Golf Talk Live - Raymond Floyd Transcript Segment 7
THINGS ARE BUSY AT RAYMOND FLOYD DESIGN. YOU'RE BUILDING NEW COURSES, DOING RESTORATIONS, RENOVATIONS, PRACTICE FACILITIES. HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU PERSONALLY TO WHAT'S GOING ON AT RAYMOND FLOYD DESIGN? HOW HANDS ON ARE YOU?
WELL I'M VERY HANDS ON, PETER. I'VE BROUGHT EVERYTHING IN HOUSE AND WE HAVE A FULL SCOPE OF SERVICES DESIGN OUTFIT AND I HAVE TWO FULL TIME ARCHITECTS ON BOARD THAT ARE MY GUYS AND AFTER GOING ANOTHER WAY FOR A GREAT NUMBER OF YEARS IN, IN MY DESIGN CAREER, DOING, I WAS MORE OF A CONSULTANT, DOING, DOING JOBS WITH
DIFFERENT ARCHITECTS AND I LEARNED THEN THAT MY NAME WAS BEING USED AND MY NAME WAS GOING ON THE PRODUCT AND I WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE CONTROL. I AM VERY HANDS ON. I LIKE TO BE ON THE SITE
A LOT, ESPECIALLY WHEN FINAL SHAPING'S GOING ON AND I'M INVOLVED WITH THE RALLYING AT THE FRONT END AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT I, THAT I REALLY ENJOY, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT I FELT THAT I HAD TO GIVE A HUNDRED
PERCENT TO. I COULDN'T GO IN AND VISIT A SITE TWO OR THREE TIMES AND COME BACK AND OPEN IT IN A GRAND OPENING AND PLAY IT AND SAY WOW I'M REALLY PLEASED THAT IT CAME OUT THE WAY I
WANTED IT. IT JUST DIDN'T SEEM TO HAPPEN THAT WAY, AS A CONSULTANT. THAT'S WHY I ELECTED TO BRING IT IN HOUSE.
WHAT'S YOUR PHILOSOPHY? YOU'VE PLAYED EVERY GREAT GOLF COURSE AROUND THE WORLD, ESSENTIALLY. YOU'VE WON ON MOST OF THOSE GREAT COURSES. HOW DOES THAT IMPACT WHAT YOU LIKE TO SEE NO ONE DO, A RAY FLOYD GOLF COURSE?
WELL THE PERFECT SCENARIO IS TRADITIONAL. I'M A TRADITIONALIST. I LOVE THE OLD TRADITIONAL GOLF. I LOVE THE DONALD ROSS. I LOVE THE TILLINGHAUS, I LIKE THE MCDONALD, THAT ERA TO ME WAS JUST FASCINATING.
REASON, EARTH MOVING. TODAY WE HAVE HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND YOU CAN REALLY CREATE IN ANY PIECE OF, ON ANY PIECE OF LAND YOU CAN CREATE ANOTHER. YOU CAN BE IN THE DESERT AND YOU CAN CREATE A MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE. STEVE WYND DID IT WITH FAZIO.
YOU CAN BE ON THE MOUNTAIN AND YOU CAN CREATE A DESERT BECAUSE OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT. I'M, I'M OF THE BELIEF THAT IF YOU PUT THERE WHAT NATURE HAS GIVEN YOU, LIKE THE OLDER GUYS DID WHEN THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE, THE BENEFIT OF THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT THE ROUTING WAS PARAMOUNT, HOW YOU LAID THE HOLES OUT, THE UTILIZATION OF THE LAND. IT ALWAYS DRAINED ITSELF, NATURALLY, SO
YOU HAD TO THINK OF THAT AND MOVE THE HOLES AND, AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND THAT'S, THAT'S THE PHILOSOPHY I HAVE, IF THERE'S ONE THAT I WANT TO STAY A
AND YOU'VE USED GIFTS THAT NATURE'S GIVEN TO YOU.
WELL, THANK YOU.
THANKS FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. WE'LL DO THIS AGAIN. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.
Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again
Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.
Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.
It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.
Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.
While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.
McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call
Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.
Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.
The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.
McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.
McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.
Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title
The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.
Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.
Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.
Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.
Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.
Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.
Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.
Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.
With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.
''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''
Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.
''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.
Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.
Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.
He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''