Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 5

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TELEVISION ANNOUNCER (MALE):
NOW TOM BOLT TO SAVE HIS PAR.... GREAT, GREAT. NO BOGIES TODAY. AND A THREE UNDER PAR ROUND, A ROUND OF 69 FOR A MAN THAT IS 52 YEARS OLD, A SUPER GUY, IN AT 284, BILLY CASPER IS
IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT 283. TOMMY BOLT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY FOR YOU TOMMY, AND THE QUESTION IS, IN 1971 AT AGE 55, ACTUALLY HE WAS 54, AND CONTRARY TO WHAT SHANKLE SAID AT 52, YOU WERE 54, YOU

BATTLED FOR THE TITLE THAT JACK NICKLAUS WON AT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE FINISHING THREE STROKES BACK, WHAT ARE YOUR FONDEST

MEMORIES FROM THE 1971 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE YOU PLAYED AWFULLY GOOD GOLF AND HAD A CHANCE TO WIN?

TOMMY BOLT
UH, WELL, I WAS, AFTER 63 HOLES, NICKLAUS AND I WERE TIED, AND I WAS PLAYING WITH GARY PLAYER, AND I, I HIT A 4 WOOD IN THERE ABOUT 50 FEET PAST THE HOLE ON NUMBER TEN AND HOLED IT FOR A BIRDIE. I MIGHT HAVE BEEN LEADING AFTER 64 HOLES, PETER.

BUT I, I THE WHEELS RAN OFF. I SHOT EVEN PAR AND HE SHOT 3 UNDER PAR. BEAT ME AT THREE SHOTS. HE WAS, JACK WAS REALLY PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS.

PETER KESSLER
BY HIS OWN ADMISSION THAT WAS

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
THE BEGINNING OF THE BEST GOLF HE EVER PLAYED THROUGH 1975.

PETER KESSLER
I, I WAS 55 AND HE WAS ABOUT 30 I GUESS. ABOUT 30, MAYBE 31.

PETER KESSLER
31, YEAH. JUST TURNED 31.

TOMMY BOLT
AND UH HE WAS, OH, I WAS PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS, PETER, I WAS WINNING ALL THE SENIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS. I WAS THE WORLD SENIOR CHAMPION. THE PGA SENIOR'S

CHAMPION AND I WON THE SENIOR TOURNAMENT OUT IN LAS VEGAS, OUT THERE, THEY HAD A TOURNAMENT OUT THERE. THE U.S. NATIONAL SENIOR'S GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT AND I

WON IT 5 CONSECUTIVE TIMES. I LOVE TO PLAY THOSE SENIORS. I CAN'T HANDLE THESE JUNIORS NOW.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE STILL BEATING GUYS WHO ARE 50. WE, WE'VE GOT MICHAEL RIGHT HERE FROM ALBERTA ON THE TELEPHONE, WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.

MICHAEL, CALLER FROM ALBERTA (MALE):
GOOD EVENING TOMMY AND PETER. IT'S A GREAT, IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO TALK TO YOU MR. BOLT, TONIGHT. I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION IN REGARDS TO, YOU, YOU SEEM TO HAVE

USED YOUR EMOTION TO MOTIVATE YOUR GAME AND I WONDER WHO YOU THINK ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY DEMONSTRATES THAT? AND I'VE GOT ONE MORE OTHER QUESTION FOR YOU HERE, I PLAYED A ROUND OF GOLF WITH A FELLOW NAMED

PAUL RUNYAN, WHO IS, IS PROBABLY IN YOUR AGE CATEGORY AND IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO PLAY WITH HIM, AND I THINK THAT, IF YOU HAVE A BOOK AVAILABLE, I WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO PURCHASE IT BECAUSE

SOME OF THE STORIES YOU'RE TELLING US ABOUT ARE VERY, VERY INTERESTING. THANKS MR. BOLT.

PETER KESSLER
HECK, I DON'T REMEMBER THE QUESTIONS ANYMORE.

TOMMY BOLT
UH I THINK HE ASKED, YES, I HAVE A BOOK. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1970, BUT IT WAS REPUBLISHED 1999 I THINK. IT'S BEEN OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS, YES.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL, WE'LL SHOW EVERYBODY THAT BOOK.

THE HOLE TRUTH, RIGHT?

TOMMY BOLT
OKAY

THE HOLE TRUTH, YEAH. YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN I THINK THE OTHER QUESTION WAS, WERE THERE, IS THERE ANYBODY ON TOUR TODAY THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOU?

TOMMY BOLT
THAT SHOWS EMOTIONS LIKE ME? THAT SHOWS HIS EMOTIONS LIKE I DID. UH...

LET'S SEE. I CAN'T, I THINK, I DON'T, WELL

PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANYBODY, MAN

TOMMY BOLT
NO THERE'S NOBODY OUT THERE THAT SHOWED THEM LIKE, AS WELL AS I DID.

PETER KESSLER
STOP THINKING.

TOMMY BOLT
THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THERE AREN'T GUYS LIKE YOU AND THE OTHER TERRIBLE TOM, TOM WEISKOPF, THAT THERE AREN'T CHARACTERS LIKE

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YOU ON TOUR ANYMORE BECAUSE GOLF'S SO MUCH LESS OF A STRAIN ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH MORE OF A BIG BUSINESS, AND THE GUYS ARE MORE SERIOUS?

TOMMY BOLT
IT, IT ABSOLUTE TRUTH, PETER, THAT GOLF IS BIG BUSINESS NOW BECAUSE THEY'RE PLAYING FOR SO MUCH MONEY, AND SO THEY CAN'T, BACK WHEN I WAS PLAYING, WE WERE, WE WERE STILL HAVING FUN OUT THERE, AND THAT'S WHEN I SHOWED

MY EMOTIONS A LOT, AND I DIDN'T, THAT, THAT'S THROWING A CLUB RIGHT THERE, ACCORDING TO THE

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S A TOSS

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, THAT'S, I MEAN THE NEWSPAPER SAYS WELL BOLT'S JUST THROWING HIS CLUBS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

PETER KESSLER
THAT LOOKED LIKE THE '55 CANADIAN OPEN.

TOMMY BOLT
CANADIAN OPEN

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS ARNOLD'S FIRST

TOURNAMENT

TOMMY BOLT
ARNOLD'S FIRST TOURNAMENT

PETER KESSLER
THAT HE WON. YEAH.

TOMMY BOLT
I PLAYED WITH HIM THREE ROUNDS. YEAH, I KNOW. HE PUT IT IN THE TREES ON ONE HOLE AND HE THOUGHT HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THAT, THOSE TREES. YOU COULDN'T WALK THROUGH THEM. HE THOUGHT

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

TOMMY BOLT
HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THERE AND, I SAID, ARNOLD PUT IT BACK ON THE FAIRWAY AND PITCH IT ON THE GREEN AND TAKE YOUR PAR. HE DID JUST THAT AND WALKED ON AND WON THE TOURNAMENT. HE WAS PLAYING GOOD

BACK IN THE, HE WAS A, HE WAS A VERY FIERY GUY. HE HAD, HE HAD A LOT OF DETERMINATION, ARNOLD DID. HE, WELL MOST OF THE PLAYERS, MOST OF THE OLDER PLAYERS OUT THERE DIDN'T THINK HE HAD A VERY GOOD SWING AND HE

WOULDN'T, WOULDN'T BE TOO SUCCESSFUL AND HE WAS JUST DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM, IT, IT MADE HIM MORE DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM

THAT HE COULD AND THAT'S, THAT'S PART OF HIS MAKE UP. HE'S A, HE, HE HAS
A LOT OF DETERMINATION AND HE, AND DESIRE TO WIN AND HE DID JUST THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TELL EVERYBODY WHERE THEY CAN GET THE BOOK AS WE GO TO BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND TAKE A FEW MORE PHONE CALLS IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

PETER KESSLER
OKAY, THE BOOK, TO ORDER THE HOLE TRUTH, 800-387-7638. 387-7638. THAT'S CANADA AND THE U.S. IS 800 BOY MY EYES ARE GOING BAD, 800-465-3609? IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.

TOMMY BOLT
HEY YOU'RE PRETTY GOOD, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
OH YOU WAIT, DON'T, WAIT TILL YOU GET TO BE MY AGE, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING EITHER.

TOMMY BOLT
(LAUGHING)

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK.

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