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Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOUR DAD PASSED AWAY WHEN YOU WERE 14, DID YOU LOOSE YOUR WAY ON OR OFF THE GOLF COURSE AT ALL FOR A WHILE?

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL I THINK AL AND I AND MY SISTER ANN WERE, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY DEVASTATED, I MEAN THERE'S NO WAY TO, TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT YOU GO THROUGH AT A TIME LIKE THAT. BECAUSE HE LET ME COME TO THE GAME ON MY OWN TERMS AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE

GAME MY OWN WAY UH... YEAH I FELT LIKE THE GAME AND, AND LIFE HAD TAKEN HIM FROM US, BUT YOU KNOW, IT WAS, HE HAD ALREADY ETCHED IN STONE, YOU KNOW, WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO WITH THIS GAME. I MEAN I WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY, PLAY AS HARD AS I WAS GOING TO PLAY. I ALREADY LOVED

IT ENOUGH TO TRY TO BE THE BEST AND IMPROVE MY SWING EVERYDAY AND GRIP AND ALL THOSE THINGS YOU DO BEFORE YOU'RE 14 YEARS OLD, AND, AND, AND, AND I WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND I DID. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT AT THAT TIME, IS, IS I THOUGHT I

KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOLF SWING. AND EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT YOU KNOW, YOU NEED GUIDANCE. YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO, TO LOOK AT YOU ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR. I DON'T, I'M NOT A REAL FAN OF THESE COACHES NOW WITH THESE

KIDS, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THEM EVERY OTHER DAY AND THINGS LIKE THAT BECAUSE I THINK KIDS BURN OUT IF YOU BRING THE KID TO THE GAME ON THEIR OWN TERMS AND IF THEY TRULY

FALL IN LOVE WITH IT LIKE I DID AND LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOLF COURSE AND LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERY DAY, AT BOW CREEK OR WHITE SANDS THEN, YOU KNOW, I WAS GOING TO, ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH IT AND SO, THAT'S WHEN MR. HARPER CAME

IN. CHANDLER HARPER. HE WAS, YOU KNOW, A HALL OF FAMER AT THE TIME. LIVED ACROSS TOWN AND, AND ONE OF THE LAST OF DAD'S WISHES TO MOM WAS TO MAKE SURE CURTIS GETS HELP FROM CHANDLER.

PETER KESSLER
BOTH OF YOUR SONS ARE OLDER THAN YOU WERE WHEN YOUR DAD PASSED AWAY, DO YOU THINK SOMETIMES THAT YOU GOT CHEATED OUT OF THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE GOLF THAT WAS JUST STARTING TO BLOSSOM WHEN YOU WERE 14 BY VIRTUE OF THE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE WITH YOUR OWN KIDS?

CURTIS STRANGE
NO. HE'S THE ONE THAT GOT CHEATED... BY DIEING AT 38.

PETER KESSLER
IN WHAT WAY DO YOU FEEL THAT? THAT HE DIDN'T GET TO SEE THE THINGS THAT YOU AND YOUR BROTHER DID?

CURTIS STRANGE
NO, HE DIDN'T GET TO LIVE THE LIFE THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE LIVED. YOU KNOW, HE WAS JUST IN THE PROCESS OF, OF BUYING THE WHITE SANDS COUNTY CLUB. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PLAYER IN HIS OWN RIGHT, A FIVE TIME, FOUR TIME

STATE UH STATE OPEN CHAMPION OF VIRGINIA. YOU KNOW, LATER, RECENTLY HE'S BECOME THE VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA HALL OF FAME, MID-ATLANTIC PGA HALL OF FAME, SO YOU KNOW, HE HAD A LOT OF LIFE AND GOLF AHEAD OF HIM, AND US TOO. TWIN BOYS AND MOM AND ANNE. HE HAD A

LONG LIFE WITH US, AND I THINK SOMETIMES I LOOK BACK ON IT. I CAN'T IMAGINE A FATHER LOOKING AT HIS SON WHO BECOMES, YOU KNOW, A VERY, VERY GOOD PLAYER AT ANYTHING. SUCCESSFUL. YOU KNOW THE BOND AND HOW PROUD THAT FATHER MUST BE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOUR DAD WORKED FOR SAM SNEAD AT THE GREEN BRIAR, HE OBVIOUSLY LEARNED A LOT ABOUT SAM'S SWING. A LOT ABOUT GOLF.

CURTIS STRANGE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WHAT GOT PASSED ON TO YOU FROM THAT TOM STRANGE, SAM SNEAD CONNECTION?

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL I THINK JUST THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO HANG AROUND SAM A LITTLE BIT OVER THE YEARS. THERE WAS ALWAYS A CONNECTION THERE BECAUSE OF DAD AND, AND SAM HAS BEEN, HE'S ONE OF THE PHONE CALLS I RECEIVED AFTER THE

OPEN, AND, YOU KNOW, SAM HAS JUST BEEN WONDERFUL. HE'S BEEN MY, KIND OF HERO. SWING, KIND OF MODEL OVER THE YEARS. NOT A BAD ONE TO HAVE. ALAN AND I, WE WERE KIDS ON THE GOLF COURSE, NOT TO BORE EVERYBODY, BUT

WE WERE KIDS ON THE GOLF COURSE AFTER DAD DIED, AND WE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, WELL SAM DIDN'T DO THIS OR SAM DOES THIS IN THE GOLF SWING AND I'VE SAID TO BOTH MY BOYS AS THEY GREW UP. I SAID IF SAM SNEAD DIDN'T DO IT, IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, AND THAT'S KIND OF THE MODEL I'VE ALWAYS USED WITH SAM. HE'S, HE'S BEEN WONDERFUL.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU EVER HAVE TROUBLE IN YOUR OWN HEAD WITH YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BROTHER IN THAT YOU BECAME THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, AND HE DIDN'T? DID IT AFFECT THE RELATIONSHIP OR THE WAY IN WHICH YOU TREAT EACH OTHER?

CURTIS STRANGE
NO, I THINK IF, IF ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, AS BROTHERS GROWING UP, YOU'RE NOT REAL CLOSE. WE CERTAINLY HAD OUR FIGHTS, BUT HE WAS A WONDERFUL ATHLETE. HE PLAYED OTHER SPORTS

AND I PLAYED GOLF AND BASKETBALL AND THEN HE PLAYED GOLF IN COLLEGE AND WENT ON TO PLAY ON TOUR IN '81, BUT EVER SINCE THEN, EVER SINCE HE QUIT AFTER '81, WE HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE IN THAT HE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY

BIGGEST FANS AND, AND I HAD WORE HIM OUT BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE TIME I HAVE COME HOME FROM THE RICHMOND AIRPORT IN THE LAST 22 YEARS, I WOULD CALL HIM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND WE WOULD

DISCUSS HOW I PLAYED WELL OR HOW I SCREWED UP AND WHAT'S BEEN SO GOOD IS THAT HE WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL ME HOW BAD I SCREWED UP, SO, IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN FUN OVER THE YEARS, BUT EVERY SINGLE TIME I'VE MADE THAT PHONE CALL.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CURTIS, DON'T GO AWAY.

CURTIS STRANGE
WITH ANOTHER PHONE.

(PETER AND CURTIS LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT

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