Golf Talk Live - Freddie Haas Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
YOU SAW JONES IN 1930. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT WAS THE BEST GOLF ANYBODY EVER PLAYED. YOU SAW NELSON IN '45. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT WAS THE BEST GOLF EVER PLAYED. YOU SAW HOGAN IN '53. THE SAME THING IS TRUE ABOUT THAT YEAR. YOU'VE SEEN JACK AND YOU'VE SEEN TIGER.

FREDDIE HAAS
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU RANK THEM?

FREDDIE HAAS
I'D RANK SAM SNEAD FIRST. SAM SNEAD WAS BY FAR, I WOULD SAY, A HALF A STROKE AND WHEN YOU SAY A HALF A STROKE A ROUND THAT'S HARD TO MAKE A HALF A STROKE BUT HE WAS A HALF STROKE

AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT HE, HE COULD HIT IT FARTHER, HE COULD HIT IT STRAIGHTER. HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT LAG PUTTERS I EVER SAW AND HE MADE HIS SHARE OF HOLE OUT PUTTS FROM SIX FEET IN. HE WAS GREAT. THE ONLY

PROBLEM WITH SAM, HE NEVER WON THE NATIONAL OPEN AND IT'S REALLY VERY SIMPLE WHY HE DIDN'T DO IT. SAM DID NOT MANAGE THE GOLF COURSE AS WELL AS HE SHOULD. PERFECT EXAMPLE IS

TOMMY BOLT WINNING AT TULSA. AND TOMMY BOLT HIT HIS DRIVE RIGHT TO THE EDGE OF THE DOGLEG. SAM TOOK IT RIGHT OVER THE DOGLEG INTO THE ROUGH ON THE OTHER SIDE. BOLT PICKS

OUT A 4 WOOD, KNOCKS IT ON THE GREEN, 25 FEET FROM THE CUP, TWO PUTTS FOR A FOUR. SAM'S OVER HERE IN THIS STUFF AND WHAT DOES HE DO? HE TAKES AN 8 OR A 9 IRON OUT. HE HAD TO DO IT TO GET OUT OF THE ROUGH STUFF BUT THEY ALWAYS PUT A NICE LITTLE BROOK OR A

LITTLE DITCH OR SOMETHING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GREEN AND WHERE DID HIS BALL, SAM'S BALL GO? OF COURSE IT'S IN THE DITCH. HE'S IN IN TWO, HE'S OUT IN THREE, HE CHIPS UP AND TWO PUTTS. HE MAKES A SIX.

PETER KESSLER
RUNYAN SAID THAT WHEN HE BEAT SAM IN '38 IN THE PGA THAT SAM MISMANAGED HIS GAME WHICH WAS WHY RUNYAN WON 7 OF THE 8 PAR 5'S. NONE OF WHICH HE COULD REACH IN TWO AND ALL OF WHICH SNEAD COULD REACH IN TWO.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR DAD FOR JUST A MINUTE BEFORE WE SAY GOOD NIGHT. HE TAUGHT YOU TO PLAY GOLF

FREDDIE HAAS
INSPIRED ME TO PLAY

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT DID GOLF TURN OUT TO BE FOR THE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAD WITH YOUR DAD?

FREDDIE HAAS
OH IT WAS GREAT AND WE HAD ONE WONDERFUL TRIP TOGETHER AND THAT WAS TO FORT WORTH AT COLONIAL FOR THE NATIONAL OPEN AND WE THOUGHT DENNY SHOOTEN (?) WAS GOING TO WIN BUT CRAIG WOOD CAME ON IN SPITE OF A

BUM BACK AND HE HOLED A 45 FOOTER ON THE LAST HOLE. HE WAS A GALLOPING JESSIE FOR (?) WAY BACK BUT HE'D HIT THE BACK OF THE CUP, BING RIGHT IN AND HE WAS A GREAT CHAMPION, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

WONDERFUL, AND DAD AND I JUST WENT TO SEVERAL OF THE MASTERS TOGETHER. HE, WE HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH OUR AUTOMOBILES AND SOMETIMES WE'D HAVE SOME PROBLEMS

AND ABOUT 50 MILES SOUTH OF MONTGOMERIE IT BROKE DOWN AND SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER I GOT A RIDE TO, INTO MONTGOMERIE AND DAD SAID, HOW 'BOUT IT. I SAID WELL IT WORKED PRETTY GOOD TODAY, I SHOT 66.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT A GREAT, GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE. WE, WE REALLY ONLY SCRATCHED THE SURFACE TONIGHT SO LET'S DO THIS AGAIN.

FREDDIE HAAS
I'D LOVE TO.

PETER KESSLER
PROMISE?

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHING) I WILL.

PETER KESSLER
I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PLEASURE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, FREDDIE.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YOU ARE SO GOOD (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
SO ARE YOU. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.
THANKS FREDDIE.