Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
YOU KNOW FULL WELL DAVID LEADBETTER IS A HIGH ENERGY GUY

TO SAY THE LEAST.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES HE IS

RICH LERNER
AND HE CALLED US, GOT TO BE, WHAT? 2:00 OVER IN

ENGLAND.

CHARLES HOWELL III
YES.

RICH LERNER
OR WORKING ON 2:00, BUT NO SURPRISE TO YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, NO HE'S PULLED THAT TRICK BEFORE. I WAS PLAYING AT THE WESTERN EARLIER THIS YEAR AND IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN 3:00 IN THE MORNING HIS TIME AND MY CELL PHONE RINGS, IT'S, OVER HERE, AND CHARLES, JUST HAD TO TELL YOU THAT

YOU'RE A LITTLE LAID OFF AT THE TOP. I SAW A SWING TODAY AND YOU GOT TO WORK ON THAT BEFORE TOMORROW AND SO HIS NICKNAME'S BATMAN. HE DOESN'T SLEEP AT ALL.

RICH LERNER
LET'S WELCOME ANOTHER GUY WHO'S BEEN VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE EARLY STAGES OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER, THAT IS YOUR AGENT, ROCKY HAMBRIC. ROCKY, THANKS VERY MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I'M DOING GREAT RICH, HOW ABOUT YOU?

RICH LERNER
I'M, I'M DOING SENSATIONAL. YOU'VE GOT TO BE PROUD OF THE WORK THIS YOUNG MAN HAS DONE SO FAR.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF HIM. HE'S DONE A FABULOUS JOB SO FAR IN HIS PRO CAREER.

RICH LERNER
ROCKY, MUCH WAS MADE OF THE RECRUITMENT, AS WE SAID EARLIER, OF CHARLIE HOWELL. HE WAS CERTAINLY THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER GOLF COMMODITY SINCE TIGER WOODS AND

YOU WON THE AGENTING SWEEPSTAKES, IF, IF YOU WILL AND THEY WERE A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE. YOU AGREED TO GIVE CHARLIE 5% OF YOUR NEW FOUND COMPANY. YOU HAD BROKEN AWAY FROM YOUR PREVIOUS CONCERN. WHY

DID YOU GO SO DEEP ON THAT, AND WHAT DO YOU TELL A FUTURE PLAYER THAT YOU WOULD INC. WHO'S, WHO WOULD SEE 5% OF HIS EARNINGS GO TO CHARLIE HOWELL SINCE HE WOULD HAVE A PIECE OF THE COMPANY?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
WELL THE REASON REALLY IS THAT A PLAYER LIKE CHARLES HOWELL COMES ALONG MAYBE ONCE A DECADE, MAYBE TWICE IN A GREAT DECADE BUT NOT VERY OFTEN AND CERTAINLY NOT EVERY YEAR

AND HE MEANS SO MUCH TO A COMPANY, AND I MEAN THE ENTIRE COMPANY MEANING THE OWNERSHIP AND PEOPLE WHO OPERATE THE COMPANY, WHICH WOULD BE ME AND TO THE OTHER CLIENTS IN THE COMPANY. THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE GENERATES FOR

THE COMPANY GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR A LOT OF PLAYERS AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NET INCOME VERSUS THE GROSS INCOME OF AN AGENT COMPANY, ANY PLAYER'S NOT GIVING 5% OF THEIR EARNINGS TO CHARLES. UNFORTUNATELY, RIGHT, CHARLES?

CHARLES HOWELL III
UNFORTUNATELY NOT.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THAT'S RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
SO YOU DON'T FEEL AS THOUGH YOU WILL HAVE RADICALLY CHANGED THE NATURE OF THE PLAYER-AGENT RELATIONSHIP AS SOME HAD CONTENDED AT THE TIME?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
CERTAINLY NOT, I MEAN I'M CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST MANAGER TO EVER RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTION OF A PLAYER. I BELIEVE THE VERY FIRST AGENT RECOGNIZED THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE VERY FIRST PLAYER AND THAT BEING MARK McCORMICK AND ARNOLD PALMER.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, LET'S ALSO LOOK AT ANOTHER ISSUE WHICH HAS SURROUNDED CHARLIE THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR AND A HALF OR SO OF HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND, AND THAT IS THE LIMITATIONS THAT SEEM TO HAVE BEEN PLACED ON HIM WHERE

ELIGIBILITY IS CONCERNED. HE IS NOT TECHNICALLY A MEMBER OF THE PGA TOUR. THIS IS GENERALLY COMPLEX. I'M GOING TO LET YOU HAVE AT IT AND TRY

TO KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE TO UNDERSTAND. WHAT HURDLES HE HAD TO
OVERCOME AND HOW THE RESTRICTIONS MIGHT IMPACT THINGS GOING FORWARD.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
GOOD, WELL I'LL TRY TO DO MY BEST TO MAKE IT SIMPLE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL GOOD LUCK.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
CHARLES IS ACTUALLY A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER OF THE TOUR AS HE WAS LAST SUMMER AFTER HE MADE AS MUCH MONEY AS THE 150TH MONEY WINNER IN 1999. HE DID THAT IN 2000 AND

BECAME A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER BUT DIDN'T FINISH IN THE TOP 125. IN LATE 1999 THE POLICY FOR CHANGE, THE DEFINITION OF WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST EFFECTIVE FOR THE YEAR 2000 AND TO BE LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST

BEGINNING IN 2000, YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN A MEMBER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR OR YOU HAVE TO BECOME A FULL MEMBER DURING THE YEAR, NOT A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER WHICH HAD BEEN THE CASE BEFORE. AS A CONSEQUENCE, CHARLES DOESN'T APPEAR

ON THE MONEY LIST AND YOU KNOW HAS TO FINISH IN THE TOP 25 TO GET ANY BENEFITS. FOR INSTANCE, 125 TO 150, THAT CATEGORY IN ALL PREVIOUS YEARS BEFORE LAST YEAR WOULD HAVE EARNED

A CONDITIONAL CARD FOR THE NEXT YEAR, BUT IN CHARLES' CASE BECAUSE HE DID IT IN THE YEAR 2000 IT DIDN'T EARN THAT STATUS FOR 2001. THE IMPACT FOR THIS YEAR AND THEREFORE GOING FORWARD FOR CHARLES IS, HE'S ASSURED

OF HAVING A CARD FOR NEXT YEAR BECAUSE HE'S IN THE TOP ONE TWENT.. WILL BE IN THE TOP 125 AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HOWEVER HE'S NOT ON THE OFFICIAL PGA TOUR MONEY LIST WHICH MEANS THAT UNLESS HE WINS, WHICH IS

ABOUT THE ONLY WAY HE CAN BECOME A FULL MEMBER BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, HE CAN'T PLAY IN THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP AND HE WOULDN'T BE LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL MONEY LIST AT THE END OF THE YEAR WHICH CREATES A

NUMBER OF SCENARIOS AS WHETHER OR NOR HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE IF HE FINISHED IN THE TOP 20 FOR THE USGA'S INVITATION TO THE U.S. OPEN, THE R&A'S INVITATION TO THE BRITISH OPEN AND IF HE FINISHES IN THE TOP 40 WHETHER HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN INVITATION TO NEXT YEAR'S MASTERS.

RICH LERNER
CHARLES, YOU'VE BEEN OUTSPOKEN ON OCCASION, YOU DID NOT LIKE THE RULES SET UP. DO YOU THINK THEY WERE DESIGNED TO PROTECT SOME OF THE VETERAN PLAYERS ON TOUR AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUNG GUYS LIKE YOURSELF?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW IT, IT'S A TOUGH CALL THERE. I MEAN GRANTED THEY DIDN'T REALLY EXPECT A NON MEMBER TO DO WHAT I DID, YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD HAVE PUT THAT SCENARIO IN ORDER AND, SO, I MEAN FROM THE TOUR'S STANDPOINT IN

DEFENSE OF THE TOUR, I CAN UNDERSTAND THE RULES. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE MISHAPS AND THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS. OBVIOUSLY FROM MY POSITION THOUGH I HAD A HARD TIME BELIEVING THEM AND SWALLOWING THEM
AND STILL AM.

RICH LERNER
BUT, I GUESS TO PUT YOUR TALENT IN PERSPECTIVE, AND ROCKY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO SAY GOOD-BYE BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, HE HAS NOW BECOME ONE OF ONLY THREE PLAYERS TO HAVE EVER EARNED THE CARD FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR

WITH THOSE SEVEN SPONSORS EXEMPTIONS. TIGER AND JUSTIN LEONARD THE OTHER TWO, IS THAT CORRECT?

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THAT'S CORRECT. IN FACT, IT'S INTERESTING, HE'S BEEN A SPECIAL TEMPORARY MEMBER TWICE.

CHARLES HOWELL III
(LAUGHS)

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT. ROCKY, WE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN. THANKS FOR DROPPING BY

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

RICH LERNER
AND BEST OF LUCK.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANKS ROCK.

ROCKY HAMBRIC, CHARLES' AGENT (MALE):
I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING

RICH LERNER
WE'RE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.

(MUSIC)

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 7:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.

For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.

By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.

But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”

Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.


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But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.

After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.

“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”

But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.

Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.

“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.

There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.

Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par. 

And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.

As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.

“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”

Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.

Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.

The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.

Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.

It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”