Why Golf: Series Premiere

Skateboarding champion Ryan Sheckler, King of Supercross Jeremy McGrath and pro surfer Evan Geiselman join PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler and host Kelley James for a fun-filled round at TPC Scottsdale the day the Waste Management Phoenix Open begins.

Released on 3/31/2015

Credits

Starring: Kelley James
Featuring: PGA Tour Pro Rickie Fowler, Pro Skateboarder/MTV Star Ryan Sheckler, "King Of Supercross" Jeremy McGrath, and Pro Surfer Evan Geiselman
Director: Kemp Curley
Executive Producer: Rickie Fowler, Steve Astephen, and Kelley James
Producer: Peter King Hunsinger and Craig Bestrom
Composer: Music Supervisor: Bren James

In association with Wasserman Media Group

Transcript

00:00
(light guitar music)
00:00
As a musician we don't wake up early for much,
00:03
but this is a special day.
00:04
We're flying from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona
00:07
to meet up with our boy, Rickie Fowler.
00:09
He got us exclusive access to the course,
00:11
the day before tournament week.
00:13
And invited a couple of our sports buddies to join us.
00:16
We're gonna hang out with them on the driving range,
00:18
play number 16 and understand the relationship
00:20
between their sports and golf.
00:22
(lighthearted music)
00:23
Can't wait.
00:24
(thwack)
00:27
For as long as I can remember,
00:29
golf's had a place in my life.
00:30
Not that I was ever interested in playing the game.
00:33
I prefer playin' guitar.
00:35
But that all changed four, five years ago
00:37
when I met a bunch of great guys on the PGA Tour.
00:40
That's when I realized, I've gotta start playin' golf.
00:43
What I later discovered is that an overwhelming amount
00:45
of athletes, actors and musicians spend a ton of time
00:48
on the course.
00:49
Why golf, you ask?
00:52
Well, we're here to find out.
00:55
We're here at TPC Scottsdale.
00:56
(light rock music)
00:58
With four incredible athletes.
01:00
Ryan Sheckler, pro skateboarder, champion across the board.
01:03
You remember when you hit your first golf shot?
01:06
I do actually.
01:07
I was like three years old and we had this
01:08
driving range off the back of our house.
01:10
And I had a little baby driver
01:11
and we'd just drive balls all day long.
01:14
[Kelley] The King of Supercross himself,
01:15
Mr. Jeremy McGrath.
01:18
Did you actually think you'd be able to play
01:19
the course before the week?
01:21
No, this is one of those bucket list dream date things.
01:24
[Kelley] Our new friend, pro surfer, Evan Geiselman.
01:27
Been playing golf for four years and you're a six handicap.
01:30
How do you do that?
01:31
Last year I played a lot of golf.
01:33
And the man who really needs no introduction,
01:34
we're here with our good friend,
01:36
Mr. Rickie Fowler.
01:37
What's special at today?
01:38
Well it's not every day where you get guys
01:40
on a golf course.
01:41
Jeremy, dirt.
01:43
Sheck, concrete.
01:44
And Evan in the water.
01:45
So we got a little bit of everything combined.
01:47
This is gonna be an amazing day.
01:48
We have a superhero cast out here.
01:50
My name is Kelley James.
01:51
This is Why Golf.
01:52
(rock music)
01:53
Alright boys, here we go.
01:55
Well we know you can't play golf without a bet.
01:57
What're we doin'?
01:57
What's fair?
01:58
We go carts, I'm riding with MC.
02:00
We'll stick these two knuckleheads together.
02:01
We're straight up here.
02:02
I'm gonna let these guys stay up here.
02:04
I'm gonna cruise on back to the men's tees.
02:06
Oh gotcha.
02:07
We'll settle it from there.
02:08
Just wanna play match play?
02:09
Match play, best ball.
02:10
Best ball.
02:11
Well, feel like, MC and Sheck, they'll play even.
02:13
So we'll give 'em two shots?
02:16
Take two, as well.
02:18
You can't take two.
02:19
(laughs)
02:20
We'll get you one, we'll get you one.
02:20
Okay, perfect.
02:21
Alright, two two one, full pop.
02:23
Here we go.
02:24
Fowler's got confidence.
02:25
Alright, so what's the bet?
02:26
The usual.
02:27
Yeah, the usual.
02:28
Dollar.
02:29
Dollar (laughs).
02:30
That's perfect.
02:31
Let's get this thing going, time to tee it up.
02:33
Whoo! Let's do it.
02:33
(indie music)
02:37
(thwack)
02:41
This is so sick, man.
02:42
(clap)
02:44
(thwack)
02:46
(cheers)
02:46
[Man] Whoo, look at this!
02:48
[Man] Fairway.
02:49
[Ryan] Here teammate.
02:51
(indie music)
02:54
Team Surf Skate.
02:56
(indie music)
02:58
(thwack)
02:59
(indie music)
03:04
[Kelley] To you, what part of action sports,
03:06
specifically motorcross, drew you in?
03:07
Well deep down, I'm an adrenaline junkie.
03:10
I love it.
03:11
You know, my dad, gettin' me involved in Moto
03:13
and doin' that and ridin' my whole life.
03:15
That's my deep connection for action sports.
03:18
I just enjoy anything that gets, you know,
03:20
the heart rate up and gets that blood pumping.
03:23
Rickie's in a little tough lie right here.
03:25
The biggest problem for Fowler right here
03:26
is he doesn't know how to rake his own sand tracks.
03:28
(laughs)
03:31
Speaking of that little adrenaline spike,
03:33
you got a little chip you needta convert on here.
03:35
And our boy Evan just hit it real close.
03:38
Alright, I got some work to do.
03:41
[Man] Ah that's insane.
03:43
(indie music)
03:49
(light guitar music)
03:53
(thwack)
03:54
What's your favorite part about golf
03:56
and how it relates to the competitive side?
03:59
I think it has a lot of the same characteristics.
04:01
You have to focus for hours and hours
04:03
and you havta be on point, every shot.
04:06
(thwack)
04:07
(light guitar music)
04:08
The patience.
04:09
It teaches me how to be patient.
04:11
(light guitar music)
04:12
In the water.
04:13
We'll be alright.
04:14
(light guitar music)
04:16
Just the mental, mental fact for me.
04:18
And I think some of those characteristics
04:19
were exactly like Moto.
04:20
It's a commitment to me.
04:22
I love a challenge and it challenges me a lot.
04:24
And I love it.
04:25
It's so fun.
04:26
(light guitar music)
04:29
[Man] That's it.
04:29
That's two.
04:30
[Evan] Wow, that was.
04:32
Okay, new bet.
04:33
It's about birdies, son. (clap)
04:34
[Rickie] What're we feelin'?
04:35
[Evan] Feelin' a little switch grip.
04:36
Ya want me to go cross handed?
04:37
Yeah cross handed.
04:39
(light rock music)
04:41
(thwack)
04:42
(laughs)
04:45
[Ryan] That was smoke, right there.
04:46
(clap)
04:47
How far do you think that was?
04:48
[Evan] That was so sick.
04:49
[Rickie] Ah, 280, 290.
04:51
[Kelley] Yeah, that thing was penetrated.
04:53
(laughs)
04:55
You got Mr. Switchgrip just intimidating everybody.
04:57
How inspiring is it to see someone as good as Fowler,
05:01
who just has that natural born gift
05:03
that he's worked at for so long to get to this level
05:05
that he's at.
05:06
Well, it's incredible watching someone
05:07
try to perfect, you know, their craft.
05:09
(thwack)
05:10
It's fun for us to be able to come out here
05:12
and play with Rickie, who is so good and so motivating,
05:16
it's just like it makes you wanna play so much better.
05:18
Watching Rickie golf, makes me wanna go skate.
05:20
(laughs)
05:21
Like I know you wanna go get barreled.
05:22
Yeah.
05:23
I know McGrath wants to do a knack knack somewhere.
05:25
(light rock music)
05:27
(thwack)
05:28
[Ryan] Aw, are you kidding me?
05:31
[Evan] Good shot Rickie.
05:32
[Ryan] That was sick.
05:34
When you go out with your homies,
05:35
and you're just gonna have fun like this?
05:36
This is what golf is about.
05:38
(light rock music)
05:39
Yeah, like he said.
05:40
If you have your friends out there,
05:41
and the everyone's just havin' a fun time,
05:42
feeding off one another.
05:43
So, that's how I like to approach it.
05:45
(light rock music)
05:49
(dramatic music)
05:52
[Ryan] I don't know,
05:53
for the tournaments that you compete in,
05:54
is this next hole, kinda one of the more fun ones,
05:57
when it's like live?
05:58
For me, yeah for sure.
05:59
It's one hole that's basically a stadium.
06:02
Sometimes it almost pumps you up too much
06:04
when you get like high-fives and stuff goin'.
06:06
You don't see anyone, it's just a dark tunnel.
06:08
(dramatic music)
06:10
(loud cheers)
06:14
And then walk through, and then you're just gettin'
06:16
ready to soak it up, 'cause there's no way that really
06:18
hide from it.
06:19
(guitar music)
06:24
♫ Yeah yeah yeah
06:25
♫ You only get one ball
06:27
♫ Thanks Fowler
06:28
♫ For makin' this call
06:29
♫ And then lettin' us be out here
06:31
♫ On this day
06:33
♫ So I could see one good golfer
06:34
♫ And three bad ones play
06:36
♫ Yeah yeah
06:37
♫ So here we go
06:38
♫ It's go time
06:39
(loud horn)
06:41
(cheers)
06:43
[Kelley] You hit it good.
06:45
[Rickie] Where'd the air horn come from?
06:46
I don't know but that one got me.
06:47
♫ Swing smooth 'cause--
06:48
(loud horn)
06:50
[Kelley] Straight in the hole, it could be in.
06:53
♫ Now this your--
06:54
(loud horn)
06:55
♫ Go and let it all burn
06:58
♫ 16 Fowler--
06:59
(loud horn)
07:03
♫ You're really close to Sheckler
07:05
♫ Hopefully on Saturday
07:07
♫ You don't have hecklers
07:08
♫ Like me
07:11
♫ A country boy on the 16th hole
07:14
♫ Even though Evan's like 12 years old
07:17
[Evan] There you go.
07:17
♫ You know how we do it
07:18
♫ You're just a kid
07:19
[Kelley Voiceover] Chip in, watch out Fowler!
07:21
Birdie, 16.
07:23
♫ So we all laugh, yeah you see
07:25
♫ Better than Sheckler, he's like
07:26
♫ Oh, I'm 33
07:28
♫ Or somethin' I don't know
07:29
Bogey, I'll take it. ♫ Yeah understand
07:31
♫ Fowler can beat you blind
07:32
♫ And with switchhand
07:33
[Evan] Alright Rickie.
07:34
♫ Sport
07:35
♫ Meets golf
07:36
(guitar music)
07:40
Boys, thanks so much for comin' out
07:42
and lettin' me be a part of it.
07:43
Yeah buddy.
07:44
I watch all of you do your respective sports,
07:46
and to me it really boils down to the mentality
07:48
and competitive spirit that y'all have.
07:49
I think that the mental component
07:51
is the part that sets all of you, you know,
07:53
just leaps beyond your competition.
07:55
You had mentioned something earlier, about handicaps,
07:58
and I think that's a great part about golf is that,
08:00
no matter your skill level, we can all play together.
08:02
It can really be a situation
08:04
where everybody has an equal chance.
08:05
Where if I surf with you,
08:07
I mean you're gonna blow me outta the water.
08:08
Every time, pardon the pun.
08:09
Literally.
08:10
Yeah (laughs).
08:11
Hey!
08:12
I think all of us as athletes, respect the golf thing
08:16
because it takes so long, because it's so difficult.
08:19
The focus level is a lot the same.
08:21
But it's mental, if you're mentally strong,
08:23
you can do anything.
08:24
[Jeremy] Brain power in golf is incredible.
08:27
Do you think right now, golf has a place to grow?
08:31
I think anything can use growth.
08:33
As far as with the game, where it's at,
08:35
it's reaching so many different people right now.
08:37
Sheck's out here, obviously a skater being involved
08:41
in action sports his whole life and loves to play golf.
08:44
I think that opens up to so many different people
08:46
to think, Okay if he's doin' it, maybe golf's cool.
08:50
I don't know man, it's a stress relief.
08:52
If I'm havin' a bad day, I can go out and sit for four hours
08:55
and just golf.
08:56
Well boys, thank you so much for comin' out,
08:58
really appreciate it.
08:59
Thanks so much for lettin' us do this.
09:01
You were a huge part in it.
09:02
And it was great to see all of you.
09:04
Cheers boys.
09:05
(chatter)
09:08
[Man] Salud.
09:09
(indie rock music)
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