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Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH A FEW OF YOUR FANS. JOHN IN VIRGINIA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GOOD, HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, THANKS.

JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GREAT. UH, JOHN, WE JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW RIGHT OFF THE BAT, WE'RE REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF YOU. AND UH, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THE WORLD OF YOU.

I GOT ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. DO YOU - DO YOU FEEL LIKE UH, THE OTHER PGA TOURING PROS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU?

JOHN DALY
UM, WELL, I THANK - THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM ARE. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM MIGHT RELATE TO SOME OF THE THINGS I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT UH,

THE PROS HAVE BEEN GREAT WITH ME. UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE MADE SOME OF THEM MAD AND WE'VE - WE'VE KIND OF ALL WORKED THAT OUT A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW. BUT UH . UH, THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU WANT KIDS TO THINK? AS YOU TRY TO SORT OUT YOUR OWN LIFE AND FIGURE OUT WHO YOU'RE GOING TO BE AND THE WAY YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE, WHAT DO WANT OTHER YOUNG, YOUNG PEOPLE TO THINK,

KIDS WHO ARE 10 TO 15 YEARS OLD WHO ARE IMPRESSIONABLE, WANT TO HIT IT LIKE YOU BUT ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE MESSAGE OF YOUR LIFE OFF THE GOLF COURSE?

JOHN DALY
I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. UM, YOU KNOW, I - I STILL SMOKE A LOT OF CIGARETTES (CHUCKLE). AND UH, I DON'T KNOW. UM, THAT .

YOU KNOW, I LOVE KIDS TO DEATH AND - AND I WOULDN'T . I WOULDN'T SAY I'M THE BEST ROLE MODEL IN THAT ASPECT OF SMOKING CIGARETTES ON THE GOLF COURSE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

BUT YOU KNOW, UH . I'M NOT READY TO QUIT SMOKING. UM, I - I JUST . YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T KNOW - I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, PETER. I DON'T THINK IT'S .

I DON'T THINK I'M A GREAT ROLE MODEL AS - WHEN IT COMES TO THE - MY PAST AND - AND WHAT I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

AND UM, I DO, I CHERISH KIDS AND I LOVE THEM. AND UM, I WANT THEM TO WATCH ME PLAY. UM, AND I WANT THEM TO BUY A TON OF THESE LION T-SHIRTS AND STUFF AND WEAR THEM EVERYWHERE. BUT .

UM, PEOPLE GROW UP DIFFERENTLY IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND WHERE I GREW UP, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE DRINKING AT, YOU KNOW, 10 TO 12, 13 YEARS OLD. YOU'RE HUNTING. YOU'RE FISHING.

I NEVER DID ANY OF THAT. I JUST PLAYED GOLF. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S KIND OF THE WAY WE'RE . NOW I WOULDN'T SAY BROUGHT UP 'CAUSE I WAS BROUGHT UP VERY GOOD.

MY PARENTS WERE . I LOVE THEM TO DEATH. THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH ME. I JUST DIDN'T LISTEN TO THEM HALF THE TIME, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T. BUT UH,

I THINK A LOT OF IT'S WHERE YOU GROW UP. AND UM, THINGS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT UM, AS YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD OR IN DIFFERENT STATES, HOW THINGS ARE PERCEIVED AND . AND DEALT WITH. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'M .

I'M NOT GONNA SAY I'M A GOOD ROLE MODEL. BUT I DO HAVE A GAME THAT I WOULD LOVE FOR KIDS TO COPY SOME DAY, OR TRY AND TAKE IT BACK AS FAR AS THEY CAN, AND TRY AND HIT IT AS HARD AS THEY CAN.

SO BASICALLY MY . MY ANSWER WOULD BE GOLF. THAT WOULD MY - MY TYPE OF ROLE MODEL FOR THEM . UM, WHEN I'M PLAYING GOOD. JUST WHEN I'M .

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT SLAPPING IT AROUND.

JOHN DALY
YEAH, WHEN I'M PLAYING BAD, JUST DON'T WATCH, (GIGGLE) JUST DON'T WATCH. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
GOOD ADVICE. LET'S TALK TO TOM IN CALIFORNIA. GO AHEAD, TOM.

TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
YEAH PETER, HOW YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, THANKS.

TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
JOHN, I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN. I'M CALLING FROM UH CALIFORNIA. I - WHAT I HAD A QUESTION WAS . WAS WHEN YOU - WHEN YOU GET IN A MAJOR -

IF YOU GET IN A . A TOURNAMENT WHERE YOU'RE DOWN TO THE STRETCH AGAINST TIGER WOODS, DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE INTIMIDATED LIKE DAVIS LOVE WAS? AND ALSO I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I SAW YOU AT THE RENO-TAHOE OPEN.

AND JOHN WAS GREAT THROUGH THE THURSDAY ROUND. HE TOOK MY KID THROUGH THE ROPES, TIED HIS ARM AROUND HIM, SIGNED A CARD FOR HIM, AND SHOT 2-UNDER. I GOT TO FOLLOW HIM ALL DAY.

I LOVED IT. IT WAS THE BEST TIME I EVER HAD AT A GOLF TOURNAMENT 'CAUSE I GOT TO SEE THE GUY I LOVED TO WATCH, YOU KNOW, PLAY 18 HOLES UP CLOSE. AND I HAD DRAGGED MY WIFE AND MY 2 KIDS UP - UP ALL THE WAY TO RENO FROM SOUTH CITY, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO. AND .

I LOVE WATCHING JOHN. AND I WON'T WATCH A TOURNAMENT UNLESS HE'S IN IT. SO IF I CHECK THE SCORE AND HE'S NOT THERE, I'M NOT WATCHING. BUT I LOVE YOU JOHN. TAKE IT EASY AND I HOPE YOU WIN A MAJOR 'CAUSE I'M ROOTING FOR YOU. TAKE IT EASY.

JOHN DALY
THANKS, TOM, THANKS. HARD TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION UH, IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONTENTION TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,

MY ONLY CHANCE TO BEAT TIGER WOODS, I THINK, WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS. THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY CHANCE RIGHT NOW. UM .

'CAUSE TIGER IS JUST ON A ROLL THAT I DON'T THINK THERE'S NOT TOO MANY PLAYERS THAT HAVE HAD THAT ROLL. UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S AMAZING ABOUT TIGER IS - IS WHEN HE DOESN'T HIT SUCH A GREAT SHOT, HE COMES BACK AND MAKES A 10-FOOTER FOR PAR .

OR UM, HE MAKES A LONG, LONG PUTT FOR A BIRDIE OR HE - HE, YOU KNOW, HE HAD 2 EAGLES, I THINK, ON FRIDAY WHEN HE SHOT 64, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN. AND .

THAT'S THE THING THAT JUST GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE. AND HE'S NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TOUGH AND REALLY GREAT, BUT HE'S GOT SO MUCH CONFIDENCE.

IT'S LIKE THERE'S AN AURA ABOUT TIGER THAT UH, 'HEY, NOBODY'S GOING TO BEAT ME' . IN A GREAT WAY. IT'S NOT A COCKY WAY. HE'S JUST THAT GOOD. AND UM .

BUT IF THERE WAS EVER A TOURNAMENT THAT I MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT HIM RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE - WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS, THE BRITISH THIS YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL DOESN'T SET UP AS WELL FOR YOU AS IT DOES FOR TIGER? YOU CAN BOTH HIT SHORT IRONS INTO THE PAR-5'S. YOU CAN HIT NOTHING INTO THE PAR-4'S.

YOU'RE A GREAT FAST GREENS PUTTER. ISN'T THAT A PLACE THAT YOU SHOULD PLAY MUCH BETTER GOLF THAN YOU HAVE?

JOHN DALY
UH, I WOULD THINK. I UM, HAVE NEVER FIGURED THE GREENS OUT THERE. I MEAN, IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT FIGURING THEM OUT. UH, I JUST LOOK AT AUGUSTA, I PLAYED REALLY WELL MY FIRST TIME THERE. I THINK I FINISHED 17TH OR SOMETHING IN '92.

UM, AND I - I CAN'T REMEMBER, I THINK IT WAS THE YEAR LANGER WON, AND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN '94 THAT I FINISHED 3RD.

UM, BUT I'VE ALWAYS PLAYED THE FRONT NINE GREAT AND I'VE NEVER SHOT THE 30 AND 31'S THAT A LOT OF GUYS DO ON THE BACK NINE. UM, I'VE NEVER . NEVER HAD A HOT PUTTER THERE.

AND I THINK MY . I DO LOVE FAST GREENS, BUT I GET AGGRESSIVE. I GET VERY AGGRESSIVE AND YOU CAN'T AT AUGUSTA.

SO, I MEAN, WHEN TIGER WON IN '97, UH, I DIDN'T PLAY, BUT I HEARD HE DIDN'T HAVE ONE 3-PUTT. YOU KNOW, THAT'S - THAT'S JUST PHENOMENAL. AND .

BUT IF THERE WAS A GOLF COURSE - I MEAN, I AGREE, I WOULD THINK I WOULD HAVE PLAYED BETTER THERE. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, WHO KNOWS? MAYBE THIS YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU ACTIVELY GET READY? I MEAN, NICKLAUS USED TO, FOR EXAMPLE, COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE A MAJOR, GO TO THAT SITE AND PLAY 1 BALL FOR 4 DAYS AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE WINNING SCORE WAS GONNA BE IF HE PLAYED WELL AND HE WAS USUALLY RIGHT.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVE PLAN CAN YOU MAKE NOW, GIVEN THAT YOU'RE IN REASONABLY GOOD SHAPE BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION, TO SEE THAT YOU PLAY THE BEST GOLF OF WHICH YOU'RE CAPABLE AS OPPOSED TO 'YOU KNOW, LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES THIS WEEK'?

JOHN DALY
YEAH, I ALWAYS GET MORE FIRED UP FOR MAJORS AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE . I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT THE MAJORS. UM . I JUST . I FEEL A LITTLE MAYBE MORE NERVOUS SO I MIGHT FOCUS A LITTLE HARDER.

UM, THAT'S THE THING, KIND OF BACK TO TIGER, HE'S SO FOCUSED ON EVERY TOURNAMENT, LIKE DAVID DUVAL IS AND DAVIS LOVE AND MOST OF THE GUYS. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE MY CAREER'S BEEN .

'WELL, THIS WEEK I'M PRETTY FOCUSED, MAYBE I'LL PLAY WELL.' SOMETIMES I'M OUT THERE, I'M JUST NUMB. I JUST, LIKE YOU SAID, SOMETIMES I JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. AND UM.

IT - IT'S WEIRD. UM, WHEN I - WHEN I DON'T FEEL GOOD BEFORE I TEE OFF, I SEEM TO PLAY BETTER THAN WHEN I FEEL GREAT AND I'M HITTING THE BALL GREAT ON THE RANGE BEFORE I PLAY. I GET THE CONFIDENCE GOING. I'M GONNA PLAY GREAT TODAY.

IT'S GONNA BE A GOOD NUMBER. AND YOU KNOW, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS.
SO I - I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE THAT PART OUT. AND UM, IT'S TOUGH. IT'S VERY, VERY TOUGH.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF I GET BORED WITH THE GAME SOMETIMES OR . OR WHAT. IF I KNEW THE - YOU TELL ME THE ANSWER.

PETER KESSLER
I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.

JOHN DALY
YOU GIVE ME THE ANSWER.

PETER KESSLER
BUT WHAT I KNOW NOW IS WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND COME BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING. AND WE'LL SEE IF YOU'VE BEEN WORKING OUT ENOUGH TO BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MOVE THAT YOU LIKE TO.

LET'S CHECK IT OUT WITH JOHN DALY IN JUST A MOMENT.

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