Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 7
YOU'RE LOOKING AT SAM SNEAD'S TAVERN HERE AT THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE AND OF COURSE SAM WENT IN FOR DINNER TONIGHT AND THEY MADE HIM PAY. IS THAT A, IS THAT A TRUE STORY?
NO, I DON'T KNOW, I THOUGHT HE SAID WELL I'M ONE OF THE MANAGERS, MANAGERS OR SOMETHING BUT THEY KEPT COMING OFF OF THE BAR, MHMM HMMM.(SOUND HE MAKES WITH HIS LIPS 24:24). AUTOGRAPH
YOU DON'T EVEN, HE NEVER REACHES INTO HIS POCKET FOR CASH, DOES HE BOB?
HE DID YESTERDAY THOUGH WHEN WE ATE THERE. HE SAID YOU TAKE OF YOUR. I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT, BOB.
DID HE EVER, DID HE EVER HAVE TO TAKE CASH OUT OF HIS POCKET WHEN THE TWO OF YOU HAD A CASUAL GAME ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS?
NO. ONE TIME. ONE TIME OUT OF ABOUT 50.
TELL ME ABOUT THAT DAY.
WELL THAT DAY WAS AT AUGUSTA. NORMALLY YOU HAD TO PAY HIM AT THE MASTERS WHEN WE PLAYED PRACTICE ROUNDS. YOU HAD TO PAY HIM BY THE
FLAG AT 18 IN FRONT OF THREE OR FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, I BEAT HIM OUT OF EIGHTY DOLLARS THIS ONE DAY AND I COULDN'T FIND HIM AND I FINALLY FOUND HIM BY THE URINAL, UPSTAIRS IN THE BATHROOM, THAT'S WHERE HE PAID ME.
DID HE REALLY USED TO CARRY ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU PUT THE CREDIT CARD IN AND YOU ROLL IT AND YOU COULD DO THAT TOO ON THE EIGHTEENTH GREEN?
(PETER, SAM AND BOB LAUGHING)
ARE YOU, ARE YOU PLAYING GOLF? WHAT HAVE YOU, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING SAM?
EVERYTHING BUT! NO, I HAVEN'T BEEN PLAYING VERY MUCH, UH, I'M DOWN HERE NOW FOR THE WINTER, AT UH DOWN FORT PIERCE.
UH.. IT'S NICE DOWN THERE. BOY IT'S NICE AND WARM. BOY, YOU CAN HAVE THIS KIND OF WEATHER.
THIS IS ONLY A COUPLE HOURS NORTH OF THERE.
TELL ME ABOUT NICK FALDO COMING TO VISIT YOU EARLIER THIS YEAR TO TALK ABOUT GOLF SWING AND RHYTHM.
WELL, UM, NICK STARTED, I THINK, GOT HIS FEET A LITTLE TOO WIDE APART AND I WATCHED HIM HIT SOME SHOTS AND HIS WOOD SHOTS WERE GOING OFF TO THE RIGHT, USUALLY THAT COMES FROM THE LEFT HAND, AND I TOOK A LOOK AT HIS
LEFT HAND, SURE ENOUGH, IT WAS UP IN THAT GROOVE, AND YOU, YOU DON'T DO THAT PLAYING GOLF AND I
YOU MEAN MORE IN THE PALM THAN IN THE FINGERS?
NO, I HAD HIM GET IT DOWN IN THE FINGERS MORE WHERE THE BUTT OF YOUR HAND IS ON TOP. I'M LOOSING MY WATCH HERE.
AND YOUR SKI GLOVES.
WELL I TELL YOU. I HAD TO PUT THESE ON. I'VE BEEN FREEZING ALL NIGHT. AT LEAST THEY KEPT MY HANDS WARM.
HOW MUCH DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR GOLF GAME FROM THE THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS THAT YOU AND SAM HAVE PLAYED TOGETHER OVER THE YEARS?
WELL MAYBE 500 ROUNDS, BUT I LEARNED AN AWFUL LOT. HE'S BEEN A GREAT FRIEND FOR 45 YEARS AND HE'S ALWAYS TRIED TO HELP ME AND I DON'T THINK HE'S ALWAYS HELPED A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO BEAT THEM.
HE TOLD ME ONE TIME, I NEVER TRY TO HELP ANYBODY I'M TRYING TO BEAT BUT I LOVE THAT BEING A COMPETITOR.
BUT HE DID HELP ME A LITTLE BIT WITH MY TEMPER. I USED TO BE A CRAZY MAN ON THE GOLF COURSE. I COULDN'T STAND A BAD SHOT AND I DID NOT, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TAKE IT AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, ALL YOU DO IS HURT YOURSELF, AND HE'S ALWAYS BEEN VERY CALM ON THE GOLF COURSE, EVEN THOUGH HE'S A
FIERY GUY, HE DIDN'T SHOW EMOTION ON THE GOLF COURSE, AND I DID LEARN THAT BY PLAYING WITH, JUST WATCHING THE RHYTHM AND TIMING ANYONE CAN BENEFIT BY WATCHING SAM SNEAD. FIND OUT THE GOLF BALL CAN BE HIT WITH RHYTHM AND NOT BRUTE STRENGTH.
IF THERE HAD BEEN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGISTS, WHEN YOU GUYS WERE AT YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ASKED ONE OF THEM ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD?
IN MY HEAD?
NOT MUCH (LAUGHS)
(SAM, BOB AND PETER LAUGHING)
IN GOLF?. YOU TALKING ABOUT GOLF?
WELL, UH GOLF IS RHYTHM AND TIMING. THAT'S ALL. THAT'S IT. YOU, YOU SWING UP AND PULL DOWN. THAT'S WHAT IT, AND NINETY PERCENT OF PEOPLE GRIP THE CLUB TOO TIGHT AND ANYTIME I SHAKE HANDS WITH A GUY AND HE'S GOT RIGHT HANDED AND I FEEL, I SAID HEY, YOU'RE GRIPPING THE CLUB TOO TIGHT.
YOU MEAN IF YOU FEEL CALLUSES?
YUP. CALLUSES. I MEAN YOU KNOW THAT UH STRENGTH IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT, IT'S SPEED IS WHAT YOU WANT AND IF YOU GRIP IT TIGHT, YOU'RE CUTTING YOURSELF DOWN UH OF HITTING MAYBE ANOTHER 25, MAYBE 50 YARDS, AND UH IF YOU LET THE HANDS GO AND
POP, YOU WOULD HAVE TO POP IT DOWN TO BOTTOM AS YOU KNOW, AND, BUT IT DON'T LOOK LIKE ANYBODY'S POPPING IT
BUT THE GOOD PLAYERS GO
SHUWIT! (SOUND EFFECT HE MAKES) YOU DON'T SEE THEIR HANDS, IT'S SO FAST AND, BUT THAT'S UH WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING WELL, WHEN YOU FEEL THAT
POP. GET THE POP.
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO WHERE WE ARE IN THE GAME TODAY? HERE WE ARE AT THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE WHERE SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME ARE HERE TODAY. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, GIVEN THAT YOUR WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN IN GOLF, TO SEE IT AT THIS STAGE TODAY?
WELL IT'S FANTASTIC BECAUSE I KNOW THE FIRST TOURNAMENT I PLAYED IN I WON 20 DOLLARS IN, IN A PGA TOURNAMENT I TIED FOR 20TH PLACE. THERE WAS A 5 WAY TIE AND WE WERE, A
HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS A, SO TO SEE WHERE IT, WHAT IT HAS DONE IN THE LAST 45 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN PLAYING TOURNAMENT GOLF IS JUST DOUBLY FANTASTIC AND TO SEE THE TPC UP HERE AND THE OPERATION HERE AT THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE
AND SEE THE GREAT PLAYERS OF TODAY. I STILL GO OUT WITH MY NEPHEW ON THE REGULAR TOUR AND WATCH. I'VE NEVER SEEN SUCH GREAT SWINGERS AND GREAT STRIKERS OF THE BALL. WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT MANY. WE HAD SNEAD AND HOGAN AND NELSON AND MIDDLECOFF AND A COUPLE OF PLAYERS OF THAT STATURE IN OUR DAY BUT THEY WERE JUST AS GOOD
AS THE TOP TODAY, BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MASTERS LIKE THEY HAVE. THE KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL TODAY. WONDERFUL SWINGERS. GOOD GRIPS AND GOOD THINKERS, AND THEY, THEY'VE LEARNED ALL OF THIS FROM TELEVISION AND PEOPLE LIKE SAM SNEAD WHICH I DIDN'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO DO IN MY DAY.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. IT IS SO GOOD TO
WELL THANK YOU
SEE YOU AGAIN. I'LL TALK TO THE NICE PEOPLE AT SAM SNEAD'S TAVERN FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.
Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey
CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.
This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.
Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.
Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.
“My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”
Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.
“Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”
Day (66) only star to shine Saturday at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. – With an early rain softening an already vulnerable course, there were plenty of birdies to be had during the third round of the Travelers Championship. They were few and far between, however, for some of the biggest names in the field.
On the same TPC River Highlands layout where Paul Casey took control of the tournament with an 8-under 62, the decorated quartet of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka combined to shoot 1 under with no single score better than a 1-under 69.
Spieth’s dim hopes of back-to-back titles were effectively ended with a 1-over 71, while McIlroy’s second straight 69 dropped him from three shots off the lead to outside the top 10.
Thomas (70) and Koepka (69) are now 11 and 12 shots back, respectively.
Among the top-ranked contenders, the only player to make a modicum of a move was Jason Day, who shot a 4-under 66 and heads into the final round in a tie for sixth, six shots behind Casey. The Aussie made four birdies over his first nine holes, but he stalled out on the more gettable inward half.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing right now. I played well today from tee to green,” Day said. “Tomorrow it all depends on how Paul plays.”
Day has won twice already this season, but facing a significant deficit against a seasoned veteran he realizes that a quick start will be necessary to retain any hopes for a third title.
“This course can yield some birdies, which is quite nice,” Day said. “Get through tomorrow in a couple under on the front side, and then try to let things go a little bit on the back side if you can.”
Monkey off his back, Casey freed up to win again
CROMWELL, Conn. – Paul Casey is flushing his irons, rolling in putts and no longer fielding questions about a lengthy victory drought. For the remaining players looking to chase him down at the Travelers Championship, it adds up to a terrifying combination.
The Englishman felt right at home on a gray and dreary afternoon at TPC River Highlands, vaulting to the top of the leaderboard with an 8-under 62. It was the lowest round of the week, two shots better than the next best effort Saturday, and it turned a two-shot deficit into a four-shot lead heading into the final round.
After enduring an afternoon logjam, with as many as five players sharing the lead at one point, the tournament is now Casey’s to lose – and he’s not shying away from the burden.
“You’d always rather have a lead,” Casey said. “When you’re behind, there is no room for error. No, I’m excited. I’ve got confidence in my game. I’ve got confidence with the man standing next to me (caddie John McLaren), confidence in the gameplan of how to get around this golf course.”
That approach is undoubtedly aided by the magic act Casey pulled off in March at the Valspar Championship. Teeing off well before the tournament leaders, he shot a final-round 65 and watched as the likes of Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed were unable to match his number.
Without having to field a single question about the weight of the burden he shouldered, about ending a PGA Tour victory drought that extended back to the 2009 Houston Open, Casey launched the monkey off his back and into the trees lining the 18th fairway at Innisbrook.
While Casey has won 13 times on the European Tour, including five times from 2009-14, his dry spell on this side of the Atlantic had become a point of discussion and one that wore on the affable veteran. But one sublime round in Tampa rendered it moot, and it will also grant him an extra sense of calm heading into the final round outside Hartford where only Russell Henley will start the day within five shots of his total.
“If I hadn’t won in a while, then yeah, there would be more pressure. I sit here right now with no nerves,” Casey said. “I’m sure there will be tomorrow, but no nerves now. I’m very happy with what I’ve done. In years past maybe that wouldn’t have been the case because there hadn’t been enough wins.”
Granted, this is an event that often doesn’t follow the script. Birdies will be there for the taking on a course softened by light rains, and low scores shouldn’t be hard to find. This is, after all, where Jim Furyk shot a 58 two years ago and where Kevin Streelman ended his comeback victory in 2014 with a run of seven straight birdies.
Trailing by six, Bubba Watson floated the notion of needing a 60 to catch Casey without any hint that the score is out of reach. Jason Day, who like Watson trails by six at 10 under, quickly sniffed out Casey’s long-term track record like a shark seizing on a droplet of blood.
“Tomorrow it all depends on how Paul plays,” Day said. “I know that he in the past hasn’t quite got over the line with some of the wins that he possibly could have won, and that’s kind of a positive in my mind knowing that.”
But the look of calm confidence that emanates from Casey is that of a man who no longer has to answer questions about when The Win will come. His next victory will be just that, the next one. Another trophy to add to the decorated credentials of a player who has re-established himself in the game’s upper echelon over the past three years.
He’s back on a course he has thrived on from the very first time he set foot on the property, losing in a playoff to Watson in 2015 in his tournament debut. He has returned each year since, finishing T-17 and T-5.
His final-round 71 in 2016, carded the same day Furyk shot his 58, is proving more and more to be an aberration since each of his other 14 competitive rounds in Cromwell have ended up in the 60s. That includes three straight this week, capped by Saturday’s effort where he hit every green in regulation and tied his career low score on Tour.
Yes, the tournament is Casey’s to lose. But liberated by a recent win and playing some of his best golf at one of his favorite venues, there’s little reason to expect him to do anything but lift the trophy he barely missed out on three years ago.
“If I go out there tomorrow and I hit it the way I normally hit it, and I putt it well,” Casey said, “then I’m fairly confident.”
Couples one behind Toledo; Sticker struggles in Wisc.
MADISON, Wis. – Esteban Toledo birdied four of the last six holes for a 6-under 66 and the second-round lead Saturday in the American Family Insurance Championship.
Five strokes behind tournament host Steve Stricker after an opening 69 in rain Friday at University Ridge, Toledo had six birdies in a bogey-free round to reach 9-under 135. The 55-year-old Mexican player won the last of his four PGA Tour Champions titles in 2016.
Defending champion Fred Couples (67), David Toms (66), Kent Jones (67) and Billy Mayfair (68) were a stroke back.
''I'm surprised that someone isn't 11 or 12 under, but the greens picked up a lot of pace today,'' Couples said. ''I think maybe the scoring was a little easier yesterday because we got to clean the ball in the fairways, but it's not easy out there.''
Bernhard Langer (69) was 8 under with Madison player Jerry Kelly (69), Scott McCarron (67), Mark Calcavecchia (68), Paul Goydos (68), Joey Sindelar (68), Glen Day (69) and Brad Bryant (72).
''The conditions haven't been that easy,'' Kelly said. ''The pins are in some spots where you can't spin it and you have to hit them firm out of these kind of soft fairways, otherwise you could chunk it. It's not that easy even though the course is gettable. There's just a few things going on out there to keep the scoring from going too low like it normally does.''
Stricker followed his opening 64 with a 74, ending his Champions under-par streak at 30 rounds - the fourth-longest streak in tour history.
''It just was one of those days where I didn't have a lot of energy,'' Stricker said. ''Nothing - hit very few good shots, really. The couple that I did hit well, I was in bad spots, and a couple bad shots even got worse.''
He had three bogeys and a birdie - on the final hole.
''That was a big birdie in my mind,'' Stricker said. ''It kept me a little bit closer. No one ran away with this thing today and three shots back, a lot of guys in between me and the lead. It was a good putt to make and finally get a birdie. That was my only one today.''
Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. The 12-time PGA Tour winner played the big tour the last two weeks, tying for 18th in Memphis and tying for 20th in the U.S. Open.
John Daly matched Stricker at 6 under with a 70.