Golf Talk Live - Bruce Lietzke Transcript Segment 3
TELL ME ABOUT THIS FINAL PLAYOFF HOLE, IF YOU'D BE SO KIND, AND THE ENSUING CELEBRATION.
THIS WAS THE FOURTH PLAYOFF HOLE AGAINST GENE LITTLER IN 1977. AND THIS PUTT WAS WALKED OFF AT 82 FEET. LITTLER HAD ABOUT A 15 FOOT BIRDIE PUTT. AND I'M PUTTING FROM 82 FEET.
JUST, AND LOOKING RIGHT INTO THE SUN ... AND WATCH THIS BALL DISAPPEAR. I THREW MY PUTTER ...
UH, I'M CONVINCED LITTLER WOULD'VE MADE HIS 15-FOOTER HAD THAT NOT GONE IN. BUT UH, HE WAS OBVIOUSLY PRETTY RATTLED, AS I WAS. AND UH, THAT WAS MY FIRST TOURNAMENT UH, TOURNAMENT WIN, 1977.
I'D BEEN ON THE TOUR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF. AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT YOU SHOWED THAT. THAT'S NOT MY GREATEST GOLF CAREER, BUT A - OR MOMENT. UH, BUT ABOUT 2 HOURS AFTER, THAT WAS.
UH, I MADE THAT PUTT. MY MOTHER AND FATHER WERE IN TUCSON WITH ME THAT WEEK. WE DID THE MEDIA DEAL, CLEANED OUT MY LOCKER. MY MOTHER WAS WITH ME. MY DAD WAS BACK AT THE HOTEL ROOM.
MY VICTORY DINNER THAT NIGHT WAS A, A WHAT-A-BURGER, A BIG DOUBLE CHEESE BURGER AND FRENCH FRIES BECAUSE I HAD TO DRIVE TO THE NEXT TOURNAMENT. THE NEXT TOURNAMENT WAS THE CROSBY IN SAN FRANCISCO.
I'M IN TUCSON. AND I, UH, CAME BACK TO MY LOCKER AND I HAD A NOTE FROM JACK NICKLAUS SAYING 'I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY GOLF WITH YOU ON TUESDAY.' AND I SAT IN FRONT OF MY LOCKER AND THINKING,
BOY, THIS IS A MOMENT. I'VE JUST WON MY FIRST TOURNAMENT. JACK LIETZKE - I MEAN, EXCUSE ME, JACK NICKLAUS IS ASKING ME TO PLAY GOLF WITH HIM ON TUESDAY. I GUESS, I GUESS THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
THAT'S NOT MY GREATEST MOMENT. I EAT MY WHAT-A-BURGER. I GO BACK TO MY MOM'S, UH, AND DAD'S MOTEL ROOM, MAKE A COUPLE PHONE CALLS.
I HAVE TO GET TO SAN FRANCISCO BY MONDAY, AND IT'S UH, IT'S ALMOST A 2 DAY DRIVE. SO I'M IN MY TRANS AM FIREBIRD, WHICH I - WAS MY ROAD VEHICLE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF EACH YEAR.
I DROVE MY CAR FROM, UH, JANUARY THROUGH MAY AND THEN I'D PARK MY CAR AND FLY ... UH, I ATE MY HAMBURGER, KISSED MY MOM AND DAD GOODBYE, AND JUMPED INTO THE FIREBIRD AT 9 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, UH, AND WAS GONNA TRY AND DRIVE 5 HOURS.
UH, BUT WITH THE ADRENALINE PUMPING ON THE FREEWAY, PUT IT ON CRUISE CONTROL, PROBABLY ABOUT 80 OR 85 (MPH), AND PLUGGED IN AN 8-TRACK TAPE OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD, WHICH WAS MY ... MY ROAD TAPE.
'FREE BIRD' ... SURE.
AND IT WAS 'FREE BIRD'. UH, NEVER - I DON'T KNOW THAT I'VE EVER LISTENED TO THE OTHER SONGS MORE THAN A COUPLE TIMES. UH, FULL VOLUME, 'FREE BIRD' GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AT CRUISE CONTROL, HAVING JUST WON MY, MY FIRST PGA TOUR VICTORY,
UH, AND YEARS LATER I FINALLY REALIZED WHAT WENT ON. I ONLY MADE IT 3 HOURS. I MADE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PHOENIX AND I FINALLY CAME CRASHING DOWN, FIGURATIVELY, FORTUNATELY JUST FIGURATIVELY. UH ...
FOR THOSE 3 HOURS, I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT THE 40,000 DOLLARS. BOY, THAT WAS A LOT OF MONEY BACK THEN, BUT THESE DAYS, NO.
UH, MY TRIP TO THE MASTERS WAS NOT ON MY MIND, MY PARENTS, THE HOLE, THE PUTT, THE CHECK, NOTHING. IT - IT REVOLVED AROUND JUNIOR GOLF, STARTING GOLF, HIGH SCHOOL GOLF, COLLEGE GOLF.
AND I'VE - I'VE TOLD THAT TO PARENTS AND KIDS THAT I'VE TALKED TO JUNIOR CLINICS AT, UH, FOR ME, AND THAT WAS THE HEIGHT OF MY GOLFING LIFE. UH, AND IT WAS, IT WAS THOSE STEPS GETTING TO THAT POINT THAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO ME.
AND I CAN REMEMBER, I REMEMBERED EVERY GOOD TOURNAMENT I HAD IN HIGH SCHOOL OR JUNIOR GOLF, OR FRIENDS I HAD, AND BAD TOURNAMENTS I HAD, UH, FOR 3 HOURS. AND IT, IT WAS THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY, UH, MY GOLF LIFE, UH, AT THE TIME UNTIL THE RYDER CUP A COUPLE YEARS AGO.
AND ACTUALLY THAT SUNDAY AT THE RYDER CUP SURPASSED THAT. BUT, UH, I WAS AMAZED THAT WINNING A TOURNAMENT VICTORY, IT WASN'T THE MONEY, AND IT WASN'T THE ADULATION AND THE CROWD AND THE CHEERING AND THE TV STUFF. IT WAS UH, IT WAS HOW I GOT THERE.
YOU MAY BE THE ONLY GUY WHO EVER CELEBRATED BY SINGING ALONG WITH RONNIE VAN ZANT OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
OH, I'M ... UH, JUST PLAYING THE AIR GUITAR THE WHOLE TIME. I THINK I WAS DRIVING WITH MY LEFT KNEE PLAYING THE AIR GUITAR ON 'FREE BIRD', UH, AND JUST LETTING MY MIND WANDER. AND MY MIND WANDERED TO UH, JUNIOR GOLF.
IS THAT THE FIRST TIME YOU FELT LIKE YOU WERE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS AND WHAT WASN'T IMPORTANT?
YOU KNOW, I DON'T REMEMBER THINKING ABOUT THAT JUNIOR GOLF UNTIL A FEW YEARS LATER. SO, NO, I DON'T THINK IT DAWNED ON ME. I HAD ACHIEVED SOMETHING I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO DO. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT I REFLECTED MUCH MORE ON THAT.
IT WAS REALLY ACTUALLY YEARS LATER THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND WHAT I HAD BEEN THINKING AND WHAT I WAS DOING AND WHAT THAT ADRENALINE HAD DONE TO ME.
AND I REMEMBERED THINKING, YOU KNOW WHAT, I CAN - ALL I CAN REMEMBER THINKING ABOUT WAS, YOU KNOW, LITTLE - JUNIOR HIGH, HIGH SCHOOL, LIKE YOU SAID, PLAYING AGAINST BEN CRENSHAW, I RAN INTO HIM, UH, IN EIGHTH GRADE.
AND I'D THINK OF STORIES LIKE THAT AND, FOR 3 HOURS, THAT'S ALL THAT OCCUPIED MY MIND. AND THE MONEY AND ALL THAT CAME LATER, MY TRIP TO THE MASTERS, PROBABLY THE NEXT DAY. UH, BUT BOY, FOR THOSE 3 HOURS, UH, THE IMPORTANT THINGS CAME, CAME FIRST.
YOUR FIRST 6 OR 7 YEARS THAT YOU WERE OUT ON TOUR, YOU HAD A MUCH DIFFERENT AND AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE THAN YOU LATER ADAPTED FOR YOURSELF. AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE REASONS WAS BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO SEE
HOW GREAT A PLAYER YOU COULD BE AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO TEST YOURSELF RIGHT THEN AT THE HEIGHT OF YOUR POWERS, WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND HAD THE ENERGY TO DO IT.
WHEN YOU DECIDED THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE A VERY GOOD PLAYER, AS OPPOSED TO A VERY GREAT PLAYER, AT SOME POINT DURING THAT 6 OR 7 YEAR PERIOD, WAS IT DEPRESSING OR WAS IT JUST 'MATTER OF FACT' ABOUT WHAT YOU HAD COME TO REALIZE?
UH ... YEAH, 'MATTER OF FACT' IS PROBABLY THE - A BETTER WAY OF, UH, DESCRIBING IT. I, UH, I WANTED TO WIN EVERY TOURNAMENT YOU PLAY IN. BUT UH, CERTAINLY YOU DREAM OF PUTTING THAT GREEN JACKET ON.
I DREAMED OF COMING BACK TO THAT CHAMPIONS DINNER. I THINK THAT IS SUCH A GREAT, GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE MASTERS. AND UH, THE GREEN JACKET'S NICE, BUT I THINK COMING BACK TO THAT CHAMPIONS DINNER IS - WOULD BE INCREDIBLE.
UM, BUT IT WAS MORE 'MATTER OF FACT.' JUST, YOU KNOW, THOSE 8 YEARS IS WHEN I PLAYED ALMOST ALL THE MAJORS. I ONLY PLAYED 3 BRITISH OPENS, BUT I PLAYED ALL THE MASTERS AND U.S. OPENS, UH, PGAS ... UH, AND WORKED MY WAY UP THE MONEY LIST.
IT TOOK ME 3 TIMES TO GET TO THAT RYDER CUP, UH, SPOT. THAT WAS A, THAT WAS A PRIORITY. I HAD JUST MISSED IT '77 AND '79. AND UH, AND GOLF WAS THE NUMBER ONE THING IN MY LIFE. I WAS UNMARRIED IN MY FIRST 6 YEARS ON TOUR.
AND THEN I WAS MARRIED, BUT MY WIFE WAS WILLING TO TRAVEL THE NEXT 2. SO THAT GAVE ME A TOTAL OF ABOUT 8 YEARS THAT GOLF WAS NUMBER ONE AND, AND MY RANKING WAS VERY IMPORTANT.
UH, AND AT THE END OF THOSE 8 YEARS WHEN MY SON WAS BORN, THAT'S WHEN I DID SIT BACK AND I SAID, 'BOY, I WORKED PRETTY HARD AT IT, UH, PUSHED MYSELF A LITTLE HARD SOMETIMES, UH, BUT, YOU KNOW, GOT TO A RYDER CUP, UH, TEAM AND,
AND GOT SOME TOURNAMENT VICTORIES.' UH, I WASN'T READY TO PACK IT ALL IN. BUT I KNEW I WAS NOT GONNA DEVOTE ENOUGH TIME TO ,UH, AND PUSH MYSELF HARD ENOUGH ANYMORE TO GO AFTER THOSE OTHER DREAMS THAT I UH HADN'T ATTAINED. AND I WAS COMFORTABLE WITH IT. I WAS OKAY WITH IT.
NORMALLY WE WILL SHOW DURING THE SHOW A SELECTED GRAPHIC OF CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS. IN YOUR CASE, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A GRAPHIC OF SELECTED FAMILY ACHIEVEMENTS. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
- NAMED BEST FIRST BASE COACH IN 1992 BY THE PLANO LITTLE LEAGUE YANKEES
- ASSISTANT COACH FOR THE 1999 TEXAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPION TRINITY CHRISTIAN GOLF TEAM
- FATHER OF STEPHEN, THE 2-TIME TEXAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF MEDALIST (1999, 2000)
WELL, WE PUT THAT ONE FIRST
THAT MIGHT BE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST TOO. IT PROBABLY IS. I'VE PROBABLY GOT THAT TROPHY MORE TOWARDS THE FRONT IN MY TROPHY CASE THAN ANY OF MY GOLF TROPHIES.
WELL, I'M GLAD WE GOT SOMETHING RIGHT.
YOU DID. YOU DID JUST FINE. THAT WAS UH ...
AND I'VE GOT A COUPLE OF DRAG RACING TROPHIES.
WE JUST COULDN'T FIT ANYMORE ON THERE.
UH, THAT'S OKAY. BUT, BUT THEY'RE JUST A LITTLE BIT BEHIND THOSE, THOSE FAMILY, UH, DUTIES.
RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE HURRIEDLY WRITING THE NEW GRAPHIC FOR LATER IN THE SHOW. WE'LL BE BACK.
Watch: Rory finds trouble, and more trouble, and more ...
Rory McIlroy was in a must-win situation against Brian Harman in order to have a chance to advance to the one-and-done portion of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
And, as you can see, McIlroy did not get off to an ideal start on Friday.
Not a fun start for Rory.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 23, 2018
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McIlroy lost the third, fifth and ninth holes at Austin Country Club. Harman led, 3 up, at the turn.
Watch: Stefani makes hole-in-one, has no clue
Shawn Stefani made a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Resorts and Club Championship.
However, he never saw it go in.
Stefani knew he hit a great shot, and this isn't shown in the video below, but he just questioned everyone around him if they saw the ball go into the hole.
A Golf Channel cameraman finally gave him the news and Stefani responded with an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Trio lead Kia Classic; Davies shoots 82
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Laura Davies had a nightmare round days after contending for a title at age 54, and Caroline Hedwall, Jackie Stoelting and Hee Young Park topped the Kia Classic leaderboard.
Davies shot a 10-over 82 on Thursday at rainy Aviara Golf Club - four days after tying for second behind Inbee Park in the Founders Cup, and five days after shooting a 9-under 63 in the Phoenix event.
Fighting Achilles tendon and calf problems in her left leg, Davies opened double bogey-bogey-par-bogey. She bogeyed Nos. 9, 10 and 12, had another double on 15 and bogeyed 16. The 82 was the World Golf Hall of Famer's highest score on tour since also shooting 82 in the 2013 Marathon Classic. On Monday, she jumped 208 spots to No. 155 in the world.
Hedwall, Stoelting and Park shot 66 in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills. Ariya Jutanugarn, also coming off a second-place tie in Phoenix, was a stroke back with 2015 champion Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim and Nicole Broch Larsen.
Hedwall closed her bogey-free round with birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. The Swede played her final 10 holes in 6 under. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways because of the damp conditions.
''I hit it really well and started making a couple putts in my back nine,'' Hedwall said. ''I'm really happy with how I'm playing and looking forward to the rest of the days.''
Stoelting finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th. She had seven birdies and a bogey.
''I hit a lot of fairways,'' Stoelting said. ''I don't necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week. The rough is much thicker this year than last year.''
Hee Young Park birdied the final three holes, finishing on No. 9.
''The greens are really soft,'' Park said. ''So, easier on the second shot.''
The 40-year-old Kerr had a bogey-free round.
''I like this golf course,'' Kerr said. ''I think it's a tough golf course and you can't fall asleep on any shot. I mean, it's just a really great course. The layout. The rough is high. You got to pay attention. I think that's maybe why I play a little better here than some other places.''
Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 31 on the front nine.
''It's rain today and a little bit windy, but my irons help me a lot,'' Jutanugarn said. ''Just start to make some putts. ... It's pretty tough for me. I always feel like the course here is really hard because the greens really bumpy, and you're not going to hit far here.''
Lydia Ko and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu topped the group at 68.
Ko also played her final nine in 31. She missed the cut last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix.
''I holed some really good putts on my back nine,'' Ko said. ''I didn't hit the ball fantastic, but just being able to hole some good birdie putts was key.''
She won the 2016 event at Aviara.
''This is a pretty tough golf course,'' Ko said. ''Putting is a huge key around this course where if you do miss a green, making those clutch par putts and then making those birdie opportunities that you get.''
Jennifer Song and Jeong Eun Lee also shot 68. Brooke Henderson had a 69, and Lexi Thompson a 70.
Inbee Park was at 71 with Singapore champion Michelle Wie and 2014 Kia winner Anna Nordqvist. Top-ranked Shanshan Feng had a 72, playing alongside Park. Defending champion Mirim Lee shot 74.
With old clubs returned, Kim (and new clubs) starts strong at Kia
Almost two months after her golf clubs went missing, the same clubs she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, In-Kyung Kim was happily reunited with them this week.
She fetched them and her golf bag two days ago at the Carlsbad, Calif., police department.
A man bought them as a used set from a sporting goods store in the area, with Kim’s LPGA I.D. still in the golf bag.
Notably, Kim celebrated with a return to the leaderboard Thursday in the first round of the Kia Classic.
Kim opened with a 5-under-par 67, though she didn’t use her newly rediscovered clubs. She stayed with the replacement set that she put together after her clubs went missing. Her Women’s British Open clubs never showed up after she got off a plane in Southern California upon her return home from the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
“It was really difficult at first,” Kim said of getting used to her new set of clubs. “I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”
Kim said she made several visits to the factory folks, trying to get the loft and lies of her new clubs just the way she wanted, close to the configuration that helped her win the Women’s British Open.
“They were like, `I.K., are you ever happy?’” Kim said.
Actually, only five of Kim’s “lost” clubs turned up with her golf bag at that sporting goods store. Still, Kim was happy to get three wedges, two hybrids and her golf bag back.
“It’s kind of good to have a conclusion,” Kim said.
Kim can thank a “What’s in the bag?” segment with Ladies European Tour TV analyst Alison Whitaker for leading to the retrieval of her clubs. Kim explained to Whitaker how her clubs went missing during the telecast of the HSBC Women’s World Championship three weeks ago.
A golf fan in the San Diego area saw Golf Channel’s telecast of that segment.
“One of his friends bought the tour bag,” Kim said. “The other friend knew about my story, and he was like, `No, dude, that's not for selling. It's stolen.’”
Kim was delighted to meet the men who returned her clubs when she picked them up at the Carlsbad Police Department.
“Just good for me,” Kim said.