Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
WELCOME BACK. YOU KNOW TOMMY, WHEN BYRON NELSON WON HIS 11 EVENTS IN A ROW IN 1945, THAT STREAK STARTED IN MARCH AND DIDN'T END UNTIL AUGUST.

NOW, TIGER IN 1999 WON EVERY PGA EVENT THAT HE PLAYED IN STARTING AT THE END OF AUGUST AND HERE IT IS JANUARY 2000. SO HE'S GOT A STREAK GOING FROM THE END OF AUGUST TO JANUARY.

WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU ABOUT HIM?

TOMMY BOLT
YES HE HAS, PETER.

THAT SAYS TO ME THAT HE'S THE GREATEST GOLF PLAYER OUT THERE TODAY, PETER. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

HE'S UM . HE'S IMPROVED EVERYTHING, HIS SWING, HIS UH .

MENTAL ATTITUDE, HIS CONCENTRATION'S BETTER.

HE'S JUST UH . IT UH . IT'S ALMOST - ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT HIM. I - I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'RE GONNA BEAT HIM.

HE MADE THE MOST CRUCIAL PUTT AT THE UH . THIS LAST TOURNAMENT UH THAT HE WON OVER IN UH HAWAII. I - I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THOSE WERE CRUCIAL PUTTS HE HAD TO MAKE TO STAY IN THE CONTEST. AND HE MADE THEM.

NICKLAUS WAS THE LAST GUY THAT I'VE EVER SEEN WHO COULD DO THAT MOST EVERY TIME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, IT WAS A HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN 1900 WHEN HARRY VARDON WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. AND HE WAS TIGER WOODS. HE . HE COULD HIT PAR-5'S IN 2 THAT NOBODY ELSE COULD REACH.

HE HIT IT HIGHER. HE HIT IT SOFTER. IT SAT DOWN FASTER FOR HIM THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE GAME. WHERE DO YOU THINK TIGER CAN ELEVATE HIS GAME AND THE NOTION OF WHAT A GOLFER CAN DO GOING FORWARD?

TOMMY BOLT
UH, THERE'S NOT MUCH HE CAN DO NOW. HE'S - HE'S . HE'S ALMOST - HE'S GOT A .

HE'S GOT A BEAUTIFUL GOLF SWING TO START WITH. AND - AND I WANT TO THINK THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT. UH .

I WAS HONORARY IN - IN THE 1993 UH LOS ANGELES OPEN. AND IT WAS RAINING OUTSIDE AND I WAS TO GIVE A CLINIC. AND UH, I WENT INDOORS TO GIVE THE CLINIC. AND I USED TIGER IN THE CLINIC

UH, HE HAD A KIND OF UH - HE WAS KIND OF LOOSE AT THE TOP LIKE MOST KIDS ARE WHEN THEY'RE 16 YEARS OLD.

HE . HE KIND OF HAD A - KIND OF HAD A - KIND OF A MULE TRAIN SWING. HE WANTED TO POP THAT WHIP AT THE TOP. AND I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO FIRM IT UP.

AND I TELL HIM - TOLD HIM THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IS TO CHANGE YOUR - CHANGE YOUR - PUT YOUR LEFT HAND ON TOP OF THE CLUB AND GRIP IT IN THE BACK 3 FINGERS WITH THE LEFT HAND.

AND THAT WOULD HELP FIRM YOUR GRIP. AND HE'S DONE IT. HE'S DONE THAT. HE'S FIRMED UP HIS SWING AND THAT'S .

I - I WANT TO BE . I - I THINK THAT I HELPED HIM ALONG THE WAY A LITTLE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN JONES WAS IN HIS PRIME IN THE LATE 1920'S, AND YOU KNEW WHAT HE WAS UP TO AND HE WAS MORE POPULAR, AS YOU SUGGESTED, THAN ANY OTHER SPORTS HERO OF THE TIME,

HE WAS 'EVEN MONEY' AGAINST THE FIELD. NOW TODAY IN A PGA TOUR EVENT, THERE'S 156 PLAYERS, 155 THAT TIGER HAS TO PLAY AGAINST. WHAT DO YOU RATE HIS CHANCES AS HE GOES INTO AN EVENT GENERALLY?

TOMMY BOLT
UH, ABOUT 'EVEN MONEY', PETER. HE'S - HE'S GOT THE - I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY OUT THERE THAT CAN BEAT HIM. HE'S ONLY 24 YEARS OLD. AND IT'S JUST REMARKABLE, HOW WELL HE PLAYS.


AND HE'S ALSO A GOOD PUTTER. EVERY PHASE OF HIS GAME IS JUST ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.

PETER KESSLER
ALL THE GREAT ONES THAT YOU COMPETED AGAINST AND WATCH ALSO HAD SOMETHING GOING ON INSIDE THEIR HEART AND HEAD THAT SET THEM APART, FROM - FROM SAM SNEAD AND HOGAN,

TO JACK AND ARNIE AND TOM WATSON. WHAT IS IT THAT TIGER HAS GOING ON INSIDE THAT YOU SENSE?

TOMMY BOLT
UM . HE HAS A LOT OF DETERMINATION. HE'S DETERMINED TO .

TO PROVE TO EVERYBODY THAT HE'S THE - THE GREATEST PLAYER THAT EVER LIVED, NO DOUBT THAT'S WHAT'S IN THE BACK OF HIS MIND.
PETER KESSLER

WHAT WOULD THE FELLOW THAT YOU THOUGHT WAS THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED, BEN HOGAN, IF HE WERE SITTING WITH US TONIGHT, DO YOU THINK HE WOULD SAY ABOUT TIGER WOODS?
TOMMY BOLT

HOGAN WOULD SAY, 'IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.' HE'D JUST SAY - HE'D UH - HOGAN WOULD SAY EXACTLY THE SAME WORDS I JUST SAID, THAT THE GUY'S UH, POTENTIALLY THE GREATEST GOLF PLAYER THAT EVER LIVED.
PETER KESSLER

DO YOU THINK THAT IF YOU PICKED 2 OF THE - THE GREATEST RECORDS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR GAME, WHICH WOULD BE JACK'S 20 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BYRON NELSON WINNING 11 IN A ROW IN '45,

DO YOU THINK EITHER ONE OF THOSE IS OUTSIDE OF HIS REACH?

TOMMY BOLT
NOT IF HE STAYS HEALTHY, PETER. IF HE STAYS HEALTHY AND KEEPS HIMSELF IN GOOD CONDITION AND UH,

GOES ABOUT IT UM . THERE - THERE - HE'S GOT A SHOT, I'LL TELL YOU THAT, TO BREAK ALL THOSE RECORDS.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TOMMY BOLT.

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