Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 3

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RICH LERNER
YOU REMEMBER THIS ONE?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH, I AM ACTUALLY WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS RIGHT NOW OF THE, OF THE BLEACHERS TO GO GET A ROAST BEEF SANDWICH, BUT I'M STILL STANDING THERE WATCHING THIS.

NUTS. EVERYBODY, I'LL NEVER FORGET HOW LOUD THE ROAR.

RICH LERNER
THAT WAS CRAZY.

ROBERT DAMRON
UNBELIEVABLE. MY PARENTS WERE AT THE HOUSE AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, WOW WE COULD HEAR IT. IT ALMOST SHOOK THE HOUSE.

RICH LERNER
DID YOU EVER GET THE ROAST BEEF SANDWICH?

ROBERT DAMRON
UH, NO

RICH LERNER
NEVER DID.

ROBERT DAMRON
UH WELL NOW I GOT TO WAIT AROUND. THERE'S A TOURNAMENT ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW. WELL THAT WAS JUST, WELL, NORMAN'S GOING TO WIN IT.

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT, SO YOU

ROBERT DAMRON
ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPENED GREAT.

RICH LERNER
YOU GREW UP AT BAY HILL.

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
YOU HAVE SEEN SO MANY OF THE GREAT MOMENTS. YOU'RE A ROOKIE IN 1997. YOU'RE TEEING OFF AT BAY HILL. ARE YOU MORE NERVOUS TEEING OFF AT BAY HILL OR TEEING OFF FOR YOUR FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP LATER THAT SUMMER AT WINGED FOOT AT THE PGA?

ROBERT DAMRON
BAY HILL HANDS DOWN.

RICH LERNER
HANDS DOWN

ROBERT DAMRON
HANDS DOWN. NOT EVEN A COMPARISON. I REMEMBER THERE WAS A TIME WALKING UP THE FIRST FAIRWAY WHERE THE THOUGHT THAT I MAY HAVE TO WITHDRAW BECAUSE MY

CHEST HURT SO BADLY.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S BAD.

ROBERT DAMRON
IT WAS CONTRACTING SO BAD. YOU KNOW ANY DEEP BREATH CAUSED PAIN BECAUSE MY, I WAS SO, AND, YOU KNOW, I MADE A PAR ON ONE AND THEN I DON'T KNOW HOW I PARED TWO AND THREE AND THEN IT JUST KIND OF SETTLED DOWN.

RICH LERNER
YOU HAD A PRETTY GOOD TOURNAMENT. YOU FINISHED

ELEVENTH THAT YEAR.

ROBERT DAMRON
I DID. I DID... PHEW. PROUD OF THAT TOURNAMENT TOO, YOU KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS DIFFICULT GIVEN ALL THE PRESSURE AND EMOTIONS THAT I WAS HAVING.

RICH LERNER
WOULD YOU RATHER WIN... BAY HILL OR A MAJOR? OBVIOUSLY YOU WON BOTH AND WE THINK

ROBERT DAMRON
WOW

RICH LERNER
BOTH WILL COME AT SOME POINT IN YOUR CAREER.

ROBERT DAMRON
I HOPE SO.

RICH LERNER
WHICH WOULD YOU VALUE MORE?

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW, I, I, I THINK IN THE LONG RUN, LIKE WHEN I'M TELLING MY GRANDKIDS, A MAJOR WOULD BE PRETTY SPECIAL, BUT I THINK WALKING OFF THE GREEN FOR

THAT MOMENT, THAT, AND REALIZING THAT I WAS, WON BAY HILL, WOULD BE MUCH MORE SPECIAL THAN WINNING ANY, ANYTHING.

RICH LERNER
AND COULD YOU IMAGINE STANDING THERE WITH ARNIE SLIPPING THAT COAT ON YOU?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL THAT, YEAH, NO

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT A FEW TIMES.

ROBERT DAMRON
SURE, AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, I REALLY DO. I HAVE A

RICH LERNER
WELL YOU'VE PLAYED THE GOLF COURSE SO WELL.

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW IT, IT'S JUST EVERY YEAR SOMETHING HAPPENS WHERE IT'S JUST NOT MY YEAR, YOU KNOW. I WAS LEADING AFTER THE FIRST ROUND IN '98.

RICH LERNER
'98

ROBERT DAMRON
AND MY GAME LEFT. WE HAD A RAIN DELAY ON FRIDAY. I NEVER GOT TO HIT A BALL AND WE HAD TO COME BACK OUT AND PLAY 36 HOLES, OR 54 HOLES ON THE

WEEKEND. LOST IT. I MEAN I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY, BUT AND, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THIS YEAR I'M PLAYING WELL. SATURDAY NOTHING GOES IN AND I KNOW THESE GREENS AND I KNOW THESE PUTTS THAT I WAS HITTING WERE SUPPOSED TO GO IN THE HOLE

AND I HIT THEM (??).

RICH LERNER
WHERE DID YOU HAVE THAT GOOD RUN ON THE FRONT SIDE? WAS THAT THIS YEAR WHERE YOU

ROBERT DAMRON
THIS YEAR. YEAH.

RICH LERNER
BIRDIED SIX OF SEVEN INCLUDING EIGHT AND NINE WHICH

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
VERY FEW PEOPLE BIRDIE EIGHT AND NINE BACK TO BACK.

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH I SHOT 30 ON THE FRONT

RICH LERNER
FAIRLY, FAIRLY DIFFICULT.

ROBERT DAMRON
I SHOT 30 ON THE FRONT AND I BIRDIED ELEVEN AND THIRTEEN, SO YEAH, I WAS GOING PRETTY GOOD THERE FOR A WHILE AND THEN I, I HAD A COUPLE BOGIES COMING IN, BUT THAT WAS A KIND OF,

THAT WAS THE LITTLE STRETCH THAT, I FELT LIKE I PLAYED THAT WAY FOR 72 HOLES.

RICH LERNER
HMMM

ROBERT DAMRON
I JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE, THE BREAKS FOR THE OTHER, HOW MANY EVER HOLES THERE WERE.

RICH LERNER
IT'LL HAPPEN THERE.

LET'S GO BACK TO

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
'97 AND YOUR ROOKIE YEAR BECAUSE

ROBERT DAMRON
OKAY

RICH LERNER
I THINK YOU CAUGHT SOME PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. I DON'T THINK YOU WERE SHOCKED AT THE SUCCESS YOU WERE HAVING BUT I REMEMBER THAT YOU SORT OF ANNOUNCED YOUR ARRIVAL ON THE SCENE AT MEMPHIS.

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
IT WAS A GREAT FIELD. GREG NORMAN WAS IN THE THICK OF IT AND WOULD EVENTUALLY WIN AND NICK PRICE WAS THERE BUT YOU WERE THE 54 HOLE LEADER.

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
HOW CRITICAL WAS IT AND IS IT THAT YOU CONVINCED YOURSELF THAT YOU BELONG ON TOUR? NOW THAT MAY SOUND STRANGE BUT I, I'VE RUN INTO SO MANY GUYS WHO JUST AREN'T ENTIRELY
SURE THAT THEY BELONGED THERE IN THE EARLY PORTIONS OF THEIR CAREERS.

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL I, I REMEMBER WHEN I MADE Q-SCHOOL, I'M PLAYING WELL, AND, AND AGAIN FEEDING OFF THESE PLAYERS THAT I PLAYED AT BAY HILL WITH DEFINITELY HELPED, BUT I REMEMBER GIVING MYSELF A DATE. I THINK IT WAS JANUARY FIRST, WHICH WAS A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE I HAD TO GO PLAY MY FIRST TOURNAMENT.

ON JANUARY 1ST, I'M NOT PATTING MYSELF ON THE BACK ANY MORE. I'M JUST A TOUR PLAYER, THIS IS WHAT I DO AND THAT'S IT. YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO, THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ANY WALKING AROUND AND
LOOKING AT EVERYBODY OR, YOU KNOW,

WOW, LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE OR THE NEW TITLEIST RANGE BALLS ON THE, ON THE RANGE OR, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I'M A TOUR PLAYER, I BELONG HERE JUST

AS TIGER WOODS BELONGS HERE. I BELONG HERE JUST AS VIJAY SINGH BELONGS HERE AND I'M GOING TO ACT
THAT WAY.

RICH LERNER
YOU CARRIED YOURSELF THAT WAY AND DO YOU THINK SOME PEOPLE MISTOOK THAT FOR A BRASHNESS, FOR YOU BEING A LITTLE COCKY MAYBE

ROBERT DAMRON
MMMMM

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE YOU, YOU HAVE THAT BOUNCE AND YOU HAVE THAT SORT OF

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL

RICH LERNER
GRIN AND

ROBERT DAMRON
I CAN'T GET RID OF THE

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
BOUNCE WHEN I WALK. I WISH I COULD. THAT'S JUST THERE.

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
NO, I JUST, YOU KNOW, I, I WASN'T INTIMIDATED BY ANY OF THESE PEOPLE, AND I WAS GOING TO TREAT THEM, YOU KNOW,

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
VERY MUCH LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT WITH MY DAD AND MR. PALMER. I'M GOING TO TREAT THEM THE WAY I WOULD TREAT ANYBODY ON THE STREET AND I'M NOT GOING TO 'OH, LET ME GET OUT OF YOUR WAY MR. NORMAN'

RICH LERNER
SURE

ROBERT DAMRON
'OR MR. FALDO'. ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND GREG LIVED AT BAY HILL FOR A COUPLE OF

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
YEARS IN THE MID 80'S SO YOU WERE FAMILIAR WITH HIM

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH

RICH LERNER
AND GREG PASSING YOU ON THAT SUNDAY AND IT WAS VERY EXCITING

ROBERT DAMRON
NOT TO ME IT WASN'T

RICH LERNER
SMALL IRONY.

ROBERT DAMRON
RIGHT?

ROBERT DAMRON
NOT, (LAUGHS), NOT TOO EXCITING FOR YOU BUT YOU HAD A GREAT TOURNAMENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
LATER IN YOUR ROOKIE SEASON JUST PRIOR TO SHOOTING A 65 FOR THE ROUND ONE LEAD AT THE CANADIAN OPEN,

ROBERT DAMRON
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RICH LERNER
YOU WENT BACK HOME AND CADDIED FOR A BUDDY ON THE HOOTERS TOUR.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH YEAH. WOW.

RICH LERNER
WHAT KIND OF A WAKE-UP CALL WAS THAT FOR YOU?

ROBERT DAMRON
OH THAT WAS, IT WAS NICE AND UH TO REMEMBER BECAUSE I PLAYED PLENTY OF HOOTERS TOUR EVENTS

RICH LERNER
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ROBERT DAMRON
UH UM AND IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO, SO TO REMEMBER THAT AND SAY, WOW THIS IS, YOU KNOW, I HAD FUN CADDYING, I REALLY DID, AND, AND TO BE WITH MY FRIEND BUT HE WAS TAKING IT SO SERIOUSLY ON THE HOOTERS TOUR AND

NOT SUCCEEDING THE WAY, THE WAY HE SHOULD AND I WAS JUST HAVING FUN ON THE REGULAR TOUR AND DOING WELL, SO IT, IT KIND OF OPENED MY EYES TO, TO I THINK WHY I, I DO WELL ON TOUR OR HAVE DONE WELL

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
ON TOUR, BUT IT WAS, WAS A LOT

RICH LERNER
DON'T, DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED.

ROBERT DAMRON
NO NO

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE A COUPLE OF BREAKS AND YOU COULD BE BACK

ROBERT DAMRON
OH THAT'S,

IT ALWAYS

RICH LERNER
LUGGING YOUR OWN BAG

ROBERT DAMRON
IT ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, UNLESS YOU'RE ONE OF THE TOP, TOP PLAYERS. ONE OF THOSE 15 OR 20 PLAYERS, IT'S ALWAYS THERE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE CHANCE OF

RICH LERNER
YEAH

ROBERT DAMRON
YOU KNOW, LOOSING YOUR CARD, THE GAME SLIPPING A LITTLE BIT, SO, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO JUST TRY TO STAY CONFIDENT AND ENJOY MYSELF AS MUCH AS I CAN RIGHT NOW.

RICH LERNER
INTERESTING THAT THOSE GAMES, THROUGH ALL OF THOSE YEARS AT BAY HILL, IN A WAY SERVED AS YOUR BUY.COM TOUR EXPERIENCE

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
YOU DIDN'T

ROBERT DAMRON
VERY MUCH

RICH LERNER
PLAY BUT WHAT A HANDFUL OF EVENTS

ROBERT DAMRON
FOUR

RICH LERNER
ON THE BUY.COM TOUR. YOU PLAYED A LITTLE BIT ON THE CANADIAN TOUR

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMMM

RICH LERNER
BUT THAT WAS SORT OF YOUR PROVING GROUND, IT IS.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH DEFINITELY. THAT IS WHERE I LEARNED TO COMPETE AND I LEARNED TO TAKE THE RIBBING FROM THE GUYS AND I LEARNED TO HIT WHILE PEOPLE WERE TALKING AND BEING SILLY, YOU KNOW, AND, AND, AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND,

AND THAT'S WHERE I LEARNED TO LOVE TO WIN AND, AND YOU KNOW, TO TAKE THEIR MONEY AND COUNT THE MONEY AT NIGHT AND, AND

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
THINGS LIKE THAT AND, AND YOU KNOW, OF COURSE THE DOLLARS ARE A LITTLE BIGGER NOW BUT IT'S THE SAME THING ON TOUR. I'M JUST GOING OUT TRYING TO PLAY AS GOOD AS I CAN AND BEAT AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, WELL THOSE GAMES FOR TWO AND THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS AT BAY HILL WOULD GIVE WAY TO AN EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR PAY DAY AT THE VERIZON BYRON NELSON CLASSIC.

ROBERT DAMRON
WOW

RICH LERNER
WE'LL GET INTO THAT WHEN WE COME BACK WITH MORE WITH ROBERT DAMRON RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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RICH LERNER
AS WE HEAD TO BREAK, A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS OF ROBERT DAMRON. BROTHER PATRICK NOW 22, STARTING TO COME INTO HIS OWN. KEEP THAT NAME IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND. HE MAY BE ON TOUR SOME DAY.

GREAT CAREER AT CENTRAL FLORIDA HERE IN ORLANDO, AND OPENED WITH 78 AT THE 2000 PLAYERS AND THEN REALLY PLAYED BEAUTIFULLY AND FINISHED IN A TIE FOR THIRD.

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