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Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 6

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SCOTT VAN PELT
EVERY WEEK WE LOOK FOR SOME OF YOUR HELP VIA THE INTERNET. AND OUR QUESTION THIS WEEK THAT WE HAVE SELECTED: 'WHAT MAJOR DO YOU THINK IS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR GAME AND WHY? THAT COMES FROM STEVE BARRON, IN SAN ANTONIO, TX.

AND I ASSUME, DAVID, THEY'RE ASKING YOU BECAUSE I DON'T PLAY IN THE MAJORS. AND SO WHICH ONE --

UNK OFFSTAGE VOICE (MALE):
MAYBE YOU SHOULD.

NO, I DON'T THINK I'M GOING TO QUALIFY UNDER ANY OF THE CURRENT SITUATIONS.

WHICH COURSES? WHICH EVENTS? WHICH MAJORS?

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, UH. YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO SAY AUGUSTA IS A GOOD FIT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, UM ...

I WOULD LIKE TO - IT TO BE THE US OPEN. I THINK THAT'S, UH, I MEAN, YOU CAN SIT HERE AND ARGUE AND I'M NOT GOING TO SAY WHICH IS WHICH. BUT UM, FOR ME THAT'S PROBABLY THE GRANDEST OF ALL. UM,

AND UH, SO I'D LIKE TO HOPEFULLY THINK THAT MY GAME FITS THE US OPEN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU SAID THAT YOU'RE STILL LEARNING HOW TO PLAY THAT EVENT, AREN'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
OH YEAH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
IT'S LIKE, IT'S AN INCREDIBLY GRUELING PROCESS

DAVID DUVAL
UH-HUH.

SCOTT VAN PELT
TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO, HOW TO KEEP IT IN PLAY ON THE FAIRWAYS AND THE GREENS. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS A, IS A REAL LEARNING CURVE, ISN'T IT?

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, AND UH, YOU KNOW THIS YEAR, UH, I PLAYED VERY WELL. I THINK I BROKE PAR TWICE.

UH, I HAD TWO OTHER POOR DAYS WHERE I SHOT 75.

SCOTT VAN PELT
TWO 75'S, YUP.

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK I WAS PLAYING IN A FIELD OF ONLY MAYBE ONE OF 2 PLAYERS. BUT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE FIELD TO BREAK PAR TWICE THAT WEEK. UM,

YOU KNOW AND, AND I HAVE FIGURED OUT A FEW THINGS. AND YOU FIGURE OUT SOMETHING HERE, SOMETHING THERE. I'VE FIGURED OUT SOMETHING THAT HELPS MY DRIVING. UM, HOW TO, HOW TO AIM INTO THE FAIRWAYS. UM, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GONNA TELL YA. (LAUGH)

SCOTT VAN PELT
OKAY. THEN YOU'LL HAVE TO KILL ME, RIGHT? (LAUGH).

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, BUT UH... YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU JUST PICK LITTLE PIECES EACH YEAR AND, AND GET BETTER AND THEN TRY TO MAKE THAT FINAL PUTT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I HAVE A FEELING THAT TRUTH BE TOLD YOU'D TAKE ANY OF THE 4 AT THIS POINT.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
ALRIGHT, WE'VE GOT BRIAN FROM TORONTO. BRIAN, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
HI DAVID?

DAVID DUVAL
HEY.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON A GREAT SEASON.

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU.

BRIAN FROM TORONTO, CALLER (MALE):
HOPEFULLY SEE YOU IN CANADA SOON. AND IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PARNETERED WITH AND PLAY AGAINST?

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, UH, I CAN SIT HERE AND TELL YOU, UM, HONESTLY THAT I AM GLAD I DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. UM,

YOU KNOW, YOU CAN ARGUE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST SEND OUT MARK AND TIGER TOGETHER OR TIGER AND ME OR TIGER AND WHOMEVER. I MEAN, YOU KNOW AND YOU PAIR UP CERTAIN PEOPLE AND I THINK, UM,

IT'S A SITUATION WHERE YOU GOTTA BE CAREFUL TOO BECAUSE IF YOU GET, UH, THE COUPLE PLAYERS, OR TWO TEAMS THAT ARE VIEWED BY FAR AS BEST TEAMS THEY HAVE TO OFFER AND THEY GET BEAT. UH,

THAT'S VERY BIG MORAL VICTORY FOR THE OTHER TEAM. SO, IT'S CERTAINLY A -- A TOUGH SITUATION.

I - I THINK, UM, I'VE PROVEN, MARK AND I HAVE PROVEN THAT WE PAIR UP WELL TOGETHER. UM, HOWEVER, IT MIGHT BE BEST FOR MARK TO KIND OF DO FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHAT HE DID FOR ME A COUPLE YEARS AGO. UM, HELP OUT SOMEONE WHO HASN'T PLAYED ON A PRESIDENT'S CUP, WHO'S, UM, NEW TO IT, UM,

DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M NOT SAYING THAT I'M AN EXPERIENCED I INTERNATIONAL PLAYER BY ANY MEANS,

BUT I HAVE PLAYED THE PRESIDENT'S CUP.

SCOTT VAN PELT
GOT ONE UNDER YOUR BELT (LAUGH).

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, I UH, I THINK UH JIM FURYK, HE AND I LIVE IN PONTE VEDRA TOGETHER. AND UH, NOT TOGETHER BUT IN PONTE VEDRA. AND HE AND I GET ALONG, UH, FAMOUSLY, AND I THINK WE'D BE A GREAT TEAM.

BUT UM, I'D BE, I'LL BE HONORED TO PLAY WITH ANY OF THE GUYS ON THE TEAM. I MEAN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT 12 OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.

SCOTT VAN PELT
HOW MUCH DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL, I DON'T WANT TO SAY VINDICATED, BUT HOW -- HOW GOOD DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL INSIDE TO GO TO THIS PRESIDENT'S CUP UNDER MUCH DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES THAN LAST TIME.

WHERE LAST TIME, THERE WAS, YOU HAD SOME OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS, CERTAINLY THEY WERE UNDERSTANDABLE. YOU CALLED ARNOLD PALMER TO LET HIM KNOW WHERE YOUR HEAD WAS. HE CHOSE YOU. AND YOU GO OUT AND GO 4 AND 0 AS WE'VE DISCUSSED.

BUT NOW YOU GO BACK AS THE NUMBER ONE GUY. AND NOW THERE'S TALK OF YOUR BEING THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. THERE'S A VERY DIFFERENT FEELING NOW THAN IT WAS 1996.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, IT'S A BIT. YES, CERTAINLY, A LOT BIT BUT UM,

YOU KNOW, I JUST, UH, I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AS A, AS A TEAM MEMBER TO, UH, BE PREPARED TO PLAY WHEN I GET THERE FOR CAPTAIN NICKLAUS AND, AND MY TEAMMATES. SO I'M GOING TO DO THE BEST I CAN TO DO THAT. UM,

THE SITUATION IS CERTAINLY DIFFERENT. I WASN'T SELECTED THIS YEAR AND I -- I NEVER UNDERSTOOD. I MEAN, I CAN APPRECIATE WHERE ALL THE HOOPLA IS COMING FROM, BUT I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY I WAS, I WAS DRILLED ON IT.

I MEAN, I DIDN'T CHOOSE ME. YOU KNOW, AND I GOT CHOSEN AND I WENT THERE AND -- AND WAS READY TO PLAY AND DID MY BEST. UM,

YOU KNOW, BUT THIS TIME AROUND, YEAH, AS YOU SAID, I FINISHED FIRST IN THE STANDINGS. UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MAKES ME THOUGHT OF THE BEST PLAYER OR WHAT IT MAY BE, BUT UM,

I CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAY WELL AND, AND DO THE BEST I CAN.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU PLAYED FOR PALMER, NOW YOU GET A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR NICKLAUS, AND I KNOW, I GOTTA BELIEVE ANYWAY, THAT YOU'D VERY MUCH LIKE, UH, AND LOOK FORWARD TO, PLAYING FOR CAPTAIN CRENSHAW IN A VERY DIFFERENT EVENT COMING NEXT YEAR.

DAVID DUVAL
I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CHANCE. UM, I HAVE TO PLAY WELL IN 1999 TO EARN A SPOT ON THAT TEAM. UH, STILL, BUT, I CERTAINLY HAVE A GOOD HEAD START ON IT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YES YOU DO. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. BUT AS WE DO, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT A YET ANOTHER PIECE OF HARDWARE THAT IS PROBABLY ON DISPLAY SOMEWHERE IN THE HOUSEHOLD UP AT PONTE VEDRA.

NICE JACKET AS WELL. DAVID DUVAL, WON THE WORLD SERIES. HE'S WON A LOT LATELY. STICK AROUND. GOLF TALK LIVE'S COMING BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.

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