Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 2
YOU KNOW, WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT YOU WERE BRIEFLY A SECURITY GUARD BEFORE YOU DECIDED TO TURN PRO, I MEAN, THIS IS WHAT SOME OF US HAD IN MIND.
IT IS NOT FAR OFF EITHER. YOU SEE - YOU SEE HE SHOT HIS ONE BULLET THERE, THAT'S ALL I HAD. BUT MINE WAS LOCKED IN A DRAWER. HE - AT LEAST HE CARRIED HIS IN SHIRT POCKET. MINE WAS LOCKED IN A DRAWER AND THEY DIDN'T GIVE ME THE KEY TO THAT LOCK.
AND THE GUN WAS IN THE OTHER DRAWER, RIGHT? A BULLET IN ONE ... (LAUGHS)
AND THE GUN WENT ON (???) - DIDN'T, COULDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO EITHER ONE OF THEM. SO I'M NOT VERY FAR OFF FROM THAT. AND THAT HAPPENS TO BE ONE MY ALL TIME, GREAT TV SHOWS TOO.
I TRIED TO GET THEM TO FIND THE PART WHERE HE SAYS, 'WELCOME TO THE ROCK', AND HE'S GOT 3 GUYS IN THE CELL.
BUT THE DOOR IS UNLOCKED AND IT'S OPEN. (LAUGH)
YEAH ... AT - AT THE ROCK HERE, WE HAVE 3 RULES. NUMBER 1 RULE: FOLLOW ALL RULES. OBEY ALL RULES, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. GREAT SHOW.
NOW I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT LIKE ANDY GRIFFITH WAS ON THAT SHOW AT HOME.
UH ... I, I DON'T KNOW IF I'M ASHAMED TO SAY OR NOT, BUT THROUGH THE YEARS OF WATCHING THAT SHOW, AND ... AND THERE WERE SOME GREAT FAMILY VALUE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED THOUGH ABOUT THE WAY, UH, ANDY GRIFFITH TAUGHT RON HOWARD.
I TRY TO REMOVE THE, THE UH, KIDS NAMES. BUT UM, MY FAVORITE EPISODE IS PROBABLY THE MOCKINGBIRD, WHERE HE KILLS - WHERE OPIE KILLS THE MOCKINGBIRD WITH THE SLINGSHOT.
AND INSTEAD OF, UH, PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT, HIS DAD OPENS THE DOOR - OPENS THE WINDOW, AND MAKES HIM LISTEN TO THE BABIES THAT ARE CHIRPING OUTSIDE, UH, BECAUSE HE HAD KILLED THEIR MOTHER.
AND IN GENERAL, THOSE KIND OF RULES, UH, APPLY AT MY HOUSE. UH, NO PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT BUT, UH, MAKING KIDS REFLECT ON DECISIONS THAT THEY MAKE. UH, AND IN SOME WAY, THAT PUNISHMENT ITSELF, UH, SERVES ITS PURPOSE,
FOR THE MOST PART. SO, UH, A LOT - LOT OF TIMES, THOSE ARE THE KIND OF, UH, RULES I SET DOWN.
ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK THAT YOU ENDED UP TAKING THAT JOB BRIEFLY IS BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T PLAY UP TO THE STANDARDS YOU HAD HOPED IN THE NCAAS IN YOUR FINAL YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AND SORT OF GAVE UP GOLF FOR A WHILE. WHY DID YOU?
UH, MY WHOLE YEAR, SENIOR YEAR, WAS REALLY UH NOT A VERY GOOD ONE. UH, WE HAD MADE PLANS FOR ME TO TURN PRO RIGHT AFTER THE NCAA, HAD A NEW CAR I WAS GONNA DRIVE TO THE MINI TOURS IN CALIFORNIA OR WHEREVER I WAS GONNA GO.
AND EVERYTHING WAS KIND OF BUILDING UP TO THAT CRITICAL TIME. AND I ... I PLAYED POORLY REALLY MY WHOLE YEAR, HAD A POOR NCAA. AND THE TIME CAME FOR ME TO PULL THE TRIGGER, IF YOU WILL, AND MY BULLET WASN'T IN THERE.
I WAS NOT PREPARED TO TURN PRO, TO MAKE THAT COMMITMENT AND DECISION WITH MY GAME AT A PRETTY LOW, UH, EBB. AND I JUST BACKED AWAY FROM THAT DECISION AND UH, WENT HOME AND SAT FOR WHILE, LET THAT DEADLINE PASS.
AND UH, MY DAD LET ME SIT AROUND FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING. AND THEN HE PUT ME TO WORK AS BARNEY FIFE, AS A SECURITY GUARD, UH, AND LET ME WORK IT OUT ON MY OWN.
AND I FOUND OUT THAT THAT 9-TO-5 JOB, IN MY CASE THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT OCCASIONALLY, UH, SENT ME RUNNING BACK TO THE GOLF CLUBS IN 6 MONTHS. BUT IT TOOK ABOUT 6 MONTHS FOR ME TO, UH ...
GET COMPLETELY AWAY FROM THE GAME. AND UH, MY, MY HOME PRO TALKED ME - AFTER 4 MONTHS OF NOT PLAYING, MY HOME PRO TALKED ME INTO PLAYING IN THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP IN BEAUMONT.
AND I WENT OUT AND WON THAT AND TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND PUT THE CLUBS AWAY FOR ABOUT 2 MORE MONTHS. AND UH, I GAVE A CALL,
AND FINALLY THE COMMITMENT CAME IN - IN DECEMBER, LIKE I SAID, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFTS. UH, I HAD APPLIED AND GOT, UH ... AN ASSISTANT PRO JOB IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, UH, IN APRIL. AND IT WAS ABOUT DECEMBER WHEN I WENT TO MY DAD AND I SAID,
'WHAT DO YOU THINK IF I TURNED PRO AND STARTED PLAYING, UH, MINI TOURS.' AND HIS ONE QUESTION WAS, HE SAID, 'ARE YOU READY TO GET THOSE CALLUSES BACK ON YOUR HANDS?' AND I SAID, 'YOU KNOW WHAT? I AM. I'M READY TO GO HIT SOME BALLS.' AND THAT WAS IT.
AND UM ... I HAD - I GOT THROUGH THAT PHASE AND UH, AND WORKED MY WAY INTO THE MINI TOURS AND, AND CARRIED ON. SO IT WAS A, IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD INVESTMENT. UH, WHAT SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY DESPERATE TIME, BUT IT UH, IT WAS A TIME THAT I ...
IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I'D EVER BACKED AWAY FROM GOLF. I HAD BEEN PLAYING GOLF SINCE I WAS 5 YEARS OLD AND REALLY TOURNAMENT GOLF SINCE I WAS ABOUT 9 OR 10.
AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME EVER TO - TO GET AWAY FROM GOLF. AND IT WAS REFRESHING, AND I WAS READY TO GO.
WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WERE AFRAID OF ABOUT TURNING PRO ONCE YOU HAD MADE THE DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT?
UH ... WELL, I - I WAS AFRAID OF WHAT WAS OUT THERE. I DIDN'T KNOW THE COMPETITION. AND AS IT TURNS OUT, THE COMPETITION WAS THE SAME 'KNUCKLE HEADS' I WAS PLAYING COLLEGE GOLF AGAINST AND I HAD BEATEN, YOU KNOW, OFF AND ON.
UM, BUT CERTAINLY THERE'S AN UNKNOWN. YOU GO FROM, UH, THE COMFORT OF LIVING WITH YOUR PARENTS AND, AND THEM SUPPLYING YOU WITH EVERYTHING, UH, AND PLAYING FOR TROPHIES TO ALL OF A SUDDEN, STARTING A CAREER AND STARTING A JOB.
AND UH, YOU BET, THERE'S A LOT OF UH ... AND I'M AS INSECURE AS - AS OTHER, OTHER PEOPLE, I WOULD IMAGINE, AND I - THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. UH, BUT THEY GOT ANSWERED PRETTY QUICK. I, I HAD SOME PRETTY IMMEDIATE SUCCESS,
UM, PUTTING UP MY OWN MONEY. AND I HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A SPONSOR FROM AN UNCLE THAT, THAT HELPED EASE THINGS. BUT I HAD SOME EARLY SUCCESS ON THOSE MINI TOURS. AND THAT UH, ALL THOSE QUESTIONS AND DOUBTS EVENTUALLY STARTED LEAVING.
AS WE TAKE A SHORT BREAK, WE'LL SEE A PICTURE OF YOU AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON WITH, AS YOU TOLD ME BEFORE, EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP THAT THE TEAM WON.
THERE'S NOTHING ON THE BACK OF THIS SHIRT, I BELIEVE, JUST ALL OF THE ONES THAT, THAT WERE WON IN THE 1950'S. NICE HAIR CUT.
50'S AND 60'S, YEAH, THAT WAS, THAT WAS AS LONG AS COACH DAVE WILLIAMS WOULD ALLOW US TO WEAR OUR HAIR. THAT WAS IT.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Winning on Kerr's mind this week and beyond
Cristie Kerr moved into position Friday to do more than win the 21st LPGA title of her career.
She moved into position to claim an LPGA Hall of Fame point this week.
Yes, winning is foremost on her mind at the Kia Classic, where she took the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, she’s on a larger quest, too.
After turning 40 last fall, Kerr was asked what her goals are.
“The Hall of Fame is attainable, if I stick with it,” she said.
Kerr is five shots ahead of Lizette Salas (67), In-Kyung Kim (69), Hee Young Park (70) and Caroline Hedwall (70).
It’s a good time for Kerr to get on a hot streak, with the year’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, next week. She has long been one of the best putters in the women’s game, but her ball-striking is impressive this week. She hit 17 greens in regulation Thursday, and she hit 16 on Friday.
“I like winning,” Kerr said. “I like challenging myself. Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older, with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, `Man, why does my hamstring hurt?’ From working around this hilly golf course.”
Kerr acknowledged Friday that her body is more vulnerable to time’s realities, but her mind isn’t.
“The golf ball doesn't know an age,” Kerr said. “I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.”
Kerr won two weeks after her 40th birthday last fall, boosting her LPGA Hall of Fame point total to 22. She is five points short of eligibility for induction. A player earns one point for an LPGA victory and two points for a major championship title. So there’s a lot of Hall of Fame ground to gain this week and next.
It’s a long-term goal that motivates Kerr to take care of her body.
“I don't think the golf changes,” Kerr said. “I think, physically, it gets harder as you get older. Like I said, I've got tape on my hamstring. I strained it, just a little bit yesterday, walking around this golf course. It's tough as you get older, just being fresh and rested. I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.”
Big names chasing Kerr into the weekend at Kia Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend.
The 40-year-old Kerr had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at rain-softened Aviara.
''I like winning. I like challenging myself,'' Kerr said. ''Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, 'Man, why does my hamstring hurt?' From working around this hilly golf course. The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.''
She has 20 LPGA victories, winning at Aviara in 2015. She won twice last year and helped the U.S. beat Europe in her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.
''It's tough as you get older just being fresh and rested,'' Kerr said. ''I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.''
Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69, and Park and Hedwall 70.
''I really like this golf course. I really like the environment,'' said Salas, the former University of Southern California player from Azusa. ''My family gets to come out. So much confidence at the beginning of the week, and definitely showed the first two days.
Jeong Eun Lee was 7 under after a 69, and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to get to 6 under.
Ariya Jutanugarn (72), Brooke Henderson (70) and 2016 winner Lydia Ko (71) were 5 under. Shanshan Feng (68) was another stroke back, and Singapore winner Michelle Wie (72) was 1 under.
Lexi Thompson was 2 over after a 74, making the cut on the number in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills.
Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.
''I don't think you can fall asleep on one shot,'' Kerr said. ''It's a really good golf course. I think I play better on courses that demand the focus, so I think that's why I've played well here in the past. ... I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now. I've got some good things going on with my swing.''
She has long been one best putters and green-readers in the world.
''I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't,'' Kerr said. ''It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that, so I'm lucky.''
Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.
DJ hits 489-yard drive, but it doesn't count for history
AUSTIN, Texas – Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives, but even for DJ this one was impressive.
Trailing in his Day 3 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson launched a drive at the par-5 12th hole that traveled 489 yards, but that number comes with an asterisk.
“He got lucky it hit the road,” smiled Kevin Kisner, who was leading the world No. 1, 3 up, at the time. “I thought he would make an eagle for sure, he only had 80 yards [to the hole]. He didn’t hit a very good putt.”
Johnson’s drive, which was 139 yards past Kisner’s tee shot, is the longest recorded on the PGA Tour in the ShotLink era, surpassing Davis Love III’s drive of 476 yards in 2004 at the Tournament of Champions.
The drive will not go into the record books, however, because the Tour doesn’t count statistics from the Match Play.
It should also be noted, Kisner halved the 12th hole with a birdie and won the match, 4 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.
Durant leads Champions event in Mississippi
BILOXI, Miss. - Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.
Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.
''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''
He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.
''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''
Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida
''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''
Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.
''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''
Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.
Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.
Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.