Golf Talk Live - Freddie Haas Transcript Segment 5
YOU KNOW, SENATOR HUGHEY LONG, WHO OF COURSE HAD HIS LIFE CUT SHORT, GOT SHOT IN THE MID 30'S, HIS CARE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MISHANDLED BUT YOU KNOW AFTER PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT IN THE 1930'S HE WAS ARGUABLY THE NEXT LARGER THAN LIFE POLITICIAN IN THE
COUNTRY WHO WAS GETTING READY HIMSELF TO MAKE A RUN AT THE PRESIDENCY. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MOMENT THAT CAUSED YOU TO GO TO LSU THROUGH YOUR INTRODUCTION TO HUGHEY LONG.
(LAUGHS). MY UNCLE WAS A STATE SENATOR AND WE HAD, I HAD TO BUILD A GOLF COURSE IN DURMONT (?), ARKANSAS SO THAT I COULD WIN THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP. I HAD TO
GET A, SOME WAY OR ANOTHER A SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO, GO TO COLLEGE. WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE ONE IN THE EARLY 30'S. JUST WASN'T THERE, AND SO WE BUILT IT, WE STARTED OUT WITH COTTON SEED HOLE (?) GREENS, WE FINALLY WENT
TO SAND WITH OIL (?) GREENS AND WE HAD TO BUILD A DAMN AROUND IT WHEN IT RAINED TO KEEP IT, ANYWAY, WE HAD A FIVE GREEN GOLF COURSE AND TWO TEES FOR ONE HOLE SO WE HAD SIX HOLES AND WE PLAYED THREE TIMES, WE GOT 18 HOLES THERE.
WELL, DAD WAS IN THE COTTON BUSINESS AT THAT TIME BUT HE ALSO WAS IN THE GOLF BUSINESS BUILDING THIS COURSE AND SOME NICE SCOTCH MAN CAME UP WHILE WE WERE JUST GETTING READY TO OPEN IT UP AND HE SAID LOOKS LIKE YOU
GOT A GOLF COURSE HERE. HE SAID, WHO'S YOUR PRO? DAD SAID WE DON'T HAVE ONE. HE SAID I'M YOUR PRO. DAD SAID WELL WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS? HE SAID I GOT SOME GOLF CLUBS. OOH HE SAID YOU GOT SOME
GOLF CLUBS? THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANY GOLF CLUBS IN DURMONT, ARKANSAS ARE MY SON AND ME. SO HE SAID COULD I SEE THOSE CLUBS? HE SAID
YEAH, SO HE PULLED UP HIS BACK OF TRUNK AND THERE WERE SOME GOLF CLUBS. WOODEN SHAFTS, SHAMY GRIPS, ALL RUSTY, ALL (LAUGHS) THERE WAS NO TWINE ON THE WOOD, NO INSERT IN THE FACE AND SO DAD SAID, WELL, LOOKS
LIKE GOLF CLUBS, WHAT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SELL THEM FOR? HE SAID WELL THESE PEOPLE AROUND HERE DON'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THE GAME, HE SAID I'M GOING TO SELL THEM FOR FIVE BUCKS.
DAD SAID WELL I TELL YOU, I JUST GOT A CATALOG FROM SPALDING THIS MORNING. THEY ARE NOW SELLING STEEL SHAFTED WOODS RETAIL FOR NINE DOLLARS AND IRONS, STEEL SHAFTED, FOR SIX BUCKS.
DESIGNED BY BOBBY JONES.
DESIGNED BY BOBBY JONES. SO HE SAID I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO MOVE ALONG BECAUSE HE SAID YOU'RE TRESPASSING ON A FELLA GOLF PROFESSIONAL'S PROPERTY. I JUST APPOINTED MYSELF AS GOLF PRO HERE.
WELL HE STAYED THERE FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND THEN UNCLE LEO, IN BASHTRUM (?), LOUISIANA SAID COME ON DOWN HERE AND FRED RUN BOLLHOUSE (?) COUNTRY CLUB, SO DAD WENT DOWN THERE AND I WASN'T THERE A WEEK AND UNCLE LEO SAID COME ON DOWN AND PLAY IN THE LOUISIANA STATE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP. I SAID SURE, BUT I SAID
EDWIN MCLURES' GOING TO BE THERE ISN'T HE? HE SAID YEAH. I SAID WELL GOSH HE'S WON IT FIVE OR SIX TIMES. WHO, WHO IN THE WORLD CAN BEAT EDWIN MCLURES FROM SHREPOL (?). HE
SAID WELL, COME ON LET'S GO. WELL I PLAYED EDWIN IN THE SEMI FINALS AND I FINALLY NOSED HIM OUT AND I HAD TO PLAY A FRESHMAN AT LSU IN THE FINAL. LOOKS LIKE I MIGHT WIN THIS TOURNAMENT. BUT THAT GUY GAVE ME A PRETTY GOOD PASTY. HE PLAYED GOOD.
THE GUY PRACTICED ALL THE TIME. NEVER PLAYED. NOBODY KNEW HOW GOOD HE WAS BUT I'LL TELL YOU HE WAS GOOD... AND AS I GOT THROUGH UNCLE LEO COMES UP WITH HUGHEY LONG AND
I'VE FORGOTTEN WHETHER HE WAS A SENATOR OR A GOVERNOR.
WAS HE A SENATOR?
I BELIEVE SO, SIR.
WELL ANYWAY, I SAID SENATOR, WELL, HOW DO YOU DO SIR? HE SAID YOUR UNCLE TELLS ME YOU CAN GET ME THE BEST GOLF TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. HE
SAID I WANT TO PUT IT TO PRINCETON, AND YALE, AND HARVARD AND MICHIGAN AND STANFORD
AND EVERYBODY ELSE FOR ALL KINDS OF REASON .
I WANT THE BEST, NOW HE SAID. I SAID BUT I'VE GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO ARKANSAS. HO HO HO HE SAID NO WAY. HE SAID MEET ME AT THE STADIUM TOMORROW MORNING AT 8:00 AND WE'LL
TALK ABOUT THIS, SO AT 8:00 WE WERE THERE. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS THING AND I FINALLY SAID TO HIM, I SAID SORRY (?) TO, WE NEED A PLACE TO PLAY. HE SAID WELL YOU CAN GO OUT TO
WESTDALE AND PLAY OUT THERE. I SAID (?) THAT'S FIVE MILES OUT THERE. IT'S A PRETTY LONG WALK TO GET OUT THERE. I SAID HOW WE GOING TO GET OUT THERE. HE SAID WELL WHERE WOULD WE PUT A GOLF COURSE AROUND HERE. I, I SAID
WELL, YOU SEE THAT AREA OVER THERE. YOU GOT A LOT OF COWS OVER THERE. I SAID CAN'T YOU JUST MOVE THOSE COWS OVER THAT RAILROAD TRACK OVER THERE AND LET'S BUILD A GOLF COURSE RIGHT THERE.
(LAUGHINGLY) OH NO HE SAID SON WE'LL NEVER MOVE THOSE COWS. HE SAID DO YOU KNOW I WOULD LOOSE THE VOTE OF EVERY FARMER IN LOUISIANA IF I DISPLACED THOSE COWS?
WELL, 25 YEARS LATER THEY CALLED ME UP AND HE SAID FRED WANTS YOU TO HELP DEDICATE THE GOLF COURSE HERE AT LSU. I SAID OH YEAH? I SAID WHERE IS IT? WELL GUESS WHERE IT WAS.
WHERE THE COWS WERE.
EXACTLY WHERE THOSE COWS WERE.
AND OF COURSE HE DID CONVINCE YOU TO GO TO LSU AND YOU DID WIN YOUR NCAA AND WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK.
(LAUGHS) THAT'S RIGHT.
Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.
Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.
Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.