Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 6
NOW ON THE FIRST TEE, ELS, GARCIA, HARRIS, WEBBER.
(APPLAUSE BY GALLERY)
ERNIE ELS IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
TONY, YOU WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FOR US?
GIVE US A GOOD ONE.
TONY, GOLFER IN TV COMMERCIAL (MALE):
REALLY LIGHT SHOES
FOR REALLY LONG ROUNDS.
YOU KNOW EVERY TIME I SEE THAT I WONDER IF THAT'S THE SAME GUY, THAT HIGH HANDICAPPER WHO YOU GAVE THE BAD YARDAGE TO IN THE PRO-AM AND WANTED TO HAVE A FIGHT AFTER.
DON'T START WITH THAT. HUH?
THAT WAS PRETTY BAD, HUH?
UH, WELL THE,
NOT THE COMMERCIAL
NO, THE, WELL, THE, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT.
NO, THE COMMERCIAL WAS, WAS A LOT OF FUN BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, UNFORTUNATELY IT HAD TO HAPPEN TO ME, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
BUT THE FUNNY PART IS WHEN A DOUBLE DIGIT HANDICAPPER ASKS YOU FOR A YARDAGE AND THEN COMES UP TEN YARDS SHORT, IT'S NOT BECAUSE HE GOT A BAD YARDAGE, IT'S BECAUSE HE'S A DOUBLE DIGIT HANDICAPPER.
WELL THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S THE POINT. THE THING IS WE GAVE HIM THE YARDAGE, GLEN AND ME AND GLEN HASN'T GIVEN ME A WRONG YARDAGE IN A YEAR AND A HALF SO I DON'T THINK HE GAVE HIM THE WRONG YARDAGE, SO, HE HITS THIS BALL
AND I'M LOOKING AT HIM AND I'M LIKE, IT DIDN'T SOUND VERY GOOD AND I'M, I'M TELLING GLEN IT'S NOT GOING TO GET THERE, AND THE WORST PART OF ALL IS THAT THE GREEN, JUST SHORT OF THE GREEN, IT SLOPES STRAIGHT UP HILL, SO THE BALL ROLLED DOWN, SO IT'S, IT'S
EVEN SHORTER AND THE GUY COMES TO ME AND, WELL... OKAY. WHAT EVER.
WHAT KIND OF GOLFER WAS THE BIG FELLOW WHO KEPT MISSING THE SHOTS IN THE COMMERCIAL?
UH, I DON'T THINK HE PLAYS MUCH, BUT HE WAS A GREAT ACTOR, THAT'S FOR SURE.
HE CERTAINLY WAS.
DID YOU AND ERNIE GET BEST SUPPORTING ACTORS FOR THOSE GREAT JOBS YOU DID BACK THERE? YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING WHICH WAS GOOD.
YEAH, THAT'S FOR SURE BECAUSE WE'D, WE'D BE LAUGHING THAT, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, FORTUNATELY, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE PLASTIC BALLS THAT HAS, THEY'RE EMPTY ON THE, ON THE,
ON THE MIDDLE, SO IT DIDN'T HURT THE GIRL, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT ACTUALLY HIT, IT LOOKS LIKE IT HIT THE GIRL, IT ACTUALLY HITS A GUY THAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, IN FRONT OF HER BUT,
AT THAT MOMENT, ERNIE AND ME WE WERE LIKE, OOF, WHAT'S GOING ON HERE (LAUGHS).
DID YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF TAKES?
NO REALLY. IT WAS UH
JUST ONE TAKE?
NO WELL WE HAD TO DO PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE BUT IT WAS PRETTY
BECAUSE YOU WERE GIGGLING?
I, I MEAN THE GUY WAS MISSING THE BALL SO NICELY, THAT, ONCE IN A WHILE, WE COULDN'T, WE COULDN'T STOP, WE COULDN'T STOP LAUGHING... HE WAS DOING IT SO WELL. IT WAS AMAZING.
SOMETIMES THOSE ARE FUN. WE'VE GOT SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. KATE IN ILLINOIS, GO AHEAD KATE.
KATIE, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (FEMALE):
HI SERGIO. HOW YOU DOING?
FINE THANKS AND YOU KATE?
KATIE, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (FEMALE):
I'M GOOD, THANKS. I'M 16 YEARS OLD, I'M A JUNIOR GOLFER AND I'M A VERY BIG FAN OF YOURS. I JUST WANT TO START OUT BY CONGRATULATING YOU ON YOUR FIRST PGA WIN. THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING. MY QUESTION
KATIE, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (FEMALE):
FOR YOU IS HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF OR GET READY FOR A MAJOR TOURNAMENT LIKE THE U.S OPEN?
UH, WELL, UH I TOOK, I TOOK THE WEEK OFF LAST WEEK, PRACTICED A LITTLE BIT IN CANADA, HAVE A LITTLE COTTAGE THERE AND IT WAS, IT WAS PRETTY NICE. IT WAS QUIET AND IS WAS GOOD AND UH,
YOU KNOW, YOU JUST TRY TO GET YOURSELF WITH GOOD FEELINGS. YOU TRY TO, TO GET YOURSELF, YOU KNOW, FEELING THAT YOUR GOLF SWING IS, IS ON THE PLACE YOU WANT IT TO, TO BE IN.
MORE THAN ANYTHING, MENTALLY, IT'S THE TOUGHEST PART. YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE HARD SO YOU GOT TO REALIZE THOSE THINGS BUT OTHER THAN THAT YOU JUST TRY TO PLAY YOUR BEST.
THERE WAS A TIME, NOT SO LONG AGO, WHEN YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY AND FAMILY WOULD CADDIE FOR YOU ON THE GOLF COURSE BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY YOU HAD TO HAVE IT TO BE ABLE TO
COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY. NOW THAT YOU'RE MAKING MONEY AND IT'S NOT A CONCERN, DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S CHANGED YOU IN ANY WAY, OTHER THAN CHANGING THE WAY IN WHICH YOU CAN LIVE?
UM... I HOPE NOT. YOU KNOW, I STILL HANG AROUND WITH THE SAME FRIENDS AT HOME, AND I REALLY LOVE MY FAMILY, BUT, OF COURSE, AS I SAID BEFORE, NOW, BECAUSE I'VE PLAYED WELL AND I HAVE, I HAVE SOME MONEY
I CAN DO SOME THINGS I WASN'T ABLE TO DO BEFORE, LIKE BUYING A CAR OR DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND YOU KNOW, IF, AS A KID YOU REALLY LIKE CARS AND
YOU DREAM ABOUT THOSE THINGS, YOU KNOW, IT, IT MAKES YOU, IT MAKES YOU HAPPY, BUT HOPEFULLY, AND, I HOPE THAT PERS, PERSONAL, PERSONALLY IT DIDN'T CHANGE ME.
WHEN BOBBY JONES WAS A LITTLE YOUNGER THAN YOU ARE NOW, HE USED TO THROW SO MANY GOLF CLUBS WHEN HE GOT MAD, THAT THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION ACTUALLY WROTE HIM A LETTER AND SAID IF YOU DO THAT AGAIN YOU CAN'T COME PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENTS ANYMORE. THIS IS
BEFORE HE WON, YOU KNOW, FOUR U.S. OPENS AND THEY CREATED THE BOB JONES AWARD WHICH IS THE BEST ONE THAT YOU CAN GET IN THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION. ARNOLD USED TO THROW CLUBS TO THE EXTENT THAT HE'D
HAVE ONE OR TWO LEFT IN HIS BAG AS A KID UNTIL HIS DAD WOULDN'T SPEAK TO HIM ON THE WAY HOME FROM A TOURNAMENT THAT ARNOLD WON AND WOULDN'T CONGRATULATE HIM.
YOU'RE AT AN AGE WHERE YOU'RE STILL FINDING YOUR PERSONALITY, AND YOU'RE STILL FIGURING OUT WHO YOU WANT TO BE, DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FAIR TO YOU WHEN YOU'VE DISPLAYED SOME SORT OF YOUTHFUL TEMPER ON THE GOLF COURSE FROM TIME TO TIME? ARE YOU GETTING A FAIR REACTION?
UM... YOU KNOW I'LL SAY THAT PROBABLY A COUPLE TIMES IT WAS A LITTLE UNFAIR BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE, LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE YOU'RE SEEING WITH THE SHOE THING, UH
IT'S, YOU'RE PLAYING, YOU'RE PLAYING SO WELL AND IT'S SUCH A TIGHT MATCH, SO MUCH GOING ON. ACTUALLY I WAS PLAYING WITH RETIEF AND GLEN WAS CADDYING FOR ME.
NOT IF YOU AUDITION FOR THE JOB.
IT WASN'T, IT WASN'T THE FIRST, IT WASN'T THE FIRST TIME I SLIPPED ON THAT TOURNAMENT. THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S THE WORST PART OF ALL BECAUSE
IF I SLEPT, IF I SLIPPED JUST ONCE THEN I CAN HANDLE IT BUT, I PROBABLY SLIPPED LIKE THREE TIMES IN THAT TOURNAMENT, AND IT HAPPENED IN THE MOST, THE MOST CRUCIAL MOMENT AT THAT TIME WHERE I
WAS, I JUST CAME BACK, I WON 14, I THINK I WAS LIKE, 11 UNDER PAR AND I WAS THREE DOWN AND I WON 14, I WAS TWO DOWN AT THAT TIME, SO I'M THINKING, OKAY, NOW I CAN, I CAN PULL THIS OFF.
I MEAN, I, I CAN WIN THIS THING AND THEN, A TOUGH HOLE LIKE 15 AT, AT WENTWORTH EAST AND, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO BE IN THE FAIRWAY AND, YOU KNOW, IT HAPPENS BUT IT PROBABLY WAS A LITTLE UNFAIR AND YOU KNOW, I, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I HAVEN'T DONE
THOSE MANY BAD THINGS AND IF YOU SEE ME FOR THE LAST PROBABLY EIGHT, SEVEN, EIGHT MONTHS, I HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING.
BEEN ON GOOD BEHAVIOR.
YEAH, AND, AND IT HASN'T BEEN EASY.
NO, BECAUSE, I MEAN IF YOU REALIZE WHAT HAPPENED TO ME AT THE MASTERS, HIT THE PIN ON THE LAST, MISSED THE CUT BY ONE AND THEN I FINISHED BOGIE, BOGIE, BOGIE AT HILTON HEAD TO MISS THE CUT BY ONE. IT'S NOT EASY
TO HANDLE, BUT, THANKS MORE THAN ANYTHING TO MY FAMILY. MY DAD, MY MOM. I'VE BEEN, I'VE BEEN ABLE TO, TO OVERCOME IT A LITTLE AND GLEN HAS BEEN HELPING TOO.
WE'RE PROUD OF YOU. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK.
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