Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 1998, 5:00 pm
SCOTT VAN PELT
(CLIP FROM 1998 TUCSON CHRYSLER CLASSIC)
WELL DAVID, YOU TALKED ABOUT A SHOT IN TUCSON THAT GOT THINGS GOING FOR YOU THIS YEAR. IT WASN'T THIS ONE. THIS IS THE, UH, 9TH HOLE MAKING THE TURN, I BELIEVE, FRIDAY.

IT'S ABOUT 40 DEGREES OUTSIDE THAT DAY, BUT THIS HAS GOT THINGS WARMED UP. THIS IS ...

DAVID DUVAL
YEAH, THAT WAS A...

SCOTT VAN PELT
AN ACE..

DAVID DUVAL
A UNIQUE SITUATION. THAT WAS THE 2ND SHOT I HOLED OUT AT ON THAT 9. AND THAT WAS TO SHOOT A 28.

SCOTT VAN PELT
28, THAT'S PRETTY SPORTY TURNING. NOW, THIS IS A BIG PUTT. THIS WAS ON THE LAST. AND YOU TALK ABOUT VERY NEARLY BLOWING YOUR 7 SHOT LEAD. THIS MAKES SURE THAT YOU DID NOT.

THAT WAS A BIGGER PUTT THAN I REMEMBER IT BEING. YOU POINTED IT OUT IN THE BREAK THAT, UH, ...

DAVID DUVAL
IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE.. IT WAS REALLY. THE TOURNAMENT WAS CERTAINLY NOT OVER STILL AT THAT POINT YET.

SCOTT VAN PELT
YOU NEEDED THAT BECAUSE JUSTIN STILL COULD HAVE CAUGHT YOU.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, HE HAD A VERY MAKE-ABLE BIRDIE PUTT FROM JUST BEHIND THE HOLE MAYBE 15, 18 FEET. UM,

AND THAT'S REALLY THE REASON I WENT FIRST. I MEAN, THE TOURNAMENT, I'M NOT JUST 2 OR 3 PUTTS TO WIN. IT'S - IT'S, WE'RE STILL DOGGING IT OUT. AND, AND THAT'S WHAT ENDED THE TOURNAMENT.

SCOTT VAN PELT
20:42: 26
WELL BOMB'S AWAY AT ANOTHER WIN. IT WAS QUITE A MOMENT.

WE GOT BOB FROM ALABAMA. BOB, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

BOB FROM ALABAMA, CALLER (MALE):
THANKS A LOT. DAVID, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL US ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHENING AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM. UM, WHAT YOU DO AND HOW THIS HAS IMPACTED YOUR GAME OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO? AND SELFISHLY, HOW YOU GET A COPY OF YOUR PROGRAM?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH) UM, THOSE I DON'T HAVE, UH, COPIES TO SEND OUT. UM, YOU KNOW, I -- IT'S BEEN WELL, PRETTY WELL DOCUMENTED WHAT -- I WAS IN A POSITION, I HAD PUT MYSELF IN A POSITION WHERE I WAS OVERWEIGHT. UM,

DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. UH, TOOK OFF THE WEIGHT AND THEN, UH, PROCEEDED TO, UH, TRY TO STRENGTHEN MY BODY.

I - I FOLLOW THE BELIEF THAT TO MAKE YOURSELF A BETTER PLAYER, YOU -- YOU MAKE YOURSELF A BETTER ATHLETE, A MORE FIT, STRONGER ATHLETE. UM, I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD TRAIN SPORTS SPECIFIC. UM, I THINK THAT'S A, A MYTH THAT...

I MEAN, CERTAINLY YOU CAN, YOU CAN STRENGTHEN CERTAIN PARTS OF YOUR BODY THAT MIGHT BE USED MORE OFTEN IN GOLF THAN IN SOMETHING ELSE, HOWEVER, UM, THROUGH THAT I THINK YOU CREATE IMBALANCES, UH, IN YOUR BODY.

AND SO I, I TRAIN JUST GENERALLY, UH, STRENGTH CONDITIONING AND CARDIO CONDITIONING.

SCOTT VAN PELT
HOW MUCH HAS THAT HELPED YOU IN TERMS OF LIKE TRANSLATION TO THE GAME. I MEAN, YOU ARE A LOT LONGER IN A GAME THAN SOME PEOPLE REALIZE YOU ARE. HAS THAT BEEN A DIRECT, UH, IMPACT OF THIS TRAINING YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK IT'S HAD A BIT OF AN EFFECT CERTAINLY. UM, AND I THINK THE BIGGEST THING THAT IT HELPS TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, UM, YOU'VE PLAYED 25 EVENTS, UM, YOUR BODY MAY, MIGHT NOT HAVE BROKEN DOWN AS MUCH AS YOUR, THE NEXT COMPETITOR YOU'RE PLAYING AGAINST. UM, SO I THINK THAT'S WHERE IT HAPPENS

BUT I GOTTA, YOU KNOW, I GOTTA SET IT A LITTLE STRAIGHT. I'M JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE. I, I GET SLACK TOO NOW AT TIMES AND, AND UH, I SEEK EXCUSES NOT TO GO. BUT, UH, I REALIZE IN THE END IT'S GONNA BE HELPFUL SO I TRY TO DO IT

SCOTT VAN PELT
I SUPPOSE...

DAVID DUVAL
RELIGIOUSLY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
I SUPPOSE THAT'S THE WORST PART OF HUMAN NATURE. IT'S A HECK OF A LOT EASIER TO SIT ON THE COUCH.

DAVID DUVAL
OH YEAH.

AS YOU'VE POINTED OUT IN THE PAST, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE A VORACIOUS READER AND ALL BUT YOU STILL KNOW HOW TO WORK THE REMOTE, DON'T YOU?

DAVID DUVAL
QUITE WELL. I'M SURE I COULD OPERATE ALL THESE CAMERAS (LAUGH).

SCOTT VAN PELT
WE MIGHT LET YOU STICK AROUND. WE'VE GOT LARRY FROM ONTARIO. LARRY, WELCOME.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
HI, HOW YA DOIN'?

SCOTT VAN PELT
VERY WELL.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
HI DAVID.

DAVID DUVAL
HI LARRY.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
I REALLY ENJOY, UH, WATCHING YOU PLAY.

DAVID DUVAL
THANK YOU.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
YOU'VE, UH, REALLY HELPED TURN ME ONTO THE GAME OF GOLF. UH,

DAVID DUVAL
WELL THANK YOU.

LARRY FROM ONTARIO, CALLER (MALE):
UH, I REALLY ENJOY YOU OUT THERE.

UM, OUT OF ALL THE, ALL THE GREAT PROS THAT ARE OUT THERE, WHO DO YOU GET, UH, REALLY PUMPED UP TO PLAY. LIKE IF, IF YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A MATCH THAT WEEKEND, WHO -- WHO REALLY GETS YOU PSYCHED UP TO, UH, TO PLAY YOUR UTMOST BEST?

DAVID DUVAL
(LAUGH - SIGH) THIS IS GONNA SOUND REALLY, REALLY KIND OF STUPID. UM, BUT

THAT'S TYPICAL FOR ME, RIGHT? UM,

SCOTT VAN PELT
THERE'S NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THAT. EXACTLY. (LAUGH)

DAVID DUVAL
BUT, UH, ANY OF THEM. I MEAN REALLY, UM, I THINK THAT'S THE REALLY UNIQUE THING ABOUT OUR COMPETITION AND OUR, UH, COMPETITORS AND PEERS WHO MAKE UP THE FIELD EACH WEEK. UM,

YOU KNOW, THEY CAN ALL PLAY. AND UH,

I THINK, IF YOU GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN WATCHING GREG NORMAN'S NAME ON THE LEADERBOARD OR TIGER'S NAME OR MARK'S, OR MICKELSON'S, OR GO DOWN THE LIST, UM,

YOU KNOW, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOMEBODY WHO PASSES EVERYBODY AND WINS THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,

I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THE SAME 6, 7, 8 FIRST TIME WINNERS EVERY YEAR. AND I THINK IN '96 THERE WAS LIKE 18 OR SOMETHING. I MEAN,

AND YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, ALL SMALLER EVENTS THAT ARE, MIGHT BE LESSER FIELDS. UH, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WESTERN OPENS THIS YEAR, HARTFORD, UM,

YOU KNOW, SOME BIG TIME EVENTS. UH, AND - AND

SCOTT VAN PELT
WESTCHESTER TOO, RIGHT?

DAVID DUVAL
YEP, WESTCHESTER.

SCOTT VAN PELT
RIGHT.

DAVID DUVAL
I MEAN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CLASSIC GOLF COURSES, UH, GREAT FIELDS. AND IT JUST GOES TO SHOW AND PROVES A POINT THAT THEY CAN ALL PLAY. AND - AND I DON'T, I DON'T PUT WEIGHT OR STOCK IN ANY ONE OTHER THAN ANOTHER.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL THAT'S NOT NEARLY AS STUPID AS YOU LEAD US TO BELIEVE. I GUESS, THE POINT IS THAT WHETHER YOU ARE BATTLING JUSTIN IN TUCSON, OR PHIL MICKELSON IN AKRON, OR UH, PHIL TATAURANGI IN THE MICHELOB, YOU'VE GOT TO BE AS JACKED UP TO PLAY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM

DAVID DUVAL
OH, ABSOLUTELY.

SCOTT VAN PELT
OR YOU'RE GONNA TO GET YOUR DOORS BLOWN OFF.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE PERFECT POINT WAS - UH, IT KIND OF CAME DOWN TO PHIL, MYSELF AT AKRON THIS YEAR. UM,

BUT DAVIS ENDED UP SHOOTING SOMETHING LIKE 64 OR 5 ON SUNDAY AND HE, HE KIND OF PUT HIS NAME IN THE HAT IN THE END.

AND THAT'S WHY I SAY YOU DON'T PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO WHO YOU'RE PLAYING.

SCOTT VAN PELT
WELL YOU CANN'T EVER SLEEP ON DAVIS LOVE, THAT WOULD NOT BE A GOOD IDEA. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK AND ONE OF THE VICTORIES THAT I DID NOT YET MENTION CAME IN HOUSTON WHERE HE SHOT 64.

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT -- HIS WHITE SHOES. I'M NOT A FAN OF THE WHITE SHOES. BUT THAT'S JUST ME. BUT, I AM A FAN OF THIS ONE HERE.

A BOMB FINDS ITS MARK. YOU GET TO SIT AND WATCH THIS ONE. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK. STAY WITH US. KEEP WATCHING GOLF CHANNEL LIVE.

(BREAK)

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

McIlroy stormed from the back of the pack to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but that remains his lone worldwide win since the 2016 Tour Championship. It speaks to McIlroy’s considerable ability and lofty expectations that, even with a number of other high finishes this season, he is left unsatisfied.

“I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”


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The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

“There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

“I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”

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Sunday run at Shinnecock gave Reed even more confidence

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While many big names are just coming around to the notion that the Travelers Championship is worth adding to the schedule, Patrick Reed has been making TPC River Highlands one of his favorite haunts for years.

Reed will make his seventh straight appearance outside Hartford, where he tied for fifth last year and was T-11 the year before that. He is eager to get back to the grind after a stressful week at the U.S. Open, both because of his past success here and because it will offer him a chance to build on a near-miss at Shinnecock Hills.

Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but he quickly stormed toward the top of the leaderboard and became one of Brooks Koepka’s chief threats after birdies on five of his first seven holes. Reed couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle of the round, carding three subsequent bogeys, and ultimately tied for fourth.


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It was a bittersweet result, but Reed is focusing on the positives after taking a couple days to reflect.

“If you would have told me that I had a chance to win coming down Sunday, I would have been pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like I just made too many careless mistakes towards the end, and because of that, you’re not going to win at any major making careless mistakes, especially on Sunday.”

Reed broke through for his first major title at the Masters, and he has now finished fourth or better in three straight majors dating back to a runner-up at the PGA last summer. With another chance to add to that record next month in Scotland, he hopes to carry the energy from last week’s close call into this week’s event on a course where he feels right at home.

“It just gives me confidence, more than anything,” Reed said. “Of course I would have loved to have closed it out and win, but it was a great week all in all, and there’s a lot of stuff I can take from it moving forward. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

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Koepka back to work, looking to add to trophy collection

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 8:53 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Days after ensuring the U.S. Open trophy remained in his possession for another year, Brooks Koepka went back to work.

Koepka flew home to Florida after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills, celebrating the victory Monday night with Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky, swing coach Claude Harmon III and a handful of close friends. But he didn’t fully unwind because of a decision to honor his commitment to the Travelers Championship, becoming the first player to tee it up the week after a U.S. Open win since Justin Rose in 2013.

Koepka withdrew from the Travelers pro-am, but he flew north to Connecticut on Wednesday and arrived to TPC River Highlands around 3 p.m., quickly heading to the driving range to get in a light practice session.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “I’m still focused on this week. It was just like, ‘All right, if I can get through this week, then I’m going to be hanging with my buddies next week.’ I know then maybe it’ll sink in, and I’ll get to reflect on it a little bit more.”


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Koepka’s plans next week with friends in Boston meant this week’s event outside Hartford made logistical sense. But he was also motivated to play this week because, plainly, he hasn’t had that many playing opportunities this year after missing nearly four months with a wrist injury.

“I’ve had so many months at home being on the couch. I don’t need to spend any more time on the couch,” Koepka said. “As far as skipping, it never crossed my mind.”

Koepka’s legacy was undoubtedly bolstered by his win at Shinnecock, as he became the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend a U.S. Open title. But he has only one other PGA Tour win to his credit, that being the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his goal for the rest of the season is to make 2018 his first year with multiple trophies on the mantle.

“If you’re out here for more than probably 15 events, it gives you a little better chance to win a couple times. Being on the sidelines isn’t fun,” Koepka said. “Keep doing what we’re doing and just try to win multiple times every year. I feel like I have the talent. I just never did it for whatever reason. Always felt like we ran into a buzzsaw. So just keep plugging away.”