Golf Talk Live - Johnny Bulla Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 12, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
 
SIXTY YEARS AGO, THIS MONTH, YOU WON THE LOS ANGELES OPEN AT RIVIERA. WHAT ARE YOUR HAPPIEST MEMORIES OF WINNING THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
MY WIFE WAS PREGNANT AND I WAS GLAD WE COULD HAVE MADE ENOUGH MONEY SO IT MADE IT EASIER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THE BOYS GAVE YOU A TOUGH TIME THAT WEEK, DIDN'T THEY?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
VERY MUCH SO.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHY?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, I WAS LEADING IT AFTER THE SECOND ROUND, OF COURSE YOU DON'T REHASH, IT'S ALL OVER WITH, BUT I WAS PAIRED WITH BYRON AND JUG McSPADEN AND ON THE FIRST HOLE, AT RIVIERA, YOU TEE OFF AND YOU GO DOWN THEN YOU GO
 
OVER THE BRIDGE AND JUG WENT AHEAD OF ME, AND BYRON, THEY BOTH WENT AHEAD OF ME AND JUG WALKED OUT AND BYRON WAS TO THE LEFT AND J... MY BALL AND JUG'S BALL WAS ON THE SAME
 
LINE. JUG WALKED OVER TO THE SHORTER BALL, TOOK A LOOK AT IT AND WALKED BACK AND STOOD AT THE SIDE, AND I ASSUMED THAT, THAT WAS MY BALL. DIDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO IT, IT WASN'T, THE NAME WASN'T UP ON IT VERY GOOD, I DIDN'T LOOK TOO MUCH AND AS
 
I HIT THE BALL, JUG SAYS YOU PLAYED THE WRONG BALL. SOON AS I HIT IT IN THE AIR... AND UH JIM MURRAY, WHO'S A SPORTSWRITER WHO HAPPENED TO BE GOING ALONG WATCHING, HE HAD NEVER SEEN ME PLAY, AND HE TOLD ME LATER,
 
HE SAID THAT, THAT JUG, AFTER BYRON HIT HIS, JUG WENT OVER TO BYRON AND SAYS WE GOT HIM NOW. HE'LL BE ALL UPSET AND I TOOK SEVEN ON THE HOLE. I SHOT SEVENTY-FIVE. I NEVER HAD TOO MANY PEOPLE PULLING FOR ME BACK THEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
BUT WAS THAT TRUE GENERALLY OF THE TOUR, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT NOBODY REALLY HELPED ANYBODY ELSE WITH THEIR GOLF SWING AND THERE WAS VERY LITTLE PRIZE MONEY. THEY ONLY PAID 15 OR 20 PLACES. IT WAS SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IN MANY WAYS WASN'T IT?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THAT'S RIGHT, BUT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
NO
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
I WASN'T THAT WAY. I NEVER TRIED TO HURT ANYBODY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
I'M SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT JUG INTENTIONALLY MISLEAD YOU INTO PLAYING THE WRONG BALL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH, HE DID THAT SEVERAL TIMES.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TO YOU?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL TO OTHERS.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
YOU DIDN'T FALL FOR IT AFTER THE FIRST TIME.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH NO, NO, NO. NO ONE TIME WAS ENOUGH.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
(LAUGHING)
 
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF YOUR FANS. WE'VE GOT GEORGE CALLING FROM ALABAMA. HOW ARE YOU GEORGE?
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
FINE PETER. HOW ARE YOU, SIR.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN. VERY WELL, THANKS.
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
HEY MR. BULLA, HOW ARE YOU DOING, SIR?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
I'M DOING GREAT.
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE): I FEEL LIKE I'VE KNOWN YOU FOR MANY YEARS AND 1956, WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, MY MOTHER BOUGHT ME A SET OF SEARS AND ROBUCK, JC HIGGINS, JOHNNY BULLA SIGNATURE CLUBS AND I'M JUST SO UH SO EXCITED ABOUT MEETING YOU AND I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU, WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SEARS AND
 
IF YOU'LL JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT I'LL HANG UP AND LISTEN, CONSIDERING THAT THE SPONSORSHIPS OF NIKE AND ALL THE BIG COMPANIES NOW, I'D JUST LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THAT, AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
GIVE ME THAT OVER AGAIN, I DIDN'T QUITE
 
PETER KESSLER
 
HE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT SEARS. YOUR DEAL WITH SEARS ROBUCK.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH MY DEAL WITH SEARS?
 
GEORGE, CALLER FROM ALABAMA (MALE):
 
YES SIR.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, I HAD PROMOTED WALGREEN GOLF BALLS BEFORE AND I WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT PROMOTED GOLF EQUIPMENT IN THE RETAIL OUTLET, AND SEARS FELT LIKE THAT, THEY HAD A GOOD MARKET IF WE COULD DEVELOP GOOD CLUBS, SO, I
 
HELPED THEM DEVELOP CLUBS AND BALLS AND THEY BECAME REALLY BIG BECAUSE THEY WERE SO MUCH CHEAPER, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD ME OVER THE YEARS THAT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE PROBABLY TAKEN UP GOLF IF THEY HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO BUY CHEAPER CLUBS TO START WITH, SO I FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL ME ABOUT THE RISE AND FALL OF RALPH GUDAL.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, THEY ALWAYS SAID THAT RALPH LOST HIS GAME BECAUSE HE LOOKED AT PICTURES, THAT'S NOT TRUE. RALPH HAD A HISTORY OF BEING GREAT, AND THEN FALLING BACK. YOU KNOW HE, HE WAS SECOND IN THE NATIONAL OPEN IN '33
 
AND THEN YOU DIDN'T HEAR FROM HIM UNTIL ABOUT '37. HE HAD A VERY UNUSUAL SWING. HE STAND REAL, STOOD RIGHT CLOSE TO THE BALL AND HE, HE COULDN'T MOVE ON IT LATER ON IN LIFE AND HE COULDN'T HIT IT. HE JUST WENT DOWN HILL. PROBABLY AFTER, OH I GUESS, JUST BEFORE THE WAR HE STARTED LOOSING HIS GAME.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
YEAH THE STORY WAS, THE POPULAR STORY THAT, IN THE LATE 30'S HE WAS ASKED TO WRITE AN INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK AND HE HAD BEEN A FEEL PLAYER AND THAT WHEN HE STARTED TRYING TO ANALYZE WHAT HE WAS DOING, THAT THAT'S WHEN HE BEGAN NOT TO PLAY WELL, BUT YOU'RE SAYING THAT'S AN EXCUSE.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT'S AN EXCUSE. THAT'S AN EXCUSE. NO. HE JUST, HE JUST, HE HAD A HARD TIME. HE WENT IN PEAKS AND FINALLY FELL DOWN AND NEVER BROUGHT IT BACK UP.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL US ABOUT LEFTY STACKHOUSE, AS WE'RE WATCHING ACTUALLY GOUDAL THERE IN HIS PRIME, AND OF COURSE HE WON SEVERAL MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LATE 30'S.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
GREAT PLAYER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TELL US ABOUT LEFTY STACKHOUSE AND IVAN GANTZ.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL, THEY WERE BOTH LEFT HANDED, AND THE FRUSTRATION OF TRYING TO PLAY RIGHT HANDED, ALONG WITH A GREAT BIG TEMPER MADE THINGS KIND OF HECTIC AT TIMES. I REMEMBER LEFTY,
 
ONE TIME I WAS DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS AND HE GAVE IT A QUICK HOOK AND, AND THERE'S A ROSE BUSH THERE, AND HE RUN HIS HANDS RIGHT THROUGH IT, AND HE SAYS, WITH HIS RIGHT HAND, HE SAYS YOU'LL NEVER GET IN THERE AGAIN.
 
JUST SCRATCHED HIS HANDS ALL TO PIECES AND YOU GOT TO FEEL SORRY FOR HIM, BUT THAT'S, THAT WAS HIS PERSONALITY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
BUT HE COULD ALSO PLAY COULDN'T HE?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH YEAH. HE WAS A GOOD PLAYER. BUT HE WAS LIKE TOMMY BOLT. HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIS TEMPER.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT ABOUT IVAN, THE TERRIBLE GANTZ?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL (LAUGHS) THE SAME STORY.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
DID BRENASEED DO THE SAME THING WITH THE ROSEBUSH?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
OH HE WAS, HE WAS, HE, HE BROKE CLUBS AND THREW TANTRUMS WHEN HE PLAYED BAD.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WHAT ABOUT KYLE LEFOUN?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
WELL KYLE, KYLE WAS, I THINK HE WAS MORE OF A CLOWN THAN HE WAS BEING MAD BECAUSE ONE TIME, THE OLD, THE OLD STORY ABOUT HIM PUTTING SO BAD HE TIED THE PUTTER ON THE BACK OF HIS CAR WITH A STRING AND DRUG IN TILL IT
 
CAME OFF.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
TO PUNISH IT.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
TO PUNISH IT, YEAH.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
IS THAT A TRUE STORY THAT YOU TWO GOT IN A FIGHT, AND YOU DIDN'T BACK DOWN FROM A LOT OF STUFF EITHER AND THAT HE SOMEHOW MANAGED TO PICK YOU UP AND THROW YOU ON TOP OF LOCKERS?
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT IS THE BIGGEST, THAT'S THE BIGGEST FARCE THAT EVER WAS. WHAT HAPPENED, THAT INCIDENT HAPPENED BEFORE I EVEN KNEW KYLE. IT WAS BACK IN THE EARLY 30'S AND, NO KYLE COULDN'T HAVE THROWN ME ON A, ON A
 
LOCKER. HE WAS, I WAS 215, SIX-THREE. HE COULDN'T COME CLOSE. I HEARD THAT STORY. THE GUY WRITING THE STORY WITH HOGAN'S LIFE. HE, IT, IT WAS, YOU HEAR A LOT OF THOSE STORIES.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
THAT'S WHY WE WANTED YOU TO COME IN SO YOU COULD CLEAR UP ALL THE CONFUSION.
 
JOHNNY BULLA
 
THAT GETS, THAT GETS OUT OF HAND.
 
PETER KESSLER
 
WE'LL, WE'LL CLEAR SOME MORE UP BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
(MUSIC)
 
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Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday

By Will GrayOctober 21, 2021, 3:52 pm

Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.

European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.

Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.


Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters


Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.

Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.

Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.

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Pavin's season nearly ends after slow play penalty

By Will GrayOctober 22, 2018, 1:50 pm

Corey Pavin's season on the PGA Tour Champions nearly came to an end because of a slow play penalty.

Penalties for pace are often discussed or threatened, but rarely doled out on either the PGA Tour or the over-50 circuit. But that changed Sunday during the final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, where Pavin was told by a rules official after completing his round that he would receive a 1-stroke penalty for slow play.

The penalty was on the surface rather harmless, turning an even-par 72 into a 1-over 73 and dropping Pavin into a tie for 15th. But this was the first event of a three-tournament postseason for PGA Tour Champions players, and only the top 54 in points advanced to this week's Invesco QQQ Championship.

Pavin, who has two top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season, barely held on at 53rd place after the penalty was enforced.

Slow play discussions came up earlier this season surrounding Bernhard Langer at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, but Golf Channel analyst Lanny Wadkins expressed his surprise on the telecast that it was Pavin who got a shot added to his score.

"Of all the things to happen with all the times I have played - I can't even count the number of rounds - I never thought Corey Pavin was a slow player," Wadkins said. "All the guys we know are slow players have never been penalized out here. Where has this been for the last 15 years?"

The subject of the penalty also raised an eyebrow from Stephen Ames, who finished alongside Pavin in 15th place while Langer finished second behind Woody Austin:

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Azinger 'lobbied' to captain Ryder Cup team a second time

By Rex HoggardOctober 22, 2018, 1:47 pm

In 2008, Paul Azinger became the first U.S. Ryder Cup captain in nearly a decade to lead a team to victory, doing so at Valhalla with his innovative “pod” system and a player-driven approach to leadership.

In the wake of that victory there were many, including the vast majority of his players, who said Azinger deserved a second chance to captain, but at the time the 12-time PGA Tour winner appeared to be undecided and the PGA of America named Corey Pavin the 2010 captain.

On Monday, Azinger was named NBC Sports/Golf Channel’s lead analyst starting next year and among many revelations during an extended interview on “Morning Drive” he explained how much he wanted a second chance to captain.

“I wanted to do it again, I lobbied to do it again after we won in ’08, but I think I waited a little too long and they had already made a decision,” Azinger said. “The excuse I got was that there are more captains than there are Ryder Cups and I thought that was fair, but then they asked [Tom] Watson to do it again shortly afterward and I was like, ‘What, huh?’”

Watson was named captain of the 2014 U.S. team, which lost by five points and led to the creation of the Ryder Cup task force, which adopted many of Azinger’s ideas including his use of four-player pods.

It’s even more curious that Azinger was never given a second chance considering that Davis Love III was also named a captain twice, first in 2012 and again in ’16.

“I didn’t do it again, I didn’t carry the flag to Europe in 2010, which is fine, and now I’m never going to get to do it again,” he said.

As for who may be named the next U.S. captain after another loss to the Europeans last month in France Azinger could only speculate. “Looks like Wisconsin [site of the 2020 matches at Whistling Straits] and Steve Stricker are going to be a perfect match,” he said.

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Garcia wins rain-shortened Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 22, 2018, 12:48 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Sergio Garcia won his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Monday, finishing the rain-shortened European Tour event four shots ahead of Shane Lowry.

Garcia shot a 2-under 69 for a 12-under 201 total in the 54-hole tournament at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain. Lowry shot a 66 in the final round.

Garcia, the tournament host, had a three-shot lead before the turn when stormy conditions suspended play on Sunday. He had three birdies and a bogey when play resumed on Monday, enough to add to his Valderrama titles in 2011 and 2017.

''It's amazing to be able to win here at Valderrama three times. It's a dream come true,'' the Spaniard said. ''This golf course is so challenging and for me to be able to go out there in the conditions we played in all week and shoot three rounds under par means a lot. I'm very proud of that and really excited about the week.''


Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters


Lowry was as close as one shot off the lead after a round that included seven birdies. His title chances ended with a double bogey at the par-3 15th hole.

''Obviously Shane was playing well, he got close to me, then unfortunately he doubled 15 and that gave me a little bit of an extra gap, with his double and my birdie on 14 opening it to four, and we kept it there until the end so that was nice,'' Garcia said.

Lee Westwood (70) finished tied for fifth.

Tournament officials reduced the event to 54 holes on Saturday after bad weather had forced several delays.

It was the 15th European Tour win for Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion.