Golf Talk Live - Lanny Wadkins Transcript Segment 6
HERE'S THE QUESTION THAT WAS POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE FOR LANNY .
'IF YOU WERE THE CZAR OF GOLF FOR ONE DAY, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE IN EQUIPMENT, PLAYING CONDITIONS, ETC.?' FROM STEVE DAVIS IN FLORIDA. THANKS, STEVE.
UH, FIRST THING I'D LIKE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE GOLF BALL IS CONSISTENT, THAT THE TESTING IS SOMETHING WHERE ALL THE GOLF BALLS BASICALLY ARE THE . ARE THE SAME.
I THINK THAT . I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M FOR A STANDARD BALL. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS SO THAT THEY'RE ALL BASICALLY THE SAME SO THAT,
YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO EVER HAVE A NEW BALL COME OUT AND SAY THIS BALL GOES 10 YARDS FURTHER. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. UH, I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, CHANGE WHERE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN.
UM, THE OTHER THING IS I'D LIKE TO UM, SEE IT WHERE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO WEAR SOFT SPIKES ALL THE TIME. I'M TIRED OF GOING TO EVERY OTHER CLUB EXCEPT A TOUR EVENT AND SLIPPING.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BOYS AND SPORTS AND WHAT THEY THINK OF YOU.
UM . WELL, I'M JUST DAD. I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE UH . MAY CHANGE A LITTLE BIT HERE SINCE I'VE, YOU KNOW, WON, YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY. MAYBE THEY'LL HAVE - NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO.
THEY SOMETIMES WALK IN MY OFFICE AND SEE SOME OF THE - THE TROPHIES AND THE THINGS AND THE RYDER CUP PICTURES. AND YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, 'WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?' AND 'WHEN DID YOU DO THIS?' AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO UH,
I LOVE TO PLAY SPORTS WITH THEM. UM . UH, LAST TIME I WAS HOME, WE WERE OUT THERE PLAYING 2 ON 1 BASKETBALL. AND I WENT IN. I THOUGHT I HAD, YOU KNOW, PULLED MY GROIN AND I WAS SORE. AND I MEAN, THEY BEAT ME UP PRETTY GOOD.
BUT I LOVE TO PLAY WITH THEM AND JUST SPEND TIME WITH THEM. I JUST UH . YOU KNOW, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S TOUGH FOR ME, YOU KNOW, ON THE SENIOR TOUR IS, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT 12 AND 7 YEAR OLD BOYS.
I CAN'T SPEND 30 WEEKS ON THE ROAD LIKE SOME OF THE GUYS DO, UH, WHEN THEIR FAMILIES ARE . YOU KNOW, THEY'RE 'EMPTY NESTERS' I GUESS YOU'D SAY. SO UH,
IT'S - IT'S GONNA BE DIFFERENT. BUT UM, IT'S - IT'S TOUGH BEING AWAY FROM THEM, BUT I - AND I . I STAY IN TOUCH AND . AND WHEN I'M HOME, IF THEY'VE GOT A SPORTING EVENT, I'M THERE.
DO THEY HAVE GOLF SWINGS?
YEAH UH, TRAVIS IS PLAYING MORE AND MORE. HE'S GOT A GOOD FULL SWING UH, POPS IT UP THERE PRETTY GOOD. HE NEEDS TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER. UH, I THINK THAT UH . UH .
HE'S, YOU KNOW, HE WANTS IT TO COME EASY AND IT'S GONNA TAKE A LOT OF WORK. GOLF JUST ISN'T EASY. IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK FROM - FROM DAY ONE. I WORKED HARD AS A KID AND PRACTICED ALL THE TIME.
AND UH, HOPEFULLY THIS SPRING HE'S REALLY GETTING INTO IT AND - AND HE'LL SEE THE IMPROVEMENT HE WANTS TO SEE BECAUSE HE'S REALLY GOT SOME ABILITY. AND MY - MY LITTLE GUY, TUCKER, HAS A .
HAS A GREAT LITTLE SWING. HE HITS IT DEAD SOLID. AND UH, HE GOT A LESSON FROM DAVID PRICE, PRO AT BENT TREE. AND DAVID SAID TUCKER WAS AMAZING `CAUSE EVERY TIME I CHANGED SOMETHING ON HIM, HE STILL HIT IT DEAD SOLID.
I CHANGED HIS GRIP AND CHANGED HIS STANCE. AND SO, HE'S GOT A GOOD LITTLE SWING AND - AND TUCKER'S GOT A GOOD WORK ETHIC. SO UH, IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THEY DO. UM,
YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO PUSH EITHER ONE OF THEM ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. I'D LIKE TO - LIKE THEM TO DO IT ON THEIR OWN AND - AND BE HAPPY WITH - WITH THEIR CHOICES IN SPORTS.
UH, THEY BOTH LOVE SPORTS, YOU KNOW, AS ALL KIDS DO AT THAT AGE. AND UH, THEY'RE TALENTED. AND I JUST - I JUST LOVE HAVING A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM AND WATCHING THEM DOING WHAT THEY - WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO.
ARE THEY FEISTY AND COMPETITIVE LIKE YOU?
UM . SOMEWHAT. I THINK - I THINK THEY'RE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. UM,
TUCKER MIGHT BE MORE FEISTY. I THINK TRAVIS HAS A QUIET FEISTINESS ABOUT HIM. HE LIKES TO UH .
IT'S THERE. I SEE IT IN HIS EYES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THAT HE - HE REALLY WANTS TO COMPETE. HE DOESN'T WANT TO LOSE UM . UH .
AND - AND TUCKER JUST LIKES TO COMPETE. HE'S - HE JUST, YOU KNOW, I THINK COMPETING IS A BIG DEAL FOR HIM, PLAYING . PLAYING THE GAME, SO TO SPEAK. BUT UH .
UH, I SEE SOME FIRE FROM BOTH OF THEM. AND THAT'S - THAT'S NEAT.
LET'S SEE WHAT ROB IN VIRGINIA WANTS TO KICK AROUND. HOW ARE YOU, ROB?
ROB FROM VIRGINIA:
DOING VERY WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST REALLY WANTED TO QUICKLY SAY CONGRATULATIONS FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE GOLF CLUB IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.
BUT WHAT WAS YOUR VIEW ON JUSTIN'S LEONARD'S PUTT AT THE '99 CUP - RYDER CUP? AND WHERE DO YOU SEE THE RYDER CUP GOING IN THE FUTURE? THANK YOU.
HMM, INTERESTING QUESTION THERE. UM . UH, I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT PUTT. I MEAN, THE AMAZING THING WAS UH .I GUESS THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE THAT JUSTIN HAD TO COME BACK FROM BEING 3 - 4 DOWN AND - AND JUST HANG IN THERE AND UH, COME BACK AND ACTUALLY TIE THIS MATCH AGAINST A GREAT COMPETITOR LIKE UH JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL. BUT UH .
AND WHEN PUTTS LIKE THAT GO IN, IT'S ALMOST DESTINY. I MEAN, I THOUGHT - I JUST THOUGHT HE WAS . HE WAS GREAT. AND UM, I THINK THAT, IN RETROSPECT, SOME OF THE PLAYERS WISH THEY HAD CONTROLLED THEIR EMOTIONS OFF TO THE SIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT'S UH .
I THINK THE RYDER CUP ITSELF WILL GO AHEAD ON AND BE FINE. I THINK THAT UH, THE NEXT CAPTAINS HAVE TO HANDLE THAT SITUATION. YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE OKAY. BUT UM, IT'S - IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS. I THINK IT WAS A SPUR OF THE MOMENT REACTION. UM, YOU KNOW, THE MATCHES WEREN'T OVER.
THAT'S THE THING. THE MATCHES WEREN'T OVER AT THAT POINT IN TIME. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU GOT TO STAY IN FOCUS IS ON WHAT'S GOING ON.
AND THE OTHER MAN HAD YET TO PUTT.
YEAH. BUT UH, CONTRARY TO SOME THINGS, THERE WASN'T ANY DAMAGE EVER DONE TO HIS LINE. NOBODY WAS EVER NEAR HIS LINE AFFECTING ANYTHING. IT WAS MORE CELEBRATION THAN PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.
I THINK IF THEY ALL HAD IT TO DO OVER, THEY WOULD, YOU KNOW, HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY. BUT, YOU KNOW UH . WE ALL DO THINGS THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT. AND - AND WHEN YOU GET INVOLVED IN A RYDER CUP, AND AS BIG A COMEBACK AS THAT WAS, UH, IT'S - IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.
WE'RE GONNA SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH LANNY WADKINS RIGHT AFTER THIS.
Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self
Two days after Brooks Koepka left Long Island with the U.S. Open trophy, the third-round antics of Phil Mickelson are still garnering plenty of discussion.
Mickelson became a lightning rod of opinion after he intentionally hit a moving ball on the 13th green Saturday at Shinnecock Hills, incurring a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification. In the aftermath, he explained that he made a conscious choice to take the penalty to avoid playing back and forth across the crispy putting surface, and he tied for 48th after a final-round 66.
Speaking Tuesday on "Morning Drive," Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee shared his view that Mickelson would have been well-served to disqualify himself ahead of the final round. He also compared it to Tiger Woods' incident at the 2013 Masters, when he took an incorrect drop and, like Mickelson, received a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.
"I think Tiger, at least it's my opinion that his year would have been less distracting if he had done so," Chamblee said. "And I think the same of Phil Mickelson. If he had withdrawn from the championship and said, 'Look. This is a little sketchy. It didn't play out the way I thought. I've given it some thought and it's in the best interest of the championship that I withdraw.'"
Chamblee added that Mickelson's antics were "really distracting" on a day filled with drama as the USGA lost control of course conditions, noting that Mickelson and playing partner Andrew "Beef" Johnston were the only tee time where both players failed to break 80 despite the difficult conditions.
But having had time to review the situation and having surveyed a number of peers, Chamblee is as convinced as ever that Mickelson made a mistake by showing up for his final-round tee time.
"What Phil did, I haven't run into a single person that hasn't said he deserved to be disqualified," Chamblee said. "Under any interpretation, a serious breach - if gaining an advantage is not a serious breach, I don't know what is. And he clearly said he was gaining an advantage and doing it for strategic reasons."
Norman to pose in ESPN's 'Body Issue'
Professional golfers have, from time to time, appeared in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features athletes strategically posed in the nude. The list includes: Belen Mozo, Carly Booth, Gary Player, Camilo Villegas, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim, Anna Grzebien, Suzann Pettersen and Sadena Parks.
And now, Greg Norman.
Modesty has never been an issue for Norman, who has an affinity for posing without a shirt (and sometimes without pants) on his Instagram account.
He joins a list of athletes, in this year's edition, ranging from professional wrestlers (Charlotte Flair) to Olympians (Adam Rippon) to WNBA stars (Sue Bird). Click here for a full list of the athletes to appear.
DJ listed as betting favorite for The Open
With the U.S. Open officially in the books, oddsmakers quickly turned their attention to the season's third major.
Minutes after Brooks Koepka holed the winning putt to successfully defend his title at Shinnecock Hills, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published its first set of odds for The Open. Jordan Spieth, who opened at 14/1, will defend his title as the tournament shifts to Carnoustie in Scotland for the first time since 2007, when Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff.
Joining Spieth at 14/1 is 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, but they're both listed behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Johnson, who was a runner-up at the 2011 Open at Royal St. George's and just finished third at the U.S. Open, opened as a 12/1 betting favorite. Koepka, now a two-time major winner, is listed at 20/1 alongside U.S. Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.
Here's a look at the first edition of odds, with The Open just five weeks away:
12/1: Dustin Johnson
14/1: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy
16/1: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas
20/1: Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm
25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama
40/1: Phil Mickelson, Branden Grace, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Marc Leishman
50/1: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Tyrrell Hatton
60/1: Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick
80/1: Tony Finau, Zach Johnson, Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry
100/1: Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker
Golf Channel, Loch Lomond Partner on Claret Jug Tour Ahead of 147TH Open
Award-Winning Independent Scotcb Whisky Sponsoring Tour to Select U.S. Cities; Will Include Special Tastings and Opportunities for Fans to Engage with Golf’s Most Storied Trophy
Golf Channel and Loch Lomond Group are partnering on a promotional tour with the Claret Jug – golf’s most iconic trophy, first awarded in 1873 to the winner of The Open – to select U.S. cities in advance of the 147TH Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Loch Lomond Whisky’s sponsorship of the tour further enhances the brand’s existing five-year partnership with the R&A as the official spirit of The Open, initially announced in February.
“We are proud to partner with Golf Channel to support this tour of golf’s most iconic trophy,” said Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group. “Whisky and golf are two of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world, and following the news of our recent partnership with the R&A for The Open, being a part of the Claret Jug tour was a perfect fit for Loch Lomond Group to further showcase our commitment to the game.”
“The Loch Lomond Group could not be a more natural fit to sponsor the Claret Jug tour,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of golf sponsorship, NBC Sports Group. “Much like the storied history that accompanies the Claret Jug, Loch Lomond’s Scottish roots trace back centuries ago, and their aspirations to align with golf’s most celebrated traditions will resonate with a broad range of consumers in addition to golf fans and whisky enthusiasts.”
The tour kicks off today in Austin, Texas, and will culminate on Wednesday, July 11 at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe one week prior to The Open. Those wishing to engage with the Claret Jug will have an opportunity at one of several tour stops being staged at Topgolf locations in select cities. The tour will feature a custom, authentic Scottish pub where consumers (of age) can sample Loch Lomond’s portfolio of whiskies in the spirit of golf’s original championship and the Claret Jug. The Claret Jug also will make special pop-up visits to select GolfNow course partners located within some of the designated tour markets.
(All Times Local)
Monday, June 18 Austin, Texas (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 19 Houston (Topgolf, 5-8 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 20 Jacksonville, Fla. (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)
Monday, June 25 Orlando, Fla. (Topgolf, 6-9 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 4 Washington D.C. (Topgolf, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Ashburn, Va.)
Monday, July 9 Edison, N.J. (Topgolf, Time TBA)
Wednesday, July 11 Lake Tahoe, Nev. American Century Championship (On Course)
Fans interacting with the Claret Jug and Loch Lomond during the course of the tour are encouraged to share their experience using the hashtag, #ClaretJug on social media, and tag @TheOpen and @LochLomondMalts on Twitter and Instagram.
NBC Sports Group is the exclusive U.S. television home of the 147TH Open from Carnoustie, with nearly 50 live hours of tournament coverage, Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22. The Claret Jug is presented each July to the winner of The Open, with the winner also being given the title of “Champion Golfer of the Year” until the following year’s event is staged. The Claret Jug is one of the most storied trophies in all of sports; first presented to the 1873 winner of The Open, Tom Kidd. Each year, the winner’s name is engraved on to the trophy, forever etched into the history of golf’s original championship. It is customary for the Champion Golfer of the Year to drink a favorite alcoholic beverage from the Claret Jug in celebration of the victory.