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.
Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead
DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.
Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.
''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.
Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.
''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''
She turned 21 on Tuesday.
''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''
Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.
''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''
Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.
''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''
Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.
''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''
Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.
''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''
Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.
Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.
Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.
Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.
Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair
AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.
In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.
Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.
''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''
Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.
''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''
Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.
Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.
It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.
Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.
''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''
This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.
There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.
Lewis says she's expecting first child in November
Stacy Lewis is pregnant.
The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.
Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.
“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”
Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.
Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.
“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”
Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.
“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”
Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course
To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.
Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.
Who knew defensive wizard Vic Fangio was also a golf wizard? He sank a 116-yard hole-in-one over the weekend. Congrats, Coach! pic.twitter.com/qNQTMfDsDF— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 30, 2017