Golf Talk Live - Tom Watson Transcript Segment 7
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS MORE, AND WITH GREATER RESULTS THAN YOU USED TO, SAY, 15 OR 20 YEARS AGO?
I THINK IN A LITTLE, YEAH, IN MORE WAYS, I DO THAT, BUT STILL, YOU KNOW THEY, THE, THE TOUR LIFE IS... IT'S, SENIOR TOUR, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO STOP AND
SMELL THE FLOWERS BUT THE TOUR LIFE, STILL IS, YOU GO AND YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE THING ON YOUR MIND. I DON'T CARE WHO IT IS. IT'S JACK NICKLAUS, GARY PLAYER, BOB MURPHY. IT, IT'S, YOU KNOW IT'S THE ONE, NUMBER ONE THING ON YOUR MIND IF YOU DON'T
PLAY WELL YOU, YOU, YOU TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO IT AND YOU'RE AND IT, IT'S STILL PART OF MY BLOOD TO GO OUT THERE AND CONCENTRATE MOST, MOST OF MY CONCENTRATION ON, ON THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT AND, SO IF YOU HAVE TO, IF YOU ASK ME THE QUESTION
DO I SMELL THE FLOWERS, PROBABLY NOT AS MUCH AS I SHOULD BUT UH I LOVE WHAT I DO, I LOVE THE COMPETITION, AND I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
SO YOUR PRIORITIES RELATIVE TO GOLF REALLY HAVEN'T CHANGED VERY MUCH FROM 1980 WHEN YOU WERE THE UNDISPUTED BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, TO TODAY, PLAYING ON THE SENIOR TOUR.
NO, NO I STILL PLAY THE GAME WITH THAT TYPE OF PASSION AND THAT TYPE OF FERVOR.
HOW DID YOUR DAD HELP YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SPORTS GENERALLY?
WELL, HE'D BE, TWO, TWO WAYS, ONE WAS GOLF, AND ONE WAS, WAS BIRD HUNTING. WE, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME DOING BOTH, AND IT WAS, YOU KNOW, THERE, THOSE WERE SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES IN MY LIFE. GOLF WAS UH, CAD... I CADDIED
FOR MY DAD IN THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON ROUNDS WHEN HE PLAYED WITH BOB WILLIS AND BOB BUSTLER, HERB SLOAN WERE THE PEOPLE BACK IN K.C. AND THOSE GAMES ARE TOUGH GAMES AND DAD NEVER GAVE AN INCH
AND HE ALWAYS SEEMED LIKE HE COULD MAKE THAT PUTT WHEN HE HAD TO, AND THOSE TIMES WE, WE SPENT IN THE DUCK BLIND OR OUT IN WEST MORELAND, ONE (??) AMIGO, BIRD HUNTING, THOSE ARE MY FAVORITE TIMES.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MASTERS?
I AM. YEAH, BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT TOURNAMENT. I'M, I'M PLAYING IN NAPLES, SENIOR AND, SENIOR TOUR THERE AND THEN UP AT THE
VERIZON AT TAMPA. THEN I'M OUT TO CALIFORNIA AND PLAY A COUPLE TOURNAMENTS OUT THERE AND THEN THE MASTERS. THIS YEAR I'M PLAYING THE MCI AT HARBOURTOWN, ONE OF MY FAVORITE GOLF COURSES WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. I ST... I STILL HAVE TO PLAY THAT GOLF COURSE WHEN I STILL FEEL LIKE I CAN PLAY JUST A LITTLE BIT
BECAUSE I LOVE PLAYING THAT GOLF COURSE. GREAT, GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND A GREAT GOLF COURSE. GREAT GOLF TOURNAMENT.
IS IT A FAIR OBSERVATION TO SAY THAT YOU SEEM LIKE YOU HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SERENITY, PEACE OF MIND AND COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN RIGHT NOW?
YEAH, I'M, I'M, I'M VERY HAPPY AND, AND I UH, I HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR.
GREAT, GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE TONIGHT.
THANK YOU, PETER.
WE WISH YOU WELL AT AUGUSTA.
I APPRECIATE THAT.
AND WE'LL CALL JOE AND GET PART TWO OF THE ANSWER.
WE NEED PART TWO
HONESTLY. I HOPE, I HOPE WE DIDN'T OFFEND HIM BY NOT FINDING OUT THE REST OF THAT STORY.
WE WILL CALL HIM BACK. IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE AND GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US, TONIGHT. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.
Tour still focused on security after death of suspected Austin bomber
AUSTIN, Texas – Although the suspect in the wave of Austin-area bombings was killed early Wednesday, the PGA Tour plans to continue heightened security measures at this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.
According to various news outlets, Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the bombings suspect, and he was killed by an explosion inside his car in Round Rock, Texas, which is 19 miles north of Austin Country Club.
“We do not comment on the specifics of our security measures, but we are continuing to work in close collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Austin to ensure the safety of our players and fans at this week’s tournament,” the Tour said in a statement. “Regardless of the recent developments, our heightened security procedures will remain in place through the remainder of the week.”
Authorities believe Conditt is responsible for the five explosions that killed two people and injured five others in Austin or south-central Texas since March 2.
Play began Wednesday at the Match Play.
Monahan addresses alcohol, fan behavior at events
AUSTIN, Texas – Fan behavior has become a hot-button topic on the PGA Tour in recent weeks, with Rory McIlroy suggesting on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the circuit should “limit alcohol sales on the course.”
The Tour’s policy is to stop selling alcohol an hour before the end of play, which is normally around 5 p.m., and on Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play commissioner Jay Monahan said it’s something the Tour is monitoring.
“When you have people who aren’t behaving properly and they’ve had too much alcohol, then I agree [with McIlroy],” Monahan said. “In those incidences those people who are making it uncomfortable for a player alcohol sales should be cut off.”
Fan behavior became an issue with some players when Tiger Woods returned to competition at last month’s Genesis Open. During the final round of the Honda Classic Justin Thomas had a fan removed when he yelled for Thomas’ tee shot at the par-4 16th hole to “get in the bunker.”
Monahan declined to address Thomas’ situation at PGA National specifically, but he did seem to suggest that as interest grows and the Tour continues to attract more mainstream sports crowds, vocal fans will continue to be the norm.
“I believe that there was more that went into it that preceded and in a situation like that we’re hopeful our players will reach out to our security staff and they can handle that,” Monahan said. “[But] yelling, ‘get in the bunker,’ that’s part of what our players have to accept. In any sport, you go to an away game, in any other sport, and people aren’t rooting for you. Sometimes out here you’re going to have fans that aren’t rooting for you, but they can’t interfere with what you’re trying to do competitively.”
Senden playing first event since son's brain tumor
John Senden is back inside the ropes for the first time in nearly a year at this week's Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour.
Senden took a leave of absence from professional golf in April, when his teenage son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He didn't touch a club for nearly four months as Jacob endured six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, a gauntlet that stretched from April until mid-November.
But Senden told PGATour.com that his son's tumor has shrunk from the size of a thumbnail to the size of a pinky nail, and after a promising MRI in January he decided to plan his comeback.
"I haven't really played in 12 months, but in that time Jacob has really, really hung tough," Senden said. "His whole body was getting slammed with all these treatments, and he was so strong in his whole attitude and his whole body. Just really getting through the whole thing. He was tough."
Senden was granted a family crisis exemption by the Tour, and he'll have 13 starts to earn 310 FedExCup points to retain his playing privileges for the 2018-19 season. He is allowed five Web.com "rehabilitation" starts as part of the exemption, but will reportedly only make one this week before returning to the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage, followed by starts in San Antonio, Charlotte and Dallas.
Senden, 46, has won twice on Tour, most recently the 2014 Valspar Championship.
Added videos shed light on Reed rules controversy
Additional fan videos shed some light on a rules controversy involving Patrick Reed during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when Reed suggested that Jordan Spieth would have gotten free relief after he was denied a favorable ruling.
Reed had sailed the green with his approach on the 11th hole Sunday at Bay Hill, coming to rest under a palm tree. As the below thread of videos from fan Tyler Soughers illustrates, Reed wanted a free drop because he believed a nearby television tower was in the way of the shot he planned to play.
The initial rules official didn't "see" the shot Reed planned to attempt given the tight confines, and his decision to deny Reed a free drop was upheld by a second rules official. Reed eventually tried to play the ball, moving it a few feet, before being granted relief from the tower from the ball's new position. He ultimately made double bogey on the hole and tied for seventh.
After finally taking his free drop away from the tower, Reed was heard muttering to nearby fans, "What a crock of s---."
Reed and Spieth will have plenty of time to discuss their favorite rulings Friday, when the two players face off on the final day of round-robin play in Group 4 during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin.