Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 2
WHAT IN YOUR VIEW IS THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STATE, IN YOUR OPINION, OF THE SENIOR TOUR?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I THINK THE SENIOR TOUR IS PRETTY STABLE, IS GOING TO GET BETTER. IT, IT'S TOO BAD THAT JACK HASN'T PLAYED AS MUCH AS HE SHOULD AND ARNOLD OF COURSE, HE'S ON HIS WAY OUT, YOU KNOW, HE'S STILL THE KING OF GOLF. WE NEED TOM WATSON TO PLAY MORE. WE NEED LANNY WADKINS TO PLAY MORE.
TOM KITE, AND THEN BRUCE LIETZKY'S COMING PRETTY SOON AND THEN WHEN FUZZY ZOELLER GETS TO THE SENIOR TOUR, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST HELP BECAUSE HE'S THE, HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THAT THE PEOPLE REALLY LIKE TO BE AROUND. HE'S A COLORFUL GUY PLUS HE CAN REALLY PLAY SOME GOLF.
AND YOU AND LEE TREVINO REALLY HAVE BEEN CARRYING THAT INTERPERSONAL ROLE WITH THE CROWD TO A LARGE EXTENT HAVEN'T YOU THE LAST FEW YEARS?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YEAH BUT SO HAVE ARNOLD AND UH AND UH GARY PLAYER. WE WERE THE, THE FOUR. YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T, WE CAN'T, IT'S PRETTY TOUGH TO BEAT THOSE YOUNGER GUYS NOW A DAYS SO WE HAVEN'T BEEN WINNING MUCH AND I, I THINK WE NEED UH WE NEED SOME LEADERS LIKE, LIKE FUZZY AND PETER, PETER JACOBSON WHEN HE COMES HE'S GOING TO BE TREMENDOUS FOR US AND SO IS BEN CRENSHAW.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TOMORROW'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL I HOPE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY THAT GEORGE BUSH WINS BECAUSE THE OTHER GUY DON'T LIKE RICH PEOPLE, AND HE'S RICH (LAUGHS) YOU KNOW. I'M A, I'M A, A VERY, VERY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN AND I DON'T MIND SAYING THAT TO ANYBODY. I THINK THAT UH WE NEED TO, TO HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT OUR ARMED FORCES CAN RESPECT AND WE NEED A PRESIDENT THAT YOU CAN TELL THE KIDS I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO BE LIKE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT IN 8 YEARS.
YOU DON'T THINK IT'S A VERY CLOSE CALL BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL IF PEOPLE VOTE FOR WHAT'S GOOD FOR THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY, THEN AL GORE HAS A CHANCE, BUT IF THEY VOTE FOR WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY, GEORGE BUSH IS THE MAN.
BUT ISN'T WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY GOOD FOR YOU INDIVIDUALLY AS WELL?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NOT PARTICULARLY, YOU KNOW. YOU CAN MAKE LAWS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR JUST A FEW PEOPLE. I MEAN I WORK PRETTY HARD, AND YOU WORK PRETTY HARD, PETER. I WAS POOR AT ONE TIME, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT POOR ANYMORE. I'M NOT ROCKEFELLER, BUT I'M NOT ANGELA BUTZ EITHER YOU KNOW, SO I PAY A LOT OF TAXES AND WHEN THESE MEN SAY HE'S GOING TO GET THAT TAXES TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT NOT ALL THE AMERICANS, IT BOTHERS ME.
YOU KNOW THAT'S SOCIALISM. YOU HAVE TO GIVE, WHEN YOU GIVE A TAX BREAK, YOU GIVE IT, GIVE IT TO EVERYBODY.
ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST HEROES WAS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND OBVIOUSLY HE HAD LOTS OF INCREDIBLE QUALITIES AND CHARACTER AND VALUES. WHAT PARTICULAR VALUES, AND WHAT ABOUT HIS CHARACTER MAKES HIM A HERO OF YOURS?
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, NOT ONLY HIM, BUT JIMMY CARTER IS ONE OF MY HEROES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. JIMMY CARTER UH BUILT HOMES FOR THE POOR. HE DOESN'T GET PAID. ALWAYS HE MADE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST BETWEEN EGYPT AND ISRAEL AND I THINK INSTEAD OF THE POLITICIANS TRYING TO DO IT THEMSELVES THEY OUGHT TO SEND JIMMY CARTER OVER THERE RIGHT NOW, AND HE CAN HANDLE THE SITUATION. WELL THE EVERYTHING HE DID. HE, YOU KNOW ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS KICKED OUT OF HIS HOUSE WHEN HE WAS A KID BECAUSE HE WAS AN UGLY KID. I'VE NEVER SEEN AN UGLY KID.
ALL THE KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL TO ME, BUT ANYWAY, HE UH HE WAS A `C' STUDENT AND HE JUST BARELY MADE IT IN EVERYTHING THAT, THAT HE DID. YOU KNOW IN SCHOOL, HE, ALL THE KIDS USED TO ACCUSE HIM OF BEING STUPID AND UH HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, THEN HE WENT TO COLLEGE AND HE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, STILL A `C' STUDENT AND THEN HE TOLD THE UH THE OTHER GUYS THAT HE WAS GOING TO BECOME A LAWYER SO HE FAILED TWICE, AND THEN HE WENT BACK AND HE, HE GOT THE UH HE PASSED THE LAW SCHOOL, AND THEN HE HAD TO GO THROUGH THE UH THROUGH THE BAR, TO GET THE BAR, YOU KNOW THE KENNEDY KID FAILED THAT 8 TIMES TOO. WELL HE FAILED THAT 8 TIMES, AND HE WENT BACK, HE PERSISTED AND HE BECAME A LAWYER AND THEN HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO BECOME A SENATOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THEY TOLD HIM YOU'RE REALLY CRAZY, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE NOT SMART ENOUGH AND HE SAYS I'M GOING RUN AND HE RUN AND HE LOST TWICE, AND HE RAN AGAIN, AND THEN HE WON, AND THEN HE SAID NOW I'M GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND UH THE PEOPLE
SAID YOU'RE REALLY CRAZY, AND HE RAN AND HE WON, AND THEN HE GAVE A SPEECH, AND THE NEWSPAPER PEOPLE WROTE IT AS THE WORST SPEECH THAT ANY PRESIDENT HAS EVER GAVE, AND NOW, IT'S REMEMBERED AS THE GREATEST SPEECH THAT ANY PRESIDENT EVER GAVE, PLUS HE SAY UH HE, YOU KNOW, HE FREED THE SLAVES. THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. HE SHOULD BE IN HEAVEN.
WE KNOW THAT YOU'RE A CONSERVATIVE, BUT YOU'RE ALSO VERY COMPASSIONATE, WITH THE WAY THAT YOU FEEL ABOUT LIFE, AND CHILDREN, CHILDREN AND
CHARITY, SOME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED, DESPITE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE CONSERVATIVE, THAT YOU BELIEVE IN THE DEATH PENALTY. TELL US ABOUT THAT.
CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, THE DEATH PENALTY DOES NOT PER SAY DETER CRIME, BUT IT GUARANTEES YOU THAT THAT PERSON WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN, AND THAT'S ALL YOU WANT. I BELIEVE THAT THE LAW SHOULD BE THAT UH IF YOU COMMIT RAPE, ESPECIALLY A KID, IF YOU RAPE A KID, THEN YOU SHOULD ASK THE FAMILY OF THAT KID WHAT YOU WANT DONE WITH THAT GUY. OR THAT PERSON, AND I GUARANTEE YOU, THEY DON'T HAVE, THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH CRIME IN THE ISLAMIC COUNTRIES BECAUSE YOU KNOW, IF YOU STEAL THEY CUT YOUR HAND OFF. THEY DON'T, IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR HAND CUT OFF, YOU WON'T STEAL. VERY GOOD CHANCE THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO STEAL. THE NEXT TIME, THEY, I, I, I STUDIED THE ISLAM, UH ISLAM A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE I WAS FASCINATED WITH THE RELIGION, YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY DON'T DRINK, THEY DON'T SMOKE, THEY DON'T BOTHER NOBODY AND THEIR LAWS ARE TREMENDOUS. IF YOU STEAL AGAIN THEY CUT YOUR, YOUR FOOT OFF, THAT WAY YOU HAVE TO BEG, SO NOW THERE'S, YOU DON'T STEAL. NOW THEY, IF YOU STEAL FOR YOUR KIDS, YOU STEAL FOOD OR SOMETHING, THEY FORGIVE YOU, BUT IF YOU HOLD UP SOMEBODY LIKE THAT, THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. IF YOU COMMIT ADULTERY, THEY, THEY STONE YOU TO DEATH SO YOU DON'T COMMIT ADULTERY. IF YOU COMMIT RAPE I CAN'T TELL YOU ON TV WHAT THEY DO, BUT THEY DO HANG YOU. THEY LET YOU, THEY LET YOU, LET THE PEOPLE WATCH YOU FOR 48 HOURS, SO YOU DON'T RAPE.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK, WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK, AS WE LEAVE WE'VE GOT A LITTLE POTPOURRI OF SOME OF THE INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT YOUR CAREER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Casey comes up short (again) to Bubba at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. – Staked to a four-shot lead entering the final round of the Travelers Championship, Paul Casey watched his opening tee shot bounce off a wooden wall and back into the middle of the fairway, then rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt off the fringe.
At the time, it appeared to be a not-so-subtle indicator that Casey was finally going to get his hands on a trophy that has barely eluded him in the past. Instead it turned out to be the lone highlight of a miserable round that left the Englishman behind only Bubba Watson at TPC River Highlands for the second time in the last four years.
Casey shot the low round of the tournament with a third-round 62 that distanced him from the field, but that opening birdie turned out to be his only one of the day as he stalled out and ultimately finished three shots behind Watson, to whom he lost here in a playoff in 2015.
Casey’s score was 10 shots worse than Saturday, as a 2-over 72 beat only five people among the 73 others to play the final round.
“I mean, I fought as hard as I could, which I’m proud of,” Casey said. “Not many times you put me on a golf course and I only make one birdie. I don’t know. I’d be frustrated with that in last week’s event, but it is what it is.”
Casey led by as many as five after his opening birdie, but he needed to make a 28-foot par save on No. 10 simply to maintain a one-shot edge over a hard-charging Watson. The two men were tied as Casey headed to the 16th tee, but his bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 combined with a closing birdie from Watson meant the tournament was out of reach before Casey even reached the final tee.
Casey explained that a “bad night of sleep” led to some neck pain that affected his warm-up session but didn’t impact the actual round.
“Just frustrating I didn’t have more,” he said. “Didn’t have a comfortable swing to go out there and do something with.”
Casey won earlier this year at the Valspar Championship to end a PGA Tour victory drought that dated back to 2009, but after being denied a second victory in short succession when he appeared to have one hand on the trophy, he hopes to turn frustration into further success before turning the page to 2019.
“I’m probably even more fired up than I was post-Tampa to get another victory. This is only going to be more fuel,” Casey said. “I’ve got 12 events or something the rest of the year. So ask me again in November, and if I don’t have another victory, then I will be disappointed. This is merely kind of posturing for what could be a very good climax.”
Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups
Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.
That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.
Watch the video below.
The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.
Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win
ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title
The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.
Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.
Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.
Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.
Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.
Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass
CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.
According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.
“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”
But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.
It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.
“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”
DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.
“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”