2001 US Open - Sergio Garcia News Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
SERGIO GARCIA: Well, at the beginning it was pretty hot. And then, thanks to the clouds, from 14 on it was pretty nice, temp-wise. But I think I played pretty solid. I hit a lot of fairways, hit quite a lot of greens, and I'm just pleased -- I'm just -- I'll say a little unhappy the way I hit a couple of iron shots on the back 9, and I was a little greedy on 7, trying to go for the pin. But other than that I think it was very good. I had a lot of good putts, could have made some more, but I'm very pleased with the way I played.
 
Q. Sergio, did they forget to tell you that no European has won this thing since 1970? Are you aware of that?
 
SERGIO GARCIA: Where are my thoughts on that? I don't know, records are made to be broken, so I hope I'll do that tomorrow. But it's not in my mind right now, if it's something negative for me. I just feel like I'm playing well enough to do it. And I just hope to go out there tomorrow and play as well or trying to play better than I've been playing these days, and, hopefully, you make a couple of putts here and there, and you get away with it.
 
RAND JERRIS: Could you walk us quickly through your birdies and bogeys on the third round.
 
SERGIO GARCIA: I birdied the 3rd, hit a nice 3-wood over the right of the middle of the fairway. Pulled it just a hair with a little 9-iron, a little long, probably about 20 feet, made a great putt there. Then on 5 I had a tremendous drive, about 375 yards. I hit 2-iron to the green. I hit it just a little right, just right of the bunker. Hit a very nice flop shot from there to about five feet and made it. Then on 7 I hit a good 3-iron off the tee, pulled it a little with an iron, tried to, as I said before, trying to be a little too greedy. I hit it in the back bunker, hit a great bunker shot from there, the best I could, to about 15 feet and almost made it. Then on 10 I hit a very nice cut 4-iron off the tee, a nice cut 9-iron from there to about 12, 15 feet, kind of hit it just a little too hard, probably went about six inches past the hole and started coming back and made it. Then on 12 I hit a great 3-wood off the tee with a little draw. Hit it -- I was a little uncomfortable with the 8-iron, thinking that it might have been -- might have hit it too long, and hit it over the green. And I hit it a little heavy in the bunker. Hit a pretty good bunker shot to about five, six feet and missed it. Then on 13 I missed the fairway on the right, again, and hit a nice sand wedge out of the rough, then hit it to about five feet, made it. Then on 14 I hit a bad shot to the right, hit a pretty good chip, just a little too long to about five feet again, missed it, five, six feet. And then on 15 I hit a great 2-iron on the tee, very nice 7-iron to about six feet, made it. And that was it.
 
Q. Sergio, what did you do differently with your driver to hit so many fairways? And secondly, being slight of build, how do you hit it so far?
 
SERGIO GARCIA: I don't know. My mom's cooking. I don't know. I mean to hit it far, the other thing you need is, of course, club head speed and hit it on the right part of the club. So I'll say it probably is that. That's what my little lag gives me. To hit the fairway, I was just feeling very comfortable all year. Last year I felt like I hit the driver pretty well, too, I hit a lot of fairways, too. But this year it's just been very good. I hit a lot of fairways. I hit quite a lot of greens. And that's what you need to do here in a U.S. Open.
 
Q. Sergio, how does having won in this country make you a different player in the final round of the Open as compared to the final round at the PGA in Medinah?
 
SERGIO GARCIA: It makes me a different player, I'll say, more I think because I'm, overall, I'm just a better player. I'm smarter, I know how to hit the ball. I can hit it any way I want to, more or less. And I have a victory under my belt. So I don't feel like I have to win because I haven't won in this country. So it does help a lot. But it's still a major. And it's a different win. So you still have to be able to go out there and play the best you can and hopefully win the tournament.
 
Q. Sergio, you seem to look at the board several times throughout the round today, and responded accordingly, either with a birdie or with a near miss on a birdie putt. Do you find that you get charged up when you see your name on the board and you know you have to make birdie to either be in the last group or to be leading the golf tournament?
 
SERGIO GARCIA: Yes, more than anything, I like to know where I'm standing. I like to see how close to the leaders I am. And certainly I wanted to see how Retief was doing, because I wanted to play with him on the last round, if possible. But other than that, I just like to know where I'm at and if I need to maybe be just a hair -- a little more aggressive, and just -- it's just the way I feel.
 
Q. Tell me about that birdie putt you had. I don't think it went in the back door, I think it went all the way around the back door and in the side.
 
SERGIO GARCIA: It was in the middle, but in the back door. It was a little weird, because on 9 I hit two very good shots, hit it probably to about ten feet, and I pushed it slightly in -- it was just enough to miss it on the right side, just lipped out on the right side. On 10 I had a similar putt, but it was breaking a little bit more, so I didn't want to push it again and miss it low. So I kind of hit it a little too hard and missed it left, probably about three or four inches left. But because of the pin position the ball just probably went about four or five inches past the hole and started coming back. And as soon as I saw it coming back I'm like, 'Well, is it going to go in?' It looked like it was going to go in, then it looked like it was just going to miss long, and then it -- obviously it went in the middle of the hole, but on the other side of the hole.
 

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

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

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

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.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

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.