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November 22, 2003

Tony Jacklin

Arnold Palmer


JIM KELLY: Welcome again, ladies and gentlemen. Day 3 of the USB Cup, Captains Jacklin and Palmer. We'll have the toss of the coin now and that will determine who will pick first and who will pick second and we'll get right to it. Tony, again, you being the Rest of the World and the visiting team, we'll let you call the toss of the coin.


JIM KELLY: Arnold will go first. Do you want to go second?


JIM KELLY: Arnold will go second. This just in.

ARNOLD PALMER: He said I had my choice, if I want.

JIM KELLY: It's been validated. Arnold will go second.

Sunday singles, Tony is up first. And the first match is obviously Tony and Arnold. The captains will lead off.

Match No. 2 at 9:10.


ARNOLD PALMER: Faldo in match two up against Curtis.

JIM KELLY: Curtis Strange, Nick Faldo, match two at 9:10.

Match 3 at 9:20.


JIM KELLY: Tom Watson up against ... Tony?

TONY JACKLIN: Montgomerie.

JIM KELLY: 9:20, match 3, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie.

Match four. Tony.


JIM KELLY: Bernhard Langer, 9:30 in match four up against.


JIM KELLY: Match four at 9:30 Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer.

Match five, Arnold.

ARNOLD PALMER: Bruce Lietzke.

JIM KELLY: Bruce Lietzke leads off in match five at 9:40, Tony, up against?


JIM KELLY: Lietzke and Lane at 9:40 in match 5.

Match 6 at 9:50. Tony with the first pick.

TONY JACKLIN: Let me write that down. You're going to quick for me. I can't spell Lietzke.

ARNOLD PALMER: Just like it sounds (laughter).


JIM KELLY: Des Smyth for the Rest of the World. And for the U.S., Arnold?

ARNOLD PALMER: Craig Stadler.

JIM KELLY: Craig Stadler at 9:50 against Des Smyth in Match No. 6.

Match 7 at 10:05. First pick, Arnold.


JIM KELLY: Mark O'Meara for the United States. Tony, for the Rest of the World.


JIM KELLY: Ian Woosnam. Match 7, O'Meara and Woosnam.

10:15, Match No. 8, Tony with the first pick.

TONY JACKLIN: Bill Longmuir.

JIM KELLY: Bill Longmuir for the Rest of the World up against Arnold?


JIM KELLY: Rocco Mediate, Bill Longmuir at 10:15 in match eight.

Match nine at 10:25. Arnold with then first pick.

ARNOLD PALMER: That will be Raymond Floyd.

JIM KELLY: Raymond Floyd for the United States up against ... Tony?

TONY JACKLIN: Roger Davis.

JIM KELLY: Roger Davis. Floyd, Davis, match number nine.

Match ten, 10:35. Tony?

TONY JACKLIN: How many have we got left? Three?



JIM KELLY: Carl Mason at 10:35 in match ten up against.


JIM KELLY: Brad Faxon and Mason, match number ten.

Match number eleven at 10:45. Arnold?

ARNOLD PALMER: It looks like Hal Sutton.

JIM KELLY: Hal Sutton at 10:45 for the U.S. And for the Rest of the World?

TONY JACKLIN: Who have you got left? I've run out of players.

ARNOLD PALMER: I gave you Hal Sutton and I only have one left and that's Scott Hoch. So I've given you two.

TONY JACKLIN: Vicente Fernandez.

JIM KELLY: Hal Sutton and Vicente Fernandez in match number eleven at 10:45. So Eduardo Romero and Scott Hoch will anchor it in match twelve at 10:35.

24 hours ago Arnold said he and Curtis would be the sacrificial lambs. The lambs played pretty well today, Captain.

ARNOLD PALMER: I just think that Curtis got upset because I called him sacrificial.

TONY JACKLIN: I never swallowed that anyway. Don't worry about it.

ARNOLD PALMER: He played very well, didn't he?

TONY JACKLIN: He played beautifully today. And he putted beautifully, which is what you have to do. He was strong. He was very strong. Arnold helped him out. The back nine, we might have changed the momentum in our game a little bit with the birdie we made on nine, but Arnold came back and birdied 10, after Nick was very, very close with his putt, couldn't have been closer. That got the momentum back to them and they never lost it after that. It was a one way street after that.

Q. The scoreboard after two rounds, did that enter into the strategy for the singles selections or could each of you maybe touch on your selection on the singles just a bit?

ARNOLD PALMER: Well, I mean, I've been getting reports from some of the boys how they played and how the opposition played. It didn't really sway me much. I tend to do these things, like the way I used to play golf when I played well, by feel. If I start looking too much into them, it just gets complicated. And at the end of the day, you know, you've got to go out there and do what you've got to do tomorrow. I just went by instinct on these from my end.

JIM KELLY: Arnold?

ARNOLD PALMER: I think that's pretty much it. I didn't try to stack anything either way. I did it by feel, very much. Some of the guys like different times to tee off, so I try to accommodate the field as to that. Obviously Tony has got his guys that are really strong at the last two spots. I suppose that's good. I don't know. As you say, you don't know how that's going to work out. But Fernandez and Romero, both, have played very well this week. There's no question about that. That might be a factor, it might not. Hal Sutton is working hard, he's playing pretty well, and Scott Hoch always plays well.

JIM KELLY: Questions from the floor, ladies and gentlemen?

Q. Tony, it's almost a reverse situation from yesterday. They were in a position today where they could have really run away with it. You had a couple of guys make some comeback - Longmuir and Mason, the last few holes putted pretty well there.

TONY JACKLIN: Yes. When Bill got off the 18th green with Mason, he said when it was all over he felt sorry for him because they were never in the lead. They were 3 down at one time. I mean, they played beautifully, two long putts from the left two greens to get out with a win, and that one was pretty sensational from our end. But then Brad Faxon made a heck of a four from behind the scoreboard on 18. I mean, that was I wouldn't say uncalled for, but it was pretty spectacular. I might be able to say it from my end, but it was a pretty spectacular way to make four.

At the end of the day, all of these situations every putt, it's easy to think when everybody is out there playing, you know, well, it's just another hole, but I promise you faithfully at the end of all the proceedings here this week, every single putt that has been made and been missed becomes important. You win some and you lose some. Looking at that scoreboard as it was earlier in the afternoon, I was more than pleased to come out with a tie today in the four balls.

Q. Arnold, did Curtis and Scott both go to Wake Forest on the Palmer Scholarships?


Q. Arnold, Curtis said that you kept the ball in play on almost every hole and that enabled him to take a few more chances. So even though he had a bunch of birdies on there, in a format like this, the other guy can take some credit as they've kept it in play, can't they, and feel like he's contributed?

ARNOLD PALMER: I don't know. I didn't hit it far enough to get it into any trouble. My contribution was rooting for Curtis, I guess, most of the time. He was playing very, very well. The fact, as Tony said, the one hole that was a pretty key hole was after he birdied nine. He made a great birdie at nine to cut the lead to one, and then I was fortunate enough to make birdie at 10. And of course that kind of gave Curtis some more momentum to go and he got going really good after that. I thought maybe he was encouraged by the fact that I was there for a hole and that inspired him to get on and do what he did.

Q. How long was the putt?


TONY JACKLIN: Nine or ten feet, yes.

JIM KELLY: Just on a quick personal note, back when Furman Bisher was writing all those great columns and Tony was winning the U.S. Open and the British, and Arnold was winning at Augusta, the man running that was running the press room for the PGA TOUR, and he's here today, sitting next to Furman. It's great to see our friend Tom Place. You know it's a big event when Tom is there, right?

Good luck tomorrow, Tony and Arnold. Let the competition continue.

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