Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 5
NOW TOM BOLT TO SAVE HIS PAR.... GREAT, GREAT. NO BOGIES TODAY. AND A THREE UNDER PAR ROUND, A ROUND OF 69 FOR A MAN THAT IS 52 YEARS OLD, A SUPER GUY, IN AT 284, BILLY CASPER IS
IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT 283. TOMMY BOLT.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY FOR YOU TOMMY, AND THE QUESTION IS, IN 1971 AT AGE 55, ACTUALLY HE WAS 54, AND CONTRARY TO WHAT SHANKLE SAID AT 52, YOU WERE 54, YOU
BATTLED FOR THE TITLE THAT JACK NICKLAUS WON AT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE FINISHING THREE STROKES BACK, WHAT ARE YOUR FONDEST
MEMORIES FROM THE 1971 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE YOU PLAYED AWFULLY GOOD GOLF AND HAD A CHANCE TO WIN?
UH, WELL, I WAS, AFTER 63 HOLES, NICKLAUS AND I WERE TIED, AND I WAS PLAYING WITH GARY PLAYER, AND I, I HIT A 4 WOOD IN THERE ABOUT 50 FEET PAST THE HOLE ON NUMBER TEN AND HOLED IT FOR A BIRDIE. I MIGHT HAVE BEEN LEADING AFTER 64 HOLES, PETER.
BUT I, I THE WHEELS RAN OFF. I SHOT EVEN PAR AND HE SHOT 3 UNDER PAR. BEAT ME AT THREE SHOTS. HE WAS, JACK WAS REALLY PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS.
BY HIS OWN ADMISSION THAT WAS
THE BEGINNING OF THE BEST GOLF HE EVER PLAYED THROUGH 1975.
I, I WAS 55 AND HE WAS ABOUT 30 I GUESS. ABOUT 30, MAYBE 31.
31, YEAH. JUST TURNED 31.
AND UH HE WAS, OH, I WAS PLAYING GOOD BACK IN THOSE DAYS, PETER, I WAS WINNING ALL THE SENIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS. I WAS THE WORLD SENIOR CHAMPION. THE PGA SENIOR'S
CHAMPION AND I WON THE SENIOR TOURNAMENT OUT IN LAS VEGAS, OUT THERE, THEY HAD A TOURNAMENT OUT THERE. THE U.S. NATIONAL SENIOR'S GOLF ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT AND I
WON IT 5 CONSECUTIVE TIMES. I LOVE TO PLAY THOSE SENIORS. I CAN'T HANDLE THESE JUNIORS NOW.
YOU'RE STILL BEATING GUYS WHO ARE 50. WE, WE'VE GOT MICHAEL RIGHT HERE FROM ALBERTA ON THE TELEPHONE, WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.
MICHAEL, CALLER FROM ALBERTA (MALE):
GOOD EVENING TOMMY AND PETER. IT'S A GREAT, IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO TALK TO YOU MR. BOLT, TONIGHT. I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION IN REGARDS TO, YOU, YOU SEEM TO HAVE
USED YOUR EMOTION TO MOTIVATE YOUR GAME AND I WONDER WHO YOU THINK ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY DEMONSTRATES THAT? AND I'VE GOT ONE MORE OTHER QUESTION FOR YOU HERE, I PLAYED A ROUND OF GOLF WITH A FELLOW NAMED
PAUL RUNYAN, WHO IS, IS PROBABLY IN YOUR AGE CATEGORY AND IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO PLAY WITH HIM, AND I THINK THAT, IF YOU HAVE A BOOK AVAILABLE, I WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST ONES TO PURCHASE IT BECAUSE
SOME OF THE STORIES YOU'RE TELLING US ABOUT ARE VERY, VERY INTERESTING. THANKS MR. BOLT.
HECK, I DON'T REMEMBER THE QUESTIONS ANYMORE.
UH I THINK HE ASKED, YES, I HAVE A BOOK. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1970, BUT IT WAS REPUBLISHED 1999 I THINK. IT'S BEEN OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS, YES.
WE'LL, WE'LL SHOW EVERYBODY THAT BOOK.
THE HOLE TRUTH, RIGHT?
THE HOLE TRUTH, YEAH. YEAH.
AND THEN I THINK THE OTHER QUESTION WAS, WERE THERE, IS THERE ANYBODY ON TOUR TODAY THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOU?
THAT SHOWS EMOTIONS LIKE ME? THAT SHOWS HIS EMOTIONS LIKE I DID. UH...
LET'S SEE. I CAN'T, I THINK, I DON'T, WELL
BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANYBODY, MAN
NO THERE'S NOBODY OUT THERE THAT SHOWED THEM LIKE, AS WELL AS I DID.
DO YOU THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THERE AREN'T GUYS LIKE YOU AND THE OTHER TERRIBLE TOM, TOM WEISKOPF, THAT THERE AREN'T CHARACTERS LIKE
YOU ON TOUR ANYMORE BECAUSE GOLF'S SO MUCH LESS OF A STRAIN ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH MORE OF A BIG BUSINESS, AND THE GUYS ARE MORE SERIOUS?
IT, IT ABSOLUTE TRUTH, PETER, THAT GOLF IS BIG BUSINESS NOW BECAUSE THEY'RE PLAYING FOR SO MUCH MONEY, AND SO THEY CAN'T, BACK WHEN I WAS PLAYING, WE WERE, WE WERE STILL HAVING FUN OUT THERE, AND THAT'S WHEN I SHOWED
MY EMOTIONS A LOT, AND I DIDN'T, THAT, THAT'S THROWING A CLUB RIGHT THERE, ACCORDING TO THE
THAT'S A TOSS
YEAH, THAT'S, I MEAN THE NEWSPAPER SAYS WELL BOLT'S JUST THROWING HIS CLUBS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
THAT LOOKED LIKE THE '55 CANADIAN OPEN.
THAT WAS ARNOLD'S FIRST
ARNOLD'S FIRST TOURNAMENT
THAT HE WON. YEAH.
I PLAYED WITH HIM THREE ROUNDS. YEAH, I KNOW. HE PUT IT IN THE TREES ON ONE HOLE AND HE THOUGHT HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THAT, THOSE TREES. YOU COULDN'T WALK THROUGH THEM. HE THOUGHT
HE COULD KNOCK IT THROUGH THERE AND, I SAID, ARNOLD PUT IT BACK ON THE FAIRWAY AND PITCH IT ON THE GREEN AND TAKE YOUR PAR. HE DID JUST THAT AND WALKED ON AND WON THE TOURNAMENT. HE WAS PLAYING GOOD
BACK IN THE, HE WAS A, HE WAS A VERY FIERY GUY. HE HAD, HE HAD A LOT OF DETERMINATION, ARNOLD DID. HE, WELL MOST OF THE PLAYERS, MOST OF THE OLDER PLAYERS OUT THERE DIDN'T THINK HE HAD A VERY GOOD SWING AND HE
WOULDN'T, WOULDN'T BE TOO SUCCESSFUL AND HE WAS JUST DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM, IT, IT MADE HIM MORE DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM
THAT HE COULD AND THAT'S, THAT'S PART OF HIS MAKE UP. HE'S A, HE, HE HAS
A LOT OF DETERMINATION AND HE, AND DESIRE TO WIN AND HE DID JUST THAT.
WE'LL TELL EVERYBODY WHERE THEY CAN GET THE BOOK AS WE GO TO BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND TAKE A FEW MORE PHONE CALLS IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU.
YEAH, THAT'S FINE.
OKAY, THE BOOK, TO ORDER THE HOLE TRUTH, 800-387-7638. 387-7638. THAT'S CANADA AND THE U.S. IS 800 BOY MY EYES ARE GOING BAD, 800-465-3609? IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.
HEY YOU'RE PRETTY GOOD, PETER.
OH YOU WAIT, DON'T, WAIT TILL YOU GET TO BE MY AGE, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING EITHER.
WE'LL BE BACK.
Schauffele just fine being the underdog
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.
Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.
Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.
“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”
Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.
“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”
Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1
Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.
So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.
Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.
Jordan Spieth: 7/4
Xander Schauffele: 5/1
Kevin Kisner: 11/2
Tiger Woods: 14/1
Francesco Molinari: 14/1
Rory McIlroy: 14/1
Kevin Chappell: 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1
Alex Noren: 25/1
Zach Johnson: 30/1
Justin Rose: 30/1
Matt Kuchar: 40/1
Webb Simpson: 50/1
Adam Scott: 80/1
Tony Finau: 80/1
Charley Hoffman: 100/1
Austin Cook: 100/1
Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.
For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.
By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.
But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.
As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.
“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”
Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.
As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.
But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.
After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.
“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”
But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.
Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.
“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.
There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.
Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par.
And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.
As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.
“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”
Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.
Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.
The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.
Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.
It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.
Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.
One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.
McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.
“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”
McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.
“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”