Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
NOW, WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE 1996 PRESIDENTS CUP OF WHICH DAVID DUVAL, OF COURSE, WAS A MEMBER. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS IRON SHOTS IN A WEEK WHERE DAVID HAD IT WORKING ON ALL CYLINDERS. JUST LIKE HE'D LIKE TO HAVE IT WORKING EVERY WEEK. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ANOTHER SHOT THAT ENDS UP STONEY TO THE STICK. EVEN THE OPPOSITION WOULDN'T MAKE HIM PUT THAT ONE. AND THEN HERE, OF COURSE, IS THE WINNING PUT BY FREDDY COUPLES ON THE 17TH HOLE AGAINST V.J. SINGH.

ONE OF GOLF'S GREATEST GUYS ON AND OFF THE COURSE IS MARK O'MEARA. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT HE HAD REQUESTED TO PLAY WITH YOU, TALKED WITH ARNOLD, THEN CAME TO YOU. WHAT IS IT ABOUT MARK THAT MAKES HIM SO SPECIAL, PARTICULARLY WITH THE WAY THAT HE'S TREATING THE YOUNGER PLAYERS LIKE YOU AND TIGER FOR EXAMPLE?

DAVID DUVAL
I DON'T KNOW WHY. I COULDN'T SAY. I WOULD JUST SAY THAT HE'S JUST A GOOD PERSON AND WE GET ALONG WELL, I GUESS HE THINKS LIKE THE YOUNGER PLAYERS. I DON'T KNOW BUT, HE JUST, I THINK HE APPRECIATES WHAT THE YOUNGER PLAYERS GO THROUGH AND THE STRUGGLES. HE CAN RELATE TO SOME OF THE STRUGGLES I'VE HAD TO SOME OF THE ONES THAT HE HAD AS A YOUNG PLAYER AND MAYBE HE FEELS THAT HE CAN HELP ME THROUGH IT ALL WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLY GIVING OF HIM.

PETER KESSLER
BUT, HE'S MUCH MORE, DON'T YOU THINK, EVEN TEMPERED THAN YOU ARE BY NATURE. THAT YOU'RE MORE OF AN EXTREME PERSON. YOU CAN GO EITHER WAY. DO YOU THINK THAT HE SAW THAT IN YOU AND COULD, BY JUST BEING WITH YOU, GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT EVENNESS, 15 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, CAN DO FOR YOUR GOLF GAME?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK THERE MIGHT BE SOME TRUTH TO THAT. I THINK YOU'VE GOT IT A LITTLE BIT WRONG IN THAT I DON'T HAVE EXTREMES FROM GREAT ANGER TO GREAT JOY. IT'S USUALLY KIND OF FROM MIDDLE TO GREAT ANGER. ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE

PETER KESSLER
SO, YOU'RE JUST A DEPRESSIVE, NOT A MANIC DEPRESSIVE. I'VE GOT IT. OK

DAVID DUVAL
BUT, WE PLAYED SOME PRACTICE ROUNDS UP AT THE PRESIDENTS CUP AND I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AND I WAS EVEN MORE LUCKY TO BE ON MY GAME THAT WEEK AND MAYBE MARK SAW THAT I WAS AND FELT THAT HIS PRESENCE COULD HELP ME STAY THERE, WHICH IT MOST DEFINITELY DID. HE JUST KEPT TELLING ME, HE KEPT SAYING HIT IT CLOSE. I'LL MAKE THEM. FOR SOME REASON, I JUST KEPT HITTING THEM CLOSE AND HE MADE THEM AND I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE PLAYED THE 17TH HOLE ONCE AND THAT WAS IT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN TO BE WRONG. TO GO FROM THE MIDDLE TO EXTREME ANGER. LET'S TALK TO CHUCK IN SOUTH CAROLINA. HELLO, CHUCK

CALLER - CHUCK (MALE):
HELLO, PETER. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT.

PETER KESSLERDAVID DUVAL
VERY WELL. THANK YOU SIR.

CALLER (MALE):
I'D LIKE TO SAY WE IMMENSELY ENJOY YOUR SHOW HERE IN MYRTLE BEACH

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
AND THE JOB YOU DO

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
I GET A SENSE THAT YOU'RE THE 1ST PERSON I'VE RUN ACROSS THAT LOVES GOLF AS MUCH AS I DO .
I'VE GOT 3 QUESTIONS, IF YOU'D ALLOW ME, FOR DAVID AND I'LL JUST RUN THROUGH THEM AND I'LL JUST HANG UP AN D LISTEN.

PETER KESSLER
FIRE AWAY

CALLER (MALE):
#1, DAVID, HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL PRESSURE DO YOU FEEL TO WIN BY ALL THE PRESS ACTIVITY EVERY TIME YOU GET CLOSE THE 1ST 2 DAYS OF A TOURNAMENT AND ALL THE TALK COMES UP. SECONDLY, THE SUN GLASSES, IS THAT AN IMAGE OR A TRADEMARK THAT YOU USE OR DO YOU ACTUALLY WEAR THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PROTECTION OF YOUR EYES? AND THIRDLY, WHEN TIGER CAME OUT ON TOUR, DID YOU AND THE REST OF THE YOUNG PLAYERS, DAVIS LOVE AND JUSTIN LEONARD AND BASICALLY ALL THE YOUNG GUYS FEELING THE ADDED PRESSURE TO STEP YOUR GAME UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL, TO GET SOME OF THE LIMELIGHT AWAY AND JUST BASICALLY COMPETE AND GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL. AND I'LL HANG UP AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE COMMENT, I HAVE TREMENDOUS ADMIRATION FOR YOUR HONESTY TONIGHT FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
AND ONE FINAL COMMENT. WE'RE TICKLED TO HAVE PUDGY BLACKMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

DAVID DUVAL
GO GAME COCKS, HUH?

CALLER (MALE):
THAT'S ALL. THANKS, DAVID

PETER KESSLER
THANKS CHUCK

DAVID DUVAL
#1, I DON'T FEEL ANY ADDITIONAL PRESSURE BECAUSE, I HAVE MY OWN GOALS FOR WHAT I WANT TO DO AND WHERE I WANT TO BE AND YES, THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE I'VE PLAYED VERY WELL FROM THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AND HAVE NOT PLAYED WELL ON SUNDAY. BUT, THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN ACTUALLY A LOT MORE TIMES WHEN I HAVE KINDA NOT PLAYED SO WELL AND THEN GOTTEN INTO A POSITION AND ACTUALLY PLAYED A REALLY GOOD ROUND AND SOMEBODY BEAT ME. YOU KNOW I SHOT A 67 ON SUNDAY, 2 SHOTS BEHIND AT PEBBLE BEACH MY FIRST YEAR AND LOST. YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT BROUGHT UP IN ALL THIS AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT, OF ALL THE TOURNAMENTS WHERE I'VE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN AND HAVEN'T, THE ONLY ONE I FLAT OUT BLEW IT, IN MY MIND, WAS ATLANTA LAST YEAR. I FLAT OUT BLEW IT. I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS CHOKING OR WHAT BUT, IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY BUT, I THINK I NEED TO SHOOT, AS IT TURNED OUT, IF I'D HAVE SHOT 72 OR 3 I'D HAVE WON THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. I BELIEVE I SHOT 76 AND I BLEW IT. YOU KNOW, AS A PROFESSIONAL, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT EVEN PAR ON HARD DAYS. I WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY BUT, IT WASN'T LIKE A 40 MILE AND HOUR WIND BRITISH OPEN TYPE DAY. SO, THE SUN GLASSES, I STARTED MY SENIOR YEAR IN SCHOOL, WE WERE PLAYING AT THE ACCs AND AS YOU KNOW THAT TIME OF YEAR, IN THE SPRING, THE POLLEN IS UNBELIEVABLY BAD AND I WEAR CONTACTS AND I BASICALLY COULDN'T SEE WITH ALL THE POLLEN THAT WAS GETTING IN MY EYES AND SO, I STARTED WEARING THEM THAT WEEK AND THEN FROM THEN ON I'VE WORN THEM. AND THE 3d ONE, DO YOU REMEMBER?

PETER KESSLER
IT WAS THE TIGER. DID ALL OF THE OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS? AND HE CALLED DAVIS YOUNG FORGETTING HE'S AL THE WAY IN HIS 30s ALREADY

DAVID DUVAL
I KNOW. HE'S OLD

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEEDED TO JUMP START THE QUALITY OF YOUR GAME?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK TIGER HAS A UNIQUE ABILITY THAT NOT MANY PLAYERS HAVE HAD IN THE PAST TO KIND OF DEMAND THAT EVERYBODY BRINGS THEIR GAME UP A LITTLE BIT MORE. ARNOLD DID IT AND JACK DID IT AND TOM WATSON DID IT AND I THINK TIGER'S KIND OF DOING THAT. I THINK AS YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THE YOUNGER PLAYERS HAVE DONE IT AND THEY'VE DONE IT QUITE WELL. SO, MY HAT'S OFF TO THOSE PLAYERS. I HAVEN'T QUITE GOTTEN THERE BUT, THERE'S DEFINITELY, THE STAKES HAVE BEEN RAISED AND YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT BETTER

PETER KESSLER
AND LET'S BE PARTICULARLY FAIR ABOUT HOW WELL YOU'VE PLAYED ON A NUMBER OF SUNDAYS. I THINK OF, WHEN TOM WATSON WON AT MEMORIAL, YOU FINISHED WITH A PAIR OF 67s AND I THINK, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, YOU FINISHED BIRDIE, EAGLE, BIRDIE, PAR, BIRDIE ON THE FINAL ROUND EXCEPT THAT TOM WATSON FINISHED BIRDIE, EAGLE, BIRDIE, PAR, BIRDIE AS WELL SO SOMETIMES SOMEBODY ELSE PLAYS BETTER

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, THAT'S JUST THE NATURE OF THE GAME

PETER KESSLER
IT IS. AND THAT'S WHY YOU'RE NOT UPSET ABOUT THOSE INCIDENTS

DAVID DUVAL
EXACTLY

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, AND I THINK THIS YEAR AT THE PEBBLE BEACH EVENT IT MIGHT SOUND STUPID AND MAYBE THIS IS SOME OF MY SHORTCOMINGS WHY I HAVEN'T WON GOLF TOURNAMENTS BUT, I AM PROBABLY MOST PROUD OF THE ROUND OF THE ROUND I PLAYED ON SUNDAY OF ANY ROUND I'VE PLAYED THIS YEAR BECAUSE I PLAYED HORRIBLE. I ABSOLUTELY STRUCK THE BALL POORLY ALL DAY. I WAS IN BETWEEN CLUBS. I NEVER SEEMED TO PULL THE RIGHT ONE BUT, STAYING ON 17 TEE, I STILL HAD A CHANCE. I KEPT IN IT WITH MY CHIPPING AND MY PUTTING AND I HELD MYSELF IN THERE AND I MADE A LONG PUT ON 17 FOR BIRDIE AND THEN MARK MADE IT ON TOP OF ME WHICH KEPT IT AT A 2 SHOT MARGIN BUT I STILL HAD A CHANCE. YOU NEVER KNOW AT PEBBLE. I BIRDIED 18 AS WELL SO, I WAS VERY PROUD OF MYSELF THAT DAY BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE IT AND I STUCK IN THERE THOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WITH GOOD REASON. AND YOU HAD NO REASON TO GO FROM HERE VERY ANGRY. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND WE'LL SHOW YOU A PARTICULARLY FASCINATING GRAPHIC OF 4 TIME ALL AMERICANS

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