Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 5
WELCOME BACK. GREAT PLEASURE TO SEE YOU DEANE.
THANK YOU PETER.
YOU KNOW, IN YOUR CASE, THE LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORY IS SO PERFECT BECAUSE, NOT ONLY WERE YOU A GREAT PLAYER WITH YOUR 3 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE TWO U.S. AMATEURS,
THE BRITISH AMATEUR, BUT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GAME, MAKING THE TOUR FROM A SMALL ORGANIZATION INTO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZATIONS OF ANY KIND IN THE WORLD. YOUR NOTION THAT A COURSE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE BUILT DURING THE DEPRESSION TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
YOUR VISION FOR THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE, JUST TO NAME A FEW THINGS, WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
WELL, I, I SAID TODAY AND I'VE SAID A NUMBER OF TIMES THAT I'M MOST PROUD OF HOW HARD WE WORKED AND HOW SUCCESSFUL WE WERE TO KEEP THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME INTACT IN THE ERA OF BIG TIME MONEY SPORTS. NO OTHER SPORT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT
AND WE'VE KEPT THE, THE RESPECT FOR THE GAME BY THE PLAYERS, RESPECT, A LOVE, CONTINUED LOVE OF THE GAME BY THE PLAYERS, RESPECT FOR THE RULES AND RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AS COMPETITORS AND WE'VE, WE'VE KEPT THE FAITH WITH SPORTSMANSHIP IN GOLF
AND NO OTHER SPORT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IN THE ERA OF ALL THIS BIG MONEY.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING IT GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT A COURSE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE BUILT BETWEEN 1920 AND 1932, FOR IT TO BE WORTHY OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.
WELL, UH, IT, REALLY THAT WASN'T THE, THAT WASN'T THE FOCUS OF MY ATTENTION. THE FOCUS OF MY ATTENTION, AND OF COURSE MOST OF THOSE GREAT GOLF COURSES WERE BUILT TO PLAY GOLF ON. STRICTLY TO PLAY GO. THEY WEREN'T BUILT TO HOLD
30 OR 40 OR 50 THOUSAND SPECTATORS AND WHAT I ATTEMPTED TO DO WAS TO RECOGNIZE THAT, EVEN THOUGH THE GAME IS THE SAME FROM A STANDPOINT OF THE AUDIENCE, IT'S MUCH DIFFERENT, AND A GOLF TOURNAMENT
CAN NOT BE SUCCESSFUL NATIONALLY UNLESS IT'S SUCCESSFUL LOCALLY, AND YOU CAN'T BE SUCCESSFUL LOCALLY UNLESS IT CAN COMPETE WITH OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT WITH BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, AND BASEBALL WHERE YOU'RE VIRTUALLY SITTING IN A STADIUM WATCHING.
NOW YOU'VE GOT TO WATCH GOLF BY WALKING AROUND MAYBE TWO, THREE, FOUR OR FIVE MILES BUT WE CAN MAKE IT CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO SEE EVEN IF YOU'RE WILLING TO WORK, WALK THE 4 OR 5 MILES AND THAT'S THE CONCEPT AND
THE IDEA BEHIND STADIUM GOLF. IT WASN'T, WHEN WE BUILT THE FIRST TPC STADIUM GOLF COURSE, WE DIDN'T BUILD IT FOR THE PLAYERS. WE BUILT IT FOR THE FANS, AND WE BUILT ON THAT AND I, AND I FELT THAT IN GOLF THE FANS WERE SHORT CHANGED, AND UH, MORE, THE MORE OF THOSE KIND OF GOLF COURSES
THAT ARE BUILT THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE THE FANS, THE BETTER OFF THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE.
THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE WAS REALLY YOUR VISION. IT'S NOW A REALITY. WHAT EVIDENCE WILL YOU REQUIRE TO JUDGE IT A SUCCESS IF IT HASN'T ALREADY COME IN?
WELL MY EVIDENCE IN, IN IT'S SUCCESS IS IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND IT'S SUCCESS WILL NEVER BE MEASURED IN IT'S FIRST YEAR OR IT'S FIRST TWO YEARS. ANYTHING OF THIS SIZE REQUIRES PUTTING TOGETHER, GETTING STARTED
AND IT'S CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO REACH IT'S ULTIMATE POTENTIAL AS SOON AS YOU LAUNCH IT AND UH IT, IT IS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT'S HERE. IT'S GOING TO BE HERE. IT WILL BE HERE FOR LONG AFTER I'M GONE, AND IT WILL
CONTINUE TO GROW IN STATURE AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ME. MORE MEANINGFUL TO THE PLAYERS AND MORE MEANINGFUL TO THE MILLIONS OF AMATEURS WHO LOVE THE GAME.
TO GET IN UNDER THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORY CLEARLY MEANS IN YOUR PARTICULAR CASE THAT YOUR PLAYING RECORD AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION RECORD AWAY FROM PLAYING THE GAME ARE BOTH BEING
RECOGNIZED. DOES THAT HELP RECONFIRM AND REVALIDATE IN YOUR HEAD THE WISDOM OF YOUR DECISION TO GO AHEAD AND GIVE UP THAT PART OF YOUR PLAYING CAREER SO YOU COULD MAKE THE OTHER CONTRIBUTION THAT YOU HAVE?
WELL I NEVER, I, I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT IN, QUITE IN THOSE TERMS WHEN I DECIDED TO, TO UH TO RETIRE FROM COMPETITIVE GOLF BECAUSE I WAS STILL A GOOD PLAYER AT THE TIME. I'D HAD SOME PHYSICAL DIFFICULTIES BUT I WAS
STILL WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS. I WON A TOURNAMENT, LITERALLY A WEEK BEFORE I TOLD THE BOARD I'D TAKE THE JOB IF THEY OFFERED IT TO ME, BUT UH I, I THINK THAT UH, I THINK THAT MY WHOLE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE IS, IS TO LOOK FORWARD AND NOT LOOK BACK. I MADE A DECISION AFTER
GIVING IT A LONG AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND IN MY OWN MIND, IN MY OWN MIND, IF I HAD NOT TAKEN THE JOB, I MIGHT BE HERE AS A PLAYER BECAUSE I COULD STILL PLAY AND I MIGHT, NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW, BUT IN MY OWN MIND, I CAN TELL YOU I BELIEVE THAT I WOULD HAVE WON A LOT MORE GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND I WOULD HAVE
WON SOME MORE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUT UH I, I DON'T, I DON'T LOOK BACK AT THAT WITH ANY REGRET AT ALL. WHAT I SAID AT THE TIME AND I'LL SAY AGAIN TODAY IS THAT I FELT I COULD MAKE A GREATER CONTRIBUTION IN THE JOB AS COMMISSIONER AND HELPING TO BUILD THE GAME AND BRING IT TO MILLIONS
OF MORE GOLF FANS AND TO MAKE IT A MORE IMPORTANT GAME IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS THAN I COULD AS A PLAYER. I STILL BELIEVE THAT AND I HAVE NO REGRETS AT ALL.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WILL YOU STAY WITH US FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES?
DON'T GO AWAY. WE'LL BE BACK WITH DEANE BEMAN.
Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1
Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.
He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.
Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).
Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.
That was his only dropped shot of the day.
The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.
Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.
That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.
Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.
'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th
Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.
“Go in,” he immediately said.
“Please go in,” he added.
Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.
Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie
Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.
But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!
Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.
That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.
Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup
Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.
And then he aced the par-3 seventh.
Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.
Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!