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.
Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia
Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.
Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.
Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.
It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.
The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.