On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: Tim Cusick, Golf Digest's Best Teacher in the state of Texas and Director of Golf Instruction for the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plus Mark Carnevale, 1992 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and now broadcaster for Sirius/XM's PGA Tour Channel and PGA Tour Live.
On this edition of Next on the Tee I'm joined by Golf Channel Contributor and Golf Digest Senior Writer, Ron Sirak and former Nike Director of Sporting Goods & Department Stores and 3 time NCAA Soccer National Champion Kathleen O'Dell.
Ron Sirak shares his thoughts on new rule that golf viewers can no longer call in regarding rules violations. He talks about the Lexi Thompson rules and and some of the breaks John Rohm has received. He shard memories of Bob Dylan being a golfer, Ben Hogan's achievements that get overlooked too often now, his favorite Masters memories, and the biography he wrote about Greg Norman.
Kathleen O'Dell talked about why great athletes are more bothered by the mistakes they made or games they lost versus the wins they were a part of. Now that she's no longer with Nike, she shared which clubs are now in her bag and which golf balls she plays. She also shared her favorite experiences in golf and her favorite courses to play.
On this edition of Next on the Tee my guests are: 2006 Australasia Order of Merit winner and the only player to beat Tiger Woods twice at the World Golf Match Play tournament, Nick O'Hern, 2005 Byron Nelson Champion Ted Purdy and PGA Tour SuperStore Sr. Vice President of Operations Randy Peitsch.
Nick talked about going through Q School on the European Tour, what it was like being a part of the 2005 International President's Cup team and trying to pull the trigger on the first tee with the huge crowd, 2 former US Presidents and Team Captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player all right there. We talked about his 2 wins over Tiger Woods at the World Match Play Tournaments in 2005 and 2007 and what the key is to beating Tiger. We also talked about his book "Tour Mentality...Inside the Mind of a Tour Pro."
Ted Purdy shared his memories of playing at the University of Arizona, winning the 1992 National Champinship and beating Tiger Woods a couple of times during his college career. We also talked about his win at the Indian Masters and the 2005 Byron Nelson Classic.
Randy Peitch talked about why the PGA Tour SuperStore is so successful opening more brick and mortar locations during a time when most other retailers are closing them down. He talked about why it's important for golfers of all skill levels to get fit for their clubs, and how they will lso fit you for the right golf ball. We also talked about how important the customer relationship is to them, not just getting a sale.
Donnie shared his insights on what we saw from Jordan Spieth at last year's Open Championship. Was Jordan's use of the driving range for his unplayable lie on the 13th hole genius or would that have occurred to other players? Where does his 5 hole stretch from holes 14-18 fit in the history of golf? Donnie was in the 2nd to last group at the Masters in 1986, a couple of groups behind Jack Nicklaus, so he was right in the middle of hearing that charge. Does Jordan Spieth's finishing stretch compare to Nicklaus'? Hear Donnie's thoughts. We also looked ahead to the PGA Championship and got Donnie's thoughts on Quail Hollow.
I talked with Olin about his memories from being an Assistant Captain on the 2008 Ryder Cup team. He said it was the best experience of his career. We talked about what it was like when he received his first inviation to play in The Masters and that drive up Magnolia Lane. We also talked about his 2011 US Senior Open victory at Inverness, the 59 he shot at the qualifying tournament for the 2005 US Open and his thoughts on the camaraderie among the young players on the PGA Tour now.
Keith shared stories from when they first launch ESPN 2 and the young talent he got to work with including Stuart Scott, Suzy Kolber and Kenny Mayne. He also talked about being there when they launched The Golf Channel and what it was like the very first day they went live and the unique things they did broadcasting their first few golf tournaments. We also talked about his book, "Cover Me Boys Im Going In, Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat", which is by far the best book I've read in years.
Rhonda shared her amazing story of not picking up a golf club until she was a freshman in high school and 4 years later making the golf team at the University of Florida which was the 2 time defending national champions. She talked about learning the game from Kevin Maris, Roger Maris' son. We also talked about her teaching style and how she keeps junior players engaged by making golf practice fun, and the golf course she now owns in Jacksonvile, River Bend Golf Links, which has a motto "No Tee Times, No Dress Code, Just Come Have Fun.
Mark is a wonderful instructor now, and he and I talked about his coaching style, whether he is a Trackman coaching by the number guy or if he is old school looking at a player's swing path and ball flight. I got his thoughts on coaching junior players and how he keeps them engaged in a world of short attention spans and the need for instant gratification. We also talked about his playing days on Tour competing against some of the greatest players of all-time like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and guys who were in the primes back in the 80's & 90's plus what his "welcome to the PGA Tour kid" moment was.
Debbie is the Founder of Golf Positive and the author of the new book, "Golf Positive, Live Positive". Debbie shares tips for how to live a more positive life plus how to have a better mental approach to the game and get rid of all of negative self talk.
Frank shares stories from his beginning in golf, his amateur career and some of his Top 10 finishes on Tour. He also shared the story of why he left the Tour for broadcasting and how he got the job at The Golf Channel.
Mitch shared his story about why he left acting and Hollywood in favor of braodcasting. We talked about his recent trip over to Tobacco Road Golf Club and staying in the new Stewart Cabin. He talked his interview with Adam Rolston of The Longest Hole and Adam's walk across Mongolia hitting golf shots. Mitch exclusively plays hickory shafted clubs now and he shared his emotional connection when he's playing some of the most historic golf courses around the world.
Matthew is a fantastic actor who starred in movies like Eddie & The Cruisers and Steets of Fire plus TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills 90210, Duet, and 30 Something. We'll talk a little bit about some of the roles he played plus if there's a chance that there will be an Eddie & The Cruisers 3. I'll get Matthew's thoughts about the 2018 Barbasol Championship being moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he lives now. We'll also talk about his home course, Kearney Hill, the Pete Dye course up at the French Lick Resort....plus a whole lot more.
Gail shared her stories about how she learned the game, what got a Western Canadian girl to play her college golf at Lamar University in Texas, what it was like teaming with Dawn Coe-Jones, the pressures of Q-School, winning her first tournament on the LPGA Tour, winning the 1997 Australian Ladies Masters and what it was like being the first non-American to be President of the LPGA Tour.
Cindy and I discussed her program, "Pursuing Your It" which helps develop whatever it is that you're passionate about. We discussed, when looking for an instructor how important is it to match your personality type to the personality of the teacher you're considering. She also shared a great tip on how to practice indoors over the winter using marshmallows instead of golf balls.
Mr. Nichols shared his story about starting out as a caddy at age 9 and being the personal caddy for Dodgers legend Pee Wee Reese. He recounted his victory in the 1964 PGA Championship over Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. We also talked about the influence Dr. Cary Middlecoff had on him, his victories at the 1962 St. Petersburg Open, the 1973 Westchester Classic and getting a second life in golf when the Senior Tour started.
Bill talked about his design philosophy, what sets his bunker style apart from other designers, what he is doing to keep more players engaged in the game, his 6 hole pitch and putt courses that are getting great reviews, why he was named by Golf Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative People in Golf and the work he's doing with the Long Leaf Tee Initiative.
Four time winner on the PGA Tour Tim Simpson joined me and shared his memories from his college days at the University of Georgia and rooming with Chip Beck. We also talked about his 4 wins on Tour and the injuries and ailments he came back from to be named Comeback Player of the Year on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona shares his thoughts on the PGA Mercahndise Show, the 3 major issues facing the game that he and other leaders in the sport will be addressing this year, what to look for during World Golf Day up on Capitol Hill and the future of golf in the Olympics.
Peter Kessler talks about the greatest shots in the hisotry of golf, who the biggest cheater was, meeting then President Bill Clinton and a whole lot more.