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Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
WE PROMISED YOU ANOTHER WINNING FLOYD AND WE WELCOME HIS SON, ROBERT. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
NICE TO SEE YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE OF YOUR DAD'S GOLFING TRAITS TO ADOPT AS YOUR OWN, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
I'D SAY THE, THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE GAME. I THINK OVER THE YEARS HIS SHORT GAME HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN PHENOMENAL AND THAT'S WHAT'S STOOD

TIME MORE THAN ANYTHING, BUT HIS MENTAL APPROACH TO THE GAME, HIS MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND JUST BEING ABLE TO PREPARE MENTALLY AND BEING ABLE TO HANDLE MOST ANY SITUATION MENTALLY, THAT WOULD BE THE ASSET THAT I WOULD HAVE, WOULD HAVE LIKED TO INHERIT.

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PARTNERED WITH HIS FATHER TO WIN THE '00 OFFICE DEPOT FATHER SON CHALLENGE)

PETER KESSLER
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU, RAY, TO OBJECTIVELY AND WITH A FATHER'S LOVE BUT ALSO WITH THE TOUGHNESS REQUIRED, TELL HIM WHAT YOU THINK HIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES ARE?

RAYMOND FLOYD
THE, THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR ME IS WATCHING AND WATCHING HIS STRUGGLES. I'VE BEEN THROUGH THE SAME THINGS THAT, THAT HE WILL GO THROUGH AND HAS GONE THROUGH BUT I THINK THAT MAKES IT EVEN TOUGHER KNOWING THAT YOU'VE RUN THE

GAUNTLET THERE BEFORE, BUT ROBERT HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD PLAYER SINCE HE WAS A REAL LITTLE GUY. HE, HE WON AT EVERY LEVEL AND GOING UP FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE TO AMATEUR, NICE, PRETTY GOOD SIZE AMATEUR EVENTS, DOING WELL IN THE U.S. AMATEUR, HE'S, HE'S PLAYED VERY, VERY WELL AND IT'S

THERE. HE'S, HE'S DONE IT. HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT AND I THINK HIS DISCIPLINE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE... LACKING IF YOU WOULD, IN HIS YOUNG DAY. MAYBE HE TOOK THAT FROM ME, BUT I HOPE THAT HE WOULD REALIZE THAT IT'S A MUCH

TOUGHER GAME TODAY. THERE'S A LOT MORE TALENT OUT THERE. THE DEPTH OF FIELD IS INCREDIBLE. THERE ARE SO MANY PLAYERS LIKE ROBERT RUNNING AROUND PLAYING IN MINI TOUR S AND IN

OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NO PLACE TO PLAY HERE AND A GREAT POOL OF TALENT AND TO RISE ABOVE THE TOP OF THAT TODAY IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN I HAD COMING UP WHEN I WAS HIS AGE, SO, I THINK HE'S, HE'S ADDRESSED THAT NOW AND I THINK THAT ROBERT'S GOING TO COME TO THE FRONT WITH HIS GOLF AND BE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH IT.

PETER KESSLER
OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOT TO BE A JOY TO BE RAY'S SON BUT YOU'VE ALSO GOT THE BURDEN OF COMPARISON. ARE YOU GETTING BETTER ABOUT IGNORING THAT OR DISREGARDING THE INEVITABLE COMPARISONS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DAD?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
YEAH, I NEVER REALLY HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT. MY BROTHER ACTUALLY TOOK A LOT OF THE HEAT OFF OF ME. YOU KNOW, HE WAS RAYMOND FLOYD, JR. AND WE'D PLAY IN AMATEUR EVENTS GROWING UP AND JUNIOR EVENTS PLAYING, GROWING UP AND HE, HE WAS OLDER THAN ME,

AND YOU KNOW, I KIND OF SLID UNDER THE COVERS AND RAYMOND HAPPILY TOOK, YOU KNOW, TOOK THE BURDEN AND SO I WAS, I WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT AND THEN, YOU KNOW, COMPARISONS ARE JUST SOMETHING, THEY'RE

COMPARISONS TO SOMEBODY YOU'RE VERY PROUD OF. SOMEONE YOU , YOU'RE VERY CLOSE TO AND IT'S NOT LIKE I WAS BEING COMPARED TO JACK NICKLAUS OR, OR IN SOME OF THESE KIDS CASES NOW, TIGER WOODS. SOMEONE THAT THEY

DIDN'T NECESSARILY, DIDN'T NECESSARILY KNOW SO I WAS BEING COMPARED TO MY, MY DAD WHO, WHO'S ALWAYS A VERY FINE PERSON IN MY LIFE AND I REALLY ENJOY TALKING ABOUT HIM, SO IT'S, IT'S NOT THAT HARD. IT'S

NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WEIGHS ON YOU WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING GOLF, IT'S
JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE MEDIA.

PETER KESSLER
HOW COMPETITIVE ARE THE MATCHES THAT YOU TWO PLAY INFORMALLY FOR FUN TOGETHER?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
THEY'RE VERY, I REMEMBER BEFORE I, I HAD BEATEN HIM, THEY WERE THE MOST COMPETITIVE. IT WAS VERY TOUGH TO BEAT HIM. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I LEGITIMATELY HAD A CHANCE TO BEAT HIM. I WAS THREE UP. I SHOT 33 ON THE

FRONT NINE AND HE SHOT 36 AT OUR HOME COURSE IN MIAMI AT INDIAN CREEK AND I ASKED HIM HOW MANY SHOTS HE NEEDED ON THE BACK NINE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF I WAS GOING TO BEAT HIM

I WANTED

PETER KESSLER
BAD MOVE

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
I WANTED HIM TO KNOW I WAS GOING TO BEAT HIM. WELL HE BIRDIED TEN, ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND SO DID I SO I WAS LOOKING AT HIM LIKE ALRIGHT, YOU JUST CAME WITH IT AND I'VE STILL GOT A THREE SHOT LEAD. WELL HE BIRDIED

THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN AND FIFTEEN TOO AND THEN HE HAD AN EAGLE PUTT ON EIGHTEEN FROM ABOUT TWENTY FEET AND I HAD AN EAGLE PUTT FROM ABOUT TWENTY FIVE FEET AND I MISSED MINE AND HE LAGGED IT UP THAT FAR AND

BEAT ME BY ONE AND I KNOW IF I MADE MY EAGLE PUTT HE WOULD HAVE MADE HIS AND BEAT ME BY ONE TOO, SO THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I'D EVER REALLY HAD A CHANCE AND YOU KNOW, SO

OBVIOUSLY THAT INSPIRED ME TO TRY TO BEAT HIM AND HE WASN'T GOING TO LET
ME WIN AND IT WAS EXTRA SPECIAL WHEN I FINALLY DID.

PETER KESSLER
HOW COMPETITIVE ARE YOU TWO AWAY FROM GOLF? OTHER SPORTS, OTHER THINGS IN LIFE?

RAYMOND FLOYD
WE'RE NOT COMPETITIVE AT ALL IN THAT, THAT RESPECT AND, AND I DON'T THINK WE'RE , EVEN TODAY WHEN WE PLAY GOLF NOW AFTER THE FACT, WE'RE NOT COMPETITIVE, OR I DON'T FEEL LIKE WE'RE COMPETITIVE WHEN WE PLAY. I ENJOY THE COMPANY AND WE GO OUT AND PLAY, BUT I FELT WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, BOTH RAYMOND AND ROBERT,

THAT, THEY WERE GOING TO BEAT ME, THEY WERE GOING TO BEAT ME. IT WASN'T GOING TO BE THE FATHER AND THE SON RUNNING THE FOOTRACE AND LETTING THE CHILD BARELY WIN ALL THE TIME. WE, WE DID THOSE THINGS BUT ON

THE GOLF COURSE THE RULE WAS THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO BEAT ME. THEY WEREN'T EVER GOING TO HAVE IT GIVEN TO THEM AND I THINK THAT'S WHY HE BRINGS IT UP NOW. IT WAS SPECIAL KNOWING THAT I WAS PLAYING AS HARD AS I COULD PLAY THE DAY HE BEAT ME.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN THE TWO OF YOU WON THE FATHER SON CHALLENGE LAST YEAR AND DAD MAKES THE BIRDIE ON THE PLAY OFF HOLE TO BEAT THE MILLERS, WHAT DO YOU FEEL IF ANYTHING THAT YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR DAD AND JOHNNY ABOUT COMPETITION? ABOUT YOU TAKING YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

ROBERT FLOYD, RAY'S SON (MALE):
WELL, I'VE BEEN AROUND, YOU KNOW, HIM FOREVER, AND, AND JUST, JUST THE FOCUS AND THEN THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING . I PUTTED FIRST, THE BACK NINE, OR FROM

ABOUT NINE OR TEN ON, THE LAST ROUND OF THE FATHER SON, THE LAST FEW HOLES, AND WE WENT INTO THAT PLAY OFF AND, AND I PUTTED LAST, EXCUSE
ME, AND WE WENT TO THAT PLAY OFF AND HE SAID TO ME, HE GOES, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PUTT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS, SO HE WANTED TO GIVE ME A

CHANCE TO MAKE IT AND THEN HE WENT AHEAD AND MADE IT AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU LEARN BECAUSE I, I'VE DEFINITELY TALKED A GOOD GAME PLAYING WITH FRIENDS AND SAID

ALRIGHT I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS AND, YOU KNOW, YOU MAKE IT ONE TIME OUT OF TEN AND HE SEEMS TO BE THE OTHER WAY, HE MISSES ONE TIME OUT OF TEN, AND THAT'S, THAT'S SOMETHING I'VE LEARNED AND, YOU KNOW I DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW HOW HE DOES IT BUT
I GUESS THAT'S THE SECRET.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR SPENDING A FEW MINUTES WITH US TONIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU GO AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH DAD. DON'T GO AWAY. HERE'S DAD AND DAUGHTER ON COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FROM 1986 WHEN RAYMOND WON THE U.S. OPEN AT SHINNECOCK.

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