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Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
ONE OF THE AMAZING LAPSES IN MODERN GOLF IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN YET ELECTED AND INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME. THERE

ARE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME WHO HAVE RECORDS THAT DON'T TOUCH YOUR RECORD ON THE BEST DAY THEY EVER HAD. HOW MUCH DOES THAT BURN YOU UP?

TOMMY BOLT
UH IT BOTHERS ME A LITTLE PETE, BUT NOT, PETER, BUT NOT THAT MUCH. I, I THINK I'M GOING, I THINK I'M GOING TO GET IN THERE THIS YEAR, AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE JACKIE BURKE GET IN THERE BECAUSE I THINK HE DESERVED IT.

HE WON A COUPLE OF MAJOR TOURNAMENTS BUT NOW THE, THE PGA SENIORS IS A MAJOR TOURNAMENT, SO I WON THAT AND THE OPEN SO I, I THINK I SHOULD BE IN THE PGA HALL OF, THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME, TOO.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU THINK YOU GOT A SHOT AT IT THIS YEAR?

TOMMY BOLT
I THINK I GOT A SHOT AT IT THIS YEAR, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S ALWAYS A KEY TO WINNING A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. YOU HAD YOUR SERENITY IN 1958. YOU WERE AT HOME, YOU WERE PLAYING WELL BUT THERE WAS ALSO 18 HOLES TO DEAL WITH,

PARTICULARLY THE TOUGHEST HOLE ON THE GOLF COURSE, A CONVERTED PAR 5 THAT WAS MADE A PAR 4, THE 12TH HOLE WHICH YOU DIDN'T EVEN PAR UNTIL THE FOURTH DAY, HOW COME?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I WAS LUCKY, PETER, AND

PETER KESSLER
WELL WHAT DID YOU DO THE FIRST THREE DAYS?

TOMMY BOLT
WELL I BIRDIED IT.

PETER KESSLER
OH (LAUGHS)

TOMMY BOLT
I HAD TO MAKE THREE ON THAT HOLE. EVERYBODY ELSE, PETER. THAT'S WHERE I WON THE TOURNAMENT, REALLY, I MEAN I JUST BLEW THEM OUT RIGHT THERE. I MADE THREE STRAIGHT THREES ON THERE THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS AND HOGAN,

I HEARD OVER THE, THE, FROM THE GALLERY AND EVERYTHING, HOGAN WAS MAKING 6'S AND SOME OF THEM WERE MAKING 6'S AND 7'S AND I WAS FOUR STROKES ON ONE HOLE, BOY, YOU CAN'T

HANDLE THAT. I BIRDIED IT THE FIRST THREE ROUNDS AND I COULD HAVE BIRDIED IT THE LAST ROUND BUT I, I DIDN'T HOLE THAT TWENTY FOOTER.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THAT THE MOST FUN YOU EVER HAD PLAYING GOLF THAT WEEK, DO YOU SUPPOSE?

TOMMY BOLT
PETER, I, I WAS, I WAS AT PEACE WITH MYSELF AND AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD AND I WAS JUST, MARY LOU AND I HAD JUST BEEN MARRIED IN 1957 AND I HAD A NEW WIFE AND I WAS ON THE TOUR, BACK ON THE TOUR AGAIN AND WINNING

TOURNAMENTS, YES, IT WAS, I, I WAS, I WAS AS HAPPY AS YOU CAN GET, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT SOUTHERN HILLS AGAIN THIS YEAR.

TOMMY BOLT
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PLEASURE.

TOMMY BOLT
I'LL BE THERE, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO BE WITH YOU, MY FRIEND.

TOMMY BOLT
GOOD TO SEE YOU, FELLA.

PETER KESSLER
MAN, THAT'S SOME GRIP. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.

TOMMY BOLT
(LAUGHS)

WELL YOU GOT TO HOLD THE CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
MAN, I'M NOT A CLUB.

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