Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 2
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE THE MAN THAT YOU WERE MEANT TO BE. YOU BUY INTO THAT, DON'T YOU?
YEAH I DON'T THINK I GREW UP TILL I WAS ABOUT 45 OR 46 OR 47. AROUND THAT AREA. I GUESS I WAS A SLOW DEVELOPER IN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WRONG I WAS ABOUT THINGS, BUT I THINK ALL OF US, I MEAN, WE CAN, AND WE CAN
ALWAYS BE BETTER. WE CAN BE A BETTER PERSON, WE CAN BE A BETTER HUSBAND, WE CAN BE A BETTER FATHER, WE CAN BE A BETTER TEACHER. WE CAN BE BETTER AT EVERYTHING WE DO.
I THINK THE OLDER YOU GET, IF YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND YOU GO ON AND TRY AND BUILD ON THAT YOU CAN DO BETTER. IT JUST TOOK ME A WHILE TO FIGURE THAT OUT.
WHEN, WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE LOOK UP TO YOU, AND THEY DO, AND SAY, YOU KNOW, HOW DO I MAKE MY DREAM COME TRUE, OR HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT I SHOULD BE WHEN I GROW UP, WHAT DO YOU SAY BASED ON ALL THE EXPERIENCES YOU HAD?
WELL FIRST OF ALL NOTHING COMES EASY. IT TAKES HARD WORK AND IT TAKES TIME. I THINK THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT I ASK FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FROM ME ARE TO BE
HONEST AND TO BE LOYAL, AND I THINK IF YOU'RE AN HONEST PERSON AND YOU'RE LOYAL TO YOUR PROFESSION OR YOUR LOYAL TO WHERE YOU WORK OR WHO YOU WORK FOR AND YOU WORK HARD, I
THINK YOU'LL SUCCEED. NOW WHAT LEVEL YOU SUCCEED, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF LUCK. I MEAN I'VE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE IN MY LIFE. MY BROTHERS TEASE ME ALL THE TIME THAT I'VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SPITE OF MYSELF,
BECAUSE I'VE MADE A LOT OF ERRORS AND I'VE ALWAYS KIND OF DONE THINGS MY WAY, BUT I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A WORK-AHOLIC, I'VE ALWAYS WORKED REALLY HARD, I'VE ALWAYS TRIED TO IMPROVE MYSELF AT WHAT I DO AND IF YOU JUST KEEP WORKING HARD YOU'LL GET A
BREAK EVERY NOW AND THEN AND THE KEY IS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME OF YOUR BREAKS AND LET IT GO, LET IT ROLL.
SEEMS LIKE EVERY SUCCESSFUL PERSON WILL SAY, I HAD THIS LUCKY BREAK, I HAD THIS ONE THING HAPPEN THAT SET ME ON MY WAY, WELL DAVE MARR WAS SOMEBODY WHO GAVE YOU A LUCKY BREAK, DIDN'T HE?
DAVE MARR WAS MY BIG BROTHER. DAVID WENT TO WORK FOR MY DAD WHEN HE WAS VERY YOUNG AND HE WAS LIKE THE BIG BROTHER I NEVER HAD BEING THE OLDER PERSON IN OUR FAMILY, AND ANYTIME I HAD A PROBLEM I WOULD
ALWAYS CALL DAVE AND TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT AND DAVE HAS KICKED MY TAIL SO MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE AND I DESERVED IT EVERY TIME AND I LOVED HIM LIKE A BROTHER. HE WAS, I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH FOR DAVE MARR, I MEAN HE,
I THINK HE WAS THE GREATEST GOLF ANNOUNCER THERE IS. HE WAS A GREAT PLAYER, HE WAS A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR GOLF, BUT FOR ME, HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND AND I DON'T THINK I EVER MADE
HARDLY ANY DECISION AT ALL WITHOUT ASKING DAVID ABOUT IT.
WHAT WOULD HE SAY ABOUT YOUR LATEST AWARD
(UNINTELLIGIBLE) BE WITH US?
OH HE'D BE
DAVID WOULD BE VERY PROUD. HE WOULD GIVE ME A LOT OF GRIEF ABOUT IT, TELLING ME THAT I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING AND THAT I JUST KNOW HOW TO PICK STUDENTS AND THEN THAT WOULD BE PUBLIC. HE'D JUST HARASS ME
A LITTLE BECAUSE THAT WAS DAVID'S WAY, AND THEN PRIVATELY HE'D PUT YOUR ARM AROUND HIS, HIS ARM AROUND AND GIVE YOU A BIG HUG AND TELL YOU
HOW PROUD HE WAS OF YOU. DAVID MARR WAS A GREAT MAN.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE AND THE ART OF SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION?
WELL I THINK IN OUR BUSINESS, IN THE GOLF BUSINESS AND TEACHING, COMMUNICATION IS EVERYTHING. I MEAN YOU COULD HAVE ALL THE KNOWLEDGE IN THE WORLD, YOU COULD HAVE A GREAT EYE TO BE ABLE TO SEE PROBLEMS
AND TO SWING IT. IF YOU CAN'T COMMUNICATE THIS TO YOUR STUDENTS OR THEY DON'T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT,
I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS MY BROTHERS AND I LEARNED THE MOST FROM OUR DAD IS HE WAS A GREAT COMMUNICATOR, AND I THINK IF YOU'RE A GREAT COMMUNICATOR YOU'RE BETTER AT WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE SKILL, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY
TO COMMUNICATE, TO ARTICULATE, TO SAY THINGS IN GOLF THAT TEACHING, WE SAY WE LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SAY THE SAME THING SIX OR SEVEN DIFFERENT WAYS SO A STUDENT CAN UNDERSTAND IT EASIER, AND I THINK ANY YOUNG
TEACHER OUT THERE TODAY, I THINK IT REALLY HELPS THEM TO WORK ON THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND IT'S EASY TO DO WHEN YOU'RE TALKING BEFORE THE LADIES LUNCHEON. GIVE A BETTER
SPEECH THAN YOU NORMALLY WOULD, REALLY GET INTO IT, PREPARE FOR IT. GET TO WHERE YOU LIKE DOING IT. GET COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, AND THEN, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS GET BETTER AND YOU GET BETTER AT WHAT YOU DO.
WHAT'S A DIFFERENCE FOR YOU IN COMMUNICATING WITH TIGER WOODS VERSUS A 36 HANDICAPPER WHO WOULD JUST LIKE TO PUT THE BALL IN PLAY?
UH REALLY NOT ANYTHING, EXCEPT FOR THE LEVEL THAT YOU'RE TALKING AT. TIGER WOODS, OBVIOUSLY THE MOST TALENTED GOLFER I'VE EVER SEEN CAN
DO ANYTHING YOU SAY. THE PRESSURES ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU'RE WITH A 36 HANDICAP YOU CAN EXPERIMENT A LITTLE BIT. IF THIS DOESN'T WORK YOU TRY SOMETHING ELSE, IF THIS DOESN'T WORK YOU TRY
SOMETHING ELSE WITH, WITH A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, A PROFESSIONAL GOLFER, YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE WAY THEY MAKE A LIVING, SO YOU HAVE TO BE TOTALLY SURE WHEN YOU SAY THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO, THAT YOU'VE RESEARCHED IT, THAT YOU UNDERSTAND
WHY YOU'RE DOING IT AND YOU BETTER BE A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE THAT IT'S THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE THIS IS HOW A GUY MAKES A LIVING. IN TIGER'S CASE,
HE CAN DO ANYTHING. I MEAN YOU COULD TELL HIM TO TURN HIS HANDS LIKE THIS AND HIT A FADE AND HE COULD AND TURN HIS HANDS WAY OVER HERE AND HIT A HOOK AND HE COULD. SO WITH TIGER YOU HAVE TO REALLY BE PRECISE, AND HE'S A GREAT STUDENT OF THE SWING.
HE UNDERSTANDS THE GOLF SWING SO YOU CAN REALLY GIVE HIM A LOT OF STUFF AND HE WANTS INFORMATION. WITH A 36 HANDICAP YOU JUST WANT TO PICK OUT ONE THING IN HIS SWING AND LET'S FIX THAT AND SOME OF THE OTHER
STUFF WILL FALL IN AND IF IT DOESN'T WORK THEN YOU TRY SOMETHING ELSE AND IF IT DOESN'T WORK YOU TRY SOMETHING ELSE. WITH A TOUR PLAYER YOU DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY.
ARE YOU ABLE TO, INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD, SEPARATE YOUR SUCCESS FROM TIGER'S SUCCESS?
OH I THINK SO, I MEAN TIGER WOODS IS, IS THE STAR. THERE'S NEVER BEEN ANYBODY LIKE TIGER WOODS, I MEAN, I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF MY AFFILIATION WITH TIGER WOODS. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. I'D BE A FOOL TO
TELL YOU IT WAS ANY OTHER WAY, BUT TIGER WOODS IS UNBELIEVABLE, PETER. THERE'S NEVER BEEN A GOLFER LIKE THIS OR WHAT HE CAN DO. IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL. I FEEL SO PRIVILEGED
TO HAVE KNOWN TIGER SINCE 1993 AND HAVE WATCHED HIM NOT ONLY MATURE AS A GOLFER BUT WATCHED HIM MATURE AS A YOUNG MAN AND WATCH HIM MAKE A MISTAKE AND LEARN FROM THAT
MISTAKE AND GO ON AND THAT'S THE THING THAT I THINK I'M THE MOST PROUD
OF IS TO HAVE WATCHED HIM GROW AS A PERSON AS WELL AS A GOLFER.
AS WE LEAVE FOR JUST A MOMENT WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOU GRACING ANOTHER COVER. IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE ONE THAT CAME OUT TODAY FROM GOLF DIGEST LETTING US KNOW THAT HE HAD BEEN VOTED THE NUMBER ONE TEACHER
BY A GROUP OF HIS PEERS. THAT WAS A PERFECT SHOT YOU HIT RIGHT THERE, RIGHT?
IT WAS A GOOD SHOT.
THAT'S A GOOD POSITION.
I LIKE THAT.
WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
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.