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Golf Talk Live - Tom Watson Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET BARNEY ANSWER THIS ONE. OF ALL YOUR WINS IN MAJORS AGAINST JACK, WHICH ONE MEANS THE MOST TO YOU? GORDON ARNOLD WANTS TO KNOW.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)
WELL IT, IT, HONESTLY IT'S A TOSS UP, PETER, BECAUSE I PLAYED, I PLAYED BETTER AT THE BRITISH OPEN IN TURNBURY IN '77. THAT WAS, THAT WAS JUST A HEAD TO HEAD BATTLE WE PLAYED TOGETHER BUT I'D HAVE TO SAY, WINNING AT U.S. , THE U.S. OPEN AGAINST JACK, AT PEBBLE BEACH, PROBABLY TAKES THE NOD. THAT WAS MY DREAM COME TRUE.

THAT LITERALLY WAS A DREAM BECAUSE I, GOING TO STANFORD I'D GO DOWN TO PEBBLE BEACH AND I'D GET OFF AT 7:00 IN THE MORNING AND GO OUT AND PLAY AND TRY TO SHOOT A SCORE AND, YOU KNOW, PLAY ACT LIKE I'M PLAYING AGAINST

JACK NICKLAUS IN THE U.S. OPEN AT PEBBLE BEACH, AND THAT DREAM DID COME TRUE AND I'D HAVE TO GIVE THAT TO NOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BOY HITTING 5 FOOTERS, WAS THAT FOR THE OPEN ALSO. WAS THAT THE ONE TOURNAMENT?

TOM WATSON
NO. THOSE WERE FOR DIMES. THOSE WERE FOR DIMES AND NICKELS.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE ALONE HITTING THE 5 FOOTERS.

TOM WATSON
OH, UH... NO, I USED TO PLAY A GAME ON THE PUTTING CLOCK. I'D TAKE THREE BALLS, NINE HOLES AND I'D GO AROUND AND I'D TRY TO, GO AROUND WITH 27 PUTTS, NOT THREE PUTT ONCE, AND BE AT LEAST, AT LEAST 9 UNDER PAR. NINE ACES IN 27 HOLES.

PETER KESSLER
FOR SOME OF US WE'D BE THERE A LONG TIME.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH JOE FROM TEXAS. GO AHEAD JOE.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
PETER AND TOM, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE ON WITH YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU SIR.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
TOM, I'VE, I'VE ADMIRED YOUR SKILL FOR MANY YEARS, I'M 60 YEARS OLD.

TOM WATSON
I'M NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM YOU.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
YOU'RE A GRETA PUTTER AND MOST OF ALL YOU'RE A CLASSY GUY. DO YOU NOW, DO NOT FEEL INSULTED BY THIS QUESTION, IT'S NOT A TRICK QUESTION.

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS) OKAY.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A SCIENTIFIC SECRET TO PUTTING?

TOM WATSON
I WISH YOU WOULD TELL ME WHAT IT IS.

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
WELL I'LL GIVE YOU THE FIRST PART.

TOM WATSON
OKAY

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
IF YOU DO NOT KEEP YOUR EYES FOCUSED PARALLEL TO THE PUTTING PATH YOU WILL NOT SEE THE HOLE AS WELL AS YOU SHOULD. THERE'S, THERE'S A SCIENTIFIC SECRET.

TOM WATSON
WELL THAT DOESN'T SEEM

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
THE REASON

TOM WATSON
YEAH

JOE, CALLER FROM TEXAS (MALE):
FOR WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T

TOM WATSON
YOU KNOW I, AS JOE TODAY, I WAS OUT WITH DAVID LEADBETTER AND HE, WHAT HE TOLD ME TO, ABOUT MY EYES. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, YOUR EYES ARE NOT LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN AT THE BALL AND WHAT HE DID, HE SAID, INSTEAD OF LOOKING LIKE THIS AT THE BALL, HE SAID, BEND

YOUR, BEND YOUR HEAD OVER LIKE THIS SO I'M LOOKING DIRECTLY DOWN AND NOW I'M SEEING THE LINE A LOT BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
JOE MAY HAVE FED THAT TO DAVID LEADBETTER.

TOM WATSON
YEAH HE MAY HAVE DONE THAT IS RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
ABOUT YOUR PUTTING, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE COULD ALL DO YOUR ROUTINE IN OUR HEAD. JUST LIKE WE CAN DO NICKLAUS' PRE-SHOT ROUTINE FOR OUR FULL SHOT IN OUR HEAD. TWO, TWO SWINGS OF THE PUTTER

TOM WATSON
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
AND GO. THEN THERE WAS A TIME WHERE I FELT LIKE YOU SORT OF WEREN'T IN YOUR ROUTINE ANYMORE WHEN YOU WEREN'T PUTTING AS WELL AS YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE IN THE ROUTINE. WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

TOM WATSON
WELL RIGHT NOW, AGAIN, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU, YOU'RE ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DOING THINGS THE WAY YOU, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD AND, AND AGAIN, I, I WORKED WITH, WITH, WITH DAVID AND ONE OF THE THINGS HE SAID, VERY SIMPLY

WAS THAT MY ELBOWS AND MY BODY WERE NOT WORKING TOGETHER. THEY, MY ELBOWS WERE OUT A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS, LIKE LEO DEAGLE. REMEMBER LEO DEAGLE

PETER KESSLER
ABSOLUTELY

TOM WATSON
AND HE'D LEAN OUT LIKE THIS, AND BRUCE MY CADDIE SAYS SOMETIMES I LOOK LIKE, YOU KNOW, MY EYES, MY, I'M KIND OF FLOPPY OUT HERE AND JUST KIND OF THIS WAY

AND DAVID JUST SAID, ALRIGHT, JUST BRING THE LEFT, JUST BRING, BRING IT IN A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS, AND I WAS WATCHING GEORGE ARCHER LAST WEEK AT THE MASTER CARD CHAMPIONSHIP IN HAWAII AND I NOTICED THAT HIS ELBOW WAS IN LIKE THIS. HIS LEFT ELBOW IN PARTICULAR LIKE THIS, AND IT MAKES,

IT MAKES THE PUTTER FLOW BACK AND FORTH. I'VE HAD THE, I'VE HAD THE TOUGHEST TIME ON SHORT PUTTS. THAT PUTTER, WITH THE PUTTER GOING JUST STRAIGHT INSIDE, AND THE REASON IS I'M, I'M OUT HERE LIKE THIS AND THAT THE LEFT ELBOW KIND OF GOES THIS WAY

AND THE CLUB COMES RIGHT INSIDE SO, MAYBE I'VE SOLVED THE PROBLEM WITH SOME HELP FROM OBSERVATION OF GEORGE ARCHER AND THE HELP FROM DAVID.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU KNOW DEAGLE WAS A TERRIBLE PUTTER. JONES USED TO SAY

TOM WATSON
OH HE WAS AWFUL, WASN'T HE?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
HE WAS A BRILLIANT BALL STRIKER AND IF HE MADE PUTTS IT WAS A SERIES OF HAPPY ACCIDENTS.

TOM WATSON AND PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOM WATSON
GREAT LINE. GREAT LINE.

PETER KESSLER
BACK TO SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH TOM.

(MUSIC)

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH OUR WEBSITE, LOG ONTO THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM AND YOU GO AHEAD AND FIND THE GOLF TALK LIVE SECTION. YOU CAN ON DEMAND, WATCH THIS PROGRAM, YOU CAN E-MAIL US A QUESTION OR A GUEST THAT'S COMING UP ON OUR SHOW, AND OF COURSE THE PLACE

WHERE YOU CAN READ A RECENT GOLF TALK LIVE TRANSCRIPT. WE'LL BE BACK WITH TOM WATSON.

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