Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW WHERE WAS THIS PARTICULAR PICTURE TAKEN?

SERGIO GARCIA
UM, I THINK THAT WAS (LAUGHS) I DON'T KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE NEXT ONE? MAYBE IT'LL JOG YOUR MEMORY.

SERGIO GARCIA
I LOOKED, I LOOKED

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, YOU WERE LIFTING WEIGHTS THEN. LOOK HOW GOOD YOU LOOK THERE.

SERGIO GARCIA
OH LOOK AT THIS ONE. NICE SUIT HUH?

PETER KESSLER
THIS WAS AT THE, WASN'T THIS AT THE CANN FILM FESTIVAL LAST YEAR?

SERGIO GARCIA
I THINK SO.

PETER KESSLER
I BELIEVE IT WAS. THE SERGIO STORY.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH, I USUALLY DON'T WEAR A RING THOUGH, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT'S OKAY.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN SHE TELLS YOU TO WEAR THE RING YOU WEAR THE RING.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH WELL I MEAN YOU HAVE TO.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

SERGIO GARCIA
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK ABOUT ONE OF YOUR NEW GOLF SHOTS. A SHOT THAT I HADN'T SEEN YOU HIT BEFORE, THE MASTERCARD COLONIAL WAS THAT STINGER TWO IRON.

WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A WHILE OR WAS IT JUST A QUESTION OF THE FAIRWAYS WERE HARD AND THAT SEEMED LIKE THE APPROPRIATE SHOT?

SERGIO GARCIA
UM, WELL, I, I USUALLY DO HIT IT. I MEAN I'VE BEEN HITTING THAT, THAT SHOT MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS I'VE BEEN DOING LATELY BECAUSE, WELL, THANKS TO THE BALL, THAT'S FOR SURE. NOW I'M, I HIT, I HIT IT SO MUCH LONGER THAT I CAN HIT A LOT MORE TOURNAMENTS OFF THE TEE

BUT BEFORE, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I WAS STILL A LONG HITTER BUT, I, I WASN'T HITTING THE BALL AS LONG AS I, AS I'M HITTING THE BALL RIGHT NOW. I HAD TO HIT MORE 3 WOODS OR DRIVERS OFF THE

TEE, SO, AND NOW I'M, I'M CAPABLE OF HITTING LIKE A LOW (??23:53). THAT'S THE SHOT I FEEL MORE, MORE COMFORTABLE WHEN I'M, WHEN I'M NOT

COMFORTABLE AROUND, OVER, OVER A SHOT, I USUALLY TRY TO HIT THIS LOW STINGER AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW ITS GOING TO GO PRETTY STRAIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
NOW YOUR DAD'S ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAMERA, SO

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT HE'S DOING AND HOW YOU'RE ENCOURAGING HIM WITH REGARD TO HIS PLANS TO PLAY THE SENIOR PGA TOUR.

SERGIO GARCIA
UH WELL I THINK, ONE OF HIS DREAMS WAS, WAS TO PLAY THE TOUR WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER BUT YOU KNOW HE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED WITH MY MOM AND I THINK THAT WAS, THAT WAS A

GREAT, THAT WAS A GREAT CHOICE, BUT, YOU KNOW, AFTER, AFTER A WHILE, AND AFTER I'VE BEEN PLAYING AND NOW HE HAS SOME CHANCES OF DOING HIS DREAM OF BECOMING, BECOMING TRUE, HIS, HIS
DREAM BECOMING TRUE, SO HE WANTS

TO, HE WANTS TO TRY TO PLAY THE SENIOR TOUR, AND, YOU KNOW, WE, WE GOT A COUPLE OF INVITES JUST FOR HIM.

HE'S PRACTICING QUITE A BIT. HE'S NOT COMING AS MUCH TO THE TOURNAMENTS AS, AS HE USED TO WITH ME BECAUSE I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW, I NEED YOU, BUT I DON'T NEED YOU AS MUCH. I WANT YOU

TO PRACTICE. I WANT YOU TO TRY AS HARD AS YOU CAN BECAUSE WHAT I, WHAT I DON'T WANT YOU IS, TRY TO GO, TO MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND NOT BE READY FOR IT, SO, HE'S, YOU KNOW, I THINK HE'S VERY HAPPY, AND

HE PLAYED ONE TOURNAMENT. HE PLAYED THE HOME DEPOT IN NORTH CAROLINA. HE PLAYED REALLY WELL. I MEAN HE HIT, I THINK HE HIT LIKE 16, 16 ON 14 GREENS. HE PUTTED HORRIBLE THOUGH BUT (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
HE HAD TO BECAUSE I DON'T REMEMBER HIM

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
WINNING THE TOURNAMENT.

SERGIO GARCIA
NO, WELL HE WAS LEADING AFTER, AFTER THE 8TH HOLE IN THE FIRST ROUND, BUT, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY HE DIDN'T PUTT WELL BUT, HE WAS LAST IN PUTTING, BUT, HE, HE, HE REALLY ENJOYED IT AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAY THE BRITISH SENIORS OPEN. HE'S GOING TO

PLAY NEXT, AND UH YOU KNOW, HE'S PRACTICING A LITTLE, SO HOPEFULLY HE'LL GET THERE.

PETER KESSLER
NOW THERE'S A THIRD GREAT PLAYER IN THE FAMILY. YOUR SISTER, MAURA, WHO YOU PLAYED IN THE AT & T. I THINK YOU FINISHED TIED FOR 14TH. HAD TO BE GREAT FUN AND SHE'S WORKING ON HER GAME AND WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD TOO, RIGHT?

SERGIO GARCIA
YES, SHE IS. SHE'S REALLY HAPPY. SHE'S GOING TO GO TO ARIZONA STATE, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA IN TUCSON. SHE'S REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. SHE'S PRACTICING, WELL SHE'S BEEN STUDYING QUITE HARD FOR THE LAST

PROBABLY FIVE OR SIX MONTHS TRYING TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU KNOW, TAKING SOME TESTS TO COME HERE TO THE STATES. SO, I THINK IT'S, IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT FOR HER. SHE, I REALLY THINK SHE'S A VERY GOOD PLAYER AND

UNFORTUNATELY SHE'S NOT WILLING TO PLAY AS MUCH AS I THINK SHE SHOULD SO, AFTER, AFTER THE, AFTER AT & T SHE, SHE REALLY HAD A GREAT TIME. THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I WANTED HER

TO PLAY. I WANTED HER TO SEE WHAT, WHAT, WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT AND SHE REALLY LIKED IT AND I THINK SHE'S, SHE'S PRACTICING A LITTLE MORE NOW, SHE'S PLAYING PRETTY WELL AND HOPEFULLY SHE'LL DO WELL IN, IN ARIZONA.

PETER KESSLER
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS TROUBLESOME OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WAS GETTING SORTED OUT CADDIE WISE. I KNOW THAT YOU AND FANNY DIDN'T ABSOLUTELY CLICK, AS

GOOD A CADDIE AS SHE IS, AS GOOD A PLAYER AS YOU ARE, THE CHEMISTRY IS NOT ALWAYS THERE. ARE YOU, ARE YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP NOW, CADDIE WISE THAT'S HELPING YOU PLAY BETTER GOLF AND WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT?

SERGIO GARCIA
I THINK IT'S, I THINK IT'S GREAT. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GLEN IS, HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. HE'S BEEN, HE'S BEEN HELPING ME THROUGH ALL THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR AND IT'S BEEN JUST, REALLY NICE TO, TO BE ABLE TO FIND HIM.

I THINK I HAVE TO, I HAVE TO THANK RETIEF FOR LETTING ME TAKE HIM BUT OUR PERSONALITIES ARE SO, SO, THEY LOOK, THEY LOOK LIKE SO MUCH. WE'RE BOTH FUN AND WE'RE BOTH LAUGHING

THE WHOLE TIME AND IT'S JUST, HE JUST IS DOING SO GREAT RIGHT NOW. HE HAS SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF AND HE KNOWS HOW I HIT THE BALL, HOW FAR I HIT IT AND, FOR EXAMPLE, ON, ON 16 AT, AT THE COLONIAL, HE'S JUST

UNBELIEVABLE BECAUSE, WE WERE THERE AND I'M BETWEEN THE 8 IRON AND 7. THE WIND LOOKS LIKE IT'S DOWN OF, OF THE RIGHT. ALL OF A SUDDEN I GO OVER THE BALL, I DON'T KNOW, I GUESS THE

WIND JUST COMES STRAIGHT INTO MY FACE, SO I BACK UP AND I LOOK AT HIM AND I GO, GLEN, ARE WE GOING TO GET THERE WITH THIS CLUB?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

SERGIO GARCIA
HE GOES, BUT, IN A WAY THAT HE MAKES ME FEEL SO CONFIDENT. HE LOOKS AT ME AND GOES 'THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE GUST. THAT'S PERFECT CLUB. I GO LIKE, SO IT HAS TO BE, IF HE SAYS IT THAT WAY IT HAS TO BE SO I JUST HIT A PERFECT 8 IRON STRAIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN

WHERE I WANTED TO. IT'S JUST, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU REALLY, YOU REALLY NEED IT ON THE, ON THE RIGHT TIME AND, AND YOU KNOW, HE'S, HE'S BEEN ABLE TO DO IT LATELY AND, AND IT'S JUST, I THINK WE'RE BOTH GETTING

ON A LEVEL WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KNOW EACH OTHER AND WE, WE TRUST OURSELVES SO MUCH THAT IT'S GETTING MYSELF TO, TO A NEXT LEVEL, RIGHT?

PETER KESSLER
AND RETIEF GOOSEN KNEW WHEN HE ALLOWED THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO BREAK UP AND GLEN AND YOU STARTED TO WORK TOGETHER, HE KNEW HE COULD GET ALONG WITH ANYBODY SO IT DIDN'T MATTER AS MUCH (LAUGHS).

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH WELL IT WAS BUT HE TOLD ME, THIS WAS AFTER, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY I FIRED JERRY HIMBASSEN (???29:20) AND I WANTED, I WAS GOING TO PLAY ONE TOURNAMENT IN

JAPAN AND THEN I WAS GOING TO GO PLAY THE SKINS AND, THE SKINS GAMES AND SOUTH AFRICA AND SO I GOT HIM FOR THOSE TWO WEEKS AND RETIEF, IN JAPAN,

WHEN I TALKED TO THEM , HE SAID, YOU KNOW, I'LL LET YOU HAVE IT FOR JUST TWO WEEKS BUT I WANT TO LET, I WANT TO, I WANT YOU TO KNOW ONE THING, HE'S PROBABLY THE BEST GUY IN THE WORLD. I WAS LIKE, OH, THIS GUY IS REALLY COMFORTABLE (?), REALLY CONFIDENT (?) WITH THIS GUY, SO AT

THE BEGINNING I WAS, I WAS KIND OF AFRAID OF ASKING HIM BECAUSE THEY LOOKED SO GOOD TOGETHER TOO, AND, BUT AFTER I PLAYED THOSE TWO WEEKS WITH HIM I FELT REALLY COMFORTABLE. I DIDN'T WANT TO MESS UP THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND I KNEW THAT FANNY

WASN'T HAPPY WITH FALDO SO, I WASN'T COMFORTABLE, I'LL SAY, SO I ASKED HER AND I SAID WELL, SHE'S A PRETTY GOOD, SHE'S A PRETTY GOOD CADDIE SO IT SHOULD WORK OUT, BUT, I DON'T KNOW IF

BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN SO LONG WITH FALDO AND SHE'S SO USED TO HIS GAME AND MINE IS SO DIFFERENT TO HIS. UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT EVERYBODY GETS ALONG WITH EVERYBODY.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH, WELL IT'S, I MEAN WE GOT ALONG PRETTY WELL BUT ON THE GOLF COURSE, IT JUST, PHFF, IT WASN'T RIGHT AND, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT CAN YOU DO? I MEAN

YOU'RE TRYING TO GET THE BEST THING FOR BOTH OF, OF THE, THE CADDIE AND THE PLAYER AND I DON'T THINK IT WAS EITHER GOOD FOR HER OR ME.

PETER KESSLER
AND NOW SHE'S BACK WITH NICK AND

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH AND NOW THEY'RE DOING GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
THEY'RE DOING TERRIFIC AND HE'S PLAYING GOOD GOLF.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH, AND THAT'S

PETER KESSLER
SO EVERYTHING IS WORKING OUT.

SERGIO GARCIA
PERFECT.

PETER KESSLER
AND RETIEF IS PLAYING GOOD GOLF.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(MUSIC)

PETER KESSLER
HERE'S A COUPLE OF SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS FROM 21 YEAR OLD SERGIO GARCIA'S CAREER.

(WRITTEN TEXT)
-AT 14, BECAME THE YOUNGEST PLAYER TO MAKE A CUT IN A EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT.

-WON THE 1998 BRITISH AMATEUR AT MUIRFIELD 7 & 6 OVER CRAIG WILLIAMS.

-IN 1999, BECAME THE YOUNGEST PLAYER (19 YEARS, 8 MONTHS) IN RYDER CUP HISTORY.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

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After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

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Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.