Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 2
I KNOW THIS WEEK IT'S ONE SHOT AT A TIME AND I KNOW THAT THE GUY WHO HAS THE LOWEST SCORE WINS AND THAT YOU WANT TO HIT FAIRWAYS AND GREENS, BUT WHAT'S THE REAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK OF WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO TO COMPETE AND PERHAPS WIN THE U.S. OPEN?
I DON'T KNOW, IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW THE WEATHER, THE WEATHER COMES OUT AND IF IT'S REALLY WINDY OR NOT BUT FOR SURE IT'S, IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PATIENCE AROUND THIS COURSE.
THE GREENS ARE REALLY TOUGH, SO EVEN BEING ON THE GREEN, IS, IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, SO I THINK, IT JUST, AS YOU SAID, ONE, ONE STEP AT A TIME, JUST TRY TO HIT
AS MANY GOOD SHOT AS YOU CAN. TRY
TO KEEP IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GREENS AND SOMETIMES, EVEN BEING, I DON'T KNOW, 12 FEET FROM THE HOLE OR 10 FEET FROM THE HOLE YOU'RE GOING TO
REALIZE THAT YOU, YOU'RE GOING TO TRY JUST TO MAKE PAR, BECAUSE IF NOT, YOU'RE GOING TO, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH A BOGIE AND THEN, THAT'S WHAT
GETS YOUR PATIENCE. SO, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY GOOD TEST. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT TOURNAMENT AGAIN.
DOES THE COURSE FIT YOUR EYE? WHEN YOU STAND ON THE TEES DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WANT TO?
I FEEL PRETTY COMFORTABLE, YEAH. I DIDN'T PLAY THE BACK NINE YESTERDAY BUT I PLAYED IT TODAY AND I DID FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE AROUND THE,
AROUND THE TEES AND RUNNING TO THE GREENS. OF COURSE, IT'S THE U.S. OPEN SO YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T MISS, YOU CAN'T MISS THE GREENS BUT I REALLY, I REALLY FELT PRETTY COMFORTABLE AROUND THE GOLF COURSE.
BEFORE TOMMY BOLT WON THE U.S. OPEN HERE IN 1958, HE WON AT COLONIAL BEFORE PRICE WON HIS PGA HERE. HE WON AT COLONIAL AND PEOPLE SAID IT'S
NO ACCIDENT THAT YOU PLAY WELL AT
THESE TWO COURSES AT THE SAME TIME.
WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON THAT MAKES THAT SO?
WELL THEY'RE, THEY KIND OF LOOK ALIKE A LOT. THEY'RE PRETTY SIMILAR OFF THE TEE. THIS ONE IS A LITTLE, IS A LITTLE LONGER THAN COLONIAL, BUT YOU KNOW, SAME TYPE OF GRASS, SIMILAR GREENS,
IT'S, IT'S ALL VERY SIMILAR SO, IF YOU'RE, IF YOU'RE DOWN WELL LIKE, LIKE I FORTUNATELY DID AND, AT COLONIAL, IT KIND OF GIVES YOU SOME MORE CONFIDENCE TO, TO BE ABLE TO DO WELL HERE SO HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO, TO DO THAT.
IS THE LONG HITTER GOING TO HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE HERE THAN SOMEBODY WHO JUST PUTS IT INTO PLAY?
IT COULD. FOR SURE IT COULD BECAUSE IT'S NOT EASY TO HIT THESE FAIRWAYS . SOME OF THEM SLOPE A LOT AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE HITTING LIKE A THREE
WOOD OR A TWO IRON OFF THE TEE, KIND
OF HIT, AND TRYING TO, TO KEEP IT IN THE FAIRWAY IT'S GOING TO BE EASIER THAN OTHER GUYS TRYING TO HIT DRIVER BECAUSE IF NOT IT'S GOING TO BE WAY TOO LONG TO BE ABLE TO STOP IT ON THE GREENS, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HIT IT
IN THE FAIRWAY. IF YOU DON'T, YOU CAN GET SOME TRICKY LIES AROUND THIS ROUGH. IT'S, AND IT'S, EVEN BEING ON THE FIRST CUT (?) IS, IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE YOU CAN GET SOME FLIERS FROM THE FIRST CUT (?) AND SOMETIMES
IT'S GOING TO COME OUT NORMAL, SO, IT'S GOING TO BE, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY, THAT'S FOR SURE.
IT'S FUNNY, WE, WE HAD TALKED A LITTLE BIT AGO ABOUT THE CRITICISM OF YOUR GOLF SWING BUT THERE'S SORT OF TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING AND THEY'RE EXTREME.
ONE SAYS, SERGIO'S SWING IS SUCH THAT HE HAS TO HAVE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT TIMING TO PLAY HIS BEST. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?
I DON'T THINK SO. I JUST, I JUST HAVE TO FEEL WELL ON MYSELF. I, I THINK EVERYBODY HAS TO HAVE GOOD TIMING TO, TO BE ABLE TO HIT THE BALL THE WAY HE WANTS TO.
I DON'T THINK THAT EVEN TIGER, WHEN TIGER WINS WHEN HE DOES, WHEN HE'S NOT IN GOOD RHYTHM, AS YOU COULD SEE AT BAY HILL, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE LAST ROUND. HE'S NOT GOING TO HIT IT WELL AND HE HAS,
LIKE, EVERYBODY SAYS HE HAS A PERFECT SWING. SO, TIMING, I THINK IT'S ALL IN GOLF, AS EVERYBODY'S SEEN, BUT, I DON'T THINK, I MEAN IF I HAVE PERFECT TIMING I CAN HIT EXACTLY THE
SAME SHOT I WANT TO HIT AND I CAN FADE IT AS MUCH AS I WANT OR DRAW IT AS MUCH AS I WANT AS EVERYBODY, BUT I DON'T, I DON'T THINK I NEED PERFECT TIMING TO HIT THE BALL WELL.
AND THEN OF COURSE, THE OPPOSITE FEELING THAT PEOPLE HAVE AND THE ONE YOU MENTIONED, PETER COSTAS' REFERENCE, IS THAT YOUR ACTION LOOKS A LOT LIKE HOGAN WHICH IS A HAPPY THING TO HAVE HAPPEN.
DO YOU SEE ANY SIMILARITIES IN YOUR MOVE AND BEN HOGAN'S?
WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, I, I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM AND I NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM IN REAL LIFE, BUT FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN ON TV, YEAH, WELL I MEAN, FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN ON TV, IT LOOKS PRETTY SIMILAR TO ME, I MEAN
WE'LL SLOW IT DOWN NOW FOR YOU.
AND IT'S THIS PART. THE, THE DOWNSWING THAT PEOPLE SAY IS SIMILAR. THE
MAYBE EXTRA WRIST COCK.
YEAH. I'LL SAY MAYBE MINE IS, MAYBE A HAIR MORE SEVERE THAN HIS, BUT AS I WAS TELLING YOU BEFORE, THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO GET BETTER AS, AS THE, AS THE YEARS GO BY. I THINK THAT'S
PROBABLY, TWO, THAT'S PROBABLY MEDINA TWO YEARS AGO, SO IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT MY SWING NOW IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE LESS THAN WHAT IT WAS.
HOW DID YOU AND YOUR DAD HANDLE THE BIT ABOUT THE CRITICISM THAT SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO LET YOU GO TO A BETTER KNOWN TEACHER, SOMEONE WITH A BIGGER NAME, WHO COULD TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
NO, WELL, I, I TALKED TO HIM AND HE'S ALWAYS BEEN OPEN TO THAT. HE'S ALWAYS SAID, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT. YOU CAN GO TO, I MEAN WE CAN
TALK ABOUT IT. WE CAN LOOK WHO WE THINK IS BEST FOR YOU BUT I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I'M ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF HIM, I MEAN I'M ALWAYS GOING TO BE WITH YOU, WITH HIM, SO YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ALONE.
SO I WANT TO SEE WHAT HE'S DOING TO YOU, AND WE TALK ABOUT THAT BUT WE REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KNOW EACH OTHER SO, SO WELL AND AS SOON AS I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON AND OTHER THAN THAT
THE THING IS, AS I SAID BEFORE, I'M, I'M A LOT OF FEEL PLAYER, SO I CAN, I MEAN FOR EXAMPLE, YESTERDAY I WAS HITTING BALLS IN THE AFTERNOON AND I WAS,
I DON'T KNOW, I WASN'T HITTING THE BALL VERY WELL. I WAS HOOKING IT A LITTLE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I JUST SAID, WELL, I'M GOING TO TRY TO STAND UP A LITTLE HIGHER, GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE BALL SO I CAN SWING, I CAN SWING IT A LITTLE MORE UPRIGHT SO I CAN GET
ACROSS THE BALL BETTER, SO, THOSE KIND OF THINGS IS WHAT HELPS ME AND MY DAD TO CORRECT MY SWING, BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE
CLUB RIGHT HERE AND THEN COME DOWN THIS WAY. IT'S A LOT OF FEEL INVOLVED SO, THANKS TO ALL THE TIME WE SPEND TOGETHER, HE KNOWS WHAT I FEEL.
WHEN WE COME BACK FROM THIS LITTLE BREAK, LET'S FIND OUT HOW YOU'RE HELPING HIM WITH HIS SWING TO GET READY FOR THE SENIOR PGA TOUR. WE'LL BE BACK IN A MOMENT.
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.
Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:
Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)
What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.
Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.
Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.
Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.
Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.
Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:
Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry