Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
I KNEW THERE WAS A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY, FOR YOU CHI CHI. I'VE HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR FATHER SEVERAL TIMES. HE SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD HE BE MOST PROUD OF AS IT RELATES TO YOUR LIFE? JEFF, FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL ONE OF THE UH, JEFF, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MY DADDY GAVE ME, HE GAVE ME SELF CONFIDENCE. HE, HE UH HE LET ME MAKE MY DECISIONS SINCE I WAS A YOUNG MAN, AND THE RESPECT OF MY DAD TO THE KIDS WAS INCREDIBLE. MY DAD WAS KIND OF A VERY STERN MAN. HE NEVER, HE NEV. HE NEVER KISSED US.

HE NEVER HUGGED US. HE JUST SHOOK OUR HAND, AND HE'D LOOK AT YOU IN THE EYE AND YOU KNOW WHEN HE LOOKED AT YOU IN THE EYE YOU ALWAYS LOOKED AWAY BECAUSE HE WAS A VERY STRONG PERSON, BUT, HE WAS OUR BEST FRIEND.

WE USED TO, MY FATHER USED TO COME FROM WORK, HE WORE BIG BOOTS, YOU KNOW, HE WORKED FOR THE SAME MAN FOR 30 YEARS AND NEVER PAID HIM OVER EIGHTEEN DOLLARS A WEEK AND UH MY DADDY GOT A HEART ATTACK AND HE FIRED HIM AFTER 30 YEARS. HE NEVER MISSED A DAY. HE NEVER MISSED A DAY WORKING 16, 18 HOURS A DAY, BUT ANYWAY, WHEN HE USED TO COME FROM WORK, HE HAD HIS BOOTS, WE USED TO TAKE HIS BOOTS OFF. MY SISTER, ONE OF MY SISTERS USED TO BRING THE, THE HOT WATER. WE PUT HIS FEET IN THERE. THEN WE TAKE SOAP. WE WASH HIS FEET. THEN ONE BROTHER WOULD DRY THEM OUT AND ANOTHER SISTER WOULD CUT HIS CORNS AND THE OTHER SISTER WOULD MASSAGE HIS FEET. THAT WAS THE KIND OF MAN HE WAS, AND I TELL YOU WHAT, HE WAS A SHARING MAN, BECAUSE ONE TIME, THIS REALLY HAPPENED, I MUST HAVE BEEN TEN YEARS OLD. I REMEMBER LIKE NOW, HE WOKE ME UP ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING AND HE SAID DON JUAN, DON JUAN, WAKE UP, AND I SAID WHAT'S WRONG DAD? HE SAYS IT SEEMS LIKE SOMEBODY'S GOING TO STEAL MY BANANAS AND WE HAD A BANANA TREE IN THE BACK, THAT WAS, HAD A BANANA BUNCH AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL HE WAS SAVING IT FOR US TO EAT, YOU KNOW, SO HE WENT AND TURNED THE LIGHT ON IN THE BACK AND ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORS AS THERE WITH A MACHETE.

NOW MY DAD ASKED HIM, HE SAID DON SO AND SO, HE SAYS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? AND HE SAID WELL DON JUAN IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO RAIN AND I WAS UNDER YOUR HOUSE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE RAIN AND MY DADDY LOOKED AT THE, AT THE SKY AND THERE WASN'T A, THERE WASN'T A CLOUD IN THE SKY. IT WAS ALL STARS UP THERE, SO, HE WALKED DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE, HE HAD TOLD THE GUY, HE SAID GIVE ME THE MACHETE. SO I SAID, MY GOD, HE'S GOING TO HIT HIM WITH THAT MACHETE AND MY DAD, THE GUY GAVE HIM THE MACHETE. HE WENT OVER, HE CUT THE BANANA BUNCH IN HALF AND HE GAVE IT TO HIM AND HE SAID DON SO AND SO, HE SAYS, FROM NOW ON, WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING FROM THE BACK OF MY HOUSE, HE SAYS, COME THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. JUST MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE ENOUGH FOR MY KIDS, AND THAT HAD A BIG IMPACT ON MY LIFE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU SURE THIS FELLOW, TUCKER, WHO HAD THE FOOTBALL BETWEEN HIS LEGS AND THE TOWELS UNDER HIS ARMS WAS AN INTELLIGENT MAN?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
HE'S A MILLIONAIRE. MAYBE

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
HE MAY HAVE INHERITED IT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
MAYBE, MAYBE HE INHERITED THE MONEY.
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME, TELL ME ABOUT THE CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THIS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE, FROM THE 20TH TO THE 22ND THIS MONTH AND I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU OVER, PETER, TO BE OUR GUEST AND PLAY IN IT.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU CHI CHI.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YOU'LL, YOU'LL, YOU'LL ADD A LOT TO OUR TOURNAMENT, BUT CERTAIN TEED IS A CORPORATION THAT I'VE BEEN WITH FOR 28 YEARS. I'VE BEEN THEIR SPOKESPERSON FOR 28 YEARS AND I JUST SIGNED ANOTHER FIVE WITH THEM, SO WE'RE DOING THIS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE. WE'RE GOING TO GET TEN WOMEN AND TEN MEN AND UH

PETER KESSLER
AND THESE ARE LPGA PLAYERS

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
MOST OF THEM OVER THE AGE OF 40

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
EVEN THOUGH WE SHOULDN'T TELL PEOPLE THAT, AND, AND FELLOWS FROM THE SENIOR TOUR.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YES. AND UH WE ARE GOING TO PLAY WITH AMATEURS THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND THEN THE LAST DAY WE'RE GOING TO PLAY 5 FOURSOMES. IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A TOURNAMENT BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE LIKE THAT BEFORE AND UH, UH IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS. IT'S GOING TO BE TELEVISED ON THANKSGIVING DAY BY, BY UH FOX TV. I WISH THE GOLF CHANNEL WAS DOING IT, YOU BEING THE, YOU BEING THE MAIN GUY BUT IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A TOURNAMENT. IT'S GOING TO GO THE, THE CHARITIES ARE GOING TO BE MY FOUNDATION AND THE, THE, THE FIRST TEE FOUNDATION.

I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH IS COMING TO, TO RECEIVE THE MONEY BECAUSE HE'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OF THE FIRST TEE ASSOCIATION WHICH UH, WHICH THE TOUR HAS AND UH THOSE ARE THE TWO MAIN CHARITIES.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME, IT'S 21 YEARS NOW SINCE YOU STARTED THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION. TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON NOW.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL WE UH, WE HAVE KIDS THAT, WE HAVE TWO, TWO KIDS THAT ARE CAPTAINS, WELL THEY'RE NOT KIDS ANYMORE, THEY'RE CAPTAINS OF AN F16. WE HAVE DOCTORS, WE HAVE LAWYERS, WE HAVE THE SCHOOL TEACHERS, WE HAVE CAPTAINS IN THE NAVY, I MEAN WE HAVE, WE HAVE SO MANY KIDS THAT HAVE GRADUATED AND, AND PETER WE HAVE A, WE HAVE THE, THE ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES WHICH IS FUNDED WITH PRIVATE FUNDING. THAT'S WHY YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BELIEVE IN PRIVATIZING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM BECAUSE, YOU SEE, THE GOVERNMENT
CAN'T COME OVER AND TELL US THAT WE CAN NOT PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

I THINK WHEN A KID LEARNS TO RESPECT THE FLAG, HE CAN LEARN TO RESPECT THE OTHERS AND TO RESPECT HIMSELF AND THAT'S THE FIRST THING MY KIDS DO IN THE MORNING, IN OUR SCHOOL.

NOW, THEY CLOSED THEIR EYES. THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRAY. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH GOD I DON'T THINK. YOU UNDERSTAND, SO, SO THEY CAN PRAY IF THEY WANT. IF THEY DON'T WANT TO PRAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRAY, BUT ANYWAY WE USE THIS SCHOOL AS A VEHICLE, YOU KNOW, THROUGH GOLF, WE USE IT AS A VEHICLE FOR THESE KIDS TO BECOME THE TAX PAYERS INSTEAD OF THE TAX BURDENS. TO BE THE EXECUTIVES INSTEAD OF THE FELONS. WE WANT THEM TO LOOK LIKE YOU, TO LOOK LIKE ME, TO LOOK LIKE JACK NICKLAUS, TO LOOK LIKE TIGER WOODS, TO LIKE LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE ARNOLD PALMER.

THAT'S THE WAY I WANT MY KIDS TO LOOK. I'M VERY PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT LAST YEAR, THEY DID A TEST ON ALL THE PUBLIC, PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES AND MY KIDS WERE NUMBER ONE IN ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS, AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING, SO THEY REDID THE TEST AND THE SECOND TIME MY KIDS DID BETTER THAN THE FIRST TIME. SO, THESE ARE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN, GAVE UP, BY, BY SOCIETY. THESE ARE KIDS, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY PROUD .

TO TELL YOU TOO THAT THE PINELLAS COUNTY JUDGE, INSTEAD OF SENDING A KID TO DETENTION CENTER, NOW, HE SENDS HIM TO US. WE'RE, WE'RE SUCCESSFUL, WE'RE 99 PERCENT OF ALL OUR KIDS, WE DO 150 KIDS A DAY. WE DO ABOUT 650 KIDS A YEAR. THEY'RE THE BEST DRESSED KIDS IN FLORIDA. THEY'RE THE BEST, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T ALLOW THOSE BAGGY PANTS. WE DRESS THE KIDS. WE MAKE THEM BE PROUD OF THEMSELVES. I, I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT KIDS DON'T DO VERY WELL IN SCHOOLS IS THAT, I THINK A PERSON FEELS HOW HE, HOW HE LOOKS.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU WENT TO SEE A DOCTOR AND HE HAD A RED COAT ON YOU WOULD WALK OUT. HE'S GOT TO HAVE A GREEN ONE OR A WHITE ONE. THAT'S WHAT A DOCTOR'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE. ANYWAY, WE MAKE THEM, WE GIVE THEM SELF ESTEEM BECAUSE THEY WORK AT THE FOUNDATION. WE PAY THEM. IT'S THEIR PLACE, REALLY. THE FOUNDATION HAS GOT MY NAME ON IT, BUT IT'S THE KID'S PLACE. THEY UH THEY BECOME, SOME OF THEM ARE GOLF PROS. WE GOT A BUNCH OF GOLF PROS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THERE. ONE THING THAT WE TELL OUR KIDS IS DON'T

TELL ANYBODY WHERE YOU CAME FROM BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF THEM THAT HAVE SCAR IN THEIR HEARTS AND I DON'T WANT A KID TO BECOME VERY SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND SAY I CAME OUT OF CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ' PLACE AND THEN WHY, WHY WERE YOU THERE? AND HE HAS TO ANSWER. I DON'T WANT HIM TO HAVE TO ANSWER THAT, BUT YEAH, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF IT AND I HOPE THAT WHEN GEORGE BUSH WINS, HE CAN GO AND LOOK AND SEE WHAT WE DO THERE .

AND MAYBE THEY CAN COPY THAT PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES IN FEDERAL LAND BECAUSE IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM. DAN QUAIL WENT THERE AND HE LOVED IT. HE SAYS IF WE WIN AGAIN, YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT BUSH AND I WILL, WILL REDO THIS, THIS ALL OVER THE FEDERAL LAND, THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND I SAID THAT WOULD BE BEAUTIFUL IF YOU COULD DO IT, BUT OF COURSE THEY LOST, YOU KNOW, AND WE NEVER DID IT, BUT I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE, SHOULD BE DONE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. NOT WITH MY NAME, BUT WITH OTHER DIFFERENT NAME. WHAT WE WOULD DO IS, WE WOULD GO, SAY MICHAEL JORDAN WANTED TO DO IT IN CHICAGO.

NOW WE WOULD GO OVER THERE AND TEACH HIM. TEACH HIM HOW TO DO IT AND THEY CAN PUT HIS NAME ON IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND NO MATTER WHO'S ELECTED PRESIDENT TOMORROW, THEY'RE GOING TO BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE NUMBER FOR THE CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE AND THAT TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 904-940-0316. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE WEBSITE CERTAIN TEED. I CAN'T READ IT ALL. YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE IT A LITTLE BETTER ON YOUR SCREEN AT HOME, BUT THERE'S THE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IT WILL BE SHOWN ON

FOX SPORTS NET ON THE 23RD FROM 3:30 TO 5:30 PM EASTERN TIME. AGAIN, THE EVENT IS THE 20TH THROUGH THE 22ND . CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE. THERE'S THE NUMBER TO BE INVOLVED OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:20 am

DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.

Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.

''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.

Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.

''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''

She turned 21 on Tuesday.

''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''

Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''

Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.

''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''

Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.

''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''

Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.

''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''

Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.

Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.

Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.

Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.

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Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:04 am

AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.

In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.

Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.

''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''

Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.

''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''

Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.


Full-field scores from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.

It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.

Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.

''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''

This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.

There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.

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Lewis says she's expecting first child in November

By Randall MellApril 27, 2018, 2:18 am

Stacy Lewis is pregnant.

The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.

Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.

“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”

Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.

“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”

Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.

“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”

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Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course

By Grill Room TeamApril 27, 2018, 1:47 am

To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.

Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.