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Golf Talk Live - Tom Watson Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS MORE, AND WITH GREATER RESULTS THAN YOU USED TO, SAY, 15 OR 20 YEARS AGO?

TOM WATSON
I THINK IN A LITTLE, YEAH, IN MORE WAYS, I DO THAT, BUT STILL, YOU KNOW THEY, THE, THE TOUR LIFE IS... IT'S, SENIOR TOUR, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO STOP AND

SMELL THE FLOWERS BUT THE TOUR LIFE, STILL IS, YOU GO AND YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE THING ON YOUR MIND. I DON'T CARE WHO IT IS. IT'S JACK NICKLAUS, GARY PLAYER, BOB MURPHY. IT, IT'S, YOU KNOW IT'S THE ONE, NUMBER ONE THING ON YOUR MIND IF YOU DON'T

PLAY WELL YOU, YOU, YOU TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO IT AND YOU'RE AND IT, IT'S STILL PART OF MY BLOOD TO GO OUT THERE AND CONCENTRATE MOST, MOST OF MY CONCENTRATION ON, ON THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT AND, SO IF YOU HAVE TO, IF YOU ASK ME THE QUESTION

DO I SMELL THE FLOWERS, PROBABLY NOT AS MUCH AS I SHOULD BUT UH I LOVE WHAT I DO, I LOVE THE COMPETITION, AND I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.

PETER KESSLER
SO YOUR PRIORITIES RELATIVE TO GOLF REALLY HAVEN'T CHANGED VERY MUCH FROM 1980 WHEN YOU WERE THE UNDISPUTED BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, TO TODAY, PLAYING ON THE SENIOR TOUR.

TOM WATSON
NO, NO I STILL PLAY THE GAME WITH THAT TYPE OF PASSION AND THAT TYPE OF FERVOR.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DID YOUR DAD HELP YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SPORTS GENERALLY?

TOM WATSON
(LAUGHS)
WELL, HE'D BE, TWO, TWO WAYS, ONE WAS GOLF, AND ONE WAS, WAS BIRD HUNTING. WE, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME DOING BOTH, AND IT WAS, YOU KNOW, THERE, THOSE WERE SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES IN MY LIFE. GOLF WAS UH, CAD... I CADDIED

FOR MY DAD IN THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON ROUNDS WHEN HE PLAYED WITH BOB WILLIS AND BOB BUSTLER, HERB SLOAN WERE THE PEOPLE BACK IN K.C. AND THOSE GAMES ARE TOUGH GAMES AND DAD NEVER GAVE AN INCH

AND HE ALWAYS SEEMED LIKE HE COULD MAKE THAT PUTT WHEN HE HAD TO, AND THOSE TIMES WE, WE SPENT IN THE DUCK BLIND OR OUT IN WEST MORELAND, ONE (??) AMIGO, BIRD HUNTING, THOSE ARE MY FAVORITE TIMES.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MASTERS?

TOM WATSON
I AM. YEAH, BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT TOURNAMENT. I'M, I'M PLAYING IN NAPLES, SENIOR AND, SENIOR TOUR THERE AND THEN UP AT THE

VERIZON AT TAMPA. THEN I'M OUT TO CALIFORNIA AND PLAY A COUPLE TOURNAMENTS OUT THERE AND THEN THE MASTERS. THIS YEAR I'M PLAYING THE MCI AT HARBOURTOWN, ONE OF MY FAVORITE GOLF COURSES WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. I ST... I STILL HAVE TO PLAY THAT GOLF COURSE WHEN I STILL FEEL LIKE I CAN PLAY JUST A LITTLE BIT

BECAUSE I LOVE PLAYING THAT GOLF COURSE. GREAT, GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND A GREAT GOLF COURSE. GREAT GOLF TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT A FAIR OBSERVATION TO SAY THAT YOU SEEM LIKE YOU HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SERENITY, PEACE OF MIND AND COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN RIGHT NOW?


TOM WATSON
YEAH, I'M, I'M, I'M VERY HAPPY AND, AND I UH, I HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT, GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE TONIGHT.

TOM WATSON
THANK YOU, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE WISH YOU WELL AT AUGUSTA.

TOM WATSON
I APPRECIATE THAT.

PETER KESSLER
AND WE'LL CALL JOE AND GET PART TWO OF THE ANSWER.

TOM WATSON
WE NEED PART TWO

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOM WATSON
HONESTLY. I HOPE, I HOPE WE DIDN'T OFFEND HIM BY NOT FINDING OUT THE REST OF THAT STORY.

PETER KESSLER
WE WILL CALL HIM BACK. IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE AND GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

TOM WATSON
THANKS PETER

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US, TONIGHT. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.