Golf Talk Live - Dottie Pepper Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2000, 4:00 pm
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PEPPER ... DOTTIE PEPPER ... SOUNDS FEISTY AND SPICY AND A PERFECT NAME FOR THE SPORTS PAGES.

DOTTIE PEPPER WINS. DOTTIE PEPPER WINS AGAIN. MEET HER NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

(GTL INTRO/MUSIC BEGINS)

GOLF IS A GAME THAT MOST PEOPLE PLAY BEST WHEN THE MIND IS KEEN YET SERENE AND THE BODY RELAXED.

SOME PLAYERS TAKE THE GAME QUITE PERSONALLY AND THERE ISN'T A SENSE OF SERENITY, BUT RATHER A SENSE OF CONTROLLED VIOLENCE, OF A HAPPINESS AT BEING PROVOKED BY THE FICKLE UNFAIR GAME.

GENE SARAZEN TOOK A SWING AS THOUGH THE BALL WAS AN ENEMY OR A NAIL TO BE HAMMERED WITH FORCE AND ANGER.

TOMMY BOLT PLAYED BEST WHEN SOME IMAGINARY ENEMY HAD SEEMINGLY INVADED HIS SPACE.

ARNIE, OF COURSE, NEVER ENCOUNTERED A SHOT THAT DIDN'T REQUIRE A VERY FIRM SPANKING.

HELEN ALFREDSON NEVER HIT A SHOT THAT SHE COULDN'T LEARN TO HATE.

AND DOTTIE PEPPER TREATS GOLF LIKE IT WAS A FOOTBALL GAME.

THERE WILL BE NO NONSENSE. THERE WILL BE NO PULLED PUNCHES. THERE ARE NO GRATUITOUS GESTURES. THERE IS FURY AND DETERMINATION AND AN UNRELENTING PRESSURE TO CAUSE THE BALL TO YIELD TO HER WILL.

AND WHEN THE BALL MISBEHAVES, GET OUT OF THE WAY. AND WHEN THE VICTORIES COME, WE'RE REMINDED OF HOW QUICKLY THE SCOWL TRANSFORMS INTO A STUNNING SMILE.

AND THE RAISED ARM IS NOT DIRECTED IN ANGER AT THE HEAVENS, BUT RATHER HOLDS THE PRIZE ALOFT.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE FINEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE LPGA AND PERHAPS IT'S MOST EXPRESSIVE PERSONALITY, DOTTIE PEPPER. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

DOTTIE PEPPER
THANKS FOR HAVING ME BACK.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU SURE LOOK FABULOUS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
THANKS, I'VE ... I FEEL PRETTY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE GOOD REASON TO.

DOTTIE PEPPER
I DO. IT'S BEEN UM, 2 YEARS OF KIND OF A TRANSITION OF UM, YOU KNOW, WORKING OUT A LOT MORE AND BEING A LITTLE MORE AWARE OF WHAT I'M EATING. AND I JUST FEEL BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FIND THAT NOW THAT YOU'RE IN YOUR 30'S THAT THEY SEEM TO GO BY MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN YOUR 20'S DID?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH YEAH, OH YEAH. (CHUCKLE) UM ...

I'LL BE 35 THIS SUMMER AND IT SEEMS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE CRAZY FAMILY JUST PULLED THE SHENANIGANS THEY DID FOR MY 30TH. SO IT'S GOING BY REALLY QUICKLY.

PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE A LOT OF PLAYERS WHO FROM YOUR AGE TO THE AGE OF 40, SAY, HAVE PLAYED THE BEST GOLF OF THEIR CAREER.

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
I MEAN, JACK WON 6 MAJORS. HOGAN WON MORE THAN THAT. JULIE INKSTER HAS HAD AN INCREDIBLE HALL OF FAME YEAR JUST A YEAR AGO.

YOU SHOULD HAVE A LOT OF REASONS, HOW FIT YOU ARE, HOW MUCH I SUPPOSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME, AND THAT YOU'RE NOT AT ALL TIRED OF DOING THIS YET.

DOTTIE PEPPER
NO, I UM ... IF ANYTHING, I THINK I'M A LITTLE MORE DRIVEN NOW BECAUSE MY, YOU KNOW, MY LIFE IS A LOT OF MORE IN ORDER THAN IT - THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST AND UM,

JUST ... JUST HAPPY WITH WHAT I'M DOING AND ... ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE, AND THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

PETER KESSLER
GEORGE PULVER, YOUR FIRST TEACHER'S BEEN GONE, I THINK, 13 YEARS NOW.

DOTTIE PEPPER
HMM, LONGER THAN THAT EVEN. UM, I THINK 15.

PETER KESSLER
IF HE WAS HERE WITH US TONIGHT SITTING, WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE HE WOULD SAY ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

AND WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD HE HOPE - YOU HOPE HE WOULD GIVE YOU FOR YOUR HALL OF FAME SPEECH THAT YOU PLAN TO ONE DAY GIVE?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL UM, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS A BIG PERSON ABOUT BALANCE. AND I THINK HE'D BE VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT'S GOING ON ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE. I THINK HE'D BE VERY HAPPY WITH MY GOLF SWING, THE WAY IT'S EVOLVED OVER THE 8 YEARS. UM ...

IT'S BECOME LESS AND LESS MECHANICAL, UM, MORE AND MORE SIMPLISTIC, THE WAY HE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IT BE. AND UM, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS ONE TO, LIKE I SAID, ENJOY THE BALANCE.

HE NEVER WANTED UH PLAYERS JUST TO PLAY GOLF. HE WANTED THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND ENJOY EVERYTHING ELSE, UH EVEN THOUGH HE SCOLDED ME NON-STOP ABOUT SKIING AND, YOU KNOW, THE WILD SIDE.

UM, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HE KNEW THAT THAT WAS A HEALTHY BALANCE. AND UH, I THINK HE WOULD UM, HE'D SAY TO ENJOY THE LAST 7 POINTS AND GO FROM THERE.

PETER KESSLER
IS HE A BIG BELIEVER IN GOAL SETTING?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH DEFINITELY, BUT KEEPING THEM ... KEEPING THEM REALISTIC BUT YET TOUGH ENOUGH WHERE IT DROVE YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERY DAY AND UM, AND REALLY WORK HARD. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
YESTERDAY THERE WAS A GREAT GOLF TOURNAMENT. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT QUITE READY TO PLAY YET BECAUSE OF A WRIST INJURY THAT'S ALMOST HEALED.

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
BUT ANNIKA SORENSTAM SHOOTS 65 - 66 - 65, HOLDS OFF CHRISTIE KERR AND KARRIE WEBB BY A SHOT. KARRIE, AFTER A TRIPLE, MAKES 4 BIRDIES IN A ROW, EAGLES THE LAST HOLE FROM THE FAIRWAY,

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S NOT ON TELEVISION. WHAT'S GOING ON IN, AS FAR AS YOU'RE CONCERNED, THAT THIS PRODUCT SHOULDN'T GET THE EXPOSURE THAT OBVIOUSLY IT'S ENTITLED TO?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK THAT IS AN ISSUE. I THINK, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF REALLY GREAT GOLF THAT'S NOT BEING SEEN OR ... OR SEEN, YOU KNOW, IN VERY SHORT INCREMENTS,

YOU KNOW, AN HOUR HERE, AN HOUR AND A HALF, A 2 HOUR SEGMENT, WHERE ... WHERE THERE'S OTHER ... YOU KNOW, OTHER GOLF PRODUCTIONS THAT ARE GETTING 3 AND 4 HOURS AND ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY,

WHICH I THINK IS A HUGE THING, IS TO HAVE EARLY ROUND COVERAGE. GOLF NUTS WATCH THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. UM, I WATCH THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE WHAT'S JUGGLING TO HAPPEN - TO MAKE THE WEEKEND HAPPEN.

AND I THINK ... I THINK WITH THE SENIORS GOING TO THEIR NEW NETWORK AND ESPN OPENING UP MORE ... MORE HOURS OF PROGRAMMING, I THINK IT'S GONNA BE A HUGE THING FOR THE LPGA.

AND I THINK WE'RE REALLY CRAZY IF YOU DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE HOURS AND ... AND MAKE OUR - OUR TELECAST REALLY QUALITY ...

UM, YOU KNOW, INTERESTING SORT OF SIDE ... SIDE STORIES, GOOD ... GOOD SOLID ANNOUNCING THAT KEEPS PEOPLE INTERESTED AND ... AND A TEAM THAT PEOPLE CAN RECOGNIZE AND STAY WITH AND SAY,

'WELL OH, THIS IS THAT TEAM. THIS MUST BE THE WOMEN'S GOLF TELECAST. AND HEY, YOU GOT YOUR FAMILIAR CAST OF GREAT PLAYERS. AND WE'RE GONNA WATCH SOME GREAT GOLF.'

PETER KESSLER
THE PGA TOUR HAS BEEN PROMOTING IT'S SEXIEST PLAYERS FOR YEARS ... ARNOLD, SEVE, GREG NORMAN ... IN CONTENTION, NOT IN CONTENTION, YOU SAW THEM WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE GOLF TOURNAMENT ON TELEVISION.

SHOULD THE LPGA BE ACTIVELY MARKETING SEX APPEAL LIKE THE PGA TOUR DOES?

DOTTIE PEPPER
HMM, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SEX APPEAL BUT CERTAINLY PROFESSIONAL APPEAL. UM, I THINK YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT PRESENT THEMSELVES REALLY WELL DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

AND WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF THOSE PLAYERS, NOT ONLY ON TELEVISION BUT IN PRINT MEDIA, INTERNET CONNECTION, EVERYWHERE THAT THERE IS A MEDIUM FOR ... FOR PLAYERS TO CONNECT, THEY - THEY NEED TO BE THERE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU STILL A PERFECTIONIST? DO YOU HAVE TO BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING YOU DO STILL?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH, TO SOME EXTENT, YEAH, I THINK SO. UM, THAT WAS ... I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS INGRAINED OR IF I WAS JUST BORN THAT WAY. BUT UM,

YEAH, I WAS ALWAYS IN A ... IN A HOUSEHOLD WHERE ... WHERE AN 'A' COULD HAVE BEEN AN 'A+', BUT DON'T KILL YOURSELF OVER IT. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DOES YOUR DAD SAY TO YOU, THE SON THAT HE NEVER HAD, THAT HE'S INCREDIBLY PROUD OF?

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH (CHUCKLE) ...

UM, I THINK HE - HE'S A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT SOMETIMES I WORK TOO HARD, WHICH I GUESS FOR MOST PARENTS IS A NICE PROBLEM TO HAVE. THEY HAD THAT ...

GROWING UP, I WAS ONE THEY HAD TO TAKE OFF THE RANGE INSTEAD OF PUSH OUT THERE. UM, I SUPPOSE SOME PARENTS WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HAVE THAT PROBLEM.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, HE ... EVERY TIME HE WATCHES ... WATCHES ME HIT BALLS NOW, IT'S STILL THE SAME OLD THING: 'DOT, YOU NEED TO EXTEND BACK. YOU NEED TO EXTEND A LITTLE FURTHER THROUGH' ...

UM, THE SAME STUFF THAT THEY USED TO HELP ME WITH WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER. SO SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE, I GUESS.

GEORGE:
WELL, IN CASE GEORGE HASN'T SEEN YOUR CAREER STATISTICS SO FAR, AS WE GO TO BREAK, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
I HAVE TO BELIEVE HE MIGHT HAVE. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK. WE'LL GIVE HIM A LITTLE REFRESHER. HE MAY NOT BE TOTALLY UP TO DATE. HE'S GOT HIS OWN GAME TO WORRY ABOUT NOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DOTTIE PEPPER.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
DOTTIE PEPPER
- 16 LPGA WINS
- 2-TIME NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER (1992, '99)
- 12-4-1 RECORD IN 5 SOLHEIM CUP APPEARANCES
- 1992 LPGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR & VARE TROPHY AWARD WINNER )

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Casey comes up short (again) to Bubba at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 25, 2018, 12:07 am

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.


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“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.”

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

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.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

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.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

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.”


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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.”