Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE CHECK IN WITH 12 YEAR OLD STEPHEN, HE'S CALLING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. HOW ARE YOU STEPHEN?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
PRETTY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S GOING ON?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
UH.. NOTHING MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
OKAY. SAY HI TO CHI CHI.

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
HEY. HEY CHI CHI.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
HI STEPHEN. HOW ARE YOU?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
PRETTY GOOD. HOW ABOUT YOU?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
GOOD. YOU MUST BE A LITTLE COLD OUT THERE IN NORTH CAROLINA, HUH?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
YUP.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL GET YOUR DADDY OUT THERE TO GO AND VOTE FOR GEORGE BUSH.

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
YEAH HE IS.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
THAT A BOY. WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU KID?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
UH I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU WHY YOU ACTED THE WAY YOU DID AFTER YOU MADE ANY PUTTS AND IF YOU DID THAT TO MAKE THE AUDIENCE LAUGH OR SOMETHING?

PETER KESSLER
HE WANTS TO KNOW HOW YOU GOT YOUR ROUTINE AFTER YOU MAKE PUTTS. THE HAT, THE SWORD DANCE? WHY DO YOU ACT THE WAY YOU DO, I THINK. RIGHT STEPHEN?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA
UH HUH

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
20:WELL, STEPHEN TO START WITH, SEE GOLF IS SHOW BUSINESS. WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE ON THE GOLF COURSE YOU'RE, YOU'RE ON STAGE, AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GIVE PEOPLE A SHOW.

YOU KNOW IT AMAZES ME THAT THE, THAT THE YOUNG GUYS, AND OF COURSE THEY'RE PLAYING FOR SO MUCH MONEY AND THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE THE BEST BEHAVED ATHLETES THERE IS RIGHT NOW, THE GOLFERS. I'M VERY PROUD THAT, TO SEE THOSE GUYS MAKING THE KIND OF MONEY THEY DO AND BEHAVE THE WAY THEY DO, BUT THEY DON'T LOOK AT PEOPLE, AND A LOT OF THEM ARE GOING TO PSYCHOLOGISTS TO, WELL SOME OF THE PSYCHOLOGISTS, THEY NEED YOU MORE THAN YOU NEED THEM. YOU KNOW, BEN HOGAN NEVER, NEVER GAVE HIS BRAIN TO NO PSYCHOLOGIST OR NELSON OR SNEAD OR NICKLAUS OR, OR ARNIE, SO I HAVE, I WAS MY OWN, MY OWN GUY, YOU KNOW AND I WANTED TO BE DIFFERENT. I WANTED TO SEE PEOPLE SMILE. PEOPLE LAUGH, SO, WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THE UNITED STATES I USED TO PUT MY HAT OVER THE HOLE BECAUSE, ONE TIME I WAS PLAYING A KID FOR FIVE CENTS AND I MADE A PUTT FROM 20 FEET AND THERE WAS A TOAD IN THE HOLE AND THE TOAD HOPPED OUT AND THERE CAME MY BALL AND THE OTHER KID SAYS, WELL IT'S NO GOOD UNLESS THEY HIT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE, WHICH IS THE RULE. THAT'S, THAT'S THE TRUTH, SO AFTER THAT I STARTED PUTTING MY HAT OVER THE HOLE, WELL SOME OF THE PROS COMPLAINED THAT I WAS UH DAMAGING THE HOLE. OF COURSE I DIDN'T KNOW, THE GUYS LIKE ARNIE AND JACK, THEY WERE TOO BIG TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT, ABOUT ME BUT, THE COMMISSIONER OF GOLF, JOE DYE ASKED ME IF I COULD COME UP WITH SOMETHING ELSE, SO I SAID WELL IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH WITH YOU JOE, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH WITH ME, SO I WENT HOME, AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND I SAID WELL, WITH US SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE, THE, THE BIGGEST SPORT IS BULL FIGHTING. I DON'T LIKE BULL FIGHTING BECAUSE THEY, THEY MAKE THE BULL SUFFER, YOU KNOW, BUT THEY GIVE THE BEEF TO THE POOR, AFTER, AFTER THEY DO AWAY WITH THE BULL. SO I THOUGHT THE BULL WAS THE, THE HOLE AND I STOPPED THE BULL AND THEN I TAKE THE SWORD AND I DRY IT OUT WHICH IS THE PUTTER AND I PUT IT BACK IN THE SCAVER, YOU KNOW, BUT IN REAL LIFE, I, I'M LIKE ANTHONY PERKINS. I WOULDN'T HURT A FLY.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I REALLY WOULDN'T HURT A FLY.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MENTIONED SNEAD AND HOGAN AND NELSON, AND OF THOSE THREE, SNEAD WAS REALLY YOUR IDOL. HOW COME?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, THEY WERE ALL MY IDOLS, BUT SAM SNEAD NEVER HAD WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE HAD DUE COMING. SAM SNEAD WAS THE BEST PLAYER I EVER SAW IN MY LIFE AND, AND, AND AS YOU CAN SEE I SAW YESTERDAY ON THE GOLF CHANNEL. I WAS WATCHING THE GOLF CHANNEL AND THEY, THEY GAVE THE STATS OF TIGER WOODS BREAKING BYRON NELSON'S RECORD. WELL, WHAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT THAT IS THAT ONLY 5 PEOPLE HAVE BROKEN 70 FOR A YEAR, AND SAM SNEAD IS TWO OUT OF THOSE 5 PEOPLE, AND SAM, SAM WON 11 TOURNAMENTS ONE YEAR, AND HOGAN WON ONE TOURNAMENT AND THEY MADE HOGAN THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
WELL HOGAN WON THE OPEN AND SNEAD WON 11 OTHERS AND HOGAN ONLY PLAYED IN A COUPLE OF EVENTS THAT YEAR. THAT WAS THE YEAR AFTER HIS ACCIDENT 1950.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
RIGHT, BUT SAM, I THINK SAM, IF, IF IF WE PLAYED WITH THE EQUIPMENT THAT WE PLAY WITH NOW, I THINK SAM SNEAD WOULD SHOOT IN THE 50'S EVERY WEEK, BECAUSE HE HIT THE BALL SO FAR, YOU KNOW, SAM SNEAD USED TO CARRY
THOSE, THOSE BALLS THERE WITH A WOODEN CLUB 280 YARDS IN THE AIR, AND STRAIGHT. HE'D NEVER MISS A FAIRWAY.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE REASON IS THAT HE DIDN'T WIN AT LEAST ONE U.S. OPEN? HE SAID IF HE HAD SHOT 69 IN THE FINAL ROUND OF EVERY OPEN HE WOULD HAVE WON TEN OR ELEVEN OF THEM.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, I REALLY DON'T KNOW. IN THE OLD DAYS YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY MEASURED TOURN.. . OF COURSE, THE, THE WAY THEY HAVE MEASURED TOURNAMENTS, PETER, YOU KNOW, SURE THE OPEN WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. THEN THE MASTERS WAS SECOND. THE WESTERN WAS THE THIRD BIGGEST TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
IN THE 30'S YEAH.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
IT WAS BIGGER THAN THE PGA. IT WAS BIGGER THAN THE BRITISH OPEN. AFTER I WON IT
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
IT WENT DOWN HILL.

PETER KESSLER
WELL SURE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
(LAUGHS)

I MEAN I SHOT THE RECORD. YOU KNOW, I SHOT 19 UNDER IN THAT, IN THAT TOURNAMENT UH UH I SHOT NO 20 UNDER. I SHOT 268 I THINK IT WAS AT THE (20:28:09???) AND AFTER THAT IT WENT DOWN HILL, BUT I, YEAH, I THINK THAT SAM SNEAD, HAD HE WON ONE HE WOULD HAVE MAYBE WON TEN OF THEM.

PETER KESSLER
HOW PROUD WERE YOU TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE 1973 RYDER CUP TEAM?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, PETER I QUALIFIED IN 1964, AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED. THEY DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO PLAY. THEY SAID THAT I WAS NOT A BORN AMERICAN. OR NOT BORN ON AMERICAN SOIL, BUT I HAD SPENT TWO YEARS IN THE ARMY, YOU KNOW, I VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT IN KOREA BECAUSE ALL MY BUDDIES GOT KILLED IN KOREA, SO I WAS PLAYING WITH SENATOR FULLBRIGHT WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, SO HE USED TO COME TO THE RATTLE (??) AND WE SAT DOWN AND HAD LUNCH AFTER WE PLAYED AND UH HE SAID HOW IS LIFE TREATING YOU? I SAID, WELL, YOU, I CAN'T BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, THAT I QUALIFIED FOR THE RYDER CUP TEAM AND THEY DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO PLAY IN IT. THEY, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW ME TO PLAY IN IT AND HE LOOKED AT ME, HE SAYS, IF YOU DON'T WANT RYDER CUP MATCHES TO BE, TO BE PLAYED THIS YEAR, HE SAID LET ME KNOW. I'LL INTRODUCE A LAW IN THE SENATE THAT WILL CANCEL THE MATCHES, AND I TOLD HIM, NO SIR, IF THEY DON'T WANT ME, I WON'T PLAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BUT IN 1963 I WAS ELECTED TO THE, TO THE RYDER CUP TEAM AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT WE WON.

PETER KESSLER
CHI CHI WHEN WE COME BACK FROM THIS BREAK, WHY DON'T YOU HELP US ALL WITH OUR GOLF GAMES. WE'LL WONDER OVER TO OUR ACADEMY LIVE SET AND MAYBE YOU'LL TAKE US THROUGH WHAT YOU CALL THE 6 BASICS OF THE GOLF SWING. LET'S DO THAT IN JUST A MINUTE. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
ABSOLUTELY.

(MUSIC)

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Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.


Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

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Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''


Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.

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Football coach hates golf: Don't need practice swearing

By Jason CrookApril 20, 2018, 10:15 pm

Some football coaches are a little more talkative than others. On one side of the spectrum, there's Bill Belichick. On the other sits Washington State football coach Mike Leach.

Leach always delivers the goods, and when asked recently if he liked golf, he didn't hold back:

As wrong as the 57-year-old is on the topic (golf is awesome), the man makes some hilarious points:

• “It’s boring. I don’t care where that ball goes.”

• "Golfers are always practicing their swing. But you know what I never did? I never practice fishing in my living room.”

• "They'll line up over the ball and they'll say they're going to do something that you can't do with a sniper rifle and a scope, but they're going to do it with a stick and a ball."

• “Golf’s pretty much for people that don’t swear effectively enough or need practice. And so there are people that need golf, and I don’t think I do.”

So in conclusion, it's confirmed: Mike Leach - not a golf guy.