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GLENN: We have Ben Crenshaw on the phone. May I ask before we get him on, does he know that I know nothing about sports? Can you ask him that?
STU: Everyone in America knows that.
GLENN: Everyone in America knows. Okay. So I don't have to play the game like, hey, you are...
STU: No, you don't have to play the game that you are smart or a man.
GLENN: the best. Excuse me?
STU: Don't play that game. No one's going to believe that game.
GLENN: See, this is really not, it's not helpful. I notice Dan is here like a vulture, like a vulture.
DAN: I've been called. I've been summoned to the studio.
GLENN: This guy is a Dan is an avid, avid golfer, as he wears what's the name of the shirt? What are you wearing? Who are you wearing today?
DAN: Well, I just happen to have a Callaway shirt on. It's just happenstance.
GLENN: He's wearing a Callaway shirt today. He is like the avid, avid golfer of the place and he's been, he's just like ever since he heard about Ben Crenshaw and this thing that we have going on with 8/28, Ben is going to donate, let's see, watching the championship, let's see, you'll get four master pin flags personalized by Ben. Those are available on the site. Badges for the AT&T Pro Am on Thursday, October 28 to provide VIP access to the clubhouse, four tickets to the AT&T partners club, an exclusive on the 18th green Friday through Sunday, a VIP parking pass, and also don't you get an hour clinic? You get an hour clinic with is he a doctor, too? He's not only a great golfer, he's a doctor as well.
STU: No, that's not, that's not what that means.
GLENN: Ben Crenshaw. Hey, Ben.
CRENSHAW: Hi, Glenn, how are you?
GLENN: Very good, how are things, sir?
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CRENSHAW: Oh, very good. It's an honor to talk to you, Glenn.
GLENN: Oh, please, it's an honor to talk to you. I'm not going to bluff and say that I I just know your name and I know your name because my father is such a huge golfer, an avid golfer, and he'll be thrilled to hear that I spoke to you.
CRENSHAW: Well, Glenn, listen. Golfers, they are a strange cult of which I'm one. They're a lot
GLENN: Hang on just a second. I think we have remember whose show you are on. You are in dangerous territory to say you are now a member of a cult. That's all the media will report.
CRENSHAW: (Laughing). Hey, golfers are it's a there's a lot of people across the world who play golf, but it's a small community. It's amazing that people know everybody.
CRENSHAW: And they are always interested in how to get better. But Glenn, it was my pleasure to hopefully help in this auction item because the Special Operations Warrior Foundation I think is so it's so vital, and I'm so happy that so many people around the country would help. Obviously people who return from the theater.
CRENSHAW: But also to help families that have that these brave people who have lost who have given their ultimate sacrifice. But I'm happy to help in this item. I'm hopeful that whomever wins this auction can come to San Antonio and have a great week. It's a great town to be in, but I'd love to spend some time with them and help them with their golf game and have them watch a game of golf.
GLENN: Okay. So now so now like, Dan is a can you take somebody that like me that has absolutely no skill whatsoever and help them?
CRENSHAW: Yep. Yes, I can. You know, you introduce the fundamentals and, you know, I guess, Glenn, it's like you see all these little kids. I've never snow skied in my life but all these little kids who start early, they just, they just watch. They pick up things by rote and skill when they're young. It helps. It helps to start young, although there have been some players who have become proficient starting later. Which you might be one, Glenn.
GLENN: No, I'm not. No, I'm really have you seen me? I'm not. I'm really not. Ben, here's I just want to make a I just want to ask your permission to do this. I'm going to lower the salary of one of the guys on my staff. I'm going to pay him less and I'll be able to get away with it because I'd like your permission to allow him to say hello to you.
CRENSHAW: Well, I've heard
GLENN: It's just a financial thing for me. I figure I can pay him less money because he will be so indebted to me for the rest of his life: Wow, I spoke to Ben Crenshaw.
CRENSHAW: Well, you are a businessman, Glenn. That's fine.
GLENN: I appreciate it. I appreciate it. Dan, go ahead because you are going to be slobbering all over me all day.
DAN: Look, this is you know, I'm a big fan, you know. And
GLENN: He is, Ben! Ben, he has been all week, all week I never see this guy. He's in my office all week: You know, I'm a really big fan of Ben Crenshaw.
DAN: Look, look. Hold on a second, Glenn. Somebody asked me, look, if I wanted to help the troops and, of course, I'm here to help the troops and if you need, you know, someone to help out with this, with this item, I'm here to do it.
GLENN: You are good, aren't you, Ben? I think you
CRENSHAW: Oh, I can help. I can help.
GLENN: Yeah. No, I think I don't think he needs any help from you, Dan. I don't think you ever need to meet him or see him or anything.
CRENSHAW: Dan must be easily impressed if he's impressed with me.
DAN: Oh, come on. See, this guy's nickname is gentle Ben and you are seeing why right here. He is a humble, nice guy. Look, I'll throw it out there again. If you need help for the troops, I mean
GLENN: All right.
DAN: I just want to help the troops.
GLENN: Ben, I can't thank you enough for helping with this project. I know that you have been involved with Impact a Hero and
CRENSHAW: I have. And the organizations like this, there's a fella named Dick Lynch in Cincinnati. We've done two events in Houston, and the severely wounded, I mean, the golf industry has been fantastic to these returning heroes, and they you know, they fit people with prosthetics and the golf industry gives them golf clubs and they provide recreation and provide them help so they can get and they actually go out to the business community and try to get people to hire them. They're wonderful. So we have people to thank like that.
GLENN: Now, you probably feel free to say you are all out of time if you don't want to get into this because
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CRENSHAW: No, I've got plenty of time.
GLENN: Do you no, no. I was asking you to hold that back just in case you didn't want to answer this. Do you think Tiger Woods, is he going to be able to get his game back? Can you be a can you really be a good golfer if you are unsettled inside, until you've solved the things that you've got going on inside?
CRENSHAW: Well, troubles manifest themselves on the golf course. I mean, to play the golf at such a high level that he has and with the things going on in his life, he's it's going to take some time. But he's that good. I mean, he's naturally gifted. But you cannot play the game at the level that you want to play without a clear conscience. It's just not possible. When there's a lot of things that he has to work on obviously. He's getting better but, you know, gosh, it's going to be a while, Glenn.
GLENN: I mean, I really, you know, I think you know, and I don't know him at all and I don't know if you do, either, you know, if you really know him. But when I saw, you know, what he was involved in, I thought, boy, this guy has some you know, he just has some issues. And I'm a guy who, you know, I'm a recovering alcoholic. So you want to talk issues, bring them on. You know, I'm a guy who has lived a tough life before and I understand it, and it's tough. But when I saw that, I thought, you know, here is a guy who is really well, how much does he make? A billion dollars for everybody?
PAT: They just had it yesterday, $90 million a year. But he's worth about a billion or more.
GLENN: He's worth about a billion. And so what kind of industry was Tiger Woods. Did you do you think that the people around him knew and were just looking at him as a paycheck and nobody had the courage to step up and say, what are you doing, man? Or was he good at hiding it?
CRENSHAW: Well, he well, he must have been. I must say that I'm on the senior tour, which is the age of 50 and above, and we were removed from the situation but, you know, I guess maybe some people knew but we didn't know any, any more to the extent of what happened. And it's you know, it was just so sensational and so it was just, you know, our mouths dropped open every day. Nobody knew. But it's just sad. It's so sad. And, you know, he has been a lot of people, a lot of golfers who knew him, you know, it was just, it was sad, the whole situation. It just, it was so, so sensational but, you know, he got himself into it and he's got to pay the price. And, you know, golf is a singular game, but you have to play, you have to play with a clear conscience is the only way that you can play. You have to be very subtle in your life to play well, and that's a given.
GLENN: You know, the one thing that I have been you know, this 8/28 in Washington is really all about restoring some heroes and my son said to me one day he's 5 and we were reading something and he talked about, you know, I said about a hero. And he said, no, he's daddy can't fly, he doesn't have a cape. And I realized we have lost all of our heroes. Ben, when you were young, when I was young, you know, there were some heroes and they were sports figures and people that you could look up to. We don't really have that, nor have we had for a long time. Everybody has been destroyed.
I met Albert Pujols a few weeks ago. He seems like a decent man. Is there are there
CRENSHAW: Oh, from what I've read about him, he's just as solid as a rock.
CRENSHAW: But you are right, Glenn. I mean, we all want people in our lives to look up to.
GLENN: Yeah. I mean, that was the thing about, that was the thing about Tiger was you thought you could look up to him because he was a do you think is there does that ever come across people in your field, does that ever come across your mind that, you know, you do have kids?
CRENSHAW: Oh, I've had I've been so lucky in golf, Glenn. We've had some people from the past that, I mean, people could always look up to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan and people from yesteryear. They were, they were the people who led our game. Golf is an amazing game. It's been around for 500 years over in Scotland and it's a very traditional game, and you Glenn, basically what you do, Glenn, you play tournament golf but you play by the rules, and there are very swift penalties if you don't.
GLENN: Well, I was really impressed
CRENSHAW: And usually it involves the conscience.
GLENN: Who was the guy, who was the guy Dan, you probably remember that took an extra stroke when he didn't have to nobody knew that he did it? Do you remember who that was?
CRENSHAW: Oh, Glenn, we have people that, you know, we have people who call penalties on themselves.
GLENN: That's fantastic.
CRENSHAW: That's the way our game threads through the generation.
GLENN: That's fantastic. That's the way it should be.
CRENSHAW: Well, it's pretty simple.
CRENSHAW: I mean, you've got a conscience and you better do right.
GLENN: Ben, I thank you so much for spending the time with us, and I appreciate it and thank you so much for helping on the auction item here.
CRENSHAW: My pleasure, Glenn, so much.
GLENN: You got it. We'll talk to you again.
CRENSHAW: We follow you all the time. Thank you.
GLENN: Thank you, sir. Thank you. Ben Crenshaw. He will help you with your game, he will spend an hour with you and give you some of the basics and there's all other kinds of things that are available from him including the badges for the AT&T Pro Am on Thursday, the 28th. How much are those worth, Dan? Do you have any idea? How much are badges for the Pro Am? Can you even
DAN: Oh, gosh, I have no idea.
GLENN: Can you even buy them? You get into the partners club, that's the club on the 18th green?
DAN: No, that's something typically not available now.
GLENN: Okay. As of this morning they're available for $2300 and there's some other things on. What else is up for auction today? Because there's new auction items starting today, and the other one is closing either today or on Monday.
DAN: But with Ben Crenshaw, though, an hour of short game with this guy, I mean, he's literally one of the best putters in the history of the game, ever. I mean, you'll learn more in an hour than you'd learn in your entire lifetime of reading stuff and, you know, trying to find it yourself.