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Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 2

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GOLF TELENEWS
BOLT THUNDERS TO OPEN CROWN

ANNOUNCER (MALE):
SCENIC SOUTHERN HILLS AT TULSA, OKLAHOMA, BATTLEGROUND FOR THE 58TH UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS. FROM THE OPENING SHOT IT TAKES A TOLL ON THE CONTENDERS WHO FIND IT THE TOUGHEST COURSE IN YEARS, BUT AT LEAST ONE

MAN IS PLAYING SOLID GOLF FROM THE START, IT'S TOMMY BOLT, WHO'S HAD TO CONQUER HIS TEMPER BEFORE HE COULD CONQUER PAR, APPARENTLY HE HAS SUCCEEDED.

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ANNOUNCER (MALE):
WITH A FINAL ROUND OF 73, TOMMY BOLT WINS THE TITLE. HIS 72 HOLE SCORE OF 283 IS 4 STROKES BETTER THAN SECOND PLACE, PLAYER. KEEPING HIS TEMPER QUIET, BOLT LETS HIS GOLF DO THE THUNDERING FOR HIM. OPEN CHAMPION OF THE UNITED STATES.

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PETER KESSLER
DID THEY HAVE THE FINAL ROUND SCORE WRONG THERE, TOMMY?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, THEY SAID 73, I SHOT 72.

PETER KESSLER
AND, AND WHAT AGE WERE YOU GOING BY THAT PARTICULAR TOURNAMENT? THE HOLLYWOOD AGE, OR THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE AGE?

TOMMY BOLT
I, THERE'S, I GUESS, THERE'S A LITTLE STORY ABOUT THAT, PETER. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HEARD IT OR NOT. DICK METZ, JULIUS BOROS AND, AND MYSELF, WE SHOT, WE SHOT 71'S TO LEAD THE TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
FIRST ROUND

TOMMY BOLT
FIRST ROUND AND THE, THE NEW, I LOOKED IN THE, THE UH, THE TULSA, OR THE TULSA WORLD I THINK IT IS AND THE GUY HAD ME IN THERE AS 49 YEAR OLD, TOMMY BOLT. HE HAD 50 YEAR OLD DICK METZ, 37 YEAR OLD JULIUS BOROS, 49

YEAR OLD TOMMY BOLT AND I CORNERED HIM WHEN HE CAME OUT THERE THE NEXT MORNING AND I SAYS, HEY FELLOW, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY QUOTING MY AGE AS 49 YEARS OLD, I'M ONLY 39.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
TOMMY, HE SAYS, I'M SORRY THAT WAS A TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR. I SAID TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR MY FOOT. IT WAS A PERFECT 4 AND A PERFECT 9.

THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD STORY.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S A GREAT STORY, AND OF COURSE, EVEN THE BEST PART ABOUT IT WAS OF COURSE THAT YOU WEREN'T 49, YOU WEREN'T 39, YOU WERE 42.

TOMMY BOLT
I WAS 42. REALLY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW, GO AHEAD.

TOMMY BOLT
NO YOU GO AHEAD, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY WITH, WITH THE OPEN RETURNING TO SOUTHERN HILLS IN, IN JUNE, ARE YOU PARTICULARLY PLEASED ABOUT THE GREAT BIG FUSS THAT'S BEING MADE ABOUT YOU THIS YEAR?

TOMMY BOLT
YES I AM PETER. I'M, I'M ENJOYING IT REALLY, BUT IT'S, I DIDN'T KNOW THIS MUCH MEDIA ATTENTION WOULD WEAR YOU OUT. IT'S KIND OF WEARING ME OUT,

BOY (LAUGHS), BUT I'M ENJOYING IT, VERY MUCH, AND I'VE DONE A LOT OF IT AND IT'S KIND OF LIKE, KIND OF LIKE WINNING THE OPEN AGAIN, ALMOST. IT REALLY IS. I, I'M ENJOYING IT BUT IT'S TIRING ME OUT AND I'VE GOT, I'VE GOT TO DO SOME MORE STUFF WHEN I GET BACK UP THERE.

PETER KESSLER
WELL CONSIDERING WE'VE GOT ANOTHER 5 WEEKS BEFORE THE OPEN BEGINS OR ANOTHER MONTH OR SO. YOU THOUGHT IT WAS A FAIR BUT BRUTAL TEST, DIDN'T YOU, IN 1958 WHEN YOU WON?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I THOUGHT IT WAS A FAIR TEST, PETER. ACTUALLY, I WAS PLAYING PROBABLY BETTER GOLF THAN ANYBODY IN THE WORLD IN THOSE DAYS, IF YOU, I MISSED A FOUR FOOTER, YOU KNOW, IN

DALLAS, TO KEEP FROM TYING, I WOULD HAVE TIED AND, AND BEEN IN THE PLAY OFF WITH SNEAD AND PLAYER AND THOSE, OTHER GUYS. THEN I WAS, THEN I WENT RIGHT TO TULSA AND I PLAYED TWO PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH SAM AND I DID

GOT A LITTLE TEMPO OFF OF HIM, YOU KNOW, AND I CARRIED IT RIGHT ON INTO THE TOURNAMENT AND, BLESS HIS HEART, AND I DON'T, I NEVER DID THANK HIM FOR THAT.

PETER KESSLER
THE COMBINATION OF HOW GOOD YOU WERE PLAYING, YOUR CONFIDENCE ABOUT HOW GOOD YOU WERE PLAYING AND RETURNING HOME TO OKLAHOMA

HAD TO MAKE YOU FEEL AS THE WEEK BEGAN AND THE HEAT WAS OPPRESSIVE AND THE HUMIDITY WAS PARTICULARLY TOUGH THAT THIS WAS LIKE GOING TO HEAVEN FOR YOU THAT WEEK,

WAS IT NOT?

TOMMY BOLT
RIGHT DOWN, RIGHT DOWN MY ALLEY, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
RIGHT DOWN MY ALLEY. I, I'LL TELL YOU, I WAS PLAYING SO GOOD, PETER, OF COURSE I'VE TOLD THIS STORY A LOT OF TIMES. I BIRDIED THE FIRST HOLE TO HOLE

A 15 FOOTER FOR A THREE AND I TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED TOWARDS THE CLUBHOUSE AND I SAYS I WONDER WHO'S GOING TO FINISH SECOND.

PETER KESSLER
WHO DID?

TOMMY BOLT
GARY PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
NOW HE WAS MAD AT YOU ABOUT THAT, RIGHT? BECAUSE HE SAID YOU HAD SERENITY THAT WEEK BECAUSE YOU HAD RUN INTO BISHOP FULTON SHEEN WHO TALKED TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT STAYING CALM,

DID HE NOT?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, YEAH

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID HE SAY?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL IT WAS, HE, I READ THE, I WAS READING IN THOSE DAYS, I WAS READING THE, THE SERENITY PRAYER. GOD GRANT ME THE POWER TO, TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CAN NOT CHANGE, TO CHANGE
THE THINGS I CAN, AND THE WISDOM TO

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, AND IF YOU LIVE BY THAT YOU'D BE AMAZED HOW, HOW WELL YOU'LL FEEL ALL DAY, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
NOW A COUPLE OPENS LATER, BY THE TIME YOU WERE TOSSING THAT CLUB AT THE CART

YOU'D FORGOTTEN THAT SERENITY THING?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, I QUIT READING THAT.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
I'D QUIT READING IT BY THEN, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WHO WAS THE FAVORITE THAT WEEK, WERE YOU THE FAVORITE?

TOMMY BOLT
I DON'T THINK SO. NO I WASN'T IN, IN TULSA. I WASN'T THE FAVORITE. I THINK HOGAN WOULD PROBABLY HAVE BEEN THE FAVORITE. HE WAS PLAYING, THAT

WAS 1958 AND ALL, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE (UNINTELLIGIBLE), WOULD HAVE BEEN PALMER PROBABLY, PALMER OR ONE OF THOSE GUYS.

PETER KESSLER
WELL HE HAD JUST WON HIS FIRST MASTERS.

TOMMY BOLT
HE WON THE MASTERS, YEAH, AND, NO, I, I, I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS ACTUALLY THE FAVORITE OR NOT, BUT A COUP... THREE WEEKS BEFORE THAT I WON AT COLONIAL TOO,

BEFORE THE OPEN, AND THAT GOLF COURSE'S KIND OF SIMILAR TO SOUTHERN HILLS BECAUSE YOU HAD TO WALK SINGLE FILE DOWN THOSE FAIRWAYS AND THAT'S A GOOD DRIVING COURSE, BELIEVE ME IT IS AND TIGER, TIGER'S GOING TO HAVE TO WORK ON HIS

DRIVER IF HE'S GOING TO WIN THAT TOURNAMENT... BECAUSE HE'S NOT DRIVING THAT BALL AS WELL AS HE SHOULD. HE MISSES A LOT OF FAIRWAYS. HOGAN NEVER MISSED MANY FAIRWAYS.

PETER KESSLER
PERRY MAXWELL WAS INVOLVED IN BOTH OF THOSE COURSES WASN'T HE?

TOMMY BOLT
YES HE WAS.

PETER KESSLER
WASN'T HE? HE DID SOME WORK ON THE EARLY HOLES AT COLONIAL

AND WAS

TOMMY BOLT
YES HE DID

PETER KESSLER
BASICALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SOUTHERN HILLS AND A NUMBER OF THE CONTOURED GREENS AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL.

TOMMY BOLT
YUP YUP

PETER KESSLER
I THINK PEOPLE AREN'T AWARE OF.

TOMMY BOLT
HE WAS A, HE WAS A GREAT ARCHITECT. HE, HE, HE DESIGNED SOME GREAT COURSES, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE OPEN FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES

TOMMY BOLT
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
AS WE LEAVE, I WANTED TO SHOW YOU A PLAQUE OF WHICH 1958 ARE BEING MADE, NOW ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT YOU GOT MORE GREY HAIR IN 1958 THAN YOU DID IN 1971 IN A SHOT WE'LL SEE YOU LATER? AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER THE

PLAQUE 800-465-3609 OR RAZORGOLF.COM AND LATER IN THE SHOW WE'LL SEE TOMMY'S NEW GOLF CLUBS MADE BY RAZOR GOLF. SO WHY WAS THE HAIR DARKER LATER?

TOMMY BOLT
PETER, I'D BEEN GETTING SOME OF THAT COLOR BACK.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
TILL IT RAINED THAT DAY AND IT WENT ALL OVER YOUR FACE, RIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH AND I GOT IT IN THE, GOT CAUGHT IN THE RAIN AND IT CAME DOWN ON MY FACE AND I SAID THAT'S ENOUGH OF THAT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S THE END OF THAT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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