Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH A FEW OF YOUR FANS. JOHN IN VIRGINIA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GOOD, HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, THANKS.

JOHN, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA :
GREAT. UH, JOHN, WE JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW RIGHT OFF THE BAT, WE'RE REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF YOU. AND UH, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK THE WORLD OF YOU.

I GOT ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. DO YOU - DO YOU FEEL LIKE UH, THE OTHER PGA TOURING PROS ARE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU?

JOHN DALY
UM, WELL, I THANK - THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM ARE. UM, I THINK A LOT OF THEM MIGHT RELATE TO SOME OF THE THINGS I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT UH,

THE PROS HAVE BEEN GREAT WITH ME. UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE MADE SOME OF THEM MAD AND WE'VE - WE'VE KIND OF ALL WORKED THAT OUT A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW. BUT UH . UH, THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU WANT KIDS TO THINK? AS YOU TRY TO SORT OUT YOUR OWN LIFE AND FIGURE OUT WHO YOU'RE GOING TO BE AND THE WAY YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE, WHAT DO WANT OTHER YOUNG, YOUNG PEOPLE TO THINK,

KIDS WHO ARE 10 TO 15 YEARS OLD WHO ARE IMPRESSIONABLE, WANT TO HIT IT LIKE YOU BUT ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE MESSAGE OF YOUR LIFE OFF THE GOLF COURSE?

JOHN DALY
I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. UM, YOU KNOW, I - I STILL SMOKE A LOT OF CIGARETTES (CHUCKLE). AND UH, I DON'T KNOW. UM, THAT .

YOU KNOW, I LOVE KIDS TO DEATH AND - AND I WOULDN'T . I WOULDN'T SAY I'M THE BEST ROLE MODEL IN THAT ASPECT OF SMOKING CIGARETTES ON THE GOLF COURSE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

BUT YOU KNOW, UH . I'M NOT READY TO QUIT SMOKING. UM, I - I JUST . YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T KNOW - I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, PETER. I DON'T THINK IT'S .

I DON'T THINK I'M A GREAT ROLE MODEL AS - WHEN IT COMES TO THE - MY PAST AND - AND WHAT I'VE GONE THROUGH. BUT, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

AND UM, I DO, I CHERISH KIDS AND I LOVE THEM. AND UM, I WANT THEM TO WATCH ME PLAY. UM, AND I WANT THEM TO BUY A TON OF THESE LION T-SHIRTS AND STUFF AND WEAR THEM EVERYWHERE. BUT .

UM, PEOPLE GROW UP DIFFERENTLY IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND WHERE I GREW UP, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE DRINKING AT, YOU KNOW, 10 TO 12, 13 YEARS OLD. YOU'RE HUNTING. YOU'RE FISHING.

I NEVER DID ANY OF THAT. I JUST PLAYED GOLF. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S KIND OF THE WAY WE'RE . NOW I WOULDN'T SAY BROUGHT UP 'CAUSE I WAS BROUGHT UP VERY GOOD.

MY PARENTS WERE . I LOVE THEM TO DEATH. THEY'VE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH ME. I JUST DIDN'T LISTEN TO THEM HALF THE TIME, LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T. BUT UH,

I THINK A LOT OF IT'S WHERE YOU GROW UP. AND UM, THINGS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT UM, AS YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD OR IN DIFFERENT STATES, HOW THINGS ARE PERCEIVED AND . AND DEALT WITH. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'M .

I'M NOT GONNA SAY I'M A GOOD ROLE MODEL. BUT I DO HAVE A GAME THAT I WOULD LOVE FOR KIDS TO COPY SOME DAY, OR TRY AND TAKE IT BACK AS FAR AS THEY CAN, AND TRY AND HIT IT AS HARD AS THEY CAN.

SO BASICALLY MY . MY ANSWER WOULD BE GOLF. THAT WOULD MY - MY TYPE OF ROLE MODEL FOR THEM . UM, WHEN I'M PLAYING GOOD. JUST WHEN I'M .

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT SLAPPING IT AROUND.

JOHN DALY
YEAH, WHEN I'M PLAYING BAD, JUST DON'T WATCH, (GIGGLE) JUST DON'T WATCH. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
GOOD ADVICE. LET'S TALK TO TOM IN CALIFORNIA. GO AHEAD, TOM.

TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
YEAH PETER, HOW YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, THANKS.

TOM, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA :
JOHN, I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN. I'M CALLING FROM UH CALIFORNIA. I - WHAT I HAD A QUESTION WAS . WAS WHEN YOU - WHEN YOU GET IN A MAJOR -

IF YOU GET IN A . A TOURNAMENT WHERE YOU'RE DOWN TO THE STRETCH AGAINST TIGER WOODS, DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE INTIMIDATED LIKE DAVIS LOVE WAS? AND ALSO I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I SAW YOU AT THE RENO-TAHOE OPEN.

AND JOHN WAS GREAT THROUGH THE THURSDAY ROUND. HE TOOK MY KID THROUGH THE ROPES, TIED HIS ARM AROUND HIM, SIGNED A CARD FOR HIM, AND SHOT 2-UNDER. I GOT TO FOLLOW HIM ALL DAY.

I LOVED IT. IT WAS THE BEST TIME I EVER HAD AT A GOLF TOURNAMENT 'CAUSE I GOT TO SEE THE GUY I LOVED TO WATCH, YOU KNOW, PLAY 18 HOLES UP CLOSE. AND I HAD DRAGGED MY WIFE AND MY 2 KIDS UP - UP ALL THE WAY TO RENO FROM SOUTH CITY, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO. AND .

I LOVE WATCHING JOHN. AND I WON'T WATCH A TOURNAMENT UNLESS HE'S IN IT. SO IF I CHECK THE SCORE AND HE'S NOT THERE, I'M NOT WATCHING. BUT I LOVE YOU JOHN. TAKE IT EASY AND I HOPE YOU WIN A MAJOR 'CAUSE I'M ROOTING FOR YOU. TAKE IT EASY.

JOHN DALY
THANKS, TOM, THANKS. HARD TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION UH, IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONTENTION TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT. UM,

MY ONLY CHANCE TO BEAT TIGER WOODS, I THINK, WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS. THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY CHANCE RIGHT NOW. UM .

'CAUSE TIGER IS JUST ON A ROLL THAT I DON'T THINK THERE'S NOT TOO MANY PLAYERS THAT HAVE HAD THAT ROLL. UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S AMAZING ABOUT TIGER IS - IS WHEN HE DOESN'T HIT SUCH A GREAT SHOT, HE COMES BACK AND MAKES A 10-FOOTER FOR PAR .

OR UM, HE MAKES A LONG, LONG PUTT FOR A BIRDIE OR HE - HE, YOU KNOW, HE HAD 2 EAGLES, I THINK, ON FRIDAY WHEN HE SHOT 64, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN. AND .

THAT'S THE THING THAT JUST GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE. AND HE'S NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TOUGH AND REALLY GREAT, BUT HE'S GOT SO MUCH CONFIDENCE.

IT'S LIKE THERE'S AN AURA ABOUT TIGER THAT UH, 'HEY, NOBODY'S GOING TO BEAT ME' . IN A GREAT WAY. IT'S NOT A COCKY WAY. HE'S JUST THAT GOOD. AND UM .

BUT IF THERE WAS EVER A TOURNAMENT THAT I MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT HIM RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE - WOULD BE AT ST. ANDREWS, THE BRITISH THIS YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL DOESN'T SET UP AS WELL FOR YOU AS IT DOES FOR TIGER? YOU CAN BOTH HIT SHORT IRONS INTO THE PAR-5'S. YOU CAN HIT NOTHING INTO THE PAR-4'S.

YOU'RE A GREAT FAST GREENS PUTTER. ISN'T THAT A PLACE THAT YOU SHOULD PLAY MUCH BETTER GOLF THAN YOU HAVE?

JOHN DALY
UH, I WOULD THINK. I UM, HAVE NEVER FIGURED THE GREENS OUT THERE. I MEAN, IT'S NOT REALLY ABOUT FIGURING THEM OUT. UH, I JUST LOOK AT AUGUSTA, I PLAYED REALLY WELL MY FIRST TIME THERE. I THINK I FINISHED 17TH OR SOMETHING IN '92.

UM, AND I - I CAN'T REMEMBER, I THINK IT WAS THE YEAR LANGER WON, AND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN '94 THAT I FINISHED 3RD.

UM, BUT I'VE ALWAYS PLAYED THE FRONT NINE GREAT AND I'VE NEVER SHOT THE 30 AND 31'S THAT A LOT OF GUYS DO ON THE BACK NINE. UM, I'VE NEVER . NEVER HAD A HOT PUTTER THERE.

AND I THINK MY . I DO LOVE FAST GREENS, BUT I GET AGGRESSIVE. I GET VERY AGGRESSIVE AND YOU CAN'T AT AUGUSTA.

SO, I MEAN, WHEN TIGER WON IN '97, UH, I DIDN'T PLAY, BUT I HEARD HE DIDN'T HAVE ONE 3-PUTT. YOU KNOW, THAT'S - THAT'S JUST PHENOMENAL. AND .

BUT IF THERE WAS A GOLF COURSE - I MEAN, I AGREE, I WOULD THINK I WOULD HAVE PLAYED BETTER THERE. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, WHO KNOWS? MAYBE THIS YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU ACTIVELY GET READY? I MEAN, NICKLAUS USED TO, FOR EXAMPLE, COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE A MAJOR, GO TO THAT SITE AND PLAY 1 BALL FOR 4 DAYS AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE WINNING SCORE WAS GONNA BE IF HE PLAYED WELL AND HE WAS USUALLY RIGHT.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVE PLAN CAN YOU MAKE NOW, GIVEN THAT YOU'RE IN REASONABLY GOOD SHAPE BY YOUR OWN ADMISSION, TO SEE THAT YOU PLAY THE BEST GOLF OF WHICH YOU'RE CAPABLE AS OPPOSED TO 'YOU KNOW, LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES THIS WEEK'?

JOHN DALY
YEAH, I ALWAYS GET MORE FIRED UP FOR MAJORS AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'VE . I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT THE MAJORS. UM . I JUST . I FEEL A LITTLE MAYBE MORE NERVOUS SO I MIGHT FOCUS A LITTLE HARDER.

UM, THAT'S THE THING, KIND OF BACK TO TIGER, HE'S SO FOCUSED ON EVERY TOURNAMENT, LIKE DAVID DUVAL IS AND DAVIS LOVE AND MOST OF THE GUYS. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE MY CAREER'S BEEN .

'WELL, THIS WEEK I'M PRETTY FOCUSED, MAYBE I'LL PLAY WELL.' SOMETIMES I'M OUT THERE, I'M JUST NUMB. I JUST, LIKE YOU SAID, SOMETIMES I JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. AND UM.

IT - IT'S WEIRD. UM, WHEN I - WHEN I DON'T FEEL GOOD BEFORE I TEE OFF, I SEEM TO PLAY BETTER THAN WHEN I FEEL GREAT AND I'M HITTING THE BALL GREAT ON THE RANGE BEFORE I PLAY. I GET THE CONFIDENCE GOING. I'M GONNA PLAY GREAT TODAY.

IT'S GONNA BE A GOOD NUMBER. AND YOU KNOW, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS.
SO I - I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE THAT PART OUT. AND UM, IT'S TOUGH. IT'S VERY, VERY TOUGH.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF I GET BORED WITH THE GAME SOMETIMES OR . OR WHAT. IF I KNEW THE - YOU TELL ME THE ANSWER.

PETER KESSLER
I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.

JOHN DALY
YOU GIVE ME THE ANSWER.

PETER KESSLER
BUT WHAT I KNOW NOW IS WE'RE GONNA TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND COME BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING. AND WE'LL SEE IF YOU'VE BEEN WORKING OUT ENOUGH TO BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MOVE THAT YOU LIKE TO.

LET'S CHECK IT OUT WITH JOHN DALY IN JUST A MOMENT.

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USC's Gaston leaves to become head coach at A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.

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Just like last year, Spieth in desperate need of a spark

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth has arrived at the Travelers Championship in need of a turnaround. Again.

Spieth’s playoff victory last year over Daniel Berger, complete with a bunker hole-out and raucous celebration, went down as one of the most electrifying moments of 2017. It also propelled Spieth to some more major glory, as he won The Open in his very next start.

So it’s easy to forget the state of Spieth’s game when he first stepped foot on the grounds of TPC River Highlands a year ago. Things were, quite plainly, not going well.

He was struggling on the greens, even going so far as to switch putters at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He then failed to contend at Erin Hills, only netting a T-35 finish thanks to a final-round 69 that came hours before the leaders teed off.

So here we are again, with Spieth in search of a spark after a series of underwhelming performances that included last week’s effort at Shinnecock Hills, where he bogeyed the last two holes of his second round to miss the cut by a shot. Except this time, the climb back to the top may be even steeper than it was a year ago.

“I’m not sure where the state of my game is right now,” Spieth said. “If I strike the ball the way I have been this year, then the results are coming. But the last couple weeks I’ve played Muirfield and then the (U.S.) Open, and I hit the ball really poorly and didn’t give myself that many opportunities to let the putter do the work.”

While many big names play sporadically in the time between the Masters and U.S. Open, Spieth remained as busy as ever thanks to the Tour’s swing through Texas. So even after failing to contend much in the spring outside of a memorable finale in Augusta, and even after struggling for much of his week at TPC Sawgrass, Spieth looked out at his schedule and saw a myriad of possible turning points.

There was the AT&T Byron Nelson, played in his hometown and at a venue on which he was one of only a handful with any experience (T-21). Then a trip across town to Colonial, where he had beaten all but two players in a three-year stretch (T-32).


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Throw in the missed cuts at Muirfield Village and Shinnecock Hills, and Spieth has made it to the last leg of a six-event stretch that has included only one off week and, to date, zero chances to contend come Sunday.

“I think here this week, the key for me is just to get out in the first round and try not to do too much,” Spieth said. “I mean, 90-plus percent of the tournaments the last two years I’ve thrown out my chances to win a golf tournament on Thursday. I’ve had too much to do from here on.”

That was certainly the case last week on Long Island, where Spieth’s hopes for a fourth major title evaporated well before course conditions became a focal point over the weekend. He was 4 over through his first two holes and spent much of the next 34 stuck in a fit of frustration. He gave himself a glimmer of hope with four late birdies Friday followed by a pair of bogeys that snuffed it out with equal speed.

Spieth has continued to preach patience throughout the year, but there’s no getting around some eye-popping stats; he's 188th on Tour this year in strokes gained: putting and 93rd in fairways hit. It can foster a pressure to find a cure-all in any given week, especially given how quickly he got a middling summer back on track last year.

“It’s something that you fight, sure,” Spieth said. “It’s been that way just about every tournament except Muirfield, because then you go to the U.S. Open and think you don’t even have to shoot under par to win this golf tournament. So as much as that kind of comes into your head, it’s not bothering me this time. I’m going to try and have fun, and make progress.”

After this week, Spieth will have some down time with family before making the trip overseas to Carnoustie. He plans to have a few private dinners accompanied by the claret jug, one last toast to last year’s success before turning the trophy back over to the R&A.

But even Spieth admitted that as it pertains to his chances to follow in Brooks Koepka’s footsteps by successfully defending a major title, he’ll be greatly aided by working his way into the mix this weekend. It represents the last chance in this early-summer swing to get his name back on the leaderboard, an opportunity to light fire to a pedestrian campaign like he did a year ago.

No pressure.

“It’s your basic stuff that sometimes gets off, that the harder you try to get them back on sometimes, the worse it gets,” Spieth said. “It can be frustrating, or you can just kind of wait for it to come to you. I think I’m OK with where things are, whether it’s the rest of this year or next year. I feel like there are good scores coming.”