Golf Talk Live - Freddie Haas Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW, BEATING BYRON NELSON AND ENDING THAT STREAK WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT'S GREAT TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND IT'S GREAT AND FUN TO BEAT SOMEBODY'S ELSE STREAK BUT

THERE WAS A MUCH GREATER IMPORT TO YOUR WINNING THAT WEEK, IN THE HISTORICAL FOOTNOTE, IN THAT, DIDN'T YOU FEEL AT THE TIME THAT IF YOU DIDN'T WIN AT MEMPHIS THAT WEEK, OR AT KNOXVILLE, WHICH WAS THE NEXT

WEEK THAT BYRON, OF COURSE, STARTED A NEW STREAK, THE FOLLOWING WEEK, THAT YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THAT YOU WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO PURSUE A CAREER IN GOLF?

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL BOB COCHRAN, THAT RASCAL, BOB (LAUGHS) YOU KNOW I HAVE TWO FOND MEMORIES OF YOU. ONE, YOU WERE LEADING ME AT THE MEMPHIS OPEN, AT THE

PETER KESSLER
NOW HOW'D YOU KNOW BOB WAS ON THE PHONE?

FREDDIE HAAS
I DON'T KNOW BUT,

PETER KESSLER
ACTUALLY, BOB

FREDDIE HAAS
BOB, WHERE EVER YOU ARE BABY... AND THE SECOND NICE THING THAT I HAVE OF BOB, HE CAME TO NEW ORLEANS, NEW ORLEANS COUNTRY CLUB INVITATIONAL AMATEUR TOURNAMENT AND HE WASN'T

PUTTING TOO GOOD AND HE SAID YOU GOT AN EXTRA PUTTER? AND I SAID YEAH I HAPPEN TO HAVE AN EXTRA PUTTER AND THAT RASCAL ALMOST WON THAT TOURNAMENT WITH THAT PUTTER, AND BOB I WAS SO PROUD OF YOU. I WAS GOING TO ADOPT YOU MY BOY.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN'S THE LAST TIME

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
(UNINTELLIGIBLE)

PETER KESSLER
THERE, THERE HE IS RIGHT THERE.

FREDDIE HAAS
ROBERT!

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
HEY, HOW YOU DOING?

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHING)

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
BY GOSH IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL IT CERTAINLY HAS. ARE YOU STILL IN ST. LOUIS?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YES, UH NO I LIVE, YEAH IN ST. LOUIS, CHESTERFIELD, BUT I

FREDDIE HAAS
DO YOU REALLY?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
I'M LOOKING AT YOU NOW AND YOU LOOK GREAT.

HOW OLD ARE YOU NOW, FRED, ACTUALLY?

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL BOB

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
HOW OLD ARE YOU?

FREDDIE HAAS
BOB I'M 85. YOU MUST BE 84 OR 83 OR WHAT.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
NO, NO, NO I'M OLDER THAN YOU.

FREDDIE HAAS
OH YOU AND SAM SNEAD. THAT'S RIGHT.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
BORN THE SAME YEAR AS SNEAD AND HOGAN AND NELSON. 1912.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY BOB AND I'M SURE THEY APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO GOLF. YOU'VE BEEN GREAT FOR IT

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
WELL LISTEN

FREDDIE HAAS
REALLY YOU HAVE AND I'M SO PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN YOU OVER THE YEARS.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
ARE YOU STILL PLAYING?

FREDDIE HAAS
OH MAN DO I PLAY BUT I'VE GOT A NEW SYSTEM BOB.

(PETER AND BOB LAUGH)

FREDDIE HAAS
I CAN STILL SHOOT PAR. WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW HOW?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
(LAUGHS) YEAH

FREDDIE HAAS
ALRIGHT. I GOT A MULLIGAN TO THE GREEN. I TAKE ONE MULLIGAN AND I GOT ONE MULLIGAN ON THE GREEN. THE OTHER DAY I MADE SIX OUT OF NINE HOLES IN BIRDIES AND I SAID BOY,

WHY AM I HERE WHEN I OUGHT TO BE ON THE TOUR, BUT I FORGOT ABOUT THE MULLIGANS, BOB.

PETER KESSLER
HEY BOB

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
WELL LISTEN, IT'S BEEN GREAT TALKING TO YOU.

PETER KESSLER
DON'T, DON'T

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YOU KNOW I, I CHASED AN ELFIE (???) YOU KNOW FOR ABOUT 12 WEEKS, EVERY OTHER WEEK

FREDDIE HAAS
YEAH

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
AND HONESTLY I THOUGHT I HAD HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE THAT.

FREDDIE HAAS
HE WAS A TOUGH COOKIE WASN'T HE?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YEAH AND I HAD A NINE SHOT LEAD, YOU KNOW

FREDDIE HAAS
YEAH

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
I FORGOT ALL ABOUT YOU AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU TORE THAT 64 AT ME

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHS)

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
AND THAT DID THE JOB.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
BUT I TELL YOU, I DON'T THINK PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THAT BUT YOU, YOU DID A GREAT JOB OUT THERE. I THOUGHT I WON THE TOURNAMENT. I WAS IN THE CLUB HOUSE

FREDDIE HAAS
YEAH

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
AND YOU CAME IN THERE AND TORE IT APART.

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHS)

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
CONGRATULATIONS. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL BOB THAT'S WONDERFUL.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YOU'VE GOT A GREAT SHOW THERE.

FREDDIE HAAS
YOU'VE BEEN A GREAT CREDIT TO THE GAME AND IT'S GOOD TO KNOW YOU, BABE. COME SEE ME WHEN YOU CAN.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
I WILL

PETER KESSLER
WHAT OTHER FOND MEMORY DO YOU HAVE BOB OF THE SUMMER OF '45?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
WELL I GOT GREAT MEMORIES. I, I WAS OUT THERE ON THE, I WENT OUT TO PLAY FOR THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS FUND. I WENT EVERY OTHER WEEK AND I WENT OUT EVERY OTHER WEEK AND IT SO HAPPENED THAT I PLAYED IN THE LAST GROUP WITH NELSON ABOUT 5 TIMES AND IN THE WORLD OPEN I THOUGHT I,

TAM O'SHANTER, YOU KNOW I COULDN'T TAKE ANY MONEY BUT HE WON THERE BUT I, I WANTED (?)TWO OF US TO 68TH HOLE, I WAS LEADING HIM BY A SHOT BUT I KEPT CHASING AFTER HIM AND I COULDN'T

CATCH HIM OF COURSE, BUT I DID BEAT HIM THERE AT MEMPHIS AND I GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF IT AND I'M HAPPY FOR FREDDIE BECAUSE TWO AMATEURS BEATING HIM, THAT WAS SOMETHING ELSE.

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU WEARING SHORTS ALSO THAT WEEK, BOB?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
NO I DIDN'T HAVE SHORTS ON, I TELL YOU. THERE WAS NO SHORTS ALLOWED THEN EITHER.

I GOT THEM ON RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHERE DOES

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
HEY I'M SITTING IN MY GOLF ROOM, FAMILY ROOM HERE. RIGHT OUTSIDE OF ST. LOUIS IN CHESTERFIELD.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU STILL PLAYING, BOB?

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YES, IN FACT I, I HAD A LITTLE BLOOD CLOT, MY RIGHT LEG ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND I WAS PLAYING AT A THREE FREDDIE, I THINK I CAN BEAT YOU NOW.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU GOING TO PLAY BUT I'M GOING TO PLAY WITH A MULLIGAN TO THE GREEN AND A MULLIGAN ON THE GREEN AND IF YOU CAN BEAT PAR WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD GAME.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
ONE OTHER THING, WE WENT TO WINGED FOOT TOGETHER, YOU DON'T REMEMBER THIS BUT WE STAYED AT THE NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB AT TWO DOLLARS A NIGHT. I ALMOST WON THAT TOURNAMENT.

FREDDIE HAAS
I KNOW BOB.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
(LAUGHS)

FREDDIE HAAS
WHAT A SPOT.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
YEAH WELL LISTEN IT'S GREAT TALKING TO YOU ALL. YOU GOT A GREAT SHOW.

FREDDIE HAAS
THANKS A BUNCH.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN BOB.

BOB COCHRAN, CALLER FROM ST. LOUIS (MALE):
ALRIGHT THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND WE'LL BE BACK.

FREDDIE HAAS
THAT WAS WONDERFUL.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) THAT'S IT (?).

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

(BREAK)

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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.

 

 

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Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

She wondered if there would be resentment.

She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

He waved Lincicome over.

“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

What are Lincicome’s expectations?

She would love to make the cut, but . . .

“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”


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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”