Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE WITH CHARLIE HOWELL AND THIS FROM KEVIN STILLER, ATLANTA GEORGIA, I'M 11 YEARS OLD AND DREAM OF PLAYING THE TOUR. WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ME?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I, I'D SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT JUST KEEP WORKING HARD AT IT. DON'T EVER BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT. I, AT THAT AGE, I WAS HEARING THAT YOU'LL

NEVER MAKE IT AND YOU'RE TOO SMALL OR YOU DON'T HIT IT FAR ENOUGH AND
JUST HANG IN THERE AND KEEP WORKING AT IT. THERE'S PLENTY, PLENTY OF ROOM OUT THERE.

RICH LERNER
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGSTERS LIKE KEVIN NA, THE TALENTED YOUNGSTER FROM THE WEST COAST.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHO'S STILL A TEENAGER AND TO TY TRYON WHO HAS BEEN SENSATIONAL, STILL A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR TO BE. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM ON THE IDEA THAT THEY ARE APPARENTLY ENTERTAINING OF TURNING PROFESSIONAL BEFORE THEY EVER GET TO COLLEGE?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL THAT'S AN INTERESTING ONE AND YOU KNOW, I, I PLAYED THREE YEARS OF COLLEGE GOLF AND TURNED PRO EARLY WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY ABOUT LEAVING WHEN YOU'RE IN SCHOOL EARLY

AND YOU KNOW, I, I, ALL THE STUFF I LEARNED FROM COACH HOLDER AND COACH MCGRALL WAS THE ASSISTANT COACH THERE AND ALL THE STUFF THEY TAUGHT ME AND EVERYTHING I LEARNED

THROUGH COLLEGE, LIVING ON MY OWN AWAY FROM MY PARENTS, LIVING WITH A ROOMMATE, WAKING UP ONE MORNING AND MOM DIDN'T HAVE BREAKFAST ON THE TABLE AND THROWING DIRTY CLOTHES ON THE FLOOR AND I HAD TO GO PICK THEM UP MYSELF.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I CAN'T IMAGINE MISSING THAT. I, I CAN'T, I CAN'T IMAGINE GOING STRAIGHT FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO DOING WHAT I'M DOING NOW. TRAVELING ALL THE TIME AND YOU KNOW, EVEN IF YOU

GO ONE OR TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE, GO TO OKLAHOMA STATE. THERE'S MY PLUG FOR OKLAHOMA. YEAH I MEAN, GO THERE, COACH HOLDER WILL UNDERSTAND THAT I, I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE NOT HAVING THAT.

RICH LERNER
YOU WERE HEAVILY RECRUITED AND THE CONSISTENT RECRUITMENT OF CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD IS A THEME

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
THAT HAS FOLLOWED YOU TO THIS DAY WHETHER IT WAS COLLEGIATE COACHES OR WHETHER IT WAS AGENTS TO BE OR WHETHER IT WAS CLUB MANUFACTURERS, BUT LET'S START WITH COLLEGES, WHY OKLAHOMA STATE AND WHO ELSE CAME AFTER YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I WAS RECRUITED BY OKLAHOMA STATE AND GEORGIA TECH AND UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. THOSE THREE I HAD PRETTY MUCH NARROWED IT DOWN TO AND UH IT WASN'T AN EASY DECISION

AT ALL. IN THE END, I JUST, I LOVED COACH HOLDER. I MEAN HE, HE'S THE EXACT SAME AGE AS MY FATHER. THEY'RE ONE DAY APART.

RICH LERNER
HOW OLD IS THAT?

CHARLES HOWELL III
53 (LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
53

CHARLES HOWELL III
SORRY COACH HOLDER.

(RICH AND CHARLES LAUGH)

CHARLES HOWELL III
BUT, BUT NO THEY, YOU KNOW AND THEY BOTH ARE, THEY'RE BOTH JUST AWESOME AND, AND COACH HOLDER AND HIS RECORD, WHAT HE'S ACCOMPLISHED

AT OKLAHOMA STATE AND JUST THE, THE
TRADITION THERE, I MEAN IT'S, I MEAN HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT.

RICH LERNER
HE SEEMS TO ME, AND, I'VE ONLY SEEN HIM AND COVERED ONE NCA CHAMPIONSHIP BUT HE SEEMS TO ME TO BE A GUY WITH MORE OF A FOOTBALL COACH'S MENTALITY. VERY

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
TOUGH GUY

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT... HE IS

RICH LERNER
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO HE IS TOUGH. I MEAN HE IS ALMOST A FOOTBALL COACH WITH A GOLF COACH'S LABEL BUT, BUT HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT. I MEAN HE'S, HE'S NOT TRYING TO HARM YOU WHEN, WHEN HE'S OUT THERE MAKING YOU GET UP EARLY ON THE WEEKENDS TO GO PLAY GOLF, HE,

HE'S JUST TRYING TO MAKE YOU BETTER, HE'S NOT TRYING TO MAKE YOU MISERABLE, SO HE'S, NO I COULDN'T, I COULDN'T IMAGINE PLAYING FOR ANOTHER COACH.

RICH LERNER
LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. LET'S WELCOME JAY FROM GEORGIA. HI, YOU'RE ON WITH CHARLIE HOWELL.

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
HEY CHARLIE. JAY KAYSON. HOW YOU DOING?

CHARLES HOWELL III
GOOD. HOW ARE YOU DOING?

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
GOOD, GOOD. HEY, QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU. WHAT'S BEEN THE ONE HARDEST THING TO GET ADJUSTED OUT ON THE PGA TOUR FOR YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL JAY I'D SAY PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING HAS BEEN THE TRAVEL AND IN COLLEGE GOLF, AS YOU KNOW, WE PLAY ONE TOURNAMENT AND HAVE TWO OR THREE WEEKS OFF TO REST AND PRACTICE AND GET READY AND I THINK

THE TRAVEL, THE AMOUNT OF, LIKE THIS, I JUST GOT DONE PLAYING SIX WEEKS IN A ROW AND THAT CAN GET PRETTY TIRING

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
RIGHT

CHARLES HOWELL III
OTHER THAN THAT IT'S, IT'S STILL JUST GOLF BUT THE TRAVEL'S GOT TO BE THE HARDEST PART.

JAY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (MALE):
WELL, WELL GREAT THANKS CHARLIE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
HEY GOOD TO SEE YOU.

RICH LERNER
JAY, THANK YOU. HOW DO YOU TRAVEL? ARE YOU A COMMERCIAL FLYER OR HAVE YOU GONE THE ROUTE OF MANY PROFESSIONALS AND GONE WITH THE LEAST JET PROGRAM?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL FORTUNATELY I'M ABLE, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE A LEASED JET WHICH HAS BEEN, WHICH HAS BEEN AWESOME. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW NICE THAT IS.

RICH LERNER
IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO GET IN AND OUT OF DODGE (?)

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL IT IS. IT'S YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT AN ISSUE OF BEING YOU KNOW, COCKY OR, OR

RICH LERNER
SURE

CHARLES HOWELL III
WHATEVER. IT'S AN ISSUE OF IT'S YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW VALUABLE YOUR TIME IS AND YOU KNOW GETTING FROM ONE TOURNAMENT TO THE OTHER WITH A FOUR HOUR DELAY HERE, WHATEVER, AND TRAVELING PRIVATE IT'S, IT'S, IT'S SO NICE.

RICH LERNER
GO BACK TO YOUR DAYS AT OKLAHOMA STATE BECAUSE THERE, THERE WERE MANY GREAT MOMENTS THERE BUT THERE'S ONE THAT REALLY STANDS OUT AND MAY STAND FOR A LONG, LONG TIME IN THE RECORD BOOKS AND THAT'S YOUR PERFORMANCE AT THE 2000 NCA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN

ALABAMA.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
I MEAN YOU BLEW A HOLE IN THE RECORD BOOK AND YOU WON BY 8 SHOTS AND NOBODY HAD EVER GONE BETTER THAN 17 DEEP AND YOU FINISHED WHAT WITH TWENTY

THREE UNDER

CHARLES HOWELL III
TWENTY-THREE UNDER

RICH LERNER
UNDER PAR. I MEAN EVERYBODY ASSOCIATED WITH THAT CALLS IT THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE THEY'VE EVER SEEN.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHAT WAS GOING ON THAT WEEK?

CHARLES HOWELL III
(LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
AND YOUR TEAM WON THE TITLE BY THE WAY, MOST IMPORTANTLY.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, YOU KNOW I, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE THAT OUT AND SIT AND THINK ABOUT IT AND IT WAS ONE OF THE DEALS WHERE EVERYTHING WAS WORKING. I, I WAS DRIVING IT WELL. MY IRONS WERE HITTING THEM WELL. I WAS PUTTING GOOD AND IT WAS JUST, IT WAS AN

AWESOME WEEK. IT, THE GOLF COURSE REALLY FIT MY EYE WELL AND I, I'VE TRIED TO FIGURE IT OUT SINCE THEN. I'VE GOTTEN CLOSE.

RICH LERNER
APPARENTLY IT, IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. I MEAN THERE WERE FIVE OR SIX PUTTS THAT KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, DIDN'T GO IN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, WELL YEAH, AS SOON AS I LOOKED AT THAT LEADERBOARD ON THE LAST DAY FOR SOME REASON THE PUTTS STARTED MISSING.

RICH LERNER
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, AND, AND NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR AFTER YOU'VE SHOT 23 UNDER PAR THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN 28.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
BUT NOBODY, NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THAT.

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO BUT LIKE A GOLFER YOU'LL ALWAYS SAY IT.

RICH LERNER
OF COURSE (LAUGHS). ALRIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. DAVID LEADBETTER IS GOING TO JOIN US. WHEN WE COME BACK, THIS REMINDER YOU CAN JOIN US ON LINE AS ALWAYS AT GOLF'S

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.


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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.