Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 1
THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME HONORS THE GREAT PLAYERS AND THE GREAT CONTRIBUTORS TO THE GAME OF GOLF. ALL THE GREAT ONES ARE HERE.
OLD AND YOUNG TOM MORRIS. HARRY VARDON, WALTER HAGAN, BOBBY JONES, ARNOLD PALMER AND JACK NICKLAUS.
THIS IS WHERE THEY ARE HONORED AND REMEMBERED AND APPRECIATED FOREVER, AND TODAY, A NEW GROUP OF INDUCTEES TAKE THEIR WELL DESERVED PLACE ALONGSIDE THOSE ALREADY ENSHRINED. DEANE BEMAN, SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK, JACK BURKE, NEAL COLES, BETH DANIEL, JULI INKSTER, JOHN JACOBS AND JUDY RANKIN.
JOIN US ON GOLF TALK LIVE AS WE MEET A FEW OF THE BEST IN THE GAME'S GLORIOUS HISTORY.
LIVE FROM THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA. WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, AS WE CELEBRATE THE INDUCTION OF EIGHT GREAT PLAYERS AND CONTRIBUTORS INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME. I'M PETER KESSLER.
WE'LL START OUR SHOW TONIGHT WITH TWO HALL OF FAMERS, JULI INKSTER AND BETH DANIEL. FUN TO DO THIS TOGETHER AS OPPOSED TO ALONE?
I, I THINK IT IS. I MEAN IT'S REALLY HELPED HAVING BETH AROUND JUST KIND OF TO BOUNCE SOME STUFF OFF OF THIS WEEK.
IT'S, IT'S BEEN GREAT. I, I'M REALLY PROUD OF JULI AND I'M ALSO VERY, VERY PROUD OF JUDY RANKIN AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK I'M ALMOST HAPPIEST FOR JUDY RANKIN BECAUSE SHE REALLY THOUGHT THAT SHE HAD NO CHANCE AT ALL TO EVER BE A HALL OF FAMER AND HERE SHE IS.
IS THIS A STOP ALONG THE WAY OR IS THIS A DESTINATION DO YOU THINK?
I THINK IT'S A DESTINATION, I MEAN, I THINK EVERY PLAYER, YOU KNOW, STARTING OUT I DON'T THINK YOU REALLY START OUT TO SAY I WANT TO GET IN THE HALL OF FAME, YOU KNOW, YOU START OUT TO WIN GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND THEN YOU START OUT TO WIN MAJORS AND THEN EVERYTHING
KIND OF ACCUMULATES AND I THINK THIS IS, THIS IS THE BIG BANANA RIGHT HERE, IS, IS GETTING IN THE HALL OF FAME AND I JUST, I WAS SITTING OUT THERE JUST LOOKING AT THE PEOPLE THAT IT'S BEEN IN, THAT, ARE, HAVE BEEN INDUCTED AND
I'M LIKE, I JUST, I CAN'T FATHOM MYSELF BEING ON THE SAME LEVEL WITH THEM.
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT QUESTION?
I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. I THINK IN THE HALL OF FAME IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. THAT MEANS THAT YOU WERE ONE OF THE BEST EVER TO PLAY YOUR SPORT AND JULI AND I WERE SITTING UP THERE TALKING AND WE JUST KEPT SAYING, CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? IT IS. IT'S ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT OR NOT, THE STATE OF YOUR COMPETITIVE SPIRIT, TO KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING?
WELL I THINK IT'S EASY FOR, FOR MYSELF, AND, AND FOR JULI TOO. I THINK WE'RE VERY SIMILAR PERSONALITIES. WE'RE BOTH EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE AND WE'RE BOTH EXTREMELY DRIVEN TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS, SO, EVEN IF THE HALL OF FAME WAS A GOAL AND YOU
ACHIEVE THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS OTHER GOALS TO ACHIEVE, SO YOU JUST KEEP GOING.
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO ADD?
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I, I, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY SAYS, YOU KNOW, WHY DO YOU KEEP PLAYING? WHY? YOU KNOW I LOVE THE GAME OF GOLF, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNGER GREAT PLAYERS OUT THERE. I LOVE COMPETING AGAINST THEM, YOU KNOW, I LOVE TRYING TO
BEAT THEM AND IT'S JUST KIND OF, SOMETHING I'VE DONE ALL MY LIFE AND, YOU KNOW, I, I FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, I'VE KIND OF HAD TWO CAREERS AND, AND YOU KNOW I FEEL LIKE I'M, I'M JUST, JUST HITTING MY PRIME RIGHT NOW.
ARE YOU BOTH PERFECTIONISTS AND IF YOU ARE, HOW DO YOU EVIDENCE IT?
SHE IS. DEFINITELY.
I AM, WITHOUT DOUBT, A PERFECTIONIST. STILL, TO THIS DAY, I'M A PERFECTIONIST AND, I REALLY THINK THAT'S HELPED ME IN MY CAREER BECAUSE I, YOU KNOW, I WON'T TAKE MEDIOCRITY. I, I'VE GOT TO GO WORK AT SOMETHING UNTIL I GET IT RIGHT AND I'LL WORK IT TO DEATH. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHEN DAVIS LOVE TAUGHT ME, HE USED TO TELL ME THAT,
HE'S LIKE, BETH, YOU HIT WAY TOO MANY GOLF BALLS. YOU TRY TO BE WAY TO PERFECT. JUST GO PLAY GOLF AND HAVE FUN AND WHEN YOU PRACTICE, HIT ENOUGH BALLS UNTIL WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON FEELS GOOD, THEN GO OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE AND WORK ON THAT
ON THE GOLF COURSE. IF IT WORKS ON THE GOLF COURSE THEN FORGET ABOUT IT. YOU'VE, YOU'VE DONE IT. YOU'VE MASTERED IT AND IF NOT GO BACK AND HIT A FEW MORE BALLS, BUT I'LL, I'LL JUST BEAT IT INTO THE GROUND.
WELL I'M A, I'M A PERFECTIONIST BUT I'M ABOUT HALF WHAT SHE IS.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.
I MEAN I, I DON'T KNOW, I MEAN I, I DON'T LIKE TO PLAY MEDIOCRE EITHER AND, AND I THINK UM, I, I THINK THAT PUSHES ME TO, TO KEEP TRYING TO IMPROVE, BUT I THINK ONCE I'M OFF THE GOLF COURSE, I FORGET ABOUT IT AND, YOU KNOW, I MOVE ON.
ARE YOU A BETTER MOM OR A PLAYER?
OH I'M, HOPEFULLY I'M A BETTER MOM. YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT'S MY NUMBER ONE GOAL IN LIFE IS, YOU KNOW, RAISING MY TWO DAUGHTERS AND I THINK IT'S
HELPED MY GOLF GAME BECAUSE I DO HAVE SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, TAKES MY MIND OFF MY GOLF, AND I THINK I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS THAT REALLY WANT ME TO PLAY AND I THINK THAT HELPS ALSO.
IT'S THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LPGA. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATE OF WOMEN'S GOLF IS RIGHT NOW?
WELL I THINK WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE RIGHT NOW. I THINK WE'RE IN A LOT BETTER SHAPE THAN, THAN PEOPLE THINK WE ARE, BUT WE, WE NEED TO GROW MORE. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO GROW. WE NEED TO, WE NEED TO SET GOALS FOR OUR ORGANIZATION AND TRY AND ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS AND, AND THAT IS
TO, TO GROW IN THE YEAR 2000 AND BEYOND. OUR PURSES ARE UP. THEY'RE CONTINUING TO, TO GROW. WE'RE GETTING BETTER TOURNAMENTS. OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR SPONSORS ARE BETTER THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN
AND OUR PLAYERS ARE BETTER THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN. THE, THE PROBLEM THAT WE'VE ALWAYS HAD, I THIN, IS THAT WE'RE WOMEN IN A MEN'S SPORT AND THAT'S BEEN VERY, VERY HARD TO OVERCOME OVER THE YEARS AND WE'RE STILL TRYING TO OVERCOME THAT.
DITTO. YOU KNOW. I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER. I MEAN I, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I LOOK, YOU KNOW, I CAME OUT IN 1984 AND UH, YOU KNOW, THE PURSES ARE BETTER, THE COURSES WE'RE PLAYING ARE BETTER. THE PLAYERS ARE SO FAR
SUPERIOR TO WHAT THEY WERE WHEN I FIRST CAME OUT, BUT AGAIN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PLAYING IN A MAN'S WORLD AND UH WE'RE, WE'RE DOING VERY WELL. COULD WE DO BETTER? YES WE CAN, AND THAT MEANS MORE TV, MORE MEDIA COVERAGE AND UM SOME RESPECT ABOUT HOW WE PLAY THE GAME.
BUT OF COURSE YOU'VE GOT MORE FANS, MORE SPONSORS, MORE TOURNAMENTS, MORE MONEY AND MORE TV TIME THAN EVER BEFORE. THINGS ARE AWFULLY GOOD.
THAT'S RIGHT. WE'RE, WE'RE, YOU KNOW, I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS.
MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS WHEN YOU SAID DITTO. THAT'S ALWAYS MY BIGGEST FEAR, I'M GOING TO GET A ONE WORD ANSWER FROM SOMEBODY.
I'M GREAT AT THAT. DON'T COUNT TILL YOU SEE (???).
THAT'S WHY WE ONLY ASKED YOU TO BE HERE FOR ONE SEGMENT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE COMING BACK WITH JACK BURKE, JR. DON'T GO AWAY.
Like father like son: Bring Your Child to Work Day
ORLANDO, Fla. – Today is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day at Golf Channel, where everything is fun and games until your child promptly says something that embarrasses you beyond belief. It’s only happened six times today. So far.
My daughter, 12, is in middle school and feels like she’s too big for this sort of shindig. But my son Brady, 11, was all in. The deal was that he could spend the day with me, I’d take him to McDonald’s for lunch, but he had to write a golf story of some sort for GolfChannel.com.
Here is his unedited work, in all its glory:
By BRADY COFFIN
My name is Brady Coffin and I play golf. I started at the age of 4 years old. My two favorite golfers are Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods. They are really good golfers and every time I watch them they always give me tips.
My dad Jay Coffin is the best editor of Golf Channel and always gave me tips when I first put the golf club in my hand. I had my very first par in Hilton Head when I was 7 years old. I am on the Drive, Chip and Putt commercial and I was in a movie where I played a young Ben Hogan. My favorite golf course is Royal Blue in the Bahamas.
I have won many golf tournaments and I am going to play in another tournament next month. I have made a couple of birdies. I am going to play in the PGA Junior League this summer.
At the Golf Channel I get to meet new people and play many games. One of the amazing people I met was Mr. Damon Hack. He is on the Morning Drive show and was very nice to me. Damon has been playing golf for 25 years and his favorite golfer growing up was Tiger Woods.
He loves working at Golf Channel.
“It gives me the opportunity to talk and write about the sport that I love. It’s a sport that I can play with my boys. It’s a sport that I can watch on television. It’s a sport that teaches great life lessons. I couldn’t ask for a better job,” Damon said to me.
(P.S. I will be better than Jordan Spieth.)
Not the 'prettiest' 65, but Duval, Furyk will take it
AVONDALE, La. – Wearing a polo instead of a dress shirt, working with a caddie and not a producer, David Duval exited the scoring tent, walked toward the group of reporters waiting for him after their 65 and grumbled to teammate Jim Furyk, “The damn media.”
Duval was joking – we think – since he now is one of us on the dark side, a successful and respected TV analyst, after an injury-shortened career in which he battled Tiger Woods, rose to world No. 1, won a major and then experienced such a miserable slump that it drove him into an entirely new line of work.
Now 46, Duval doesn’t play much anymore, only 11 events in the past four years. His last made cut was in July 2015. Earlier this year, he teed it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but only because he and his wife, Susie, enjoy the vibe there. Competitively, he knew he didn’t stand a chance. He had moved back to Colorado, worked two out of the three weeks, and then couldn’t practice the other week because the weather didn’t cooperate. Not surprisingly, he shot three consecutive rounds of 76 or worse.
And that could have been the extent of his season (save for his annual appearance at The Open), but he was drawn to the idea of the team format at the Zurich, to the idea of playing with Jim Furyk, with whom he’s been friends for the past 32 years, dating to their days in junior golf. So Duval reached out, asking the U.S. Ryder Cup captain if he wanted to team up, for old times’ sake.
“This was about being with a friend, reuniting, having our wives together for a few days,” said Duval, who estimated that he’s played more than 100 practice rounds with Furyk over the years. “Expectation-wise, I don’t know what they are for me. I don’t get to participate out here and compete.”
But Duval took this start seriously. He almost never travels with his clubs, but he brought them to the Masters, working with his old coach, Puggy Blackmon, between TV appearances and bouncing between Augusta Country Club and Augusta University’s practice facility.
Without any on-camera work since then, he’s spent the past two weeks grinding, even bringing Blackmon to New Orleans for a range session, just like most of the other pros in the field.
“It’s like a normal preparation,” he said. “Maybe not as much as it would be for a typical player, but a lot more than I’ve been able to do in the past.”
Duval has no intentions of diving back into competitive golf full-time, but working as an analyst has given him a new perspective on the game he loves.
“When you don’t play a lot and you don’t have that opportunity, you feel like you have to play perfectly,” he said. “Being on the other side of the desk, you see how many crappy golf shots really, truly get hit, and it’s like, look, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to hit more good ones than bad ones and go from there.”
That also sums up his and Furyk’s opening round here at the Zurich.
Furyk joked before the event that they’re the rustiest team in the field, but playing best ball, they remained steady in a driving rainstorm, then ran off seven birdies to shoot 65 and sit in the top 10 when they finished their round.
“It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest,” Duval said, “but it was solid. It wasn’t like we had 36 looks at birdie.”
“We ham-and-egged it really good today,” Furyk added. “We got pretty much one of the best scores we could have out of the round.”
The second round could be a different story, of course, with alternate shot. It’s a more nerve-wracking format – especially for two aging warriors without many competitive reps this year – and they figure to find some unusual parts of TPC Louisiana.
But that’s a worry for Friday, because Duval was in the mood to savor his four birdies, his team score of 65 and his ideal start to a work week with his longtime friend.
“I think it was good,” he said, breaking into a wry smile, “especially for me.”
Finau lifts team to opening 62 on improving ankle
AVONDALE, La. – Tony Finau continues to thrive on his injured ankle.
Playing for the first time since the Masters, where he tied for 10th despite a high-ankle sprain, Finau matched partner Daniel Summerhays with six birdies to shoot a combined 10-under 62 in fourballs Thursday at the Zurich Classic.
Finau still isn’t 100 percent – he said he's closer to 70 percent – even after two weeks of rest and physical therapy. During that time he worked with doctors at the University of Utah Orthopedic Center and also the training staff with the Utah Jazz. Before the Zurich, he had played only nine holes.
“Sometimes simplicity is huge in this game,” he said. “There is not a lot of thoughts in my swing in the first place, so there can’t be that many thoughts when you don’t practice. It served me well today.”
Partnering with Summerhays, his fellow Utah resident and a friend for more than a decade, they combined to make 12 birdies during an opening round that left them only two shots back of the early lead.
Asked afterward how his ankle felt, Finau said: “Feeling a lot better after that 62. A great remedy for something hurting is some good golf.”
Woods commits to Wells Fargo and The Players
Tiger Woods will tee it up each of the next two weeks, having officially committed to both the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players.
Woods' commitment to next week's event in Charlotte was confirmed by multiple Golf Channel sources and first reported during Thursday's "Golf Central."
The 42-year-old later took to Twitter to formally announce that he is ready for another back-to-back stretch:
Woods has not played since a T-32 finish earlier this month at the Masters. A winner at Quail Hollow in 2007, Woods has not made the cut there since a fourth-place showing in 2009 and has not played Wells Fargo since 2012. He missed last year's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow because of injury.
Woods' return to The Players will mark his first trip to TPC Sawgrass since 2015. He won on the Stadium Course in both 2001 and 2013. This will be Woods' second back-to-back of the season, having missed the cut at the Genesis Open before finishing 12th the following week at the Honda Classic.
After starting the year ranked No. 656 in the world, Woods is up to No. 91 in the latest world rankings. He recorded three straight top-12 finishes during the Florida swing, including a runner-up finish alongside Patrick Reed at the Valspar Championship and a T-5 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.