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Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 2

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SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL THERE IT IS AGAIN. THAT SUGGESTION: 'THE BEST PLAYER'. AND I,
I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU A LITTLE BIT EDGEY BECAUSE YOU, AS YOU'VE SAID IN THE PAST, HAVE THAT MAJOR HOLE IN THE RESUME AS WE JUST TALKED ABOUT IN THE LAST SEGMENT. VERY NARROWLY FILLED IT WITH THE MASTERS. BUT,

DAVID DUVAL
UH-HUH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
UH, THE MASTERS ASIDE, THE MAJORS ASIDE, THE RESUME IS AWFULLY IMPRESSIVE. AND IN THE LAST 13 MONTHS, YOU'VE CERTAINLY PLAYED AS WELL AS ANYONE.

GOLF, MAYBE ISN'T A SPORT THAT LENDS ITSELF TO ONE BEST. DON'T YOU THINK

DAVID DUVAL
NO. NO. NO.

SCOTT VAN PELT
MAYBE THERE ARE A GROUP OF, AND IF THERE ARE A GROUP OF, WOULD YOU AT LEAST PUT YOURSELF IN THAT?

DAVID DUVAL
UH, I THINK I WOULD, UH...

SCOTT VAN PELT
(LAUGH) YOU HATE THIS SO MUCH.

DAVID DUVAL
DESERVE -- DESERVE AT LEAST A LOOK. YOU KNOW, I MIGHT BE JUST ON THE FRINGE OF THAT GROUP.

SCOTT VAN PELT
COME ON.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, UH. YOU KNOW, UH,

EGO DOESN'T SERVE YOU WELL. I MEAN, WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOU. UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S - IT'S GOOD TO BE CONFIDENT AT [SP1]WHAT YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING. BUT,

AS YOU LOOK BACK ON ANY OF THE GREAT PLAYERS IN GOLF, IN BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, BA -- ANYTHING, PEOPLE TELL THEM THEY'RE THE BEST. THEY DON'T TELL PEOPLE THEY'RE THE BEST.

SCOTT VAN PELT
RIGHT.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW,AND IF PEOPLE WANT TO ARGUE THAT THEN THAT'S FINE. AND IT'S VERY FLATTERING.

UM, BUT MY AIM, I CERTAINLY WANT TO BE CONSIDERED THE BEST PLAYER AT SOME POINT IN MY CAREER. UM, YOU KNOW, THAT WILL, I WILL HAVE REACHED THE PINNACLE THEN. UM,

AND LIKE I SAID, UM, YOU COULD ARGUE THAT I'VE, I REACHED IT AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR. UM, BUT I DO HAVE THAT MAJOR HOLE IN MY RESUME.

SCOTT VAN PELT
UH-HUH. WELL THE -- I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE WOULD ACCUSE YOU OF HAVING EGO IN AT LEAST IN ADMITTING WHAT IS VERY PLAINLY OBVIOUS, THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED AS WELL OVER THIS STRETCH AS ANYONE. AND,

MAYBE PERHAPS DO YOU THINK TO YOURSELF YOU DON'T WANT TO ADMIT YOU'VE REACHED WHAT YOU CONSIDERED THE ZENITH BECAUSE IF YOU DO THEN YOU'RE A YOUNG MAN AND WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL IT -- IT'S, 'CAUSE THEN AT THE SAME TIME, YOU COULD ASK CAN YOU GET BETTER.. AND,

YOU KNOW, IF YOU THINK YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER AND THEN YOU CAN GET BETTER, I THINK I -- I HONESTLY THINK THAT IT'S A BIT, UM, DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER PLAYER, I MEAN, OTHER PLAYERS.

THERE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ABSOLUTE WORLD'S BEST AT WHAT THEY DO.

SCOTT VAN PELT
UH-HUH.

DAVID DUVAL
UM, I JUST, I JUST CAN'T SIT HERE AND TELL YOU THAT I'M BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM. I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, WE'VE GOT A GENTLEMEN ON THE LINE THAT'S CERTAINLY IS ONE OF THE BEST. HE'S THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR THIS YEAR ON THE PGA TOUR, MARK O'MEARA.

MARK, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CALLING IN AND CONGRATULATIONS ON A MUCH DESERVED AWARD.

MARK O'MEARA, CALLER (MALE):
WELL, SCOTT THANKS. DAVID,

DAVID DUVAL
HEY MARK.

MARK O'MEARA, CALLER (MALE):
UH, I GOTTA TELL YOU, BUD UH, WE'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF TOGETHER AND I KNOW THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY IT BUT YOU'VE GOT MY VOTE AS THIS. AND MAYBE, YOU KNOW, IT'S YOU AND TIGER AND MAYBE LEE WESTWOOD RIGHT NOW, BUT UH, YOU'RE RIGHT UP THERE, BUD, IN MY BOOKS AND YOU KNOW THAT.

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I HAVE TO ASK YOU REAL QUICKLY, MARK, DAVID TOLD ME TO SNEAK THIS IN, WHAT DID HE TELL YOU WHEN YOU LEFT THE AWARDS DINNER THE OTHER EVENING? DO YOU REMEMBER?

MARK O'MEARA, CALLER (MALE):
ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, HE -- HE HAD A LOT OF TROPHIES AND I WAS FORTUNATE TO GET THAT ONE. BUT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I, I WENT OVER AND TOLD DAVID BEFORE I WENT UP THERE AND ACCEPTED, THAT I KNEW IN MY HEART THAT HE DESERVED IT JUST AS MUCH AS I DID, IF NOT MORE. AND YOU KNOW, I TRULY BELIEVED THAT.

BUT MAYBE BECAUSE OF MY AGE OR THIS OR THAT, UH, THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE REASON WHY I SQUEAKED THROUGH. BUT, I -- I DON'T REMEMBER. I KNOW WE WERE STANDING OUT FRONT.

DAVID DUVAL
HE, UH.

MARK O'MEARA (MALE):
AND I TOLD HIM THAT IT WON'T BE TOO LONG BEFORE HIS NAME IS ON THAT

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH. HE, UH,

MARK O'MEARA (MALE):
PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

DAVID DUVAL
ENLISTED HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILDREN WERE THERE AND THEY HAD THE NICKLAUS TROPHY OUT. AND, AND UH, MINE HAD BEEN BOXED UP AND WE'RE WALKING AROUND AND I SAID, 'MARK, I GOT TWO. YOU ONLY GOT ONE.'

MARK O'MEARA/DAVID DUVAL (MALES):
(BOTH LAUGH TOGETHER)

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU, YOU CERTAINLY EARNED YOURS AND MARK CLEARLY EARNED HIS AS WELL. AND MARK, WE'VE -- YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS BETWEEN OURSELVES ABOUT WHO DESERVES THIS AWARD AND

REALLY YOU COULD HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT UP IN THE LOGISTICS AND SEMANTICS OF PLAYER OF THE YEAR, BUT EITHER WAY, IT WAS CLEARLY GOING TO BE A GREAT SELECTION THAT THE PLAYERS MADE.

AND UH, YOU'VE GOT TO BE AWFULLY SATISFIED ABOUT HOW THAT WENT. I'M CURIOUS IF YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF MAYBE GOING DOWN UNDER AND TEAMING UP WITH THIS GUY AFTER WHAT HE DID IN THE LAST PRESIDENT'S CUP. YOU -- YOU KICKED BUTT AND TOOK NAMES IN THAT ONE.

MARK O'MEARA, CALLER (MALE):
WELL ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, TWO YEARS AGO WHEN WE PLAYED PRACTICE ROUNDS I TOLD OUR CAPTAIN, ARNOLD PALMER, I'M NOT USUALLY THIS WAY, BUT I WENT TO ARNOLD. I SAID, 'HEY LOOK, I PLAYED A PRACTICE ROUND WITH DAVID DUVAL.' I SAID, 'THIS KID IS ON. HE'S GOT A LOT OF TALENT.'

I SAID, 'LET ME, LET ME GO OUT WITH DAVID IN THE FIRST MATCH AND WE'LL GET YOU A POINT.' AND SURE ENOUGH, ARNOLD UH, PUT US TOGETHER. AND NOT ONLY DID WE GOT ONE POINT, BUT I BELIEVE WE GOT 4.

AND YOU KNOW, WE WOULD HAVE LIKED 3 TOGETHER, WE REALLY WOULD HAVE LOVED TO PLAY EVERY SINGLE MATCH TOGETHER, BUT HE SPLIT US UP, WHICH I WAS KIND OF SURPRISED.

AND YOU KNOW, IT'D BE AN HONOR TO PLAY ALONG SIDE WITH DAVID DOWN AT UH ROYAL MELBOURNE. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT CAPTAIN. IT'S A YOUNG TALENTED TEAM. I EXPECT DAVID TO GO ALL 5 MATCHES. I MEAN, I MIGHT NOT PLAY ALL 5, BUT I EXPECT HIM TO BE READY TO GO ALL 5.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM MARK? I MEAN, IT HAD TO MEAN A LOT TO YOU BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION. YOU WERE IN 12TH AS BASICALLY THE LAST MAN ON THE LISTAS THE CAPTAIN'S SELECTION.

AND UH, THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU WERE GONNA GO IN THE FIRST PLACE -- WE CAN GET TO THAT LATER -- BUT,

TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT WAS AS RESPECTED AS MARK O'MEARA KIND OF COME PUT HIS ARM AROUND YOU IN A SENSE AND SAY, 'HEY, COME WITH ME AND WE'RE GONNA DO ALL RIGHT.'
THAT HAD TO REALLY GIVE YOU A LOT OF CONFIDENCE, DAVID.

DAVID DUVAL
ABSOLUTELY. YOU KNOW, TO -- TO GET THE VOTE FROM A -- PLAYER OF HIS STATURE. UM, TO ACTUALLY GO AND SAY, 'I WANT TO GO OUT PLAY WITH HIM. I WANT TO BE PAIRED WITH HIM'. UM,

YOU KNOW, I KNEW WHEN I GOT THERE, AS THE PRACTICE ROUNDS PROGRESSED, THAT I WAS PLAYING WELL. I WAS HITTING THE GOLF BALL VERY WELL. UM,

BUT TO HAVE A TEAMMATE RECOGNIZE THAT AND THEN SEEK TO BE TEAMED UP WITH ME, UM, THAT I THINK THAT GAVE ME THAT BIT OF EXTRA CONFIDENCE I HAD NEEDED TO, UH, KIND OF FORGET ABOUT ALL THE HOOPLA OF WHETHER I SHOULD BE THERE OR SHOULDN'T BE THERE AND JUST GO OUT AND PLAY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
MARK, I HEARD AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU. UH, YOU AND DAVID HAD SPENT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME IN YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER. I GUESS YOU HAD HIM IN AND HE GOT A CHANCE TO LOOK AROUND AND SEE THE, THE TROPHIES AND MAYBE THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE THOSE MAJOR TROPHIES YET BUT DID YOU,

YOU BROUGHT HIM IN AND GAVE HIM A LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAD ACHIEVED ON THE COURSE AND I GUESS MAYBE IN A SENSE SAID THAT ALL THIS SOMEDAY WILL BE YOURS. THAT KIND OF THING?

MARK O'MEARA (MALE):
WELL, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT SCOTT. I MEAN, I -- I'VE BEEN AROUND DAVID LONG ENOUGH. I KNOW DAVID'S GAME, HIS DEMEANOR ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS DURING THE DISNEY TOURNAMENT THAT HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, JULIE, CAME BY THE HOUSE. AND WE, WE JUST KIND OF SHOWED THEM AROUND AND THEN I TOOK THEM IN.

AND THE CLARET JUG AND THE MASTERS TROPHY OBVIOUSLY ARE SPECIAL TO ANYONE, ANY ONE OF THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE VERY SPECIAL.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I JUST WANTED DAVID TO KIND OF TAKE A LOOK AND SEE --I KNOW THAT HE'S SEEN THEM -- BUT I KNOW THAT HE'S GONNA TO SEE THEM EVEN CLOSER LOOK IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I - I TRULY BELIEVE THAT AND IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU PLAY GOLF THE WAY THAT DAVID DUVAL PLAYS GOLF. AND HE KNOWS HOW TO, HOW TO CLOSE THE DEAL. AND HE'S, LIKE YOU SAID, I MEAN, IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE TOURNAMENTS HE'S WON, I MEAN, HE DEFENDED HIS TITLE AT KINGSMILL THIS YEAR.

YOU KNOW, I JUST, THAT'S VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE. AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IF IT'S NOT NEXT YEAR, IT'LL BE VERY NEAR IN THE FUTURE, HE'S GONNA WIN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU UH, YOU THINK THAT THAT'S THE CASE? I MEAN, YOU THINK YOU'RE ON THE CUSP HOPEFULLY?

DAVID DUVAL
I HOPE SO. I, I FEEL THAT MY GAME IS THERE. UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S SUCH A AWKWARD SITUATION. YOU'RE FACED WITH HAVING THINGS NEEDING TO FALL INTO PLACE FOR YOU. AND IT HAS TO HAPPEN ON ONE OF 4 GIVEN WEEKS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

AND THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU. WHENEVER YOU'RE TEED UP IN A TOURNAMENT, AND MUCH LESS A MASTERS, THE ODDS ARE AGAINST EVERY INDIVIDUAL TO WIN THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,

HOWEVER, SOMEBODY IS GOING TO WIN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
RIGHT.

DAVID DUVAL
UM, SO I THINK, UH, THAT GOES TO YOUR PREPARATION, BEING READY TO PLAY WHEN YOU GET THERE AND - AND JUST DOING IT AND FORGETTING ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE.

SCOTT VAN PELT
OH WHEN MARK O'MEARA SUGGESTS YOU'RE ON THE CUSP, I THINK YOU GOTTA BELIEVE HIM. MARK, LET ME CUT THROUGH THIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR STUFF, ALL THIS GOLF. WHO -- WHO CARES. WHO, WHO'S THE BETTER FISHERMAN, YOU OR THIS MAN RIGHT HERE? IF YOU'RE OUT THERE ANGLING, WHO'S -- WHO'S GONNA LAND THE BIG BASS?

MARK O'MEARA, CALLER (MALE):
I DON'T KNOW. WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO SOME FLY FISHING THIS SUMMER. BUT I THINK MAYBE, MAYBE DAVID MIGHT HAVE THE EDGE ON THE FLY FISHING AND I, MAYBE I GOT A LITTLE BIT OF THE EDGE ON BASS FISHING.

BUT YOU KNOW, HE'S ALSO GETTING INTO THAT SALT WATER FLY FISHING SO WE, WE GOT TO GET OUT AND DO MORE OF THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WAY OUR SCHEDULES ARE, WE TRAVEL SO MUCH, AS DAVID POINTED OUT.

I MEAN, I'M IN LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA, RIGHT NOW DOING SOME OUTINGS AND GETTING READY FOR THE SKINS GAME, BUT IT'S JUST UH, WE DON'T GET THAT MUCH TIME TO -- TO DO THE THINGS WE REALLY LOVE TO DO. BUT MAYBE NEXT SUMMER WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY HOW DAVID POINTED OUT ABOUT THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BEING PREPARED, YOU KNOW, HAVING YOUR GAME AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, I MEAN, LUCK HAS A LOT TO DO WITH WINNING ANY GOLF TOURNAMENT, LET ALONE A MAJOR, AND AS HE POINTED OUT WITH THOSE PUTTS ON 17 AND 18,

I MEAN, I, YOU KNOW, MY BALL WENT IN. HIS BALL DIDN'T GO IN. I MEAN, THAT'S - THAT'S SUCH A FINE LINE ON THE PGA TOUR. AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIMING, TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK AND SOMETIMES THE MORE TIMES YOU'RE THERE, SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS.

BUT I, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME. PLUS, BY NOT TRYING TOO HARD, JUST LETTING YOUR GAME PLAY AND PLAY EACH SHOT AT A TIME, THAT'S WHEN IT WILL USUALLY COME YOUR WAY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, DAVID DUVAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY PATIENT PLAYER. YOUR PATIENCE THIS YEAR WAS REWARDED. WE CONGRATULATE YOU ON THAT. WE THANK YOU FOR CALLING IN. AND UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU DOWN UNDER IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, MARK.

MARK O'MEARA (MALE):
WELL, I LOOK FORWARD TO IT SCOTT. I'LL SEE YOU AT UH SUN CITY, DAVID.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU GOT IT, MARK. HEY, SAFE TRAVEL.

MARK O'MEARA (MALE):
THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON THE SHOW. ALRIGHT. BYE-BYE.

SCOTT VAN PELT
ALWAYS OUR PLEASURE. TAKE GOOD CARE, MARK.

WE BETTER TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK, AND AS WE DO, WE'RE GONNA TORTURE DAVID

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH);

SCOTT VAN PELT
JUST A LITTLE BIT AND TAKE A LOOK BACK, AT WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE AS A YOUNG MAN. OH, YOU CAN'T SEE IT GOOD ENOUGH TO REALLY UNDERSTAND IT. WE COULD HAVE SOME FUN UP THERE CLOSE UP.

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH)

SCOTT VAN PELT
STAY WITH US. GOLF TALK LIVE COMES BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.

(BREAK)

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