Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 1

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IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE EXCITEMENT IN LIFE IS THE JOURNEY RATHER THAN THE DESTINATION THEN TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOST COMPETITIVE FATHER / SON COMBINATION IN PRO GOLF, DAVID DUVAL AND FATHER BOB. THEY'RE EACH LOOKING FOR THEIR 1ST PGA TOUR WIN. DAVID ON THE JUNIOR CIRCUIT AND FATHER BOB ON THE SENIOR.
 
DAVID ISN'T CONCERNED ABOUT BEING CALLED THE BEST PLAYER NEVER TO WIN A MAJOR. HE'S CONCERNED ABOUT BEING CALLED THE BEST PLAYER NEVER TO WIN ON TOUR. YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THICK SKIN WHEN YOU'RE UNDER THE WHITE HOT SPOT LIGHT. YOU ALSO HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO BE UNDER THE SPOT LIGHT. AND DAVID DUVAL HAS EARNED THE ATTENTION. AT PEBBLE BEACH IN EARLY 97 HE LED BY 3 WITH ONE ROUND TO PLAY BUT HE FINISHED BEHIND O'MEARA, TIED WITH TIGER FOR 2ND .
 
AT ATLANTA SOME 60 DAYS LATER, THE FORMER 4 TIME GEORGIA TECH ALL AMERICAN FINISHED 2ND TO SCOTT MCCARREN FOR HIS 6TH PGA TOUR RUNNER UP FINISH. MAYBE HE NEEDS MORE PRESSURE LIKE THE WALKER AND PRESIDENTS CUPS PROVIDE, WHERE HE'S PERFORMED WITH BRILLIANCE AND GREAT STYLE. MAYBE HE NEEDS MORE PUTS TO DROP AT THE RIGHT TIME OR MAYBE HE NEEDS A LUCKY BOUNCE THAT OTHER WINNERS ALWAYS SEEM TO GET OR MAYBE HE JUST NEEDS US TO GET OFF HIS BACK, TO LEAVE HIM ALONE, TO GET OFF HIS BACK, TO CHASE IT DOWN WITHOUT US ARM CHAIR PSYCHO ANALYSTS PICKING HIM APART WITH OUR PSYCHO BABBLE.
 
HE'S NOT SIMPLY JUST A PLAYER WITH POTENTIAL. HE'S THE REAL THING WITH A VERY REAL AND VERY COMPLETE GAME. THE QUESTIONS ARE ONE, HOW GREAT CAN HE BE? AND 2, WILL HE ULTIMATELY BE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS OF HIS TIME? DAVID DUVAL, HE'S AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS JOURNEY AND HE ISN'T FORGETTING TO SMELL THE FLOWERS ALONG THE WAY.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG PLAYERS OF THE WORLD AND A FELLOW WHO WILL PROVE TO BE, LATER, ONE OF THE BEST OF HIS TIME, DAVID DUVAL. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO, HOW DOES IT FEEL, IT MUST BE A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE CALLED THE NEXT NICHOLAS. NOT TOO MUCH PRESSURE THERE, RIGHT?

DAVID DUVAL
NOT TOO MUCH I GUESS. I THINK IF ANYTHING IT'S FLATTERING. I THINK AS WE ALL KNOW, EVERYBODY THAT PLAYS THE GAME, THAT JACK NICHOLAS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY. I DON'T THINK THAT THERE WILL BE ANYBODY LIKE HIM, EVER AGAIN. TO BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME BREATH IS FLATTERING BUT, I GUESS A LITTLE BIT MISS SPENT.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, YOU KNOW THE GREATEST EXPERT IN THE WORLD ON GOLF TALENT IS, OF COURSE, YOUR EX ROOMMATE IN COLLEGE, CHARLIE RYMER AND TO THAT END WE'RE GONNA JUST TAKE A LOOK AND A LISTEN TO A COMMENT THAT HE MADE ABOUT YOUR POTENTIAL AS COMPARED WITH THE GOLDEN BEAR. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

CHARLIE RYMER
I'M VERY SURPRISED DAVID HASN'T WON. I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH DAVID. WE'VE PLAYED TOGETHER A LOT. WE WERE TEAM MATES AND DAVID'S THE BEST PLAYER I'VE EVER PLAYED WITH OTHER THAN JACK NICHOLAS. I MEAN, HE'S AN INCREDIBLE PLAYER AND IT AMAZES ME THAT HE HASN'T WON YET. MY SENIOR YEAR DAVID WAS A FRESHMAN AND HE WAS SO MUCH MORE MATURE THAN THE REST OF US WERE. HIS MIND IS SO GOOD AND HE'S JUST AN AWESOME PLAYER AND IT AMAZES ME HE HASN'T WON YET.

PETER KESSLER
SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CALLED MATURE BY SOMEONE LIKE CHARLIE RYMER?

DAVID DUVAL
OH, HE'S A GOOD BUDDY OF MINE BUT I GUESS ANYBODY COMPARED TO HIM WOULD BE MATURE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE SIGNIFICANTLY YOUNGER, A COUPLE OF THE GUYS THAT YOU REALLY LIKED TO WATCH PLAY GOLF AND MOST OF US STILL DO TODAY OF COURSE IS SEVE AND BERNHARD LANGER NOW, THEY ARE AS EXTREME AS CAN BE IN PERSONALITY TYPE AND IN GAME. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU, DO YOU THINK?

DAVID DUVAL
I DON'T KNOW. THE OLDER I'VE GOTTEN AND THE MORE I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, MAYBE THAT DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR ME. I DON'T KNOW. I ALWAYS REMEMBER WATCHING SEVE PRACTICE ESPECIALLY, I DON'T REMEMBER MAYBE 16, 17 YEARS OF AGE I WATCHED HIM AND JOSE MARIE PLAY A PRACTICE AT TPC AND JUST LIKED TO WATCH HIM CHIP AND PUT AS MUCH AS ANYTHING. I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SWING AND IT WAS VERY FIERY IN HOW HE APPROACHED IT. BUT, ON THE OTHER END WITH BERNHARD, I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM A LITTLE BIT AND HE'S AN AWFUL NICE PERSON AND I JUST LIKED HOW HE KINDA TOOK HIS TIME AND MADE SURE HE WAS PREPARED AND ANALYZED THINGS TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITIES AND THEN WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS

PETER KESSLER
IT SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT LIKE YOU AND YOU DIDN'T CALL IT SLOW PLAY. YOU KNOW, YOU'VE PLAYED SUCH GREAT GOLF OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITHOUT WINNING. YOU PLAYED BRILLIANTLY IN REPRESENTING OUR COUNTRY AT THE PRESIDENTS CUP WITH A 4 AND 0 RECORD, 2ND ONLY TO O'MEARA'S 5 AND 0. HOW DISAPPOINTED ARE YOU THAT YOU WON'T BE THERE PLAYING AGAINST SEVE'S TEAM IN VALDERRAMA PARTICULARLY GIVEN THAT YOU TOOK THE EXTRA TIME TO GO OVER AND PLAY THE GOLF COURSE OVER THE SUMMER TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, FORTUNATELY FOR ME, I WASN'T IN THE POSITION OF HAVING TO PICK. I THINK ANYBODY OTHER THAN TOM KITE CAN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURE HE'S UNDER TO CHOOSE THE 2 REMAINING SPOTS AND I ALWAYS TOLD MYSELF THAT I WOULD LIVE WITH WHATEVER HE DECIDED AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I THINK HE MAKE 2 VERY GOOD CHOICES. I SURE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THAT TEAM BUT, AT THE SAME TIME THIS YEAR I HAVEN'T PLAYED AS WELL AS I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED AND HAD I PLAYED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS I WOULD HOPEFULLY NOT HAVE TO HAVE WORRY ABOUT BEING CHOSEN. AND SO, I PUT MYSELF IN THAT POSITION OF HAVING TO BE A CAPTAINS PICK AND YOU'VE JUST GOT TO LIVE WITH WHAT THE CAPTAIN CHOOSES. HE'S DOING WHAT HE SEES FIT TO BE THE BEST THING FOR THE TEAM AND YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER IT IS TOM KITE'S TEAM.

PETER KESSLER
PLAY ANALYST FOR ME FOR A MOMENT. HAVING PLAYED THE GOLF COURSE AND GIVEN THAT WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE , PARTICULARLY AT VALDERRAMA OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ON THAT PARTICULAR THEME AND THEN DO YOU THINK IT SUITS A PARTICULAR KIND OF PLAYER?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH TOM IN WHAT HE SAID ABOUT IT FIT COREY PAVIN WELL. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS A SHORT GOLF COURSE AND SO, WHETHER YOU'RE A LONG HITTER, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PARTICULARLY ACCURATE, YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THE GOLF COURSE WITH LONG IRONS OFF THE TEES, AND SO, YOU PUT A ONE OR 2 IRON IN FRED COUPLES' HANDS AND PUT HIM UP AGAINST ANOTHER PLAYER WHO'S HAVING TO HIT DRIVERS, YOU'RE GONNA PICK FREDDY TO HIT MORE FAIRWAYS AND HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HIT IT OFF THE GREENS AND THE GREENS ARE VERY SMALL. THEY'RE VERY UNDULATING. WE DIDN'T SEE THEM AT THE SPEED THAT THEY USUALLY ARE ESPECIALLY, I GUESS, FOR THE VOLVO CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE END OF THE YEAR BUT, AS FAR AS LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, I MIGHT SOUND YOUNG AND IMMATURE HERE BUT, I THINK TOO MUCH IS MADE OF THAT. YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE 12 BEST US PLAYERS AGAINST THE 12 BEST EUROPEAN PLAYERS AND YOU'RE GOING TO TELL ME THAT THEY'RE NOT GONNA KNOW THE GOLF COURSE AFTER 3 DAYS, I MEAN

PETER KESSLER
I THINK THEY WILL

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK THAT'S A BIT OF AN INSULT TO THEIR ABILITIES IF ANYTHING.

PETER KESSLER
NO QUESTION ABOUT IT AND I AGREE WITH YOU IN THAT THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN OVER BLOWN ABOUT, NOT ONLY THE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE BUT ABOUT THE MATCH UPS AND ABOUT PAIRING CERTAIN PEOPLE TOGETHER. IT'S NOT AS THOUGH WE HAVE MOLDABLE YOUNG PLAYERS WHO COULD BE GREAT ONE DAY. THEY'RE ALREADY THERE. IT'S GO OUT AND PLAY, FELLOWS

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, THEY BRING UP TIGER WOODS AND JUSTIN LEONARD AND JIM FURYK AS ROOKIES. DOESN'T QUITE SOUND RIGHT, DOES IT? IT DOESN'T SOUND IT TO ME I MEAN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, HE WAS JUST SURPASSED AS #1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK. I GUESS TIGER WAS. BUT, THE MASTERS CHAMPION, THE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION, FURYK'S WON 2 OR 3 TOUR EVENTS AND YOU GOTTA CALL THEM ROOKIES?

PETER KESSLER
AND JUSTIN'S A FORMER US AMATEUR CHAMPION.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, YEAH, NCAA. THEY'RE NOT ROOKIES

PETER KESSLER
I COULDN'T IMAGINE PUTTING TOGETHER A MORE EXPERIENCED TEAM OF MATCH PLAYERS THAN THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'VE JUST MENTIONED

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, I THINK THE US IS VERY WELL REPRESENTED.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DAVID. IF YOU'D LIKE TO TALK TO HIM, GIVE US A CALL AT 1-800-842-9987. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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