What they said: Tom Purtzer, Brad Bryant

April 20, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

MORE INTERVIEWS: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf transcripts DAVE SENKO: Talk a little bit about your day and then we'll go through your birdies and get some questions.

TOM PURTZER: Well, the biggest part about this event is picking a partner.

BRAD BRYANT: I picked a good one.

TOM PURTZER: No, no, I picked. I was real happy when Brad asked me to earlier this year, and we've been friends for a long time, so fun to spend some time together, yeah.

BRAD BRYANT: It was a great day. We played really well together. This golf course kind of matches -- our games sort of match well to this golf course, I think. So we had lots of times today where we had two birdie putts, two good birdie putts; not just birdie putts, but two good birdie putts. Just by the end of the day we just made a few and it worked out great.

DAVE SENKO: Rather than going through 12 birdies, were there any two or three of those that were really key?

TOM PURTZER: Actually, the biggest hole on the whole day was number 7. I fanned one in the right woods and Brad didn't see -- I wasn't sure whether I should tell him that I hit it in the trees or --

BRAD BRYANT: Actually, I saw, I saw it go over there.

TOM PURTZER: So then he hit -- played down the left side and he got a bad hop and it kicked just into the hazard. So both of us are in the hazard there, and he decided to drop out and he played a great second shot and then a beautiful third shot and he made about, I don't know what, 10-footer?


TOM PURTZER: For par. If you make a bogey out here, it kind of really -- it zaps your momentum. But when you made that putt, that was like making an eagle on that hole, so that was a big turnaround for us.

BRAD BRYANT: I felt like making that par there really kept us going. Then we turned around on number 8, even though we didn't birdie 8, Tom hit it in about eight feet, 10 feet, and we had two good chances. And so we just sort of held our momentum and kept going. And then we even had two good putts at the 11th hole for eagle. So we just played very well today, both of us, except for one hole, and we only had three penalty strokes on that hole so we did all right.

TOM PURTZER: Actually, maybe more than that. I might have had more than that.

DAVE SENKO: Questions, guys?

Q. (Question about par putt.)

BRAD BRYANT: 10 feet.

Q. I was going to ask what Dave asked, to save time, let's talk about the nonbirdies. But if you can rattle off, you officially recorded birdies at what hole to see how you worked as a team??

TOM PURTZER: He birdied the 1st hole, I birdied the 2nd hole.

BRAD BRYANT: I birdied 4. We both birdied 4 and we both birdied 5.

TOM PURTZER: I made a putt of about three feet on 5 and he had it like this, so....

DAVE SENKO: You were first in?

TOM PURTZER: Technically, yeah.

DAVE SENKO: How about --

TOM PURTZER: We both two-putted. I'm not sure who was in first there.


TOM PURTZER: Brad made birdie there. Brad made birdie on 10 and we both birdied 11. Brad birdied 12 and then I birdied 13 -- or 14. Brad birdied 15. I birdied 16 and 17.

Q. Sounds like a great team. You mentioned that different partners, one of you played with Jim Gallagher Jr. last year, one of you played with Olin Browne??

TOM PURTZER: I played with Olin.

BRAD BRYANT: And I played with Gallagher Jr. last year.

Q. How many different partners have you had for the tournament??

BRAD BRYANT: Tom's my third.

TOM PURTZER: Nobody ever wants me back, I don't blame them. The first couple years I played with -- who did I play with, I don't know. For like for a couple years -- like one year I played with Peter because DA was hurt, and the next year I played with DA because Peter was hurt, because they were always a team. And I don't even know, Olin Browne, Dan Forsman, yeah, his rookie year. I've been around.

Q. Do you think your dance card will be full next year? You'll be more in demand and Brad will have to up the ante?

TOM PURTZER: No, no. If he'll keep me, I'm all his.

BRAD BRYANT: If we shoot 60 again tomorrow, we'll have to have a talk. My brother comes out next year.


BRAD BRYANT: I know. We haven't really talked about that yet.

TOM PURTZER: So I'm one and done.

BRAD BRYANT: I don't know whether he'll be eligible. Actually, right now I don't believe that my brother, because of when he comes out on the Tour, he won't come out until January, so I don't believe that Bart will actually be eligible next year.

Q. Are you going to come between a man and his brother??

TOM PURTZER: Oh, I would never do that, no, never.

Q. Brad, do you think there's something about karma because you're doing a lot for charity right now? Do you have a different sense of that kind of thing with the way you're playing?

TOM PURTZER: You know what, let me answer that. He's been doing a lot for charity for many, many years. It's just now he's come out with it now to try and get a little bit more -- you know, somebody else to help, too. But there's nobody that does more for charity than the Bryants.

BRAD BRYANT: Well, I don't know if that's true.

TOM PURTZER: It is true.

BRAD BRYANT: The guys on our Tour are very generous. There's a lot going on that people don't know about. There's a lot of -- there's a lot of help among the players that goes along out here that nobody knows about, which is really good. We're really a family out here, but almost everybody has something that they're doing at home.

Uniting Hearts is something that we've been doing actually for a few years now, but we felt like it was so important and it was such a good thing that it was kind of the right time to do it.

Right now, America is becoming more and more divided. The politicians are trying to divide us. Just look at what's going on in our country, it's ridiculous, and the whole thing is that we need as a country to become -- we need to help each other. We're going through a difficult time as a country, we're going through a difficult time. We're losing jobs and we need to step up and help each other. Stop relying on the government.

And that's kind of what we're doing, Uniting Hearts is something that we're helping build families. All across all denominational lines, race lines, whatever it is, we're there to help build families.

There is nothing that is done with so much love as an adoption that's done properly. If it's done properly, there's a lot of people involved and they're all doing it for the right reasons all because they've -- there's a lot of love involved and that's what we need more than anything right now in America, we need that. So we felt like it was time to take this public, so it's really a fun thing.

Q. Thank you for that.

BRAD BRYANT: Thank you.

Q. I just want to make sure, how did you guys become partners this year for this time because the history you've had with other partners, who called whom??

TOM PURTZER: We just saw each other at a tournament early in the year and Brad asked me if I had a partner and I said no, and I said -- BRAD BRYANT: Does a large saddle fit on you, can you take spurs, and he said yes, and I said, please.

TOM PURTZER: One of his partners, Lonnie Nielsen wasn't able to play, he's not eligible, so we just kind of, I don't know, we just kind of --

BRAD BRYANT: Tom and I have known each other since the '70s and we've always been friends. We play golf -- our games, we play a lot a lot alike. Both of us are kind of high ball hitters, so from that standpoint I felt like we would be a really good team because both of us are good ball strikers, both of us hit a lot of greens, and so that meant to me that we were going to have a lot of birdie putts, which is exactly what we did. Today we just -- you know, we had lots of holes where we had two good birdie putts and we just happened to make a few today. So that was a real good thing.

Q. When you look at this leaderboard, Sluman and Faxon go way back and the Kentucky guys are playing well, how much of that friendship does come through on the course? How can you explain that all these guys that get along so well end up playing so well? They don't get mad at each other so easily or what is it?

TOM PURTZER: You know what, we've all played together for, what, 40-some odd years. We're all friends. So it just kind of -- you know, you kind of team up with your buddy.

It's fun for us to play in a team thing because you hang around with the same guys, you play practice rounds together and this and that, and then finally you get to play as a team.

So yeah, I mean, the Kentucky guys and guys who go way back from back east, whatever, but we're kind of all friends and we all have played together, you know, for a bunch of years. So you just kind of -- you know, there's a whole bunch of guys that we could each play with that would be friends, but I don't know -- I don't know if I can explain why, you know, the buddies play good together. I think they're probably just more comfortable around each other, they spend a lot of time with each other and they know their games and stuff. That's probably a lot more than you wanted to know.

DAVE SENKO: Thanks, guys.