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Golf Talk Live - Lanny Wadkins Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
SO YOU STILL HAVE THAT 15 DOLLAR CHECK FROM BEN HOGAN SOMEWHERE?

LANNY WADKINS
UH YEAH, I DO. I FORGOT WHAT THE - WHAT THE AMOUNT WAS. UH, I DO HAVE THE CHECK UH, IN A - IN A FILE AT HOME, YES I DO. I CERTAINLY DO.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO HAVE THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM ON THE GOLF COURSE?

LANNY WADKINS
IT WAS PRETTY NEAT. WE GOT ALONG VERY WELL, UH, PLAYED PROBABLY 12 OR 15 TIMES TOGETHER, ALWAYS A MONEY GAME. BEN LIKED TO PLAY FOR A LITTLE SOMETHING.

SO WE GOT OUT AND PLAYED AND UH, HAD A - HAD A PRETTY STANDARD GAME WITH A COUPLE FRIENDS AND UH, JUST NEAT TO PLAY WITH. WE PLAYED AT SHADY OAKS IN FORT WORTH ALL THE TIME. AND UH .

I JUST MARVELED AT WHAT HE DID WITH THE BALL. HE- HE WOULD STAND THERE, AND HE NEVER GOT A YARDAGE. HE WOULD JUST SIT THERE AND LOOK UNTIL HE FIGURED EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO HIT,

HIT THE SHOT. AND HIS LENGTH AMAZED ME AT THAT POINT IN TIME. UH, THIS WAS EARLY `80'S. HE WAS HITTING AS LONG AS I WAS AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

UH, HIS IRON PLAY WAS ALWAYS DEAD PIN HIGH. THAT WAS WHAT AMAZED ME, WAS UH, HOW HE JUST HIT IT SO . ALWAYS THE RIGHT DISTANCE. IT WAS JUST . HE WAS SOMETHING.

PETER KESSLER
DID HE EVER LET DOWN HIS GUARD AND LET YOU GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER THAN HE HAD A REPUTATION FOR LETTING PEOPLE GET TO KNOW HIM?

LANNY WADKINS
OH, I - I FELT LIKE I KNEW HIM PRETTY WELL. UH, TO ME I THINK UH, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, HE WAS - HE WAS A SHY MAN. I THINK HE NEVER UH . HE FELT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE ADULATION THAT PEOPLE HEAPED UPON HIM.

I THINK HE WAS . UH, HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT. HE FELT LIKE IT WAS HIS JOB TO GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF AND PLAY GOOD GOLF `CAUSE THAT WAS WHAT HE .

HE FELT LIKE IT WAS A JOB AND HE - IF HE WAS GONNA WORK AT IT, HE SHOULD BE GOOD AT IT. SO THAT WAS THE WAY HE APPROACHED IT.

UH, I DON'T THINK HE EVER UNDERSTOOD, YOU KNOW, HOW GREAT A PLAYER HE WAS. AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S . THAT'S MY OPINION. BUT I THINK HE REALLY .

UH, HE ENJOYED COMPETING. HE ENJOYED PLAYING. UH, HE WAS LIKE TREVINO. HE WAS A 'GOLF-AHOLIC'. HE WANTED TO GO PLAY EVERY DAY IF HE COULD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DOES YOUR WIFE, PENNY, THINK ABOUT YOU STARTING THE SENIOR TOUR CAREER AGAIN?

LANNY WADKINS
WELL, I THINK UH IT'S GONNA KEEP US BUSY. IT'S UH, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO JUGGLE THE BOYS AND UH, THE TRAVEL AND EVERYTHING UH, I THINK SHE'S EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT'S UH .GONNA BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT - WHAT TRANSPIRES BECAUSE IT'S UM . UM . A LOT OF - LOT OF SCHEDULES HAVE TO - HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED. THAT'S UH .

UH, I'M PLAYING MORE THIS YEAR THAN I HAVE IN ALMOST THE LAST 2 YEARS PUT TOGETHER. SO I'M PROBABLY PLAYING 25, 27 EVENTS THIS YEAR INCLUDING THE 1 OR 2 I'LL PLAY ON THE REGULAR TOUR. SO UH,

THAT'S MORE THAN I'VE PLAYED IN A LONG, LONG TIME. AND WITH MY BOYS DOING THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE DOING, IT'S - IT'S, YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO, YOU KNOW, GET SOME QUALITY TIME WITH THEM.

SO IT'S - IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH TO - TO WORK IT ALL OUT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING MORE OF THIS.

LANNY WADKINS
THANK YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT WIN. AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE YOU IN ACTION.

LANNY WADKINS
WELL, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

LANNY WADKINS
YOU BET.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.