What they said: Bobby Clampett

March 16, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

MORE: Toshiba Classic transcript archive DAVE SENKO: Bobby, thanks for joining us, a great start 6-under 65 including four birdies on the back 9 and no bogeys. Maybe just talk about your day.

BOBBY CLAMPETT: I played really good all day. I drove the ball pretty well for me and hit a lot of good iron shots. I felt like I putted pretty decently. I had the one 3-putt at 8. But chipped in at 6 that kind of made up for it. Overall I felt really good about the whole day. DAVE SENKO: Birdies shot sequence starting at No. 1.

BOBBY CLAMPETT: 3-wood, sand wedge, 10-footer. 3, laid up, driver, 6-iron, sand wedge, seven feet. 5, hit a bad drive at 5 and caught a flier with a 6-iron over the green and didn't get it up and down.

DAVE SENKO: How far was your chip in on 6?

BOBBY CLAMPETT: 6, was just in the left rough and flied over with a 9-iron, hit a good shot, just trickled off the back of the green, wasn't a long chip, maybe about 30 feet and chipped it in. 7, I nearly holed a 9-iron second shot, had a tap-in there. 10, hit driver, pitching wedge about 8 feet. 15, par-5, driver, 3-wood to the green, chipped up about five feet and made it. 17, 6-iron about 15 feet passed the hole and made it. 18, driver, 3-wood to back of the green and 2-putted from about 50 feet.

DAVE SENKO: How far was second putt?

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Second putt was probably five feet.

DAVE SENKO: Questions?

Q. Are you having fun playing??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: I love it absolutely. For me it was 15 years that I was away from the game. So I played The TOUR for about 15 years and went into broadcasting full-time and was really looking forward to turning 50 because my passion for the game is back. I wanted to play. My wife MaryAnn is here. She is incredible support. So I had everything going for me to go for it. I never wanted to end the rest of my life saying I wonder what I could have done. I'm now here to answer that question for nobody else but me.

Q. Did you have any specific goals set for yourself??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: My goals are like one shot at a time. I know what it takes to win. I know what I need to do. I know where my game needs to get to and I have been working really hard. We just moved down to Florida this winter so I could practice. And I have been practicing hard all winter. I'm really dedicating myself back to the game. The last three years I really dedicated myself to it and to very little broadcasting. I want to see what I can do with it.

Q. Did you find a break actually helped you get that passion back??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Yes, there is no question about it. Being away from it, and having the support. When you have your family supporting you like I have now, to be able to do that is a great inspiration. If you have to do this on your own it's kind of miserable. When you have a big support group behind you pulling for you, it's enjoyable.

Q. I would also think you have to do it to pay your bills??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Yes, and I still got to pay bills.

Q. But it's not like your dependent on it like if you were 25 --

BOBBY CLAMPETT: I'm not doing much else, our Impact Zone, golf is going great. MaryAnn is running that for us. For the most part this is my way of making a living. Q. Was there anything in broadcasting that helped when you started playing again??


Q. Was there??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Definitely. I think probably we got the man that helped me write The Impact Zone sitting in here, to, Andy Brumer. One of the things that we wrote about in the book, my study of the swing vision camera. I think it's one of the greatest inventions that the game has ever known. The Biz Hub swing vision came that we have at CBS. And to be able to study and see literally underneath a microscope watching what happens. The great lesson that I learned was that I was basically going about trying to play the game through what teachers were teaching me and that was swing style. When some of the best players of the game have some have odd swing styles, but impact is the common denominator of how they create impact, and studying the Biz Hub really helped me to understand what it is they created impact and how they do it. So the Impact Zone was written and it changed my whole approach to the game. It's been a really rewarding thing to see how many countless emails and messages and people, we have 70 instructors now around the world and starting to teach, to launch our program The First Tee next month in Las Vegas where we will be leading their coaching, training their coaches, so there is some really exciting things happening. We teach what we call impact based teaching, and it's direct contrast to the way I saw teachers teaching which is style based. And whenever you go take a lesson, the first thing you want to do is change your swing style. The lesson is, there are a lot of ways to get it done. Look at, throughout the years, whether or not it's Furyk or Trevino, or Hogan or Nicklaus, Palmer. You look today, Bubba Watson. You see some really unusual swing styles. So it really helped me to break out of thinking so much about my swing and really working on making great impact.

Q. You obviously seen the weather. You know what's going to happen the next couple of days. How important was it today -- it almost sounds like today was --

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Huge. A huge day, because you don't know what the future is. We may be playing a one-round tournament with the weather that's coming in. Then again we may get three rounds in, so who knows? When you are only playing 54 holes too, it's really important to get off to a good start. I haven't done that for a while. It's nice to get a good one, a good low one in.

DAVE SENKO: You guys okay?

BOBBY CLAMPETT: In fact, if you go through my history, traditionally first rounds have been my worst rounds, and I think it helped me, Jeff put me in the Pro-Am yesterday, and I think playing both pro-ams actually helped me this week to get to know the golf course, to get a flow going. I don't play that much. I haven't played that much. So the more I can play it's better. And I felt like that helped me have a good day today.

Q. Get you in kind of a rhythm??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Yes, exactly.

Q. You have been in contention a couple of times the last couple of years, right, does that make you more comfortable when you found yourself in contention again? In other words, was it a slightly unfamiliar feeling, or one that you had to go further back to recall?

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Yes, the more recent you can make it in your memory the better and easier it's going to be. I'm feeling a lot more comfortable out here. I think just the opportunity to compete and compete as much as I've been able to, it's still not as much as I would like to. This is my 34th event, and this is my last event rounding out my second year. So 34 events in two years is not a tremendous amount of golf. But I'm really thankful to have gotten in that many tournaments to be honest with you. It's not easy when you have the status that I had. It's not easy to get in a lot of tournaments. Certainly when you quit for 15 years you don't make much money on the TOUR.

Q. You tend to slide down the standings??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: Yes, just a little bit.

Q. How would you describe the comfort level with your swing, your technique now than when you left playing regular rounds on the PGA TOUR??

BOBBY CLAMPETT: That's a great question. MaryAnn and I were actually talking about that this morning in a way because I see what I'm going through right now, very similar to when I was in college, starting college. I played several years of Junior Golf, and I felt my game coming in. I won one national tournament when I was 15. I done well in Northern California when I was 16, or 17, but I then had to transition into the college stage. It was a big transition. I was 17. I'm playing with four seniors on our team. And I wasn't sure if I could even make the team. And this is kind of similar, I wasn't sure if I was good enough to be on the Champions Tour and to play out here. I needed to find that out. And now after two years I feel like it's starting to round out and things are starting too, the whole game is starting to come together.

DAVE SENKO: Thanks, Bobby.