2018 Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk on Callaway Live

2003 U.S. Open Winner, 17-Time PGA Tour Winner, 2018 Ryder Cup Captain, "Mr. 58." That's right, "Mr. 58" Jim Furyk kicks off season 3 of Callaway Live! Watch now.

Presented by Callaway

Released on 3/7/2017

Transcript

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Alright, Ethan, check this out.
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I know you're asking why do we need to meet on the roof,
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and I said trust me.
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Here we are on the roof.
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Season three premiere Callaway Live.
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Brand-new studio, and I thought,
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we gotta make this thing special.
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I'm in.
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I'm gonna do the mother of all intros.
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I'm going to leap off of this roof, down and through
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the hall, right onto the set of Callaway Live.
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So pretty much exactly what Lady Gaga did
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at the Super Bowl.
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No no no no.
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She was in a stadium.
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I am talking about our set from right here on the roof.
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Just trust me, it's gonna be great.
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All right.
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Harry, Harry, wait, we don't have a retractable roof,
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or a zipline.
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(thudding)
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Harry?
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(vacuuming)
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[Harry] Live show, no script.
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What could possibly go wrong?
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(upbeat electronic music)
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Hey, hey!
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(cheering and applauding)
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Wow, look at this.
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How's everybody doin'?
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Hey, guys, good to see you.
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Something's very different.
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I can't figure out what's different.
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I think I did, Pete is not wearing
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a black sweater, no, he is!
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Welcome to Callaway Live.
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This is season three, and we're obviously in
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the brand-new Callaway Live theater.
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No, please, sit down.
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Everyone sit down.
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And as you guys remember, the original, the O.G.
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Callaway Live set we stole from a trade show.
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We got in trouble for that, so we had to return it.
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The new Callaway Live set as you guys see here
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in the Callaway Live theater
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we stole from a different trade show.
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Here we are, and we're back for season three.
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We got renewed by the executives upstairs
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of Callaway Media Productions,
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and it should be another great season.
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If you think of all the guests we've had
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on Callaway Live, from business leaders to tour players
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to entertainers to people from the media,
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this season is gonna be much the same.
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So, we couldn't think of anyone better
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to have as our kick-off guest on the opener
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of Callaway Live for season three.
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Think of these accomplishments.
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U.S. Open winner, FedEx Cup champion,
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he is the new Ryder Cup captain for 2018.
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He's the Payne Stewart Award winner.
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He's won the FedEx Cup,
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which I think I already mentioned that.
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Please welcome, it was so good, I mentioned it twice.
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Please welcome to Callaway Live, Jim Furyk.
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(applauding and cheering)
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There it is, alright, it's Jim Furyk.
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How are ya?
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Good, how ya doin'?
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Good to see ya.
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Right here?
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Jim Furyk.
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Thank you.
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This is a hometown crowd, I told ya.
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Jim was in the back, he's like,
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Are they gonna be a hostile crowd?
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I'm like, No, not till you get to Le Golf du National
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in Paris in a couple of years.
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Of all the accomplishments I just mentioned,
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what's the one that sticks out to you
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when people talk about your career
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that is the first thing that pops into your head?
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That's a good question.
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Right now, it's Ryder Cup captain.
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That's what I'm enjoying the most right now.
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But last year was a wonderful year.
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It didn't start off so good.
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Wrist surgery in February, didn't come back till May.
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Almost won in my home state U.S. Open, finished second.
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58 later in the season, Payne Stewart Award,
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which was an honor.
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And then, I found out in December that
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I was gonna be the next Ryder Cup captain
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and couldn't be more excited.
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It was a wonderful year.
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But right now, my focus is on the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.
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Right now, I wanted to do that my entire career,
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I wanted to be named captain, it's here,
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and I couldn't be more excited.
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When did it pop into your head,
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I mean, you played in nine of these things,
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so it's not like this is your first rodeo here.
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But when did it come to you through all of your time
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playing in those that being a captain
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would be something you would wanna do?
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Maybe the fourth or fifth one where you start.
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I played nine Ryder Cups, so about number four or five.
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I started playing for my idols, people I looked up to,
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Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange.
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And then, it started to go into guys
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that I played a lot with, the Hal Suttons,
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Tom Lehmans, Paul Asingers.
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And then, it became my close contemporaries and friends,
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the Davis Loves of the world.
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So, I went, Wow, it's kinda gettin' there.
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But when you start playing for the folks
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that I played a lot of golf with on tour and against,
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it was an honor.
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It was folks that I really looked up to,
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that meant a lot to me in the game,
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and playing on one of those teams is an honor.
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But to get to be the captain and lead 12 players
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is just extraordinary.
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I have a lot of help with our committee,
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with PGA of America, and of course, with Tabitha.
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She's gonna play a huge role in the event,
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and I'm looking forward to it.
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Well, now you gotta play with so many young guys.
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You're buying beer for 'em, probably,
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out on the tour, and now you have
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to pick one of them for your team.
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Now you're one of the older guys
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that these guys are gonna look up to.
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Do you feel a sense of that history, of that continuum
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of captain to player as you go along?
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I do, I do, and one of the reasons
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I was really hoping to get this opportunity
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really for 2018 is I'll be 48 years old.
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I'm still playing on the PGA Tour full-time.
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I feel like I'm relevant, I'm still competing.
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I know the players very well that have
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played on the teams for the last three or four,
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and for some of the younger players
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who are gonna qualify and make this next team,
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I have the opportunity to go play with them.
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Play practice rounds, get to know 'em,
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talk to some of the younger players
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like Jordan and Ricky and Brooks
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who have played on a Ryder Cup team,
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and I can use-- I don't know
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any of those guys, who are they again now?
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Don't think there's any Callaway players.
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They sound familiar.
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I get to hang out with them and ask,
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get to know the Justin Thomases of the world,
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get to know some of the younger players.
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I wanted to be out there on tour,
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I wanted to be a full-time player
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when I got the opportunity because
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I wanted to have that close relationship with the team.
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And does it start immediately?
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I mean, now every press conference
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you're getting asked about stuff
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and players asked about stuff?
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Well, almost every time I get an interview,
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a little bit of it's gonna be on the Ryder Cup.
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My first event was the AT&T at Pebble Beach last week.
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We, the PGA of America and I,
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held a press conference to announce the points system
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to make the 2018 team,
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the timing of it, and also the captain's picks.
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Started right out of the chute.
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Basically my first day at school was Wednesday last week,
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and already had a press conference
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to talk about the Ryder Cup, so it's something I expect
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I'm gonna get a lot of question about.
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Hopefully all positive, and I look forward to it.
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I mean, as I said, it's something I've always wanted to do,
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and it's a lot of work, but I don't look at it as work.
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It's fun because it's my favorite event,
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and one I've enjoyed my entire career.
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How did that go down when you found out
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that you were the captain?
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Did they give you a little scare appointment or anything?
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Like, Hey, you know, we looked at a lot of guys,
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and unfortunately, we were looking for someone
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with a little more experience than nine,
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and so we, I mean, how did that go down?
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That woulda left Phil, actually.
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Yeah, exactly.
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He's the only one that has more.
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I knew the Ryder Cup committee was meeting.
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I assumed that, this was in about mid-December,
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I assumed that they needed to make a decision pretty soon
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on who the next captain would be.
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That week I received a call.
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It came from Pete Bevacqua's office,
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and it was Paul Levy on the other end of the phone
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who's the president of the PGA of America.
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And Paul cut to the chase very quickly
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and wanted to let me know they had a meeting,
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they talked about it, they felt that I was
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the best candidate and wanted to offer me the job
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to be the next captain of the Ryder Cup.
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And of course, that took me all of about
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a tenth of a second to answer, I can't wait.
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I was just so excited.
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It was a hard secret.
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We didn't have the press conference
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until, I think, January 11th or 12th,
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so I had to sit on that news for a month.
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Which at first, I was really disappointed,
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'cause it's really hard not tell your close friends
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that you're gonna be the next Ryder Cup captain.
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But in hindsight, it gave me some time to think.
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I had some decisions to make, and it allowed me
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to kinda calm myself down and get used to that news,
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and I think it helped me during the press conference.
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And like drivin' to dinner and stuff with your family,
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you couldn't even pull the old,
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you know, the captain gets to decide where we eat tonight.
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You had to wait a full month for that.
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Honestly, Tab and the kids, my parents knew,
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but I had some close friends that looked at me and said,
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When did you find out?
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And you know, Well, a month ago.
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They just said, Are you kidding me?
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I wasn't on the shortlist to know?
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Nobody was on the shortlist.
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Just didn't want the secret to get out.
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Who will you lean on inside and outside of golf
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just for help and advice on all the things
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that you're gonna have to do over the next 18 months?
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I've got an incredible background right off the bat
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with the Ryder Cup committee,
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so that consists of Tiger, Phil, and Davis.
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I've got also--
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But aren't you worried they be opinionated
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and give you opinions with Phil?
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I mean, it feels like he'll be kinda quiet about it.
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Do you think Phil's opinionated?
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(chuckling)
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They've been a part of it for so long.
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So no, not at all.
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I really feel like we all have an open mind,
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and we want what's best for the Ryder Cup team.
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Also a part of the Ryder Cup committee
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is Pete Bevacqua, the CEO, Paul Levy and Suzy Whaley,
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the president and vice president of PGA of America.
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I've got a wonderful team there.
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Tabitha is gonna play a huge role.
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The wives, the girlfriends, we are one huge family.
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And these guys lean on their wives and their families
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year in and year out, so in this event,
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they're gonna do the same thing.
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We want Tabitha and the gals to really
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feel a part of the event.
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But I don't lean on my normal team.
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My father, Dr. Bob Rotella, and honestly,
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Davis Love was our past captain.
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I've already named him as
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my first choice as vice captain.
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He was our captain 2012, 2016.
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He did a wonderful job of redirecting the ship
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and moving us in the right direction.
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I'm gonna lean on him heavily because of his experience.
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Mike Tomlin gonna get a call in any of this?
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You know, I don't know.
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I really haven't thought about the outside yet
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as far as folks from maybe outside the world of golf.
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We had Michael Phelps and Mike Eruzione,
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we had folks visit our team room
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and talk to the players about what it meant to them
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to represent their country and things that they drew from.
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It was just inspirational to have Michael Phelps
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come speak to the team,
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the most decorated Olympian of all time
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and a huge golf fan, was a great treat.
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So, we'll try to draw some folks in.
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But it can't feel contrived, it can't be forced,
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it has to be natural, and I think it was an Olympic year,
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and Michael's a great person, loves golf,
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and again, with the Olympic year,
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the most decorated athlete, I think everyone
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was hanging on his every word in that team room
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to see what he'd want to talk about.
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Well, we were testing a little bit of
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your time management today, and Jim mentioned
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that he's doing all of these different things,
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and we brought him in and we said,
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Well, we have one more for you while you're here.
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If you don't mind, we're a little short-staffed,
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and part of what you're gonna encounter
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obviously as a captain is you're gonna have
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to plug holes where you can.
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We asked Jim if he wouldn't mind going upstairs
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and plugging in one of our holes
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that we had upstairs this morning
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with someone not showing up in customer service.
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Jim showed up to answer some calls for us
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up at customer service.
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Let's take a look at how that went down.
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[Director] And action.
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We gotta wait for a call, though.
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(cheerful keyboard music)
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(phone beeping)
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Callaway Customer Service, this is Jim Furyk speaking.
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How can I help you today?
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[Man] Wow, how about that?
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You're Jim Furyk, huh?
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Is this the real Jim Furyk?
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This is the real Jim Furyk.
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Just wanted to let you know
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you're speaking with Jim Furyk right now.
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Shot a 58, only guy in PGA Tour history to do that.
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[Caller] This is very exciting, then.
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(laughing)
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What are you, moonlighting or?
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Well, this job at Callway's tough, man.
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I mean, you get to play the equipment, wear the logos,
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but they put you to work in the mornings.
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What golf ball do you play?
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[Caller] Comsoft.
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Oh, Comsoft, great, me too.
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Have you ever shot a 58 with it?
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[Caller] Not on 18 holes, no.
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Not on 18 holes.
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Has anyone ever shot a 58 with any other ball?
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[Caller] No one else.
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On the PGA Tour?
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[Caller] Other than Jim Furyk.
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[Randy] Jim, it's good to hear from you.
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This is Randy from Fried Eggs Golf.
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Are you excited to talk to me?
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I am, I'm curious do you have a 58 rap?
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I'm kinda a little hurt to be honest with ya.
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[Randy] When Jim tells you make a rap video,
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you gotta do it, right?
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Well, you know, yeah, I think so.
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I think so, you don't have to.
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I guess you could just ignore me and push me aside.
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(Randy laughing)
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[Randy] Alright, Jim, thanks for having me, man.
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Good talkin' to ya.
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Good talking to you.
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(applauding)
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Alright, welcome back to Callway Live.
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Harry Arnett.
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Look who's joined us, Amanda Balionis
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and Jim Furyk. You thought
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you could get rid of me.
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No, absolutely not.
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I'm back.
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We're here to help you.
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We want you to know that as you go through this next
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18 months that your whole Callaway family is here to help.
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Okay.
14:02
Amanda had some great ideas, I think,
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that are gonna help with one of the biggest things,
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I'm guessing is probably on Jim's mind
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leading into the Ryder Cup.
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The scripting, right?
14:11
Here's the thing, Tabitha is going to do
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a knock-out job with the women's scripting,
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making sure all the women.
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She has unbelievable fashion sense.
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Right.
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But I felt like maybe I could help you a little bit.
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All right.
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Yeah?
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You open to it? I need help with
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my fashion sense?
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Well, I'm not really saying that,
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but I'm maybe saying that a little bit.
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Maybe let's just see if I can help.
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Okay, alright, so let's take a look at some ideas right now.
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Ooo, very classic.
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Okay, so if you can remember,
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you used to have this very caffeinated type
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sponsor that was all over you.
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Yeah, 5-hour Energy.
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I did.
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Yeah, it was literally everywhere.
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So, we're thinking what if we do
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that kind of large, in-your-face logo,
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but saying U.S.A. literally everywhere?
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Got it, I like it.
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Everywhere, just badges, patches.
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It's amazing how much red, white, and blue I've worn
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since January 12th, and how often I have
15:01
a Ryder Cup sweater on just walking around town.
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I'm enjoying it.
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So, it could be lending itself.
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Hey, look at that.
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I like that.
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Alright, so Jim is open to this one.
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5-hour Energy type feel,
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just with U.S.A. You'll go crazy
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with the logos, I love it. Crazy with the logos.
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Let's what our next idea was, I can't quite remember.
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Oh, yeah yeah yeah.
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Okay, so, first of all, we'd love everyone
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to have this kind of face on.
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That was post-58.
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Yeah, right, well who can blame?
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Everyone knows that face, that reaction, right?
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But how good would it look if maybe we did no hats,
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like Ollie Schniederjans?
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Hat-free. There we go.
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Hat-free, there's a young gun for you
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that could make it onto the team.
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Yeah, and if you'll remember,
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a lot of guys didn't wear hats on both sides
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because they simply didn't fit them.
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Is that right?
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Maybe we go no hat.
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How big does your head have to be if the hat won't fit?
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I don't know, maybe they were just lying.
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Like Charlie Rymer big, kinda.
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You think maybe like Charlie Rymber big.
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But we were thinking maybe if everyone could just wear wigs.
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I might need a wig.
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Well here, you may need a wig?
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What do you think?
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There we go.
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Pretty good, the Ollie hair.
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I was kind of a blond, though.
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The Ollie hair, though, I think could work for you.
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Ollie doesn't wear a hat?
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He does not wear a hat.
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You know what, if he's on the team,
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he doesn't have to wear a hat.
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We want confidence. There we go,
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if it's good enough for Ollie,
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it's good enough for everyone else, right?
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Wear whatever they want.
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Okay, they can wear whatever.
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God, you're gonna be a great captain.
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Hat-wise, yeah, absolutely.
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They don't wear a hat, don't wear a hat.
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Here's another, we just really like your reaction faces,
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so we just--
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You got a lot of teeth in these pictures
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is what I'm noticing.
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We keep pooling from, this is kind of our inspirational.
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If we happen to win the Ryder Cup,
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you will see that look again right there.
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Okay, that's good, that's something we'll look forward to.
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Get the cameras ready.
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How about something like this?
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This is what we were thinking coming up next.
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Oh my.
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Really almost like Fourth of July.
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I like it.
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Double-wide trailer type celebration.
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That'd be like if Woody Austin
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had a clothing line, that's what
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it would look like. I was all on board
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on your fashion sense until this picture.
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Until this one.
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We're falling off a little bit here.
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I'm scared for the next one, to be honest with you.
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(laughing)
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Well, lucky for you, that's it.
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That's all we got so far.
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But really, I think the trucker hat thing
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could really be a conversation starter.
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We could do it, we have a lot of young players
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that like that flat brim, big bill.
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Yeah, trucker hats, and just really obnoxious polos.
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I don't know about the,
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maybe just the stars on the sleeve.
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Let's tone it down a little bit.
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Just the stars, okay.
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You know how I know you're gonna be a great captain?
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You're willing to work together
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to come to find a happy medium right now.
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I'm eventually gonna say no,
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but I'm just trying to work it in there.
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I'm easy in the end.
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Okay, that's fair enough as well.
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We appreciate you at no point saying,
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You guys suck, stop doing this.
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Right.
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I liked a lot of it.
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That last one I didn't like.
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Last one, no.
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But maybe the wig.
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The Ollie hair.
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I thought you rocked that beautifully.
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Well, there are actually, we've had some props
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in team rooms, and picture windows,
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and there's a couple pictures out there
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of me in a wig, actually.
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Can we see those?
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If you bribe enough players, you might.
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Okay, mission, challenge accepted, Jim
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for the next time you're on Callaway Live.
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Let's step back to the chair here
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in case we get down that path a little bit more.
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Okay, I'll just be here. Who's gonna help ya,
18:04
who actually, is that a big deal on the?
18:06
I'm sure with all of the players you have,
18:08
that's one of the ones that seems to always come up
18:10
about what are the guys gonna wear?
18:12
Well, Polo RLX has signed an exclusive deal
18:15
with the PGA of America.
18:16
They are the official supplier,
18:18
clothing supplier of the Ryder Cup.
18:21
It's all taken care of.
18:22
They have a gal there at the PGA of America
18:23
that handles that account.
18:25
I've got plenty of help, a huge team at Polo RLX
18:28
to outfit the players, and I think that's something
18:31
we're gonna start this fall
18:34
kinda looking at early sketches, ideas for uniforms,
18:37
and apparently I have a little say in it,
18:40
which is kinda nice.
18:41
I'm not sure how much say, but for me,
18:44
it's a lot function.
18:45
I'm lookin' for clothing, outerwear
18:48
that's functional to play golf in.
18:51
Polo obviously wants it to be functional,
18:53
and they're a stylish company,
18:54
and we're headed to France, of course, in Paris.
18:57
You must, you must.
18:57
You wanna look somewhat stylish in France,
19:00
otherwise, we don't wanna be outdone by the European.
19:03
How often will you go over there and take a look at
19:06
that facility and the golf course
19:07
between now and when the event starts?
19:09
In October, we have a big promotion
19:11
they call One Year Out.
19:12
It's one year away from the Ryder Cup,
19:14
Thomas and I will do media for a couple of days, dinners,
19:18
and really just a big promotion,
19:20
and France, the whole country is looking to blow this out.
19:24
They are so excited to have the Ryder Cup.
19:26
It's only the second time it's been out of
19:29
Great Britain and Ireland.
19:30
'97 at Valderrama was the last,
19:32
so they're excited, and the French have a flair.
19:36
They want this One Year Out to be a huge celebration.
19:40
That'll be possibly the first time,
19:42
I'll try to probably get by the Golf National
19:46
both this year and next year around the British Open,
19:51
and we'll see.
19:52
I'd like to make at least two site visits,
19:54
hopefully three, before we get there in the Ryder Cup.
19:56
Is there something in the back of your mind,
19:58
I know you're gonna get asked this a lot,
20:00
that has you thinking, What if I qualified for this team?
20:04
Anything in the back of that mind of yours, Jim?
20:08
Anything.
20:09
It was talked about-- Be honest.
20:10
Be honest. I get asked about it a lot,
20:13
so it's impossible not to think about.
20:16
I was asked going in as far as my age and captaincy,
20:21
did I feel like this was the right time?
20:23
Did I feel I was too young?
20:24
Did I feel like I had a chance to qualify for the next team?
20:26
And again, we talked about earlier,
20:28
I really wanted the job at age 46 to 48
20:32
because I know the players, and I wanted that relationship.
20:38
I think our committee believes that it could be done,
20:41
that a captain could play on a team.
20:43
Of course, you'd have to qualify.
20:44
I couldn't finish ninth in points and pick myself.
20:47
That would be a total no-no as a captain's pick.
20:50
Be a heck of a press conference.
20:51
For my first pick, I take myself.
20:53
(laughing)
20:54
I don't think that'd go over very well.
20:56
That won't ever happen.
21:00
I think next year what I really have to come to realize is
21:02
if I play well, if I'm anywhere near
21:05
in the top 20 in the points at any time,
21:08
that question's gonna come up
21:10
each and every week I play.
21:14
My focus right now, my focus next year first and foremost
21:17
is gonna be to be a captain,
21:21
to do the best job I possibly can.
21:22
I have a huge responsibility in leading our team,
21:25
and I take that responsibility very seriously.
21:29
First and foremost, I'm a captain.
21:31
If we got into that situation, I think it could be done.
21:35
It would definitely change the atmosphere a little bit
21:36
of the way my vice captains were put into place,
21:41
but right now,
21:45
I have about 102 other things to think about in the process,
21:49
and I'm gonna focus on things as they come in order.
21:52
But captain for me is most important.
21:54
Another western Pennsylvania guy was the last
21:56
to do it in 1963, Arnold Palmer.
21:58
That's right.
21:59
The king, in 1963, you're right.
22:02
And if he's the last one to ever be a playing captain,
22:05
I think it'd be very fitting.
22:06
Well, we're the same age, so I just wanna
22:08
remind you how young you are.
22:09
This could be your 10th, and then 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
22:13
as we go down the line.
22:15
So, I'm not gonna rule you out,
22:16
and I don't think you guys should either.
22:18
You're the only, there's no one I play against on the Tour
22:20
that reminds me how young I am.
22:22
(laughing)
22:23
That's what the show's for.
22:25
Thanks for bein' here.
22:26
Thank you, I appreciate you
22:27
for having me. We really appreciate it.
22:27
That's Jim Furyk, 2018 Ryder Cup champion.
22:31
See what I did there?
22:32
I did.
22:33
Put the gauntlet down right there.
22:34
There you go.
22:35
Thanks for watching, everybody.
22:36
We'll see you next time on Callaway Live.
22:38
(applauding)
22:41
Alright, it is post-round
22:42
interview time with Jim Furyk,
22:44
and you said you prefer the nickname Captain right now,
22:46
out of all the things we could be calling you, it's Cap.
22:49
I do, yeah.
22:50
You like that.
22:50
Absolutely.
22:51
My very first question, though, is
22:52
is it like a presidency?
22:53
Will you always be Captain Furyk, then?
22:55
No, 'cause someone will follow right in behind.
22:58
I guess, I betcha half the team still calls Davis captain.
23:01
That's what I'm saying.
23:02
So, it could be a title that just continues,
23:04
only if you win, though, no pressure.
23:06
People probably forget that. That's a good point.
23:07
If you don't win, they probably, just be Jim again.
23:10
First time on Callaway Live,
23:12
I'd love to hear as a captain, as a leader,
23:15
we take constructive criticism very well here.
23:17
First of all, what do you think of the new set?
23:19
I like it, I like it.
23:20
Now, we did have to shift our way around the table.
23:22
We had Harry over here somewhere.
23:24
Yeah.
23:25
So maybe the TV has to be a touch higher.
23:27
Okay, okay.
23:28
So you can kinda sit behind the,
23:31
there's a lot of desks and tables in here.
23:33
There's a lot of...
23:34
Are you more into open spaces?
23:35
There's a big bar in the green room back there.
23:37
Well, we like our alcohol here at Callaway.
23:39
Your green room actually is phenomenal, I'll say.
23:41
There's nothing needs to be done back there.
23:43
It's phenomenal.
23:44
Harry, probably needs a little bit more,
23:47
you know, he just kinda comes out a little dead.
23:49
I think a little more excitement, a little,
23:51
you know. Wow, more energy.
23:52
Yeah, he's only about a foot off the ground.
23:54
Maybe two feet would be perfect.
23:55
I was gonna say, what kind of questions were you expecting
23:58
from Harry, and do you think it was
24:00
hard-hitting enough, that interview?
24:04
He told me it was gonna be light.
24:06
I thought that this was a little bit more serious.
24:09
We had the live studio audience.
24:11
Yes, we do, hello, live studio audience.
24:13
And I like the live, but live for tape.
24:14
Yes.
24:14
Which is two weeks down the road.
24:18
I expected a couple more stick me in the corner
24:21
and make me squirm a little bit, I really did.
24:23
It was kind of just throw it up there
24:25
and let me hit the lobs over the net.
24:26
I was expecting a couple tougher questions.
24:29
Can I ask you some tougher questions?
24:31
This is actually pretty much on the fly,
24:32
can't really think of any really tough ones right now.
24:34
What's the number one thing you know
24:36
you will not do as a president, or as,
24:38
a president, now that's what I'm calling you.
24:39
As the captain. As a president.
24:41
Well, as president.
24:42
We are staying far away from presidential.
24:43
I probably wouldn't go visit Moscow for the first thing
24:46
as a president, just to let things tone down a bit.
24:49
I asked for that, I asked for this.
24:51
I probably wouldn't give you one of those
24:52
right off the bat.
24:54
I'd probably go in a little smoother.
24:55
(laughing)
24:58
What won't I do as captain?
25:00
You played on nine Ryder Cup teams.
25:01
You were a vice captain, you had to have seen something
25:05
that you were like, Nope, I will never make that mistake.
25:09
I haven't seen a lot of mistakes.
25:11
I mean, that would be like criticizing
25:12
the past captains I've played for,
25:14
and I love each and every one of them to death.
25:17
I'll say the one thing you can't do as a captain,
25:20
you just can't do, like, I'm not a ra-ra,
25:24
pumpin' fist, loud voices,
25:26
go get 'em, smack 'em in the rear end.
25:28
If I did that, these 12 guys on the team
25:31
would look at me and say,
25:32
Who in the heck are you?
25:33
I mean, where'd you come from?
25:34
You have to be a captain in your own personality,
25:37
so I want symmetry from the last teams,
25:39
but it's gotta be me up there.
25:41
Just being yourself.
25:42
I'm somewhat quiet, soft-spoken.
25:44
I'm gonna try to outwork the next guy
25:46
and be an example, and so,
25:49
being that person is you have to be yourself.
25:52
You can't step out of that.
25:53
And how are you gonna be able to handle
25:56
the fact, you've mentioned a couple times,
25:57
you know that you're gonna be asked about the Ryder Cup.
26:00
Yep.
26:01
Pretty much everyday
26:02
from here on out. That's the hardest
26:03
question of the day.
26:03
I mean, every day that I get this about
26:05
being a playing captain, it's the hardest question,
26:08
so if you want to back me up and see me squirm,
26:10
it would be that question.
26:11
Okay, and we did that.
26:12
Yeah, you did.
26:14
So, on the fly, you hit the hardest question I get.
26:17
It'd be very difficult to be a playing captain.
26:20
Our committee thinks it's possible.
26:23
One of the reasons why is we have so many vice captains.
26:25
I have four to five, and I have a guy that,
26:27
Davis Love is my vice captain,
26:29
who's been the captain in '12 and '16.
26:32
I'm really, if I were to be dead honest,
26:34
I'm not lying, I got asked the question a lot,
26:36
what's more important, being the captain
26:38
or trying to play on the team?
26:39
And I'm lookin' at the person like, really?
26:41
Being the captain, I mean, it's such an honor
26:43
and such a huge responsibility,
26:45
and you have 12 guys relying on you,
26:47
and I take that seriously, so I'm really,
26:50
really focused on being the captain of this team.
26:53
If I could keep my game in shape,
26:55
and if I could play at a high level next year,
26:58
and do that in only about 18 events, 20 events,
27:01
then that conversation comes around.
27:03
But it's the farthest, I'm gettin' better at answering this
27:07
as I go actually. You are.
27:07
I think we're working through something
27:09
right now together. I am, I am.
27:10
Thanks. You're welcome.
27:11
The more I do it, the better I get at.
27:13
I'm the captain. Well, also,
27:14
I don't know how to tell you this,
27:15
but I think maybe the committee was doing
27:16
what you did to me earlier, telling me I had a chance
27:20
at maybe making an impact with the wardrobe,
27:22
but in their minds, they're like,
27:23
We're just gonna tell him down the road, no.
27:24
We just need him to focus.
27:26
I'm anxious to see how much say I have.
27:29
Obviously, Polo RLX, I mean,
27:31
this is a fashion-based company.
27:33
It is.
27:34
You look at me, I'm, you know,
27:36
probably not the worst dressed guy on tour,
27:37
but I'm also not out there in orange outfits
27:40
like Rickie Fowler either.
27:42
I don't know if that means,
27:43
I don't know if that means best.
27:44
I understand, so I'm anxious to see
27:46
what insight, what I get to put forth.
27:50
Obviously, Polo has their name on it,
27:53
PGA of America wants to sell a lot of that apparel,
27:58
and I want it to look nice, too.
28:00
I mean, we're going to Paris.
28:01
I want these guys to look sharp.
28:02
Absolutely.
28:03
Alright, well, we're gonna
28:04
wrap this up. Look good, play good, right?
28:05
Look good, play good, yes.
28:06
But I think you and I should call them right after this,
28:08
right now and talk to them about the trucker hats.
28:09
What do you think?
28:10
Trucker hats, well, that's a whole other company.
28:12
That goes away from Polo, so I'm sure.
28:14
Oh god, this is already too complicated for me.
28:15
Yeah, we have a hat supplier as well.
28:17
Alright, we're gonna figure all of that out.
28:19
Thank you so much for joining us.
28:20
Thank you.
28:21
We loved having you, and good luck the rest of the season.
28:23
Appreciate it, thanks a lot.
28:24
Thanks for having me.
28:27
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