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Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 3

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SCOTT VAN PELT
THAT WAS THE MOMENT THERE.. THAT'S WHEN THE SNOWFLAKE GOT KICKED OFF THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND STARTED SNOWBALLING DOWN THE HILL AND ALL THOSE VICTORIES HAVE PILED UP SINCE THEN.

AND YOU REALLY, YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO MAKE THAT PUTT TO WIN. BECAUSE EARLIER IN THE WEEK, YOU WENT OUT ON A LIMB.

ON A WEDNESDAY OF A PRACTICE ROUND, YOU WALKED BY CAMERMAN, ED POLLACK AND MYSELF, AND YOU SAID TO ME, 'I'M GONNA WIN THIS WEEK,' WHICH I COULDN'T BELIEVE. IT WAS VERY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR YOU TO BE THAT BOLD. WHY'D YOU THINK THAT WAS YOUR WEEK?

DAVID DUVAL
UM, BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED THE WEEK BEFORE. I PLAYED THE DOWN AT SOUTHERN. I'D MISSED THE CUT THERE THE PREVIOUS 2 YEARS AND I'D MISSED 2 CUTS GOING IN THERE AND IT JUST FELL INTO PLACE.

I WAS JUST PLAYING BEAUTIFUL. I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER HAD AS GOOD AS A BALL STRIKING WEEK AS I HAD THAT WEEK.

UM, AND THE ONLY THING THAT HELD ME BACK FROM MAYBE CONTENDING THERE WAS UM, MY PUTTING. I JUST DIDN'T QUITE HOLE ENOUGH PUTTS. AND I JUST FELT UH, AS THE WEEK PROGRESSED IF I WOULD JUST MAKE A COUPLE MORE PUTTS THAN THE WEEK BEFORE, UM, I'DHAVE A REAL GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING.


SCOTT VAN PELT
AFTER YOU WON THAT EVENT WHEN YOU WERE ACCEPTING THE TROPHY AND, I GUESS, HAVING A CELEBRATORY SWIG, WHICH YOU HAD EARNED, UH, YOU -- YOU WERE FAIRLY OVERCOME WITH EMOTION, AND RIGHTFULLY SO.

IT HAD BEEN A LONG, LONG HAUL TO GET THERE. IN A SENSE, YOU'RE STILL A YOUNG MAN. BUT YOU'D BEEN CLOSE AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING, 'WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WIN?' YOU FINALLY BROKE THROUGH AND YOU MENTIONED YOUR GRANDFATHER,

WHO YOU SAID THE VICTORY WAS FOR. AND IT WAS, IT WAS DIFFICULT CLEARLY FOR YOU TO GET OUT THOSE WORDS BECAUSE HE WASN'T ABLE TO SEE IT.

WHY WAS IT THAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT? WAS IT BECAUSE YOU WANTED HIM TO BE THERE?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH) YOU'RE GETTING ME TOUGH AGAIN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I'M SORRY. I DON'T WANT TO PUSH THE WRONG BUTTONS HERE.

DAVID DUVAL
THAT'S UH... YOU KNOW, I USED TO, AS A KID, I'D GO UP AND SPEND THE SUMMERS WITH HIM, 3, 4 WEEKS AT A TIME UP AT FERNADINO?? BEACH. UH, AND PLAY GOLF. UH, JUST REALLY ENJOY BEING UP THERE.

WE WERE VERY SIMILAR. WE JUST REALLY ENJOYED EACH OTHER'S COMPANY.

AND UH, HE GOT, HE GOT SICK. HE WORKED AT PAPER MILLS ALL HIS LIFE. HE OWNED A HARDWARE STORE AND HE GOT, UH, I DON'T KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY, EXACT TYPE OF CANCER, BUT HE GOT A CANCER THAT SURROUNDS YOUR LUNGS AND YOUR HEART. AND UH,

IT'S CAUSED SOLEY BY ASBESTOS. UH, AND HE CONTRACTED IT FROM THE PAPER MILLS AND HE DIED, UH WHILE I WAS IN SCHOOL. AND UM, HIS ONLY WISH: HE JUST WANTED TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE ME PLAY ON TOUR.

UH, YOU KNOW... AND HE JUST LOVED TO TELL A STORY, AND I GET A KICK OUT OF IT TOO, AND HE, I WAS PLAYING REALLY GOOD AND I WAS MAKING 4 OVER PAR AND HE WAS PROBABLY ABOUT THE SAME, AND UH,

I THINK I EITHER BOGIED OR DOUBLE BOGIED THE LAST HOLE, 9TH HOLE, AND HE MADE A PAR, A BOGIE, AND BEAT ME BY A SHOT. AND I WAS CRYING. I WAS UPSET AND I SAID,

'GRAND DADDY, YOU KNOW, YOU BEAT ME THIS TIME BUT WHEN I COME BACK NEXT SUMMER, YOU'RE NOT EVER GONNA BEAT ME AGAIN.'

AND UH, HE NEVER DID. AND HE, UH, HE LOVES TO TELL THAT STORY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, I THINK THAT, UH, YOU'D LIKE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART ANYWAY THAT CERTAINLY HE HAD THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE FOR THAT ONE AND ALL THE OTHER ONES. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE THAT HE'D BE ENORMOUSLY PROUD NOW OF ALL THAT, UH, YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED.

WE'VE GOT SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS ON THE LINE. SCOTT, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSESTTS (MALE):
HI'YA DOING. DAVID, I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR GREAT YEAR AND TO TELL YOU HOW GREAT THAT WAS TO HEAR, UM, MARK O'MEARA COME IN WITH A CALL AS WELL.

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH.

SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
AND TELL HOW HE FELT ABOUT THAT.

DAVID DUVAL
HE'S SOMETHING.

SCOTT FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
UM, MY QUESTION IS HOW YOU REMAIN SO SUCH A STOIC AND PLACID IN NATURE, UH, ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR COMING DOWN THE WIRE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP YOU NEEDED A GOOD ROUND IN THE FINAL ROUND TO SECURE WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE SCORING TITLE IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY TITLE. AND,

JUST WANTED TO SEE HOW THAT REALLY-- I'M ABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT FOR A LITTLE WHILE. HOW IN FACT ARE YOU ABLE TO, UH, YOU KNOW, KEEP THAT NATURE THROUGHOUT A WHOLE 18 HOLE ROUND.

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, WELL UM, YOU KNOW, GETTING CAUGHT UP IN WHAT'S GOING ON WHILE I'M PLAYING IS - IS ONLY GOING TO DETRACT FROM WHAT I'M TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. UM, SO I GOT TO REALLY TRY TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHERE I AM WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO WITH EACH SHOT, WITH EACH PUTT.

UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE SUNGLASSES DID HIDE A FEW TEARS.

MARK FROM MASSACHUSETTS (MALE):
(LAUGH)

DAVID DUVAL
WHEN I WAS DONE ON THE 72ND HOLE.
UH,

YOU KNOW, IT, WHEN - YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY I HAVE A VOID WITH MAJORS AND I HAVEN'T PLAYED ON RYDER CUP. BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S UH, WITH THAT PUTT GOING IN, I - I, UH, REACHED A CULMINATION OF 15, 20 YEARS OF WORK. UM,

I BEAT EVERYBODY FOR THE YEAR, WON THE MONEY TITLE, WON THE VARDON. UM, YOU KNOW, SO I WAS CERTAINLY EMOTIONAL. I DON'T THINK, IT'S JUST -- YOU JUST DIDN'T QUITE SEE IT, I DON'T THINK, BEHIND THE GLASSES.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, THAT'S INTERESTING THAT YOU BRING THAT UP. BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE YOU HAD SENSITIVE EYES. MAYBE THOSE GLASSES DO SERVE ANOTHER PURPOSE. THEY'RE THAT ARMOR THAT SORT OF SHIELD US FROM THOSE EMOTIONS. YOU HATE TO LET THOSE UP, DON'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, YOU KNOW, UH... (PAUSE)

FOR ME, THE ONLY EMOTION THAT REALLY IS, CAN GET YOU GOING IS WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE ANGRY, MAYBE A LITTLE UPSET. UM, I THINK IT, FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS, I GUESS THEY'RE MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE FOCUSED. UM,

BUT GETTING REALLY HIGH AND ELATED. UH, ALL THAT'S GONNA DO IS CAUSE PROBLEMS, I THINK, AS YOU PROGRESS THROUGH YOUR ROUND. UM, BECAUSE THEN YOU START THINKING AHEAD. UM, THAT'S JUST DETRIMENTAL TO WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL, IT SEEMS THAT IN GOLF HAPPINESS IS ALWAYS FLEETING AND ANGER IS ALWAYS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

WE THANK SCOTT FOR CALLING. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK HERE ON GOLF TALK LIVE AND AS WE DO, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT CAUSE A LITTLE BIT OF ELATION. HEY, YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET TO KISS MINNIE MOUSE, DO YOU?

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