGS ARE GOOD AND THINGS ARE GOING AND YOU GOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CERTAIN SITUATIONS AND I LOVE MY WORK AND SO I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BALANCE BOTH THINGS. IT'S NOT EASY YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
BUT YOU HAVE MADE SUCH AN EFFORT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE THE DAD THAT YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO BE. DON'T YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GETTING IT RIGHT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE ANYMORE?

BUTCH HARMON
UH... NO, I'M TRYING. I MEAN I LOVE MY KIDS. MY DAUGHTER, MICHAEL, I DON'T GET TO SEE HER VERY MUCH BECAUSE SHE LIVES IN HOUSTON AND CLAUDE, OBVIOUSLY WORKS FOR ME. DOES A

GREAT JOB. COLES WITH ME ALL THE TIME NOW AT SIX YEARS OLD AND HE'S KEEPING ME YOUNG JUST TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH HIM, SO, LIFE IS VERY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WITH YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AS GOOD AS IT IS, DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO APPRECIATE BEING ALIVE IN THE TIME OF TIGER? YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE WHEN JONES WON HIS GRAND SLAM

WHO KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THE TIME, CONTINUED TO APPRECIATE IT. DO YOU THINK YOU AND THE REST OF US APPRECIATE THE TIME WE'RE IN, HISTORY WISE WITH HIM?

BUTCH HARMON
I THINK WE SHOULD BECAUSE WE'RE SEEING SOMETHING THAT NO ONE'S EVER SEEN BEFORE. I'VE BEEN A VERY LUCKY PERSON AT MT AGE. I SAW ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS, REALLY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BOBBY JONES.

MAN I SAW GENE SARAZEN PLAY, I, I OBVIOUSLY SAW HOGAN AND, AND NELSON AND SNEAD AND DEMARET AND ON THROUGH TO PALMER AND NICKLAUS AND TREVINO AND WATSON AND, AND NORMAN AND SO ON THROUGH THAT I'VE

HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ALL THESE GREAT PLAYERS SO WE ARE SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SEE THIS YOUNG MAN PLAY. ALL OF US THAT LOVE GOLF. I MEAN IT'S A JOY TO WATCH.

PETER KESSLER
AND I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A SPECIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT BEFORE YOUR WEDDING. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR MOVE.

BUTCH HARMON
WELL YOU AND I PROBABLY BE IN THE SAME GROUP TOGETHER AND MY GOOD FRIEND, KENNY 'G' IS GOING TO COME AND PLAY AT THE WEDDING AND PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT. KENNY'S A GOOD PLAYER.

I JUST FILMED A THING YESTERDAY THAT YOU CAN WATCH ON SATURDAY OF THE BRITISH OPEN AND KENNY 'G' HOLES A HECK OF A PUTT TO WIN A TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
SO THEY PUT US TOGETHER BECAUSE YOU MUST BE A 7 HANDICAPPER TOO, HUH?

BUTCH HARMON
THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

BUTCH HARMON
DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PLAYING THAT WELL.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU BUTCH.

BUTCH HARMON
MY PLEASURE PAL.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.

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