Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
SERGIO GARCIA WAS AN INTERNATIONAL HOUSEHOLD NAME WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER AND NOW THAT HE'S 21, HIS LEGEND CONTINUES TO SOAR. HE'S WON IN EUROPE. HE'S WON ON THE PGA TOUR

AND HE'S GOING TO REPRESENT EUROPE AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER AS A MEMBER OF THE RYDER CUP TEAM. MEET SERGIO, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ALL TIME GREATS WHO ARE ALL BUSINESS ON THE GOLF COURSE. BOBBY JONES WAS SO CONSUMED BY SELF IMPOSED PRESSURE

THAT HE FREQUENTLY LOST A DOZEN POUNDS OR MORE DURING A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP AND HE RETIRED FROM COMPETITIVE GOLF AT THE AGE OF 28.

THE AGONY OF LOSING AND AN UNCOOPERATIVE STOMACH DROVE BYRON NELSON FROM THE GAME AT THE AGE OF 34.

HOGAN

AND WOODS

AND NICKLAUS

AND WATSON, FOCUSED THEIR ENERGIES ON THE GOLF AND ENTERTAINED THROUGH THE BRILLIANCE OF THEIR PLAY, NOT THROUGH THE FORCE OF PERSONALITY. OTHER GREATS NEED AN

OUTLET TO HELP DIFFUSE THE PRESSURE. WALTER HAGAN WAS A SHOWMAN, AN ENTERTAINER, AND A GREAT CHAMPION.

LEE TREVINO MADE US LAUGH AND THEN THRILLED US WITH HIS SHOT MAKING.

SEVE BALLESTEROS SHARED HIS EVERY EMOTION AND INVITED US TO PARTICIPATE EMOTIONALLY IN THE GREAT MOMENTS AND THE NOT SO GREAT. THIS IS THE UNIQUE LEGACY THAT SERGIO GARCIA IS AN INDELIBLE PART OF. HE'S A

PRODIGY. A BORN SHOWMAN, EMOTIONALLY ACCESSIBLE. A HOST WHO INVITES US TO BE A PART OF HIS SHOW. AT THE AGE OF 21, HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED WORLD CLASS PLAYER. HE WAS AN INSPIRATIONAL FORCE ON THE EUROPEAN

RYDER CUP TEAM. HE WON TWICE ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR AS A TEENAGER. HE WON THE COLONIAL ON THE PGA TOUR, WHERE BEN HOGAN'S LEGACY IS PERMANENTLY IMPRINTED. HIS SWING HAS BEEN COMPARED TO HOGAN'S, WITH THE

STRONGEST POINT OF COMPARISON BEING THE TOP OF SWING TO IMPACT, BUT YOU CAN'T COMPARE SERGIO TO ANYONE, A ONE OF A KIND PERSONALITY AND PLAYER WHO EXCITES US WITH HIS JOY OF PLAYING THE GAME HE LOVES AND LEAVES US AWE STRUCK BY THE MAJESTY OF HIS PLAY.

FROM TULSA, OKLAHOMA, WE'RE AT SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, THE SITE OF THE 101ST U.S. OPEN. WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER.

GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO, ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST EXCITING CHARACTERS IN ALL OF GOLF, SERGIO GARCIA.

IT'S SO NICE TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN.

SERGIO GARCIA
THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST PGA TOUR WIN AT THE MASTERCARD COLONIAL.

SERGIO GARCIA
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
WOULD YOU SAY THAT THAT FINAL ROUND 63 WAS THE BEST FINAL ROUND THAT YOU EVER PLAYED WHEN IT MATTERED?

SERGIO GARCIA
YES, FOR SURE IT WAS BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF THE MOMENTUM (?), YOU KNOW, I PLAYED, REALLY WELL WHEN I HAD TO.

PHIL WAS PLYING WELL TOO, AND, YOU KNOW, I CAME BACK, I MEAN I, I PLAYED A GREAT FRONT NINE TO SHOOT 29 I THINK PROBABLY PUT SOME PRESSURE IN, IN PHIL THAT'S, AND THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED TO

DO AND IF I WANTED TO WIN THAT TOURNAMENT, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS, AS ANYBODY SAW I COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE LOWER BUT, YOU KNOW, I CAN

ALWAYS BE, AND I HIT SOME GOOD PUTTS THAT JUST MISSED BUT, IT WAS, IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO, TO WIN MY FIRST TOURNAMENT HERE IN THE STATES.

PETER KESSLER
WAS IT MY IMAGINATION OR WERE YOU PLAYING SMARTER GOLF THAN WE'VE EVER SEEN YOU PLAY BEFORE?

SERGIO GARCIA
IT PROBABLY WAS. I, I DON'T KNOW, DURING, DURING ALL THAT WEEK I WAS REALLY COMFORTABLE WITH TALKING TO GLEN, TO MY CADDIE, AND I JUST FELT SO COMFORTABLE AND, AND I KNEW THAT

I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO FOR EVERY SINGLE PIN BECAUSE THE, THE WAY THE GREENS WERE, AS FIRM AS THEY WERE, SOME THINGS WERE IMPOSSIBLE, BUT I WAS, YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLY FOCUSED

AND I, I REALLY KNEW WHERE I WANTED TO HIT THE BALL GOING TO THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER
OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU FELT AFTERWARDS, OF ALL THE EMOTIONS THAT SORT OF RAN THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM, WAS RELIEF THE STRONGEST OF THEM ALL DO YOU SUPPOSE?

SERGIO GARCIA
UM, HAPPINESS AND RELIEF. I, FIRST THING CAME TO MY MIND WAS OF COURSE MY DAD AND MY MOM, ALL MY FAMILY BECAUSE IT'S BEEN KIND OF HARD FOR, FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WITH ALL THE CRITICIS... CRITICISM AND YOU

KNOW, WITHOUT PLAYING THAT BAD I THINK BECAUSE I, I HAD REALLY MY CHANCES OF WINNING BUT I HAVEN'T CONVERTED THEM BUT FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MIND WAS FOR SURE MY DAD AND MY MOM.

PETER KESSLER
WELL I KNOW THAT YOUR DAD WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE AIRPORT AND HE'S ON HIS CELL PHONE TO YOUR MOTHER WHO'S TELLING HIM THAT YOU BETTER GO BACK TO THE GOLF COURSE BECAUSE YOUR SON

IS WINNING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT, AND HE DID AND HE MET UP WITH YOU AFTER IT WAS OVER. WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU?

SERGIO GARCIA
WELL, HE, FIRST OF ALL HE TOLD ME HE WAS TALKING TO MY MOM THERE IN THE, IN THE AIRPORT AND AS SOON AS THEY ACTUALLY TOLD HIM THAT I WON THEY

WERE JUMPING ALL AROUND. PEOPLE WAS LOOKING AT THEM LIKE, WHAT THESE TWO GUYS, THESE TWO GUYS MIGHT BE, MUST BE CRAZY.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

SERGIO GARCIA
BUT, IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY GREAT. I TALKED TO HIM AFTER I FINISHED AND THERE WERE RE... THEY WERE ALMOST READY TO GET INTO, TO GET TO THE, TO THE AIRPLANE, SO, SO I SAID, ARE YOU GOING TO COME BACK? HE'S LIKE, HE'S

LIKE, YES. I'M THINKING, WHAT'S GOING TO, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE, WITH THE LUGGAGE, I MEAN THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE STOP THE PLANE, TAKE THE LUGGAGE OUT, JUST IN CASE, I DON'T KNOW, SOMEBODY THINKS THAT, THAT MAYBE THEY HAVE A BOMB OR BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET INTO THE PLANE, SO

SO HE GOES, I DON'T CARE, I'M GOING BACK, SO, IT WAS GREAT, I, HE, HE CAME BACK RIGHT AFTER I FINISHED THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND, AND IT WAS REALLY NICE AND YOU KNOW HE COULD, HE COULD BARELY TALK ON THE PHONE. HE WAS, HE WAS CRYING LIKE A BABY.

PETER KESSLER
HE'S BEEN WAITING FOR THIS HIS WHOLE LIFE, HASN'T HE?

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH HE HAS AND BOTH OF US, BUT, I THINK WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED FOR THIS YEAR AND A HALF, PAST YEAR AND A HALF, IT WAS EVEN SWEETER, YOU KNOW, IT FELT EVEN BETTER AFTER, AFTER WINNING.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SAY THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF YOU MEAN CRITICISMS OF YOUR DAD BEING YOUR TEACHER, CRITICISMS OF YOUR GOLF SWING. THOSE KINDS OF THINGS?

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, AND YOU KNOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVING BEHIND ME, OTHER THAN MY FAMILY, I THINK, PROBABLY ONE OF THE GUYS WHO, I MEAN, OTHER THAN PLAYERS THAT I KNOW, PETER COSTAS HAS PROBABLY BEEN ONE

OF THE BEST GUYS, IMMEDIATE GUYS AROUND ME SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THIS GUY WHO HAS A SIMILAR SWING TO BEN HOGAN'S. WE'VE ALWAYS

SAID THAT BEN HOGAN IS THE BEST BALL STRIKER IN THE HISTORY AND EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO CHANGE MY SWING AND I KNOW THAT MY CHANGED, MY SWING IS GOING TO CHANGE AS SOON

I MEAN, AS I KEEP PLAYING GOLF BECAUSE I'LL GET A LITTLE BIGGER AND IT'LL JUST BE CHANGING, BUT, I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE THE WAY I, THE WAY I'M HITTING THE BALL AND WITH MY SWING.

I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT I'M A, I'M A FEEL PLAYER AND IF I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY CLUB IS I, I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HIT THE BALL.

PETER KESSLER
JOHNNY MILLER SAID THAT YOU THINK THAT RIGHT NOW YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. DO YOU THINK THAT?

SERGIO GARCIA
UH, WELL, FOR SURE THAT, MINUS, WE ALL KNOW THAT TIGER IS PLAYING REALLY GOOD, REALLY WELL BUT YOU KNOW I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING, I'M GETTING TO, TO A PRETTY GOOD LEVEL, YOU KNOW

I'M, I'M PLAYING WELL, I'M GETTING A LOT SMARTER ON THE GOLF COURSE, I'M HANDLING MYSELF A LOT BETTER ON THE GOLF COURSE AND THAT THING IS JUST TAKEN SOME SHOTS OUT OF

MY SCORE CARD AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT IT TRIED TO DO, BUT I THINK I STILL HAVE TO KEEP PRACTICING HARDER AND HARDER AND, AND YOU KNOW, TRY TO, TRY TO BEAT TIGER OF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR NEXT RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, SAM TORRANCE SAID A PLAYER CAN'T CONSIDER HIMSELF GREAT UNTIL HE'S WON A PROFESSIONAL MAJOR. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

SERGIO GARCIA
I THINK SO. YEAH. THERE, THERE CAN BE SOME EXCEPTIONS LIKE DUVAL OR MICKELSON, BUT I'M SURE THEY'LL WIN ONE EVENTUALLY. THEY HAVE TO

BECAUSE THEY'RE WAY, I MEAN THEY'RE GOOD ENOUGH TO, TO DO IT, BUT I MEAN YOU CAN FIGURE A GOOD PLAYER, BUT UNTIL YOU WIN A MAJOR, YOU, I DON'T THINK YOU'RE A GREAT PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
ANA CORNACOVA CALLED US, SENT US A PICTURE OF THE TWO OF YOU, AND BY THE WAY, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT NOW. WANTS TO KNOW WHY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN CALLING. WHAT'S GOING ON?

SERGIO GARCIA
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
LOOK, WE'VE GOT THIS PICTURE OF THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER, SO DON'T GIVE ME THAT GIGGLY STUFF. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THE SHOTS.

SERGIO GARCIA
HOW IS THAT?

PETER KESSLER
OF YOU AND ANA TOGETHER.

SERGIO GARCIA
I'VE NEVER, I'VE NEVER MET HER.

PETER KESSLER
WE KNOW THE REAL STORY.

SERGIO GARCIA
WHERE IS SHE?

PETER KESSLER
OKAY, THEY'RE, THEY'RE SEEING IT AT HOME RIGHT NOW BUT WE CAN'T SEE, WE CAN'T SEE IT.

SERGIO GARCIA
WHY IS THAT? I WANT TO SEE IT (LAUGHS).

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, I WANTED TO SEE IT TOO. I WANTED TO SEE HOW THEY PUT THE THING TOGETHER AND I WANTED TO SEE WHAT ANA SENT US SO WE'LL TALK ABOUT HER A LITTLE

SERGIO GARCIA
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
LATER IN THE SHOW

SERGIO GARCIA
THAT'S GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
AND FOR NOW WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.


1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.