Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 3
NOW WHERE WAS THIS PARTICULAR PICTURE TAKEN?
UM, I THINK THAT WAS (LAUGHS) I DON'T KNOW.
AND THE NEXT ONE? MAYBE IT'LL JOG YOUR MEMORY.
I LOOKED, I LOOKED
YEAH, YOU WERE LIFTING WEIGHTS THEN. LOOK HOW GOOD YOU LOOK THERE.
OH LOOK AT THIS ONE. NICE SUIT HUH?
THIS WAS AT THE, WASN'T THIS AT THE CANN FILM FESTIVAL LAST YEAR?
I THINK SO.
I BELIEVE IT WAS. THE SERGIO STORY.
YEAH, I USUALLY DON'T WEAR A RING THOUGH, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT'S OKAY.
WHEN SHE TELLS YOU TO WEAR THE RING YOU WEAR THE RING.
YEAH WELL I MEAN YOU HAVE TO.
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?
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.
NOW YOUR DAD'S ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAMERA, SO
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.
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)
HE HAD TO BECAUSE I DON'T REMEMBER HIM
WINNING THE TOURNAMENT.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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).
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.
AND NOT EVERYBODY GETS ALONG WITH EVERYBODY.
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.
AND NOW SHE'S BACK WITH NICK AND
YEAH AND NOW THEY'RE DOING GREAT.
THEY'RE DOING TERRIFIC AND HE'S PLAYING GOOD GOLF.
YEAH, AND THAT'S
SO EVERYTHING IS WORKING OUT.
AND RETIEF IS PLAYING GOOD GOLF.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
HERE'S A COUPLE OF SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS FROM 21 YEAR OLD SERGIO GARCIA'S CAREER.
-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.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.
Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.
"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."
Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.
"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."