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Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE MARIA SAW IN YOU THAT HELPED YOU EITHER DISCOVER OR REDISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL AND YOUR GREATNESS AS A MAN AND AS A PLAYER?

RAYMOND FLOYD
OH, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I WAS VERY LUCKY, WHATEVER SHE SAW THAT UH, WELL I, I ALWAYS SAY I HAVE, I HAD TWO CAREERS BEFORE AND AFTER BUT WHAT MARIA DID WAS FOCUS ME. A LITTLE

STORY, THAT WE HAD BEEN MARRIED A VERY SHORT TIME AND I WITHDREW FROM A TOURNAMENT AND SHE WAS NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT, AND WE HAD A HEART TO HEART AND SHE SAID HEY LOOK, YOU
KNOW, YOU'RE YOUNG. YOU'RE ONLY 30

YEARS OLD. IF YOU, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU THERE'S CAREERS OUT THERE. YOU CAN BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SOMETHING ELSE, AND WOW YOU COULD HAVE HIT ME UP ASIDE THE HEAD WITH THE BIGGEST

HEADED DRIVER YOU'VE EVER SEEN AND IT ABSOLUTELY WOKE ME UP AND IT WENT BACK TO THE ONLY THING I EVER DESIRED TO BE WAS A GOLFER AND WHEN SHE SAID IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT, I REALIZED THAT HEY

THAT I'M DOING SOMETHING I REALLY LOVE TO DO AND IT'S ABOUT TIME I STARTED APPLYING MYSELF.

PETER KESSLER
NOW BUT THAT WITHDRAWAL WAS ACTUALLY RIGHT. YOU PLAYED 27 HOLES OF A TOURNAMENT AND WITH 9 TO GO ON FRIDAY, SOMEBODY SAID LET'S GO DOWN TO THE TRACK AND HANG OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. IT WAS THAT KIND OF A WITHDRAWAL, RIGHT?

RAYMOND FLOYD
THAT WAS EXACTLY THE WITHDRAWAL.

(RAYMOND AND PETER LAUGH)

RAYMOND FLOYD
YOU WOULDN'T LET ME MISS IT WOULD YOU?

PETER KESSLER
I THOUGHT WE'D SNEAK THAT IN.

RAYMOND FLOYD
YEAH, SOUNDS GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PUT A 5 WOOD IN YOUR GOLF BAG BEFORE THE 76 MASTERS WHICH OF COURSE YOU WON?

RAYMOND FLOYD
I HAD PLAYED AUGUSTA NATIONAL SINCE 1965 AND I COULD REACH THE PAR 5'S BUT IN THE 60'S AND 70'S THE TROUBLE WITH THE PAR 5'S WAS THE HARDNESS

BEFORE THE BENT GRASS. IT WAS HOW FIRM THE GREENS WERE, AND I COULD TAKE A THREE OR A TWO IRON AND, AND GET IT TO THE GREENS BUT BOY WHEN IT HIT THEM IT WAS GONE LIKE 15, YOU NEVER

REALLY THOUGHT TOO MUCH ABOUT THE WATER IN THE FRONT BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HIT ENOUGH CLUB TO GET OVER THAT BUT IF YOU WERE TO CARRY SAY A THREE IRON UP INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE 15TH GREEN, IT WAS TOO HOPS INTO THE BACK LAKE OVER THAT FRONTS 16. THAT WAS THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE 15TH HOLE AND WE TELL THE

YOUNGER PLAYERS THAT TODAY AND THEY LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU'RE CRAZY. YOU COULD NEVER HIT A BALL BACK IN THAT LAKE, THEY SAY, BUT THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM, AND, 5 WOODS WERE NOT CLUBS THAT WE HAD EVER SEEN AT THAT

TIME. I THINK EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU'D SEE ONE IN A LADIES SET AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT AUGUSTA IN THE FALL. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I COVETED. IT WAS A TITLE THAT I REALLY

CHERISHED AND I WAS GOING TO GIVE IT MY ALL AND I STARTED THINKING, BOY, PAR 5'S ARE PARAMOUNT THERE. YOU MUST PLAY THE PAR 5'S WELL BUT WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? AM I GOING TO PLAY SHORT ON ALL THESE HOLES AND WEDGE UP? THE GREENS ARE STILL DIFFICULT

AND FIRM AND HARD WITH A WEDGE, AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT MORE LOFT. HOW COULD I GET A, HIT, GET THE BALL HIGHER UP IN THERE AND SOMEWHERE, I DON'T KNOW EVEN HOW THE THOUGHT OCCURRED BUT, ABOUT A 5 WOOD, AND I WENT TO THE CLUB SHOP IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA. THERE WERE, I FELT HIS NAME WAS DON, I CAN'T REMEMBER HIS LAST NAME, THAT OWNED THE CLUB SHOP, AND I SAID DO YOU HAVE ANY 5 WOODS HEADS?

AND HE HAD SOME RAW 5 WOOD HEADS AND I SAID LET'S MAKE A COUPLE UP. I, I WANT TO SEE IF I CAN GET ONE THAT'LL, THAT'LL WORK FOR ME, AND HE MADE ME UP A COUPLE OF HEADS AND ONE OF THE TWO WAS, WAS REALLY GOOD AND I

STARTED PRACTICING WITH IT IN THE WINTER OF '75 AND JACK GROUT WAS HELPING ME WITH MY GOLF GAME AT THAT TIME. HE WAS AT LAGOURAS DOWN IN MIAMI BEACH AND I CAME OUT WITH THIS 5 WOOD AND HE SAID WHAT IS THAT?

AND I SAID WELL THAT'S A 5 WOOD. HE SAYS WHAT IN THE WORLD YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT? AND I SAID THAT'S FOR AUGUSTA. JACK, YOU KNOW, IF I CAN HIT THIS THING INSTEAD OF HAVING TO HIT TWO AND THREE IRONS, I CAN GET THIS CLUB UP HIGH AND COME DOWN AND I

THINK I CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PAR 5'S, AND JACK WAS A LITTLE SKEPTICAL ABOUT MY 5 WOOD BUT THE MORE I PRACTICED WITH IT THE BETTER I GOT AND I WOULD PRACTICE WITH THAT

CLUB EVERY TIME I WAS HOME. I DIDN'T TAKE IT ON THE ROAD WITH ME WHEN I WAS PLAYING BUT EVERY TIME I CAME
HOME I PRACTICED WITH A 5 WOOD AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE SECRET WEAPON.

PETER KESSLER
AS THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT AND DELICIOUS VICTORY? THE '76 MASTERS?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WELL IT'S HARD, CERTAINLY, TO SEPARATE MAJORS. I THINK YOUR GOAL IS TO WIN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT IT'S, IT'S THE TITLE THAT I REALLY HAD THOUGHT ABOUT. IT, IT WAS THE GAME THAT I PLAYED WHEN I WAS 14 OR 15,

PUTTING OR GETTING ON A TEE AND SAYING, IF I CAN PAR THIS HOLE I WIN THE MASTERS OR IF I CAN MAKE THIS PUTT I WIN THE MASTERS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED VERY CLOSE TO AUGUSTA. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN NORTH CAROLINA, SO GEOGRAPHICALLY IT WAS CLOSE.

IT WAS SOMETHING, I THINK MY FIRST TELEVISED GOLF TOURNAMENT WAS WATCHING ARNOLD WIN THE MASTERS SO IT HELD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE FOR ME AND PROBABLY I GUESS IF, IF, IF YOU MADE ME SAY TAKE ONE AND THROW THE OTHERS AWAY, I WOULD TAKE THE MASTERS, YES.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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(WRITTEN TEXT)
RAYMOND FLOYD
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
-28 TOP 10'S IN PRO MAJORS INCLUDING 4 WINS (HAD A TOP 20 FINISH IN A MAJOR EVERY YEAR BUT ONE BETWEEN 1965 -'94)
-ALONG WITH SAM SNEAD, ONLY PLAYER TO WIN AN OFFICIAL PGA TOUR EVENT IN 4 DIFFERENT DECADES.
-FIRST AND ONLY PLAYER TO WIN ON THE PGA & SENIOR PGA TOUR IN THE SAME YEAR (1992)

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