Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
IT LOOKS LIKE CHI CHI, BUT IT'S ARNIE. RIGHT ARNIE?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, YOU KNOW. ARNIE'S THE KING OF GOLF AND I REALLY, I REALLY ENJOY WATCHING HIM. YOU KNOW, AND HE'S DONE SO MANY GOOD THINGS, NOT ONLY FOR, FOR GOLF BUT FOR EVERYTHING, BUT I ALWAYS HAVE ADMIRED HIM. YOU KNOW, WHEN HE ENDORSES A PRODUCT, I MEAN HE REALLY GOES TO BAT FOR IT. THE OTHER DAY WE WERE IN THE COCKTAIL PARTY, AND HE WAS DRINKING PENNZOIL.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I MEAN, HE'S INCREDIBLE. ANYWAY, I SAT AND TALKING TO HIS CADDIE, YOU KNOW HIS CADDIE, WE USED TO CALL, BE CALLED `CREAMY CAROLINE' IN HIS, IN HIS PRIME, AND HE USED TO GO TO HIM AND SAY `CREAMY, HOW FAR YOU GOT FROM HOME?'

(SPEAKING IN A DEEP VOICE)
`I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE ARNIE.'

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WHAT DO YOU, HOW FAR YOU GOT TO THE PIN? I GOT 157 YARDS, ARNIE. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE OUGHT TO HIT? A TWO IRON OR A WEDGE? YOU GOT TO HIT THAT 5 IRON MAN, ARNIE, WE GOT TO MAKE 3 HERE TO MAKE THE CUT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ABOUT GARY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
OH GARY PLAYER. GARY'S FUNNY. HE'S ONE OF THE, WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN. HE'S GOT A, HE'S GOT A SCHOOL IN SOUTH AFRICA, YOU KNOW, WHERE HE PUTS A HUNDRED AND FIFTY KIDS THERE, AFRICAN KIDS A YEAR, THROUGH IT, AND GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, AND WHAT A PLAYER HE IS, BUT HERE HE'S STUCK (???). LITTLE CHI CHI. WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT GREAT PLAYERS THEY NEVER MENTION MY NAME, BUT I AM THE GREATEST (??) GOLFER IN THE WORLD. I JUST WENT TO VENEZUELA AND I WON THE KAOPECTATE OPEN.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
MY WIFE BEAT ME AND I FINISHED SECOND. WE HAD A STRONG FIELD.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

YOU'RE A NUT JOB. LET'S TALK TO A FRIEND OF YOURS. WE HAVE LUIS, WHO'S HERE FROM, IN FLORIDA. GO AHEAD LUIS.

LUIS FROM FLORIDA
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHI CHI. I AM LUIS. I THINK YOU KNOW ME VERY WELL. I GO TO YOUR FOUNDATION, HOWEVER I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I ALWAYS, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN YOUR FRIEND. HOW IS IT THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO HIT TWO BALLS SIMULTANEOUSLY, ONE GOING TO THE LEFT AND ONE GOING TO THE RIGHT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL I MAKE THEM COLLIDE IN MID AIR, LUIS, YOU HAVE SEEN THAT BEFORE, I, YOU USED TO FOLLOW ME AT DORAL AND ALL OVER IN FLORIDA. MAN I MISS YOU

LUIS FROM FLORIDA
I MISS YOU

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YOU WERE, YOU WERE MY LUCKY CHARM UH WELL LUIS, YOU KNOW WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO WATCH PAUL HAND DO TRICK SHOTS AND I LEARNED ALL HIS TRICKS AND THAT, THAT'S WHY I WANT THE KIDS TO WATCH THE RIGHT ROLE MODELS SO THEY CAN LEARN FROM IT.. THANK YOU LUIS. GOD BLESS YOU

LUIS FROM FLORIDA
GOD BLESS YOU.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YOU'RE THE BEST. YOU'RE THE BEST, BUDDY.

LUIS FROM FLORIDA
THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
IS, IS THERE A TRICK THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US HERE IN THE STUDIO, CHI CHI?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL. YOU KNOW, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. TIGER WOODS DO THIS ON TV BUT THAT'S THE COMPUTER DOING THAT STUFF. I, I DO THIS

AND I CAN SPIN, OH WHAT KIND OF A BALL IS THIS, PETER? IS THIS THE BALL YOU USE?

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS ACTUALLY ONE OF BOBBY JONES'.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
SEE THAT, THAT I USED TO DO THAT ON MY, IN A HAMMER HEAD. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT I CAN'T PUTT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL IF I COULD HAVE PUTTED LIKE JACK NICKLAUS YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ARNOLD PALMER.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
WAS JACK THE BEST PUTTER YOU EVER SAW?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
(LAUGHS)

NO I WAS KIDDING. I'M KIDDING PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK, AND GO BACK AND SIT DOWN. I KNOW YOU'RE EXHAUSTED. AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET A HOLD OF US THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. LOG ON TO THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM. AND CLICK ON TO THE GOLF TALK LIVE SECTION.

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Davies leads Inkster after Day 1 of Senior LPGA Champ.

By Associated PressOctober 16, 2018, 1:10 am

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Laura Davies opened with a 4-under 68 despite finishing with two bogeys Monday, giving her a one-shot lead over Juli Inkster after Round 1 of the Senior LPGA Championship.

Davies, who earlier this year won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, had a lost ball on the par-5 18th hole on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. She still salvaged a bogey in chilly, windy weather that had the 55-year-old from England bundled up in a blanket between shots.

Inkster, runner-up to Davies at the Senior Women's Open, made eagle on the closing hole for a 69.

Jane Crafter was at 70. Defending champion Trish Johnson opened with a 73.

Temperatures were in the high 40s, but the damp air and wind made it feel even colder.

Inkster made a bogey on the 17th hole by missing the green with a 9-iron.

''As old as I am, I still get made and I crushed that drive on 18,'' said Inkster, who followed with a 3-wood to 15 feet to set up her eagle.

The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday.

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Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone.

Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told GolfChannel.com. “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

“When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is the gold standard,” said NBC lead golf producer Tommy Roy. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA Tour’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Miller now lives in Utah with his wife, Linda, and annually serves as tournament host of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

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Randall's Rant: Tiger vs. Phil feels like a ripoff

By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

Usually, you have to buy something before you feel like you were ripped off.

The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

In Mickelson’s eagerness to create some excitement, he hinted back during The Players in May about the possibility of a big-money, head-to-head match with Woods. A couple months later, he leaked more details, before it was ready to be fully announced.

So while there was an initial buzz over news of the Thanksgiving weekend matchup, the original pitch set up a real buzzkill when it was later announced that you were only going to get to see it live on pay-per-view.

The news landed with a thud but no price tag. We’re still waiting to see what it’s going to cost when these two meet at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but anything that feels even slightly inflated now is going to further dampen the original enthusiasm Mickelson created.

Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.



Now there’s a larger insult to the common fan, who can’t help but feel he isn’t worthy or important enough to gain admittance.

Sorry, but that’s how news of a closed gate landed on the heels of the pay-per-view news.

“The Match” was never going to be meaningful golf in any historical sense.

This matchup was never going to rekindle the magic Tiger vs. Phil brought in their epic Duel at Doral in ’05.

The $9 million was never going to buy the legitimacy a major championship or PGA Tour Sunday clash could bring.

It was never going to be more than an exhibition, with no lingering historical significance, but that was OK as quasi silly-season fare on TV on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23), the traditional weekend of the old Skins Game.

“The Match” still has a chance to be meaningful, but first and foremost as entertainment, not real competition. That’s what this was always going to be about, but now the bar is raised.

Pay per view does that.

“You get what you pay for” is an adage that doesn’t apply to free (or already-paid for) TV. It does to pay per view. Expectations go way up when you aren’t just channel surfing to a telecast. So the higher the price tag they end up putting on this showdown, the more entertaining this has to be.

If Phil brings his “A-Game” to his trash talking, and if Tiger can bring some clever repartee, this can still be fun. If the prerecorded segments wedged between shots are insightful, even meaningful in their ability to make us understand these players in ways we didn’t before, this will be worthwhile.

Ultimately, “The Match” is a success if it leaves folks who paid to see it feeling as if they weren’t as ripped off as the people who refused to pay for it. That’s the handicap a history of free golf on TV brings. Welcome to pay-per-view, Tiger and Phil.

Celia Barquin Arozamena Iowa State University athletics

Trial date set for drifter charged with killing Barquin Arozamena

By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

AMES, Iowa – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain.

District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday.

Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds.

Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.