Golf Talk Live - Bernard Gallacher Transcript Segment 3
YOU KNOW LONG BEFORE THERE WERE WARS AT THE SHORES AND, AND PEOPLE JUMPING UP AND DOWN ON GREENS, THERE WAS THE DAVE HILL - KEN STILL
MATCH OF 1969 THAT YOU WERE INVOLVED IN. TELL US ABOUT THE 7TH AND 8TH HOLES.
WELL IT WAS ERIC BROWN, OUR CAPTAIN HAD US REALLY WOUN... WELL HAD ME AT LEAST WOUND UP ALL WEEK, YOU KNOW, GO OUT, GO AND GET THEM, AND BRIAN HUGGIT WAS REALLY TEMPERAMENTALLY
QUITE AGGRESSIVE AS WELL, AND WE
PLAYED IN A FOUR BALL MATCH AGAINST DAVE HILL AND KEN STILL AND IT REALLY STARTED ON THE FIRST GREEN AT ROYAL BIRKDALE, BECAUSE BRIAN HUGGIT HAD SOME SORT OF PUTT FOR THE WIN OR,
EV... MAYBE FOR THE HALVE, BUT HE SUDDENLY STOOD BACK FROM HIS PUTT AND LOOKED AROUND AT DAVE HILL AND SAID STOP WALKING AROUND WHEN I'M PUTTING BECAUSE DAVE HILL IN THOSE DAYS, HE WAS A SORT OF JUMPY SORT OF GUY. CHAIN SMOKER AND HE WASN'T
TRYING TO PUT US OFF, HE WOULD JUST SORT OF MOVE, JUST AGITATED AND READY TO GO, BUT, IT WOULDN'T HAVE UPSET ME BUT IT OBVIOUSLY UPSET BRIAN SO WE GOT OFF TO A BAD START, AND THEN ON THE 7TH HOLE DAVE PUTTED OUT OF TURN. HE JUST SIMPLY PUTTED OUT OF
TURN. HE ROLLED UP FROM 20, 20 FEET AWAY AND KNOCKED IT UP 2 FEET AWAY AND PROCEEDED TO PUTT OUT AND BRIAN HUGGIT SAID YOU CAN'T DO THAT. AND I LOOKED AND I WASN'T SURE WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO BECAUSE
I WAS QUIET YOUNG AND I SAID NO YOU CAN'T DO THAT. I WOULD SUPPORT MY PARTNER.... AND BRIAN SAID YOU PUTTED OUT OF TURN THERE, AND THE REFEREE, WE DIDN'T HAVE PROFESSIONAL REFEREES IN THOSE DAYS. WE HAD CLUB PROS, LIKE
BEING A CLUB PRO WALKING AROUND WITH A RULE BOOK, AND HE'S LOOKING THROUGH THIS RULE BOOK TRYING TO FIND THE RULE OF PUTTING OUT OF TURN IN A FOUR BALL AND HE COULDN'T FIND IT RIGHT AWAY, AND KEN STILL CHARGES ON
TO THE GREEN AND HE SAID IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU GUYS WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME TAKE THE HOLE, SO BRIAN AND I LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND THINK WELL THAT SOUNDS LIKE A CONCESSION TO US
SO FINE WE PICKED OUR BALL UP AND WENT, THEN THE REFEREE FOUND THE RULE AND SAID REPLACE IT AND BRIAN HUGGIT SAID NO, HE SAID, HE, HE'S CONCEDED THE HOLE TO US AND SO THAT WAS IT. WE SUDDENLY GO ONE UP AND
YOU KNOW DAVE HILL AND KEN STILL ARE SO MAD AND SO ANGRY WITH US AND KEN STILL COULDN'T HAVE SHOT AFTER THAT BECAUSE HE WAS SO ANGRY AND DAVE HILL, WHO'S A GOOD SWINGER OF THE CLUB, A REALLY GOOD PLAYER, VERY
CORRECT, HE INSPIRED DAVE HILL, HE WAS REALLY, STARTED TO PLAY OUT OF HIS BOOTS NOW AND HE REALLY BEAT US ON HIS, ON HIS OWN. BRIAN HUGGIT AND I PLAYED PRETTY WELL AND THE CROWD WERE REALLY FOR US AND THE CROWD
WERE BOOING THEM, AND AS YOU, WHEN WE GOT ON THE 8TH FOR INSTANCE, I PUTTED DOWN, DICK KEN STILL PUTTED DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET AWAY BUT HE WAS INSIDE DAVE HILL'S PUTT. HE WAS LYING ABOUT SEVEN FEET AWAY SO I WENT ACROSS AND PICKED UP HIS BALL AND SAID YOU CAN HAVE THAT PUTT, BUT HE WANTED TO PUTT IT. HE SAID YOU CAN'T
DO THAT. I SAID YEAH I CAN GIVE YOU, I'VE JUST GIVEN YOU THE PUTT, BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO PUTT IT AND SHOW
DAVID HILL THE LINE.
BUT HE GOT A BIT MIXED UP WITH THE PREVIOUS GREEN AND HE, KEN, KEN STILL, YOU KNOW, I, I WAS JUST HOPE, I JUST HOPE THAT SOME DAY WE MEET AGAIN. WE CAN SIT DOWN, HAVE A DRINK AND TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY,
THEY WERE REALLY VERY COMPETITIVE BACK THERE, BUT DAVE HILL, THERE'S NO HAPPY ENDING AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED BECAUSE DAVE HILL EAGLED THE 17TH TO BEAT US TWO AND ONE AND I
THINK IF THERE WAS A MORAL TO THIS STORY IS DON'T GET DAVE HILL MAD BECAUSE WHEN HE GETS MAD HE REALLY DOES PLAY GREAT.
AND OF COURSE THE NEXT YEAR HE GOT MAD BECAUSE HE DIDN'T LIKE THE HAZELTINE GOLF COURSE WHERE THE U.S OPEN WAS AND HE WON BY SEVEN SHOTS.
YEAH, WELL HE
BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY.
HE'S IN, WELL, IN THOSE DAYS HE WAS AN ANGRY GUY. HE WAS IN, BRIAN HUGGIT AND I WERE PRETTY ANGRY TOO SO THERE WAS THREE ANGRY GUYS AND KEN STILL PLAYING, AND SO WHEN THEY TALK
ABOUT BOSTON AND THE WAR ON THE SHORE NOW, BACK IN '69 IT WAS,
YOU KNOW, IT WAS PRETTY, IT WAS A PRETTY FACIFEROUS ANGRY MATCH TOO.
IN '69, LEE TREVINO WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME
HE WON THE U.S. OPEN THE YEAR BEFORE. TELL US THE SWEET MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF BEATING HIM IN SINGLES IN '69.
WELL PREV... IN THE PREVIOUS, EARLIER IN THE SUMMER I HAD PLAYED LEE TREVINO IN A MATCH IN SCOTLAND AGAINST ORVILLE MOODIE AND UH, WHO HAD WON THE U.S. OPEN THAT YEAR AND
I HAD, I HAD BEATEN THEM BOTH IN A MATCH, AN EXHIBITION MATCH IN SCOTLAND IN FRONT OF QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE SO YOU KNOW I WASN'T, I WAS UP TO PLAYING THEM AND I HAD ERIC BROWN, OUR CAPTAIN HAD RESTED ME FROM THE MORNING SINGLES. IN THOSE DAYS WE PLAYED TWO SETS OF SINGLES
THE LAST DAY AND I WASN'T SURE IF I WAS GOING TO PLAY IN THE AFTERNOON, AND ERIC, QUITE RIGHTLY, AND THIS IS A GOOD CAPTAIN, HE KEPT ME ON, HE DIDN'T SAY I WAS PLAYING, HE DIDN'T SAY I WASN'T PLAYING, HE SAID JUST BE READY
IN CASE I NEED YOU AND ALL MORNING I WAS WAITING, AM I GOING TO PLAY AND I WAS DIEING TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY AND HE SAID, RIGHT, YOU'RE PLAYING THIS AFTERNOON, YOU'RE PLAYING LEE TREVINO AND I START RUN ONTO THAT
TEE AND I, I DON'T REMEMBER BEING APPREHENSIVE. I, I JUST WANTED TO PUT A GOOD SHOW ON AND I RAN OUT FOUR AND THREE WINNERS WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT VICTORY FOR OUR TEAM AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION THEN AND NOW TO WHAT IS ONE OF THE GREAT ACTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP EVER, JACK NICKLAUS CONCEDING TONY JACKLIN'S SHORT BUT MISABLE PUTT ON THE FINAL GREEN TO
ENSURE A TIE FOR THE MATCHES, RETENTION OF THE CUP FOR THE U.S. AND OF COURSE ONE OF THE YEARS THE U.S. KEPT THE CUP AND WERE NICE ENOUGH TO GIVE IT TO YOUR TEAM FOR THE OTHER YEAR BECAUSE OF THE TIE, NOT THAT
THAT EVER HAPPENED AGAIN
AND AS WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SITUATION NOW, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION AT THE TIME AS YOU REMEMBER?
WELL MY REACTION WAS THAT JACK WAS GOING TO HOLE HIS AND IT GOES PAST AND OF COURSE JACK'S NOW GOT A TOUGH PUTT HIMSELF.
TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCER IN BACKGROUND SPEAKING SOFTLY DESCRIBING THE TOURNAMENT PLAY
29:35 THRU (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
I MEAN THAT IS A TOUGH PUTT. KNOCKS IT STRAIGHT IN, AND JACK
JACK IS ONE OF, JACK IS A GREAT GUY. TONY WOULD HAVE HOLED THAT PUTT, I'M CONVINCED OF THAT, BUT THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. LOOKING BACK, I WAS HAPPY THAT JACK GAVE HIM THAT. I WAS HAPPY FOR TONY JACKLIN.
AND TONY JACKLIN WAS OPEN CHAMPION AND JACK KNEW HE WAS GOING TO HOLE IT I THINK BUT HE WASN'T GOING TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF HIM MISSING IT, AND LOOKING BACK NOW IT
WAS THE DEAD RIGHT THING TO DO AND I JUST HOPE THAT IF THE OCCASION COMES TODAY THAT, THAT SOMEBODY'S ALLOWED TO DO THAT ON THE LAST GREEN. I JUST, THEY MAY NOT ALLOW HIM TO, TO GIVE A PUTT LIKE THAT ON THE
LAST GREEN TODAY IF IT MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING BUT, THAT, THAT'S JACK NICKLAUS, THAT'S WHY JACK NICKLAUS STANDS OUT TO MY MIND AS SOMEONE ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL TO EVERYBODY ELSE.
THAT'S WHY HE'S A GREAT PLAYER.
AND OF COURSE
SAM SNEAD WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE U.S SIDE. HE'S STILL MAD.
OH YEAH. YEAH. HE'S STILL MAD. YEAH.
THAT JACK CONCEDED THE PUTT.
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH THAT JACK, HE WAS REALLY ANGRY. WE WERE TOLD THAT, THAT UH THAT JACK HAD TO STAND UP TO SAM AND SAY I'M SORRY SAM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I'M NOT SURE IF
THAT'S TRUE, BUT SAM SNEAD WAS A TOUGH, WAS TOUGH, GREAT PLAYER, BUT REALLY HARD MAN ON THE GOLF COURSE.
WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE RYDER CUP AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT SOME RYDER CUP STATS AS THEY RELATE TO BERNARD. YOU CAN SEE THEM RIGHT THERE. WE'LL REJOIN YOU IN JUST A MOMENT.
Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai
SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.
Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.
Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.
''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''
Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).
Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.
''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''
Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.
Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).
The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.
Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him
Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.
The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.
Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.
As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.
"Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."
Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.
"We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."
Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.
"You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."
Koepka has his chance 'to earn' his way to No. 1
There won't need to be any wonky math involved. He won't have to settle for finally reaching the the top via some kind of mathematical reset while he's sitting at home on the couch (or more likely working out in the gym).
No, Brooks Koepka on Sunday in South Korea will have a chance to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking the way every player would most want to - with a victory.
On the strength of a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 Saturday, Koepka will enter the final round of the CJ Cup four clear of Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, with six more players five behind.
The tournament is Koepka's to lose, and so too is the No. 1 ranking. So long as Justin Thomas doesn't somehow defend his title from 12 shots back, Koepka can supplant Dustin Johnson atop the rankings with a win or a solo second-place finish.
"It was something I wanted to do. I always wanted to become World No. 1 in a week that I was playing," Koepka said Saturday. "I thought like I could really earn it and not have a week off where it just so happens that you bump up. No, it would be very special, and to do it here would be nice and hopefully get to world No. 1 and cap it off with a win, I don't think there would be much better."
It would be a fitting end to this breakthrough year for Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title and then added his third major victory at the PGA Championship en route to claiming the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award. Oddly enough, considering his status a three-time major winner and an impending No. 1, this would be Koepka's fifth Tour victory but only his second in a non-major; his only regular Tour win to date was his first, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
"My confidence has always been pretty high," Koepka said. "Anytime you can win three majors you're going to be feeling pretty good about yourself. To do what I've done over the last two years has been special, but I'm looking to build on that."
Koepka ahead by four, with No. 1 ranking in his grasp
Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.
Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Piercy (-9), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)
What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One off the lead to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.
Round of the day: After contending last week at the CIMB, Shubankhar Sharma rebounded from opening rounds of 74 and 75 with a nine-birdie, 8-under 64 to move up 45 spots into a tie for 26th through 54 holes.
Best of the rest: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.
Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.
Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.