Golf Talk Live - Byron Nelson Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
I REMEMBER A COUPLE OF TIMES SEEING A FILM FROM THE '40 AND '45 PGA WHERE YOU SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED A STYMIE AND SORT OF WHACKED THE OTHER GUYS BALL AWAY.

BYRON NELSON
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PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU SORRY TO SEE THAT ABOLISHED?

BYRON NELSON
NO, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK, I DON'T THINK IT'S STRICTLY LUCK. NOW IT'S TRUE THAT IF YOU'RE PLAYING A STYMIE THAT YOU HAVE TO, WE PRACTICED ON, NEGOTIATING STYMIES BECAUSE WE KNOW WE MIGHT GET A STYMIE AND UH BUT THERE'S NO WAY, IF,

THE, THE CUP IS FOUR AND A QUARTER INCHES AND YOU'VE GOT TO, YOU'VE GOT TO PUTT AND YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT WHERE HIS BALL IS, THE ONLY TIME YOU WAS CAREFUL IN A STYMIE, IF YOU WERE SMART AS I THINK YOU GOLFERS ARE, IF YOU WERE ON ONE

SIDE OF THE HOLE AND YOUR OPPONENT'S ON THE OTHER SIDE AND YOU WERE AWAY, YOU TRIED TO MAKE SURE, IF YOU DIDN'T MAKE THE PUTT THAT IT PASSED THE HOLE BECAUSE IT MIGHT GET IN HIS WAY, BUT THEY'RE PUTTING OFF, PUTTING

OFF PLAYING, HE'S OVER HERE AND YOU'RE OVER HERE. THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO WAY BUT THESE STYMIES, SO I WAS, I WAS GLAD THAT IT WAS LEFT, BUT THIS RULES THAT WAS STARTED BACK IN THOSE DAYS

AND I NOTICED THAT SOMEBODY PRACTICING CHIPPING HERE OVER BALL AND STYMIED IT. THEY, YOU NEED TO, YOU HAD TO PRACTICE IT BECAUSE YOU HAD SOME, AND THAT, THAT WAS ON THE

THIRD HOLE, PLAYING AGAINST SAM SNEAD, IN HERSHEY PENNSYLVANIA IN THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS AND THE BALL I KNOCKED AWAY, IT WAS NOT VERY FAR AWAY, I TELL YOU (LAUGHS). I TELL YOU.

PETER KESSLER
I... IT WAS TWO INCHES FROM THE HOLE.

BYRON NELSON
WELL, NO, IT WAS, IT WAS SIX INCHES AT

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PETER KESSLER
SIX?

BYRON NELSON
WITHIN SIX INCHES, BUT I, I DID, THAT WAS, WE HAVE, WE HAD THAT PAR 5 IN THE BIRDIES SO,

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT PLAYING WITH WALTER HAGAN IN THE GENERAL BROCK OPEN?

BYRON NELSON
OH MY. WELL THAT'S A LONG STORY BUT I'LL BE BRIEF, I'LL MAKE IT BRIEF. I WAS PLAYING THE GENERAL BROCK OPEN, WHEN I GOT THERE I COULDN'T FIND A PLACE TO STAY AND I FINALLY REALIZED, MY WIFE TOLD ME, SHE SAID, I THINK WE MUST HAVE THE HOTEL, BECAUSE IT'S A HOTEL, IS BROCK, GENERAL BROCK HOTEL AND THAT'S THE NAME OF THE TOURNAMENT AND THEY MADE A SPECIAL RATE, $2.00 SO THAT'S WHERE

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

BYRON NELSON
WE FINALLY STAYED. $2.00. WELL, I, I PLAYED WELL IN THE TOURNAMENT. 35 AND I WAS LEADING, OR 36 AND WALTER, WAS STILL PLAYING SOME BUT HE, THOSE, THOUGH, YOU CAN'T BELIEVE HOW

DIFFERENT THE GAME IS BECAUSE I'M READY TO TEE OFF AND HAGAN WAS NOT THERE AND SO THEY TOLD ME THAT HAGAN HAD CALLED AND SAID HE'S

COMING AND I SAID WELL, I'LL JUST WAIT. SO THEY SAID OKAY. NOW, I'M LEADING THE TOURNAMENT BY FIVE SHOTS. SO, HE CAME, IT WAS AN HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE WE PLAYED. WELL I WAS YOUNG AND THE FIRST TOURNAMENT I WAS LEADING IN ON THE TOUR (??) AND ALL THAT STUFF AND I, I WAS SO NERVOUS I DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT TO DO BUT I, WHEN I PLAYED I SHOT 42 ON THE FIRST NINE, AND THEN I GOT SETTLED DOWN AND I SHOT 35 AND SHOT 77, FINISHED SECOND... AND HAGAN WAS NICE. HE DROVE UP IN THE NICE BIG CAR AND DRESSED IN ALL SORTS OF BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES WHICH HE WORE,

AND, BUT HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SHOOT, IF YOU'RE NOT THERE AT THE TIME SOMEBODY PLAYS A SECOND SHOT, YOU'RE DISQUALIFIED, BUT NOT IN THOSE DAYS AND THAT WAS NOT A GENERAL PRACTICE, BUT FOR HAGAN OR JONES,

GENERALLY JONES TIME WAS 10 AND 2. YOU PLAYED OFF OF, 36 HOLES YOU PLAYED AT 10 AND 2, SO, THEY, THEY WEREN'T THINGS THAT BROKE THE RULES. NOW THAT WAS AGAINST THE RULES THEN, BUT THE SMALL TOURNAMENT AND UP THERE AND SO THAT WAS, THAT WAS A

GOOD LESSON TO ME THOUGH, THE FACT THAT I DID GET TO PLAY WITH HAGAN, I LOVED THAT AND, BECAUSE, HE WAS JUST AS NICE AS HE COULD BE AND, HE DIDN'T CHEER ME ON ANY. HE WAS TALKING TO SOMEBODY ELSE ALL THE TIME, BUT, ANYWAY, SO WE, I WON, I GOT PAID $600 FOR SECOND, AND IT'S 5'S AND 1'S. I HAD A STACK OF MONEY THIS TALL.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

BYRON NELSON
6 INCHES TALL, AND I FELT, I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT MY WIFE LOUISE, IN THOSE DAYS, WE DROVE BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES THAT NIGHT JUST ACROSS THE BORDER FROM BUFFALO AND WE HID THAT MONEY AND ALL OVER THE CAR AND EVERYWHERE, WE FELT LIKE WE WAS GOING TO GET ROBBED 'CAUSE (LAUGHS)

HAD, HADN'T SEEN THAT MUCH MONEY. NEXT DAY WE WENT TO BANK IT AND I HAD A TOUGH TIME FINDING ALL THAT MONEY IN THE CAR TO GIVE A CASHIER'S CHECK.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING) DON'T GO AWAY, WE'LL SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH BYRON IN JUST A MOMENT. AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MINUTE, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE AWARE OF THE DOCUMENTARY ON BYRON NELSON, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE GOLF CHANNEL'S RUSTY BILLINGSLY. IF YOU

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