Golf Talk Live - Arnold Palmer Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 7, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THE FINAL ROUND OF THE AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM TODAY, ON MONDAY,

WE WILL RE-AIR IT TOMORROW NIGHT AT 9 PM ON THE GOLF CHANNEL FROM ARNOLD'S GOLF COURSE, PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS.

ARNOLD PALMER
THANKS. (SAYS WHILE LAUGHING)

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME. NOW LOOK, IF YOU .

ARNOLD PALMER
I KIND OF WISH (LAUGH) .

BUT IT ISN'T BAD.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S YOURS NOW.

ARNOLD PALMER
NO. IT'S A LOT .

PETER KESSLER
IT'S PARTLY YOURS.

ARNOLD PALMER
OF PEOPLE'S.

PETER KESSLER
NOW IF YOU AND I ARE SITTING HERE TOGETHER AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR SIXTH YEAR, DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE HEALTH OF THE GOLF CHANNEL IS REASONABLY GOOD?

ARNOLD PALMER
OH, THE GOLF CHANNEL IS FANTASTIC. AND I'M SO PROUD OF JOE GIBBS, NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE WHAT HE DID AND HOW HE GOT ME INTO THIS AND MADE IT ALL HAPPEN, AND UH,

TO THINK THAT I'VE BEEN CHAIRMAN OF THIS ORGANIZATION FOR GOING NOW INTO THE SIXTH YEAR, AND WATCHING WHAT JOE GIBBS HAS DONE WITH THIS BUSINESS,

IS FANTASTIC. AND IT'S NOT JUST FANTASTIC BECAUSE UH IT'S GOLF. IT'S FANTASTIC WE SATISFY AND THE GOLF CHANNEL HAS SATISFIED SO MANY PEOPLE.

I - THE ONE THING I HEAR A LOT, PETER, IS .

'THANKS FOR THE GOLF CHANNEL. WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY ENJOY WATCHING ON TELEVISION.' NOW THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE A BIG STATEMENT.

BUT IT IS A BIG STATEMENT WHEN YOU THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE ON TELEVISION TODAY. AND THERE ARE MORE BULLETS IN MY ROOM IN THE WALLS THAN YOU CAN EVER FACE FROM GUNS GOING OFF AND EVERYTHING.

THE GOLF CHANNEL HAS A SOFT APPEAL TO PEOPLE AND NOT JUST GOLFERS. AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE EVEN MORE ABOUT IT.

AND OF COURSE, THERE'S A BUSINESS TOO UH, THE BUSINESS OF ADVERTISING. AND WE'RE HITTING THE NUCLEUS OF THAT BUSINESS. WE'RE HITTING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

AND THAT'S NICE TOO. ALL IN ALL UH, I GIVE EVERY EMPLOYEE OF THE GOLF CHANNEL JUST TREMENDOUS CREDIT. AND YOU, MY FRIEND, HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB.

AND PEOPLE TALK TO ME ABOUT YOU AND ARE WE GONNA KEEP PETER ON THE GOLF CHANNEL? I SAID, 'I'M GONNA . I GOT A ROPE AROUND HIS NECK. I'M GONNA KEEP HIM THERE.'

PETER KESSLER
YES, YOU DO. AND YOU DON'T NEED TO HOLD IT REAL TIGHT `CAUSE I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL, IT - WHAT YOU DO IS FANTASTIC AND . AND WE ALL KNOW THAT. AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK AT THE GOLF CHANNEL, THE ENTHUSIASM, AND THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC.

AND BOTH JOE AND I ARE VERY AWARE OF IT AND MOST APPRECIATIVE OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO MAKE WHAT WE DO BETTER AT THE GOLF CHANNEL, ALWAYS TRYING TO IMPROVE. WHAT DO YOU SEE DOWN THE ROAD IF SOMETHING'S GOING TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER?

WILL WE GET MORE PRESTIGIOUS GOLF TOURNAMENTS, FOR EXAMPLE?

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL NOW, PETER, YOU KNOW ME WELL ENOUGH TO KNOW I'M A DREAMER.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHY I WANT TO HEAR A COUPLE. (LAUGH)

ARNOLD PALMER
AND I HAVE ALL KIND OF THOUGHTS. AND UH . AND WE KIND OF GET IN ROOMS AND TALK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE UH YEARS TO COME.

RIGHT NOW, THE GOLF CHANNEL IS MOVING ALONG SMOOTHLY. WE'VE GOT RIGHTS FEES. WE'VE GOT UH SHOWS THAT ARE TOUGH TO DO. BUT YOU JUST - YOU JUST DID SOMETHING

THAT UH . AND THIS IS COMPETITIVE. LET'S LOOK AT IT FROM A COMPETITIVE STANDPOINT. AND THAT IS THAT UH, SOME OF THE LOCAL AFFILIATES DIDN'T CARRY THE CROSBY TODAY.

OR THE CROSBY, NOW AM I DATING MYSELF? (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
NOT AT ALL, MOST OF US STILL CALL IT THAT.

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL, THE AT&T, IF YOU WISH UH, BUT UH, PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM, ALL KINDS OF NAMES. BUT, YOU KNOW .

AMERICA IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE GOLF ORIENTED. NOW OPRAH'S GREAT AND I LOVE HER. BUT HERE YOU HAVE ONE OF THE - ONE OF THE BIG EVENTS IN SPORTS GOING ON

AND THEY AVOIDED IT. THEY WENT TO ANOTHER SHOW. THAT IS OUR OPPORTUNITY, WHAT YOU JUST SAID. WE'RE GONNA CARRY THAT SHOW.

AND WE'RE GONNA GIVE EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IT. THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE WHAT LITTLE ADVANTAGE WE HAVE OVER THE BIG GUYS THAT GIVES US A SHOT.

AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE PEOPLE - SEE TIGER WIN HIS SIXTH TOURNAMENT IN A ROW. AND I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL. AND THAT'S WHAT WE STAND FOR.

WE STAND FOR PEOPLE THAT LIKE GOLF, WANT TO SEE SOMETHING SOFT AND NICE IN SPORTS AND SEE SOME COMPETITIVENESS TOO, AND DON'T THINK THERE WASN'T A LOT OF IT OUT THERE TODAY.

PETER KESSLER
YOU ONCE SAID TO ME THAT YOU WANTED TO LEAVE A PATH FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW AND THAT JACK FOLLOWED THAT PATH.

IT SEEMS LIKE TODAY THAT TIGER'S FIGURED OUT A WAY TO COMBINE A COUPLE OF YOURS AND JACK'S STRENGTH INTO ONE PLAYER, KEEPS IT IN PLAY LIKE JACK, CHARGES LIKE YOU.

WHAT ABOUT THE PATH THAT HE'S SETTING TODAY?

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL, HE'S . IT'S AMAZING. I MEAN, YOU THINK ABOUT IT, HE'S 24 YEARS OLD. AND HE'S ALREADY GOT A PATH UH IN BACK OF HIM.

AND UH, IF HE CONTINUES, AND I CAN'T SEE ANY REASON IN THE WORLD WHY HE CAN'T, YOU KNOW, I WAS NOT EVEN A - I WAS NOT PLAYING PROFESSIONAL GOLF WHEN I WAS 24 YEARS OLD.

AND UH, HE IS UH .

HE'S DRAWING A LINE AND IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH TO - FOR ANYONE TO IN - THAT I SEE RIGHT NOW, TO TOUCH HIM. AND UH, IF HE KEEPS HIS MIND ABOUT HIS BUSINESS AND ENJOYS THE GAME WHICH .

YOU KNOW, EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT TIGER WOODS AND THEY TALK ABOUT NUMEROUS THINGS. BUT RARELY DO THEY TALK ABOUT HOW STRONG HE IS AND HOW WELL HE SWINGS THE CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
AND HOW MUCH HE'S IMPROVED.

ARNOLD PALMER
AND HOW MUCH HE'S IMPROVED PERSONALLY.

NOW HE HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT PERSONALLY. AND I AM ONE OF HIS BIGGEST CRITICS AND HE KNOWS THAT.

BUT WHEN HE DOES THE THINGS THAT HE KNOWS THAT WE THINK ABOUT, AND DOES THEM VERY WELL, IT'S ONLY IN HIS BEST INTEREST. AND UH, HE'S DOING THEM BETTER.

AND HE'S GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER ALL THE TIME. AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT BAD. THAT'S PRETTY GOOD FOR GOLF .

BECAUSE IT ATTRACTS ATTENTION. HE'S ATTRACTING ATTENTION. AND HE HAS TO KNOW THAT AND HE HAS TO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. AND AT 24 YEARS OLD, THAT'S TOUGH.

BELIEVE ME, THAT'S TOUGH BECAUSE YOU GOT A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING TO YOU AND YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE 24 YEARS OLD BESIDES PLAY GOLF, LET'S SAY.

SO IT'S NOT EASY. BUT HE'S DOING IT PRETTY WELL RIGHT NOW. AND UH, I'M NOT TOTALLY GIVING HIM A CLEAN BILL YET. BUT UH, HE'S GETTING BETTER AND BETTER ABOUT IT.

PETER KESSLER
AS WE GO TO BREAK, LET'S LOOK AT A LITTLE COMPARISON OF YOUR 1960 AND HIS 1999. AND AS WE MENTIONED JUST A COUPLE MINUTES AGO, SAME NUMBER OF WINS, 8.

ARNOLD WON 2 MAJORS, JUST MISSED THE THIRD LEG OF THE SLAM BY A SHOT. FIRST IN EARNINGS, BOTH OF THEM. AND A VERY SMALL DISPARITY IN THE PAY, 75 THOUSAND VERSUS 6.6 MILLION.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(BREAK)

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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.