Bankrate: Are you having more or less fun golfing now?
It changes a lot, simply because when I was younger,
this is all I did. There wasn't golf design. Rather
than grandkids, I just had kids. The intensity
level was a little higher, the focus was a little
different, the funnel was tighter, and as you
grow -- I won't say it's the same old stuff, but
I've been here and done that. I'm looking for
other things to do. I guess I'm enjoying the other
people around the tour with whom I associate more
than I ever have because I believe in the adage:
You never learn anything when you're talking,
you learn when you listen. That's what I try to
do around the tour; I try to listen to people.
It's not always the smartest thing to talk.
Bankrate: How would you rate the competitive level of the Champions Tour?
Oh, when you bring out the Fred Funks, the Nick
Prices, the Mark O'Mearas, etc., etc., it is a
very dynamic place in which to play. These guys
have now reached an age where they still love
to compete. They may not have the financial drive
they once did, but they love that competition,
and that's what we all go for. Lee Trevino, Arnie
and Jack and those great players, golf is always
in their heart. You may not like playing badly,
you may not like having to prepare for tournaments,
but you know what? You can't ever disassociate
yourself from what has been so good to you. You
may walk away from it and say hey, I don't look
back, but you'll never extinguish that little
bit of a flicker of a flame in your heart.