Golf Talk Live - Johnny Bulla Transcript Segment 2
WHAT DO YOU RECALL FONDLY OR OTHERWISE ABOUT HAVING TO DEAL WITH STYMIES?
I HATED THEM.
I COULDN'T CHIP, I COULDN'T CHIP THE BALL OVER IT ANYWAY. I GOT TO TELL YOU A STORY. I WAS PLAYING IN THE PGA AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AND, I WAS PLAYING JIM TENESA , AND I'M ONE UP
COMING TO THE 17TH HOLE, AND I HAD A FOUR FOOT PUTT FOR A THREE AND HE WAS ALREADY FOUR AND HE LET, AS HE CHIPPED HE LAID ME A STYMIE AND I THOUGHT WELL I CAN'T CHIP OVER THE BALL, I'LL JUST HIT IT HARD AND KNOCK IT, MY BALL WILL STOP AND KNOCK IT OUT OF THE WAY AND I'LL WIN THE HOLE,
SO I HIT IT HARD AND KNOCKED HIS BALL RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLE, MISSED MY PUTT... AND I'M SO UPSET I THREE PUTT 18. INSTEAD OF GOING AND BEATING HIM TWO AND ONE, I LOST ONE DOWN.
SO YOU WERE NOT UNHAPPY LATER WHEN THEY OUTLAWED THE STYMIE.
OH I GOT THE WORST, I GOT, I THINK I GOT THE RECORD. I PLAYED 36 HOLES WITH, IN THE PGA IN, IN PITTSBURGH AND I HAD SEVEN STYMIES LAID ME AND THERE'S NO, IT'S JUST LUCK, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE THAT GOOD YOU COULD PUT THE BALL IN THE HOLE.... IT WASN'T FAIR.
WHO DID ALL OF YOU GO TO, AND WE'RE WATCHING JONES OF COURSE NEGOTIATING SUCCESSFULLY STYMIES ON THE PRACTICE GREEN AND IN HIS FILMS HE DID FOR WARNER BROTHERS, HOW I PLAY GOLF. WHO DID, HE WENT OF COURSE TO STUART MADEN, HIS TEACHER, WHEN HE HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIS SWING BUT, WHO
DID THE REST OF YOU GO TO, WHO DID THE PROFESSIONALS ON TOUR GO TO WHEN YOU NEEDED THAT KIND OF HELP?
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, I NEVER HAD ONE PRO TO HELP ME THE ENTIRE TIME I WAS OUT THERE ON THE TOUR. SAM MADE A REMARK LATER ON AND HE WAS RIGHT. HE SAID I'D NEVER HELP ANYBODY THAT I THOUGHT WOULD BEAT
ME, BUT HE WASN'T, HE WASN'T SHY TO ASK ME WHAT HE WAS DOING WRONG BECAUSE I KNEW HIS SWING.
WOULD YOU TELL HIM?
OH SURE I WOULD, BUT I, I CAN'T EVER REMEMBER ANYBODY EVER HELPING ME WITH MY SWING.
NOW YOU KNOW, BYRON NELSON ONCE SAID THAT HE THOUGHT THAT YOU EXPERIMENTED TOO MUCH WITH YOUR GOLF SWING. IS THAT A FAIR REMARK ON HIS PART?
NO, THAT'S NOT A FAIR REMARK. THAT WAS, THE REASON I EXPERIMENTED, THAT WAS AFTER I STARTED HITTING SOME BALLS LEFT HANDED, I WAS ALL THROUGH PLAYING TOURNAMENT GOLF BY THAT TIME ANYWAY.
DO YOU THINK PEOPLE APPRECIATE ABOUT NELSON'S GREAT YEAR OF 1945 WHEN HE WON ELEVEN IN A ROW AND 18 OF THE 30 TOUR EVENTS THAT HE PLAYED IN THAT, UNLIKE TODAY WHERE A LOT OF THE COURSES HAVE BEEN SHORTENED BY THE GREATNESS OF THE PLAYERS AND THE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY WHERE A LOT OF THE HOLES ARE DRIVES AND PITCHES,
NELSON IN THOSE DAYS STILL HAD TO HIT DRIVES AND FIVE IRONS AND BRASSIES AND SPOONS AND, AND LONG SHOTS AS WELL AS PITCHES INTO THE PAR 4'S DIDN'T HE?
WELL, WHY ABSOLUTELY, BUT YOU SEE, THAT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE EQUIPMENT AND THE AGRONOMY. YOU JUST COULDN'T HIT THE BALL AS FAR WITH EQUIPMENT THAT WE PLAYED WITH. I THINK BYRON NELSON'S RECORD IS FANTASTIC, EVEN THOUGH HE DID IT DURING THE WAR, HE DIDN'T HAVE THE COMPETITION. LOOK AT HIS SCORES. HE PLAYED ON SOME GOLF COURSES DURING THE WAR THAT THE AVERAGE PLAYER, THE AVERAGE PRO WOULDN'T EVEN GO
OUT ON THE COURSE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE MAN POWER TO MAINTAIN THEM. THE GOLF COURSES WERE TERRIBLE DURING THE WAR, AND HE SHOT SOME OF THE BEST SCORES THAT WERE SHOT DURING THAT TIME.
AND OF COURSE YOU MENTIONED A SCORING AVERAGE THAT WAS 68.33 FOR THAT YEAR, AND THAT WASN'T BROKEN OF COURSE UNTIL 2000 WHEN TIGER WAS THE FIRST GUY TO GO AHEAD AND DO THAT.
ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
NOW YOUR BUDDY SAM SNEAD SAID THAT THE THREE BEST PLAYERS THAT EVER LIVED WERE HIM, NICKLAUS SECOND, AND HOGAN THIRD. WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT, WHO DO YOU THINK THE THREE BEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME WERE?
OH I THINK JONES GOES AHEAD OF HOGAN. HOGAN HAD A PERIOD. I MEAN HE PLAYED SOME GREAT GOLF. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I THINK HE WAS A GREAT PLAYER, BUT HE, HE, HE DIDN'T COME CLOSE TO JONES. YOU GET, IT'S HARD TO COMPARE
THEM AT THE DIFFERENT TIMES, BUT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, JONES WAS A FAR BETTER PLAYER THAN HOGAN OVER THE PERIOD OF TIME THAT HE PLAYED.
HOW DID JONES PLAY ON THAT DAY DURING WORLD WAR TWO WHEN YOU HAD A VAPOR LOCK IN YOUR PLANE THAT YOU WERE FLYING HIM IN AND IT WAS TOUCH AND GO UNTIL YOU GOT IT SORTED OUT NOT TOO LONG BEFORE YOU FINALLY LANDED, WAS HE ABLE TO BREAK 90?
I THINK HE SHOT ABOUT 85. HE WAS, POOR GUY, HE WAS JUST, HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH, AND I DON'T BLAME HIM. HE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FLYING.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT.
WELL, WE WENT DOWN TO PLAY IN AN EXHIBITION IN MONTGOMERIE, AND I HAD BORROWED A LITTLE EP, FOUR PLACE AIRPLANE, THAT HADN'T BEEN FLOWN FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS AND BOB HAD, WE HAD OUR CLUBS IN THE BACK AND BOB'S
SITTING OVER THE SIDE OF ME ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE AND IF I HAD HAVE REACHED UP AND CUT THE SWITCH I COULDN'T HAVE STOPPED THE ENGINE QUICK OR IT COULD JUST, BOOM, AND OF COURSE NOW BOB IS, HE'S ABOUT TO JUMP
OUT OF THE AIRPLANE, SO I PUT MY ARM AROUND HIM AND I SAID BOB I CAN LAND THE AIRPLANE. WHAT HAPPENED WAS, WE GOT A VAPOR LOCK IN THE LINES AND I SAID THE ONLY WAY WE GOT A CHANCE TO BREAK IT LOOSE IS STICK THE NOSE
STRAIGHT DOWN. CAN YOU IMAGINE, HE, HE DOESN'T FLY AND HE'S SITTING THERE LOOKING STRAIGHT DOWN. I'VE GOT THE PLANE STRAIGHT DOWN, I'M TRYING TO HOLD HIM, KEEP HIM COMFORTABLE. I WASN'T ANY SCAREDER THAN I AM
SITTING RIGHT HERE BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN LAND THE AIRPLANE AND AT ABOUT 15 HUNDRED FEET IT BROKE LOOSE AND WE FLEW ON DOWN THERE, BUT HE WAS A SCARED PERSON.
DID HE DRINK AND SMOKE A LITTLE MORE THAN USUAL THAT NIGHT?
I DON'T KNOW. (LAUGHS) I DON'T KNOW, BUT I KNOW ONE THING, HE WOULDN'T COME BACK IN THAT AIRPLANE. THEY GOT ANOTHER AIRPLANE TO BRING HIM HOME IN.
WELL YOU CAN'T BLAME HIM. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
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Langston Golf Course (Washington, D.C.)
Opened in June 1939, Langston is steeped in a rich history. Known for its triumphant role in the desegregation of public golf, the course has been integral to the growth of the game’s popularity among African Americans. With its celebratory feel, Langston shows us golf is not unifies individuals, but generations.
Edgefield Golf Course (Portland, Ore.)
The air is fresh, the beers are cold and the vibes are electric at Edgefield. You'd be hard pressed to find a more laid back, approachable and enjoyable environment for a round. Overlooking stunning panoramic views of northeast Portland, two par-3 pub courses (12 holes and 20 holes) wind through vineyards, thickets of blackberry bushes and a vintage distillery bar. All are welcome at Edgefield, especially those who have never swung a club.
Wild Horse Golf Club (Gothenburg, Neb.)
In 1997, the locals and farmers living in the tight-knit town of Gothenburg decided to build a golf course. A bank loan, a couple of tractors, and a whole lotta sweat-equity later, their prairieland masterpiece is now considered one of the best in the country. Wild Horse is the soul of the community, providing unforgettable memories for all who play it.
Pepperell likely sews up Masters invite via OWGR
Eddie Pepperell received a trophy for his win Sunday at the British Masters, but another prize will be coming in the mail at the end of the year.
Pepperell held on to win by two shots at rainy Walton Heath, giving him his second win of the year to go along with a pair of runner-ups. The Englishman started the year ranked No. 133 in the world and was as low as 513th in May 2017. But with the win, Pepperell jumped 17 spots to a career-best 33rd in the latest world rankings.
It means that Pepperell, who finished T-6 at The Open while fighting a hangover in the final round, is in line to make his Masters debut next spring, as the top 50 in the world rankings at the end of the calendar year become exempt into the season's first major.
Another player now in the mix for that top-50 exemption is Emiliano Grillo, who went from 62nd to 49th with a T-2 finish at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. Grillo has played in two Masters but missed this year's event. Marc Leishman moved up eight spots to No. 16 with his win in Malaysia, while T-2s result moved Chesson Hadley from 75th to 60th and Bronson Burgoon from 162nd to 102nd.
There were no changes among the top 10 in the latest rankings, with Dustin Johnson still ahead of Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Francesco Molinari remains in sixth, with Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth rounding out the top 10.
Both Koepka and Thomas are in the field at this week's CJ Cup in South Korea, where they will have an opportunity to overtake Johnson for world No. 1.
With his next competitive start unknown, Tiger Woods stayed at No. 13 for another week.
USGA, R&A unveil new limits on green books
Following a six-week feedback period, the USGA and R&A unveiled a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf and the use of green-reading materials on Monday.
The interpretation limits the size and scale of putting green books and any electronic or digital materials that a player may use to assist with green reading.
“We’re thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide feedback as we worked through the process of identifying a clear interpretation that protects the essential skill of reading a green, while still allowing for information that helps golfers enjoy the game,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior managing director of governance.
Players will be allowed to continue to use green-reading books beginning in 2019, but the new interpretation will limit images of greens to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480), and books can be no larger than 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches (pocket-sized). The interpretation also bans the use of magnification devices beyond normal prescription glasses.
The USGA and R&A will allow for hand-drawn notes in green books as long as those notes are written by the player or their caddie. The rule makers also dropped a proposal that would have limited the minimum slope to four percent in green-reading material.
“These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field,” Pagel said.
CIMB purse payout: Leishman earns $1.26 million
Marc Leishman never let off the gas pedal and cruised to a five-stroke victory at the CIMB Classic. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
|T5||Charles Howell III||-20||$237,300|
|T10||Si Woo Kim||-19||$175,000|
|T13||Byeong Hun An||-18||$122,640|
|T50||Rafael Cabrera Bello||-8||$15,365|
|T54||Ted Potter Jr.||-7||$14,280|
|T59||Davis Love III||-6||$13,720|