Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 5
AND HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TODAY, SERGIO, FOR YOU, FROM TODD IN CLEVELAND. THE EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM WILL NOT
FEATURE ALL OF EUROPE'S BEST PLAYERS BECAUSE OF THE ODD SELECTION PROCESS. WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN FOR EUROPE TO FIELD IT'S BEST TEAM IN THE FUTURE?
AH, WELL, THAT'S, THAT'S A REALLY TOUGH QUESTION. IT'S, UNFORTUNATELY IT'S NOT IN OUR HANDS BUT I DON'T KNOW, I'LL PROBABLY SAY THE BEST WAY TO, TO PICK, WELL YOU CAN SAY THE
BEST, THE STRONGEST EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM WILL BE PROBABLY ON THE (??41:19) RANKINGS, BUT YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY IT'S NOT LIKE THAT AND
UNFORTUNATELY TOO, JIMENEZ, OR OLAZABAL, OR JASPER OR ME WE'RE, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO PLAY AS MUCH AS WE WOULD LIKE IN EUROPE BUT HOPEFULLY,
YOU KNOW, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE COULD, I THINK PROBABLY THREE OUT OF THE FOUR GUYS WE CAN STILL MAKE, I MEAN, WE, WE CAN ALL MAKE IT IF WE PLAY WELL HERE. THE BRITISH OPEN, THE PGA,
BUT IT'S, IT'S TOUGH, I MEAN I THINK THAT
THE MAJORS ARE HARD ENOUGH TO PUT SOME EXTRA PRESSURE ON YOURSELF TO TRY TO MAKE THE RYDER CUP TEAM ON THOSE TOURNAMENTS.
YEAH WE'VE GOT A LIST OF SOME OF THE PLAYERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY NOT ON THE TEAM, ALL OF WHICH I THINK YOU WOULD WANT ON THE TEAM. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHO THOSE PLAYERS ARE. I MEAN THIS IS A PRETTY TOUGH GROUP TO DO WITHOUT, ISN'T IT?
YEAH, WELL FOR SURE IT IS AND YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE COLIN, BUT I THINK COLIN IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT AND MIGUEL ANGEL AND FALDO'S PLAYING WELL. BERNHARD IS PLAYING
EXTREMELY WELL HERE AND OF COURSE JESPER BUT UH YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY, OUT OF THOSE, OUT OF THOSE SIX, HOPEFULLY AT LEAST FOUR OR FIVE WILL MAKE IT AND THEN WELL, YOU CAN ALWAYS PICK A COUPLE.
YOU GET, YOU GET FOUR OR FIVE WHO WILL MAKE IT, YOU'RE IN GOOD SHAPE BECAUSE IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE WAY THE TEAM STANDINGS ARE NOW AND WITH NO DISRESPECT TO THE PLAYERS
WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON THE TEAM, THIS TEAM NEEDS A COUPLE MORE SUPERSTARS IN ORDER TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH THE AMERICAN SIDE.
YEAH WELL I'LL SAY MORE THAN ANYTHING IT NEEDS SOME PLAYERS THAT PLAY MORE RYDER CUPS.
I'VE ONLY PLAYED ONCE BUT, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE UP THERE BUT GUYS LIKE, OF COURSE, LANGER, OR FALDO, OR JIMENEZ
OR OF COURSE, MONTGOMERIE, I THINK THEY, THEY NEED TO BE IN THAT, IN THAT TEAM TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO, TO BE ABLE TO, TO MEET THE, THE U.S. GUYS.
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT TIGER'S COMPETITION ISN'T GOING TO COME FROM THE PLAYERS WHO ARE OLDER THAN HIM, THAT TIGER'S
COMPETITION IS REALLY GOING TO COME FROM YOU, AND ADAM SCOTT AND AARON BADLEY AND CHARLIE HOWELL. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF, OF THAT LINE OF THINKING?
WELL PROBABLY, PROBABLY IT'S RIGHT BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE THERE MORE TIME BECAUSE WE'RE YOUNGER AND YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT THE SAME THING WHEN YOU'RE 40 AND WHEN YOU'RE 22 AND IN TEN YEARS, THE GUY
WHO'S 40 IS GOING TO BE 50 AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE 32 SO FOR SURE, LONG TERM, IT WILL BE. I THINK THAT, RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN STILL HAVE A LOT OF GUYS OLDER THAN, THAN TIGER THAT CAN, THAT CAN GIVE YOU MORE RUN AND
BUT LONG TERM I'LL SAY THAT PROBABLY, HOPEFULLY THOSE GUYS THAT YOU MENTIONED WILL BE, WILL BE OUT THERE.
I WAN T YOU TO JUST DESCRIBE FOR ME, AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT TOGETHER, THE WINNING PUTT FROM THE '99 GERMAN MASTERS WHICH I THINK YOU'LL REMEMBER FROM JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND TELL US ABOUT IT AS WE GO TO BREAK.
WELL... IT WAS, IT WAS JUST A GREAT PUTT. I MADE A GREAT PUTT TO, TO CONTINUE ON THE PLAYOFF AND THIS PUTT, I HIT, I HIT A SIMILAR PUTT FROM
THE OTHER EDGE TO, TO, TO GO TO 12 UNDER ON THE TOURNAMENT AND I MISSED IT HIGH, SO I KNEW IT WASN'T GOING TO... OOH!
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T KNOW.
I WAS GOING TO TRY TO TELL YOU FIVE MORE SECONDS.
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."
Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder
After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.
La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.
"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."
Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.
The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.
"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."