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.
With eye on Masters, Howell wins Match Play group
AUSTIN, Texas – Charles Howell III appears to have solved his match play mystery, advancing out of pool play for the second consecutive year after failing to play the weekend his first eight trips to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The timing couldn’t have been better.
At 65th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Howell needs to advance to Sunday’s final four to move into the top 50 in the world and earn an invitation to the Masters, which is always a primary goal for the Augusta, Ga., native.
“Knowing that I need a big week here to get through, obviously, it's massive in match play,” said Howell, who will face Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the first stage of knockout play on Saturday. “Kiradech is an awesome player. I feel like I'm the underdog, and nothing to lose, I like that.”
Howell, who began the week as the 59th-seeded player, was unbeaten in pool play, defeating Phil Mickelson on Day 1 and securing his spot in the weekend with a 2-and-1 victory over Satoshi Kodaira on Friday.
Although Saturday’s matches may have a qualifying feel for Howell, who last played the Masters in 2012, he’s also in the field for next week’s Houston Open and could earn a spot at Augusta National with a victory there.
McIlroy to rest, play Augusta after early exit at Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas – For the second consecutive year, Rory McIlroy failed to advance out of pool play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but there was a silver lining for last week’s champion.
McIlroy, who lost on Friday, 5 and 3, to Brian Harman, said he didn’t have much time to recharge following his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and having the weekend off will give him a chance to prepare for what promises to be an intense build up to this year’s Masters.
The Northern Irishman will travel to Augusta National on Wednesday for what he said will be a 54- to 72-hole, two-day practice session.
“Me and [caddie Harry Diamond] are going up, two members are hosting us, we're going to have a couple of social runs Wednesday and Thursday,” McIlroy said. “I’ll rest up a little bit, recharge the batteries, get into the gym. Sort of have a good week training and a good practice week. And just get myself ready for Augusta.”
McIlroy is listed among the favorites at the Masters, where he could complete the career Grand Slam if he were to win.
Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.
(Note: Group winners are highlighted; * equals won in playoff)
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|(1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0||(2) J. Thomas: 3-0-0||(3) J. Rahm: 0-2-1||(4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0|
|(32) K. Kisner: 1-0-1||(21) F. Molinari: 2-1-0||(28) K. Aphibarnrat: 3-0-0||(19) P. Reed: 2-0-0|
|(38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
||(48) P. Kizzire: 1-2-0||(43) C. Reavie: 1-1-1||(34) H. Li: 0-2-0|
|(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-1-0
||(60) L. List: 0-3-0||(63) K. Bradley: 0-1-2||(49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0|
|Group 5||Group 6||Group 7||Group 8|
|(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-1-0||(6) R. McIlroy: 1-2-0||(7) S. Garcia: 3-0-0||(8) J. Day: 1-1-0|
|(30) P. Cantlay: 1-1-0
||(18) B. Harman: 2-0-1||(20) X. Schauffele: 2-1-0||(25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-1-0|
|(46) C. Smith: 2-0-0||(44) J. Vegas: 0-2-1||(41) D. Frittelli: 1-2-0||(42) J. Dufner: 1-1-0|
|(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-2-0||(51) P. Uihlein: 2-1-0||(62) S. Sharma: 0-3-0||(56) J. Hahn: 1-1-0|
|Group 9||Group 10||Group 11||Group 12|
|(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0||(10) P. Casey: 2-1-0||(11) M. Leishman: 0-2-1||(12) T. Hatton: 2-0-0|
|(26) D. Berger: 0-2-0||(31) M. Fitzpatrick: 1-2-0||(23) B. Grace: 1-1-1||(22) C. Hoffman: 0-2-0|
|(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0||(45) K. Stanley: 2-1-0||(35) B. Watson: 2-0-1||(36) B. Steele: 1-1-0|
|(58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0||(51) R. Henley: 1-2-0||(64) J. Suri: 1-1-1||(55) A. Levy: 1-1-0|
|Group 13||Group 14||Group 15||Group 16|
|(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0||(14) P. Mickelson: 2-1-0||(15) P. Perez: 0-1-1||(16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1|
|(29) T. Finau: 2-0-0||(17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-2-0||(24) G. Woodland: 0-1-1||(27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0|
|(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0||(40) S. Kodaira: 0-3-0||(37) W. Simpson: 1-0-1||(47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0|
|(61) K. Na: 0-2-0||(59) C. Howell III: 3-0-0||(50) S.W. Kim: 1-0-1||(54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1|
Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 3
Here is how things played out on Day 3 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 2 match results:
Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Kevin Kisner (32)
Group 1: Adam Hadwin (38) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)
Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) def. Francesco Molinari (21), 7 and 5: Looking like the man to beat, Thomas put Molinari in an early 3-down hole and kept applying pressure, putting him away with seven birdies in one of the most lopsided results of the week – and in a battle of two unbeatens. Thomas can become world No. 1 with a victory this week.
Group 2: Patton Kizzire (48) def. Luke List (60), 4 and 2: One down through seven holes, Kizzire won four consecutive holes around the turn and coasted to his first win of the week.
Group winner: Justin Thomas
Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) def. Jon Rahm, 4 and 3: Unbeaten through two days, Aphibarnrat put the hammer down on Rahm, last year’s finalist. Barnrat needed only three birdies to secure the group win, while Rahm dropped to 0-2-1 for the week.
Group 3: Chez Reavie (43) vs. Keegan Bradley (63), halved: With the group already decided as they played the closing stretch, Bradley coughed up a late lead for the third consecutive round, halving the match on 18 and finishing the week with a 0-1-2 record that could (and should) have been so much better.
Group winner: Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Patrick Reed (19)
Group 4: Haotong Li (34) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)
Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Patrick Cantlay (30)
Group 5: Cameron Smith (46) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)
Group 6: Brian Harman (18) def. Rory McIlroy (6), 5 and 3: Harman took advantage of McIlroy’s missed putts and uncharacteristic mistakes to build a 3-up advantage on the front nine, then cruised to a lopsided victory. At 2-0-1, Harman wins the group, while McIlroy can begin his prep for Augusta.
Group 6: Jhonattan Vegas (44) vs. Peter Uihlein (57) def. Jhonattan Vegas (44), 4 and 3: Even though Uihlein won the first two holes on his way to routing Vegas, it wasn’t enough for the former U.S. Amateur champion to advance. He finished the week 2-1.
Group winner: Brian Harman
Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) def. Xander Schauffele (20), 3 and 1: Two down with seven to play in this battle of unbeatens, Garcia birdied the 12th and 13th holes to square the match, then pulled ahead with a pair of birdies on 15 and 16 and a conceded birdie on 17, after Schauffele tugged his tee shot into the hazard.
Group 7: Dylan Frittelli (41) def. Shubhankar Sharma (62), 1 up: In a match with nothing at stake but a little extra cash and some world-ranking points, Frittelli shot 4 under and held off Sharma throughout to earn his first point of the week.
Group winner: Sergio Garcia
Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (25)
Group 8: Jason Dufner (42) vs. James Hahn (56)
Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) vs. Daniel Berger (26)
Group 9: Kevin Chappell (33) vs. Ian Poulter (58)
Group 10: Matthew Fitzpatrick (31) def. Paul Casey (10), 3 and 2: After looking unstoppable over the first two days of pool play, Casey never led against his fellow Englishman, going 3 down after five holes. It was Fitzpatrick’s first point of the week, and Casey lost on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Group 10: Kyle Stanley (45) def. Russell Henley (51), 1 up: Stanley flipped an early 2-down deficit and rolled in a 10-footer birdie putt on the final hole to beat Henley and earn a full point to force the sudden-death playoff with Casey. On the second playoff hole, Stanley poured in a 5-footer for birdie to advance.
Group winner: Kyle Stanley
Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Branden Grace (23), halved: Already eliminated, Leishman kept Grace from reaching the pool-play playoff by never trailing in the match. Though the South African holed a 25-footer on 17 to extend it, both players halved the 18th hole with birdies, including a 6-footer from Leishman, to earn a half-point.
Group 11: Bubba Watson (35) vs. Julian Suri (64), halved: Needing just a half-point to advance, but two down with two to go, Bubba stuffed his tee shot on 17, then hit his driver pin-high on the home hole. After Suri couldn’t get up-and-down for birdie, Watson sank his 8-footer for the halve. It's the second consecutive year in which Watson has won his group.
Group winner: Bubba Watson
Group 12: Charley Hoffman (22) def. Tyrrell Hatton (12), 3 and 2: After playing poorly for the first two days, Hoffman finally found his form against the previously unbeaten Hatton, making five birdies en route to a stress-free victory.
Group 12: Brendan Steele (36) vs. Alexander Levy (55)
Group 13: Alex Noren (13) vs. Tony Finau (29)
Group 13: Thomas Pieters (39) vs. Kevin Na (61)
Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) def. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), 1 up: Mickelson needed help to advance, but he took care of Cabrera Bello, making birdie on the last two holes to edge the Spaniard. The group was already decided, however, with Howell closing out his match while the other group played the 18th hole.
Group 14: Charles Howell III (59) def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), 2 and 1: Needing just a halve to advance, Howell won the 14th and 16th holes with par to gain a 2-up advantage and complete a perfect week in pool play. It’s the second year in a row that Howell has won his group.
Group winner: Charles Howell III
Group 15: Gary Woodland (24) def. Pat Perez, 1 up: Though the group was already decided, Woodland surrendered a 2-up lead but made a birdie when it mattered most, on the final green, to secure his first full point of the week.
Group 15: Si Woo Kim (50) def. Webb Simpson (37), 2 up: Kim led 4 up after seven holes, but he played only 2 under the rest of the way and, fortunately for him, ran out of holes. He won the group with 2 ½ points.
Group winner: Si Woo Kim
Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Ross Fisher (27)
Group 16: Yuta Ikeda (47) vs. Zach Johnson (54)