Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 1, 1999, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

THE WORLD RANKINGS AS DEEPLY FLAWED AS THEY ARE AND AS DEFENSIVE AND CLOSE MINDED AS THE FELLOWS WHO PUT IT TOGETHER ARE ABOUT MAKING IT REPRESENTATIVE OF WHO THE BEST PLAYERS ARE AND THE RANK IN WHICH THEY SIT. YOUR NUMBER 64 NOW WHICH

IS KIND OF ON THE BUBBLE NUMBER.

NICK FALDO

RIGHT ON THE BUBBLE.

PETER KESSLER

64 PLAYERS ARE GOING TO GET INTO THE ONE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU, OTHER THEN AS A WAY OF DETERMINING HOW GOOD YOUR

PLAYING DISTINCT FROM THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS. DO YOU LET THE RANKING TAKE CARE OF ITSELF, I KNOW YOUR STILL FOCUSING ON MAJORS AS OPPOSED TO RANKINGS IN WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.

NICK FALDO

WELL UNFORTUNATELY WHEN YOUR 64TH YOU HAVE TO CONCENTRATE A LITTLE BIT ON RANKINGS, YOU KNOW WHEN I PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA, AND FINISHED 4TH I JUMPED UP TO 57TH I FELT GREAT THAT'S GIVING ME A BREATHER I'M IN, AND NOW WHOLOP

NOW 64 AND I GOT ONE MORE TOURNAMENT TO PLAY, SO THAT PUTS YOU UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE, TO SAY THE LEAST. OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT

TO MAKE BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A BIG EVENT AND IT CARRIES RYDER CUP POINTS, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TRIPLE THE SIZE OF A NORMAL EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT AT THE MOMENT, SO YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO CASH IN AND SO, ON THAT RESPECT YES I AM LOOKING AT THE RANKINGS BUT

WHEN I WAS AT THE OTHER END AT NUMBER 1 OR WHATEVER I WASN'T, IT WAS REALLY I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE PLAYERS AROUND ME AND I'M PLAYING THE TOURNAMENT AND YOU JUST LET IT HAPPEN, YOU DON'T REALLY A , NUMBER

1 IS HARD WORK ACTUALLY, IT TAKES A LOT OF TO COPE WITH, TO HANDLE I MEAN YOU GET THERE AND YOU'VE GOT TO HANDLE IT GOING TO EVERY TOURNAMENT AND YOUR NUMBER 1

THE SPOT LIGHTS ON YOU, THE FOCUS THE YOU KNOW YOUR EXPECTED TO DO THIS AND THAT WELL IT'S FINE WHEN YOUR PLAYING WELL, IT'S GREAT THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE WITH GOLF, IF YOUR PLAYING WELL IT DOESN'T MATTER ANY

OF THAT. WHEN YOUR NOT PLAYING SO WELL IT'S A FAR MORE DIFFICULT GAME, THEN ALL THESE THING SORT OF JUMP INTO THE EQUATION.

PETER KESSLER

IN WATCHING YOU PUTT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, YOUR NOT PUTTING LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE HAVING YOUR BEST SEASON'S AND IN WATCHING HOW TENSE YOU SEEM TO BE OVER THE PUTTER AND SEEKING MAYBE MECHANICAL

PERFECTION. I'M REMINDED OF SOMETHING BOBBY JONES SAID ABOUT HIS PUTTING. THAT HE GOT INTO TROUBLE ON THE GREENS WHEN HE STARTED TO SEEK MECHANICAL PERFECTION ON THE GREENS THAT HE WOULD OF NEVER DREAMT OF

SEEKING IN ANY OTHER PART OF HIS GAME, DOES THAT HIT HOME FOR YOU AT ALL?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, IN A WAY. I MEAN, I THINK, UH, THAT YOU GO THROUGH TWO WAYS. I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND FREE, YOU STAND UP AND LOOK AT IT AND SEE IT AND JUST HIT IT.

AND THEN SURE ENOUGH, IF WHAT HAPPENS OVER THE YEARS YOU DO START MISSING A FEW, YOU START THINKING WHY? I MEAN, THERE ARE .

AND IF THERE IS A TECHNICAL PART, YOU GOTTA WORK ON THE TECHNICAL BIT TO GET THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU CAN THEN START TO READ THEM WELL AND THEN FEEL THE PACE AND THAT SORT OF THING.

IT'S GETTING THE BLEND RIGHT BETWEEN ALL OF IT. I MEAN, IF YOU . ANYBODY WHO'S GOT A GOOD STROKE AND IT'S RUNNING NICE AND SMOOTHLY, AUTOMATICALLY YOU FORGET THAT, IT'S DONE. THEN YOU READ THE ... YOU JUST READ IT AND FEEL IT.

AND THEN YOU . BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT THE TECHNICAL BIT IN YOUR GRINDING AND THINGS AREN'T HAPPENING QUITE RIGHT OR WHATEVER, IT'S . YOU KNOW,

SAM SNEAD SAID, YOU KNOW, HE HITS WHAT A MILLION BALLS TO LOOK LIKE A NATURAL PLAYER. I MEAN, YOU STILL GOTTA . STILL GOTTA GO THROUGH A BIT OF TECHNICAL STUFF BEFORE IT THEN LOOKS WONDERFULLY NATURAL TO THIS GAME.

YOU KNOW, IT STOPS BECOMING NATURAL AT ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD AFTER YOUR FIRST, YOUR THIRD LESSON. I MEAN, MY SON STANDS THERE, YOU KNOW, AT FOUR HAD A WONDERFUL SWING. AND BY THE TIME HE GETS TO SIX, YOU KNOW . YOU KNOW,

HE LOST IT. AND HE NEEDS SOME HELP.

PETER KESSLER
NOW YOUR LITTLE BOY WAS BORN ON BOBBY JONES' BIRTHDAY, DOES HE LOVE GOLF?

NICK FALDO
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. YEAH, HE'S A . WELL HE LOVES GOLF. HE'S A MAD SPORTSMAN AT THE MOMENT, WHICH HE'S . HE'S INTO EVERYTHING, HIS RUGBY, FOOTBALL, TENNIS, ALL THOSE, SKIING.

SO HE'S HAVING A . YOU KNOW, HE'S A BIT LIKE ME. HE'S GOT THE, UH, HAND AND EYE AND UH, JUST WANTS TO BE A SPORTSMAN, BIT LIKE ME. HE SAID TO ME, (LAUGH) .

HE SAID TO ME, WE HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WHEN WE'RE IN THE SUMMER. AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, `DAD,' HE SAYS, UH, `I WANT TO LEAVE SCHOOL LIKE YOU,' YOU KNOW,

I SAID, `BUT YOU'RE NINE. CAN WE JUST GET THROUGH A COUPLE MORE YEARS?' YOU KNOW . IT'S A .

YOU KNOW, BUT HE'S DOING WELL NOW. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE GREAT THING IS THAT THE GIRLS ARE PLAYING GOLF. THAT'S WHAT I'M EQUALLY PLEASED ABOUT. UH,

AND NATALIE ACTUALLY, SHE STARTED ONLY A YEAR AGO, SHE'S A . SHE'S GOT LIKE 3 HOURS WORTH OF HITTING BALLS. AND SHE'S GOT A WONDERFUL SWING. AND THEN LITTLE GEORGIA, WHO'S STARTED AT 5 OR WHAT HAVE YOU, AND

AND SHE STANDS IN THIS GREAT . SHE'S A TEASER. I LINE THEM ALL UP. I PUT ABOUT 6 OR 8 IN THE LINE AND SHE WALKS DOWN THE LINE GOING `DINK,' YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
LIKE HOGAN?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, THEY EITHER GO ONE INCH OR 20 YARDS. AND SHE LOVES IT. `I LIKE HITTING GOLF BALLS,' SHE'D SAY. THIS IS GREAT AND `DWOING', YOU KNOW. AND THERE GOING EVERYWHERE AND SHE'S HAPPY WHICH IS .

WHICH IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE ALL GET OUT ON THE RANGE AND BLAST AWAY.

PETER KESSLER
I'M GONNA CALL YOUR SON TO FIND OUT HOGAN'S SECRET. LET'S TALK TO LYNFORD IN FLORIDA. SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO ASK YOU.

HELLO LYNFORD.

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
GOOD EVENING, PETER. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD EVENING, NICK.

NICK FALDO
HI THERE.

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
HOW YA DOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, HOW YA DOING?

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
CALLING FROM FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA, AND UH, FORMERLY WORKED AT - IN PALM BEACH FOR MR. HENRY PICARD WHO WAS, UH, A PROT_G_ OF MR. HOGAN.

AND UH, I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIARITIES WITH YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN AND SO FORTH. AND I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT ARE VERY INTERESTING. UH,

I REMEMBER MR. HOGAN ALWAYS PRACTICED WITH THE WIND AGAINST HIM AND ON THE RIGHT. AND HE WOULD VERY MUCH BE INTERESTED IN MOVING AROUND SEMINOLE'S PRACTICE RANGES, UM, FOR BALL FLIGHT. AND HE ALWAYS TRIED TO FIND A TEE TO .

OR A TEE AREA TO HIT OVER, WHERE THERE WAS A TREE WHERE IT COULD CREATE HIS FLIGHT. AND I FOUND THAT VERY INTERESTING AS I PURSUED . AS I'VE BEEN A GOLF PROFESSIONAL FOR 28 YEARS,

THE FACT THAT WAS, UH, ONE OF HIS MOST INTERESTING TRAITS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU TRY TO CREATE MORE BALL FLIGHT OR HAD OVER YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN. AND IF YOU EVER KNEW GEORGE KNUDSON WHO FOLLOWED HIM CLOSELY.

NICK FALDO
I'D NEVER . I MET GEORGE ONCE I THINK. BUT, THAT WAS IN VERY EARLY DAYS AND WATCHING THAT HOGAN FILM, I THINK, UH, HE'S NEVER GOING TO CARRY THAT WATER.

I THINK HE HAD A BAD CADDIE. I THINK HE HAD. SO UM, .

NO, I UM .

YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER SAW HOGAN HIT GOLF BALLS. I MEAN, I'M PICKING UP ALL THE STORIES LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE AND UH, HOW HE USED TO GO AND PLAY AND HOW HE USED TO METICULOUSLY PREPARE HIMSELF WHICH, YOU KNOW, I'VE SORT OF DONE MYSELF WITHOUT EVER TRYING TO COPY HOGAN.

YOU KNOW, I'VE NEVER TRIED TO . YOU KNOW, I'VE OFTEN GONE TO GOLF COURSES AND TRIED TO HIT A COUPLE OF DRIVES, TRY TO DRAW ONE DOWN THE LEFT AND .

WHEN I COULD DO THAT, OF COURSE. (LAUGH).

SO UM . BUT UH,

YOU KNOW, I'M JUST FASCINATED WITH THE . SOME OF THE THINGS AND THE WAY HE USED TO PRACTICE. AND SOME OF THE GUYS ON TOUR, YOU KNOW, WEISKOPF PARTICULARLY, UH,

HE WOULD SIT IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND TELL STORIES OF, YOU KNOW, HOW HE'D MARVEL AT THE WAY, YOU KNOW, HE USED TO JUST STAND UP AND HIT BALL AFTER BALL. AND UH,

YEAH, I TRY TO VISUALIZE, UH, SAME THING. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT NOW. TO PRACTICE MORE ON THE GOLF COURSE. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'M INTO AT THE MOMENT.

SORT OF DOING A LOT MORE SO YOU GET . YOU SEE THE HOLE MORE THAN JUST STANDING BEATING BALLS. ACTUALLY BE ON THE GOLF COURSE SO YOU SEE EVERYTHING AND YOU VISUALIZE THE SHAPE OF THE SHOTS.

AND I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF, YOU KNOW, SETTING MY GAME, IS THE VISUALIZATION. I THINK HOGAN MUST HAVE HAD GREAT VISUALIZATION OF WHAT HE WANTED TO DO BEFORE EACH SHOT.

THAT WAS KEY WITH HIM. HE KNEW EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED TO SHAPE THE BALL AND UH, HOW HE WANTED TO WORK IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOU AS WE GO AWAY FOR JUST A MOMENT MAKING THE FIVE FOOT PUTT, UH, AT THE WORLD CUP. I KNOW YOU COULD HAVE TWO-PUTT AND STILL HAD WON, BUT YOU HAD TO HAVE WANTED IT VERY BADLY TO CLOSE THIS OFF. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND YOU'LL TELL ME ABOUT IT.

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
. WOULD IMAGINE HE'LL BE OVERLY FIRM, HOWEVER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU BETTER TELL ME QUICK. IT'S GONNA BE OVER SOON.

NICK FALDO
TELL ME QUICK? IT WAS OUTSIDE THE RIGHT EDGE AND IT WAS JUST A NICE .

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
HE FINISHES WITH A PAR-4 .

NICK FALDO
GET IT IN THERE . AND FORTUNATELY MY PARTNER RELEASED THE PRESSURE SLIGHTLY BY HOLING HIS PUTT. THAT WAS THE KEY BIT TO THE, UH . (HE DOESN'T FINISH SENTENCE)

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
YEAH, THAT WAS A NICE ONE.

(BREAK)

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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.”