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Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 1

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CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ HAS RECEIVED EVERY GIFT GOLF HAS TO OFFER, BUT NO MATTER HOW MUCH HE'S BEEN GIVEN, CHI CHI HAS GIVEN BACK EVEN MORE, TO THE GAME, TO CHARITY AND TO YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO NEED A PLACE TO PLAY.
MEET CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

THERE HAVE BEEN A HANDFUL OF PLAYERS WHO COULD ENTERTAIN US WITH THEIR GOLF AND WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEIR ABILITY TO SCORE, MAKE US LAUGH, THROUGH THE SHEER FORCE OF THEIR PERSONALITY. WALTER HAGAN WON 11 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHILE NEVER FORGETTING THAT HE WAS AN ENTERTAINER WHO WANTED EVERY FAN TO GO HOME SATISFIED AND LAUGHING.

BABE ZAHARIAS HELPED TO JUMPSTART THE LPGA INTO EXISTENCE. HER BIG TEE SHOTS, DELICATE TOUCH, AND WORLD CLASS SENSE OF HUMOR. THERE WAS NO SITUATION WHERE SHE REFUSED TO LAUGH AT HER SELF, IN AN EFFORT TO SHOW US THAT GOLF AND LIFE WERE MEANT TO AND COULD BE FUN.

ARNOLD PALMER COMBINED HIS ONE OF A KIND SWING AND GAME. THE CONSTANT FLOW OF EMOTIONS THAT HE SHAMELESSLY DISPLAYED FOR ALL TO SEE. HE WANTED EVERY FAN TO SHARE A PERSONAL MOMENT OF CONTACT AND HE NEVER LEAVES THE GROUNDS UNTIL EVERY AUTOGRAPH SOUGHT HAS BEEN GIVEN. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT GOLF WAS HIS ENTREE TO THE WORLD AND HE SPENDS EVERYDAY SAYING THANK YOU BY SHARING HIS LOVE OF GOLF AND LIFE BY CONDUCTING CLINICS FOR THE UNDER PRIVILEGED. BY HIS TRICK SHOT DEMONSTRATIONS, BY WINNING TOURNAMENTS, BY TRAVELING THE WORLD TO SPREAD GOLF'S MESSAGE, TO THOSE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER BE EXPOSED TO THE WONDERS OF THE GREAT GAME.

FROM HIS FIRST STEP IN THE MORNING UNTIL THE CAR DOOR CLOSES AT DUSK, THERE HE IS SHOWING A YOUNGSTER HOW TO GRIP IT. SHOWING ALL OF US HOW TO SWING, DEMONSTRATING HOW TO HIT BREATHTAKING IMPOSSIBLY FLIGHTED SHOTS, BY MAKING US LAUGH AT HIM AND OURSELVES, BY REINFORCING THE NOTION THAT GOLF AND LIFE ARE FUN, UNPREDICTABLE AND ALWAYS DESERVING OF A SMILE AND OUR VERY BEST EFFORTS.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK TO OUR SHOW, JUAN CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ. YOU SAID TO ME, IF I NEEDED YOU TO CALL NINE JUAN JUAN AND I DID AND YOU SHOWED UP. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NICE TO SEE YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU'RE 65. HAVE YOU SHOT YOUR AGE YET?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NO, BUT I CAN TAKE THE SOCIAL SECURITY.

(PETER AND CHI CHI LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU GOING TO STILL LIVE TO BE 120?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I'M GOING TO, AT LEAST THAT, BUT IF I'M 5 YEARS OFF ONE WAY OR THE OTHER I'M, I'M NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT THE UNCLE WHO LIVED TO BE 106 WHO HAD THE 29 WIVES AND THE 79 CHILDREN.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL THAT WAS UNCLE ALOYHU

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
AND HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING. HE WAS THE HAPPIEST GUY ON EARTH, AND HE DIED AT 108 YEARS OLD. MY UNCLE JESUS, HE DIED AT 106. MY GRANDPARENTS ON MY FATHER'S SIDE DIED AT 114 EACH, AND THEY NEVER WORE GLASSES. I GOT 20-20 AND I'M 65 YEARS OLD AND ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE, BOTH OF THEM LIVED TO BE OVER A HUNDRED TOO, SO YOU ALWAYS TAKE YOUR GENES OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU STILL TAKING THOSE LAMB CELL INJECTIONS I'VE BEEN READING ABOUT OVER THE YEARS AND WHAT IS THAT EXACTLY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL THAT'S UH, THE GERMANS INVENTED THAT, YOU KNOW, ACTUALLY
IT WAS INVENTED IN SWITZERLAND BY SOME DOCTOR BUT THAT DR. CLOSEMARTIN IN GERMANY AND THIS IS SUBSIDIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THEY, THEY, THEY TAKE THE EMBRYO OF THE LAMB. SEE LAMB IS THE ONLY ANIMALS ON EARTH. IN THE WATER, THE SHARK DOES NOT GET CANCER. LAMB GETS NO CANCER. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THAT OR NOT.

PETER KESSLER
I DID NOT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
BUT IF YOU EAT A LOT OF LAMB, YOU'LL NEVER GET CANCER. SO THEY TAKE THE EMBRYO OUT, THEY TAKE THE CELL, BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET OLDER, IT'S A NATURAL PROCESS THAT YOUR, YOUR CELLS DIE IN YOUR BODY. SO THEY REPLACE THOSE CELLS THAT DIE, WHEN YOU, WITH, WITH LIVE CELLS AND YOU COME OUT OF THERE, IF YOU'RE SIXTY. SAY THAT YOU'RE 60 YEARS OLD, YOU COME OUT LIKE YOU'RE 40. YOU, YOU REVERSE YOUR LIFE PASSING BY ONE THIRD.

PETER KESSLER
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK AND HAD A FAIRLY SERIOUS OPERATION. HOW WELL ARE YOU NOW?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL MY DOCTOR IN FLORIDA, HE TOLD ME TO DO EVERYTHING I USED TO DO, PETER, BEFORE MY HEART ATTACK. HE SAYS MY HEART, LAST TIME HE EXAMINED ME, HE SAYS YOUR HEART IS SO STRONG THAT YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND DO WHAT YOU WANT, SO I'M, I'M DOING OVER 50 PERSONAL APPEARANCES A YEAR AGAIN AND THIS YEAR, I ONLY PLAYED ABOUT 19 TOURNAMENTS BUT I THINK NEXT YEAR I'M GOING TO PLAY TO ABOUT, PLAY ABOUT 25.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PAIN IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER ANY MORE?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NO, MY LITTLE FINGER HERE, YOU SEE THEY, THEY UH THEY FUSED IT BECAUSE I HAD ARTHRITIS REAL BAD SO THEY TOOK THE ARTHRITIS OUT OF THERE. THEY SCRAPED IT ON BOTH SIDES AND THEY MADE IT LIKE THAT BECAUSE, IF I WAS A MUSICIAN, THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLY PUT IT STRAIGHT, OR AN ARTIST, BUT I'M, I MAKE MY LIVING PLAYING GOLF SO THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I COULD GRIP THE CLUB, SO I, I CAN GRIP THE CLUB NOW WITH NO PAIN. SO THAT'S ANOTHER THING THAT NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO REALLY HELP ME OUT.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD. I'M GOING ON A TRAINER, TRAINING, BROUGHT MY TRAINING, TRAINER FROM PUERTO RICO, HE EVEN WORKED WITH ME IN THE AIRPLANE AND I'M GOING TO GIVE THOSE GUYS A GOOD RUN OF THEIR MONEY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WAIT A MINUTE, IF YOU'RE 65 BUT YOU'VE HAD YOUR LIFE REDUCED, YOUR, YOUR AGE BY A THIRD BY THE LAMB CELL INJECTIONS, ARE YOU STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE SENIOR TOUR?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I SHOULDN'T BE, YOU KNOW, I UH A PUERTO RICAN, 65 YEARS OLD, IS A YOUNG MAN. (LAUGHING) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? BUT UH YEAH, I UH I FEEL LIKE UM, I FEEL BETTER RIGHT NOW THAN WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME HOW IMPORTANT AND HOW UNDERRATED STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE IN TERMS OF ALLOWING ONE TO PLAY THEIR BEST AND PERHAPS GREAT GOLF.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE THAT GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM AND PEACE OF MIND TO PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
STABLE PERSON?

PETER KESSLER
STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS LIKE A GOOD MARRIAGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
OH, WELL. YEAH, THAT'S UH THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY THAT THIS KID PHIL MICKELSON IS SO GOOD. I SEE HIS ACTIONS ON THE GOLF COURSE AND I SEE THE WAY HE TREATS HIS WIFE AND THE KID AFTER IT'S OVER. HE'D MAKE THEM TAKE THE STAGE WITH HIM. I THINK HE'S A VERY HAPPY, HAPPY YOUNG MAN. I HOPE THAT TIGER SOMEDAY MEETS THE RIGHT WOMAN, BECAUSE IF HE MEETS THE WRONG WOMAN, IT CAN RUIN HIS GAME.

IT RUINED A LOT OF GUYS BUT UH I THINK HAP, HAPPY MARRIAGES BUT YOU TAKE BEN HOGAN, ALWAYS HAPPY MARRIED, SAM SNEAD, HAPPY MARRIED, ARNOLD PALMER, HAPPY MARRIAGE. GARY PLAYER, HAPPILY MARRIED UH NICKLAUS, HAPPY MARRIED. ALL THE GREAT GOLFERS WERE ALWAYS HAPPILY MARRIED.

SEE YOU CAN NOT TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS TO A GOLF COURSE. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS TO AN OFFICE, BUT IT'S, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A TEAM OF PEOPLE PLAYING FOR YOU, BUT, YOU CAN PROBABLY TAKE IT TO A BASEBALL GAME OR A BASKETBALL GAME IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A TEAM HELPING YOU BUT IN GOLF THERE'S NOBODY HELPING YOU.

IT'S YOU AGAINST UH AGAINST THE FIELD. THAT'S WHY GOLF IS SUCH A VERY HARD GAME, IT'S THAT IT, EVERY OTHER SPORT YOU CAN CONTROL WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS DOING BUT IN GOLF, YOU CAN'T. YOU CAN SHOOT 63 AND IF A GUY SHOOTS 62 HE BEATS YOU AND THAT'S IT.

PETER KESSLER
AND BY THE WAY, TIGER'S GOT A GREAT GIRL FRIEND. SHE'S ONE OF THE NICEST, BRIGHTEST PEOPLE THAT YOU COULD MEET. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY
SHORT BREAK, CHI CHI, AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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