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SERGIO GARCIA WAS AN INTERNATIONAL HOUSEHOLD NAME WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER AND NOW THAT HE'S 21, HIS LEGEND CONTINUES TO SOAR. HE'S WON IN EUROPE. HE'S WON ON THE PGA TOUR

AND HE'S GOING TO REPRESENT EUROPE AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER AS A MEMBER OF THE RYDER CUP TEAM. MEET SERGIO, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

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PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ALL TIME GREATS WHO ARE ALL BUSINESS ON THE GOLF COURSE. BOBBY JONES WAS SO CONSUMED BY SELF IMPOSED PRESSURE

THAT HE FREQUENTLY LOST A DOZEN POUNDS OR MORE DURING A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP AND HE RETIRED FROM COMPETITIVE GOLF AT THE AGE OF 28.

THE AGONY OF LOSING AND AN UNCOOPERATIVE STOMACH DROVE BYRON NELSON FROM THE GAME AT THE AGE OF 34.

HOGAN

AND WOODS

AND NICKLAUS

AND WATSON, FOCUSED THEIR ENERGIES ON THE GOLF AND ENTERTAINED THROUGH THE BRILLIANCE OF THEIR PLAY, NOT THROUGH THE FORCE OF PERSONALITY. OTHER GREATS NEED AN

OUTLET TO HELP DIFFUSE THE PRESSURE. WALTER HAGAN WAS A SHOWMAN, AN ENTERTAINER, AND A GREAT CHAMPION.

LEE TREVINO MADE US LAUGH AND THEN THRILLED US WITH HIS SHOT MAKING.

SEVE BALLESTEROS SHARED HIS EVERY EMOTION AND INVITED US TO PARTICIPATE EMOTIONALLY IN THE GREAT MOMENTS AND THE NOT SO GREAT. THIS IS THE UNIQUE LEGACY THAT SERGIO GARCIA IS AN INDELIBLE PART OF. HE'S A

PRODIGY. A BORN SHOWMAN, EMOTIONALLY ACCESSIBLE. A HOST WHO INVITES US TO BE A PART OF HIS SHOW. AT THE AGE OF 21, HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED WORLD CLASS PLAYER. HE WAS AN INSPIRATIONAL FORCE ON THE EUROPEAN

RYDER CUP TEAM. HE WON TWICE ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR AS A TEENAGER. HE WON THE COLONIAL ON THE PGA TOUR, WHERE BEN HOGAN'S LEGACY IS PERMANENTLY IMPRINTED. HIS SWING HAS BEEN COMPARED TO HOGAN'S, WITH THE

STRONGEST POINT OF COMPARISON BEING THE TOP OF SWING TO IMPACT, BUT YOU CAN'T COMPARE SERGIO TO ANYONE, A ONE OF A KIND PERSONALITY AND PLAYER WHO EXCITES US WITH HIS JOY OF PLAYING THE GAME HE LOVES AND LEAVES US AWE STRUCK BY THE MAJESTY OF HIS PLAY.

FROM TULSA, OKLAHOMA, WE'RE AT SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, THE SITE OF THE 101ST U.S. OPEN. WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER.

GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO, ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST EXCITING CHARACTERS IN ALL OF GOLF, SERGIO GARCIA.

IT'S SO NICE TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN.

SERGIO GARCIA
THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST PGA TOUR WIN AT THE MASTERCARD COLONIAL.

SERGIO GARCIA
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
WOULD YOU SAY THAT THAT FINAL ROUND 63 WAS THE BEST FINAL ROUND THAT YOU EVER PLAYED WHEN IT MATTERED?

SERGIO GARCIA
YES, FOR SURE IT WAS BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF THE MOMENTUM (?), YOU KNOW, I PLAYED, REALLY WELL WHEN I HAD TO.

PHIL WAS PLYING WELL TOO, AND, YOU KNOW, I CAME BACK, I MEAN I, I PLAYED A GREAT FRONT NINE TO SHOOT 29 I THINK PROBABLY PUT SOME PRESSURE IN, IN PHIL THAT'S, AND THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED TO

DO AND IF I WANTED TO WIN THAT TOURNAMENT, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS, AS ANYBODY SAW I COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE LOWER BUT, YOU KNOW, I CAN

ALWAYS BE, AND I HIT SOME GOOD PUTTS THAT JUST MISSED BUT, IT WAS, IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO, TO WIN MY FIRST TOURNAMENT HERE IN THE STATES.

PETER KESSLER
WAS IT MY IMAGINATION OR WERE YOU PLAYING SMARTER GOLF THAN WE'VE EVER SEEN YOU PLAY BEFORE?

SERGIO GARCIA
IT PROBABLY WAS. I, I DON'T KNOW, DURING, DURING ALL THAT WEEK I WAS REALLY COMFORTABLE WITH TALKING TO GLEN, TO MY CADDIE, AND I JUST FELT SO COMFORTABLE AND, AND I KNEW THAT

I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO FOR EVERY SINGLE PIN BECAUSE THE, THE WAY THE GREENS WERE, AS FIRM AS THEY WERE, SOME THINGS WERE IMPOSSIBLE, BUT I WAS, YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLY FOCUSED

AND I, I REALLY KNEW WHERE I WANTED TO HIT THE BALL GOING TO THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER
OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU FELT AFTERWARDS, OF ALL THE EMOTIONS THAT SORT OF RAN THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM, WAS RELIEF THE STRONGEST OF THEM ALL DO YOU SUPPOSE?

SERGIO GARCIA
UM, HAPPINESS AND RELIEF. I, FIRST THING CAME TO MY MIND WAS OF COURSE MY DAD AND MY MOM, ALL MY FAMILY BECAUSE IT'S BEEN KIND OF HARD FOR, FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WITH ALL THE CRITICIS... CRITICISM AND YOU

KNOW, WITHOUT PLAYING THAT BAD I THINK BECAUSE I, I HAD REALLY MY CHANCES OF WINNING BUT I HAVEN'T CONVERTED THEM BUT FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MIND WAS FOR SURE MY DAD AND MY MOM.

PETER KESSLER
WELL I KNOW THAT YOUR DAD WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE AIRPORT AND HE'S ON HIS CELL PHONE TO YOUR MOTHER WHO'S TELLING HIM THAT YOU BETTER GO BACK TO THE GOLF COURSE BECAUSE YOUR SON

IS WINNING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT, AND HE DID AND HE MET UP WITH YOU AFTER IT WAS OVER. WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU?

SERGIO GARCIA
WELL, HE, FIRST OF ALL HE TOLD ME HE WAS TALKING TO MY MOM THERE IN THE, IN THE AIRPORT AND AS SOON AS THEY ACTUALLY TOLD HIM THAT I WON THEY

WERE JUMPING ALL AROUND. PEOPLE WAS LOOKING AT THEM LIKE, WHAT THESE TWO GUYS, THESE TWO GUYS MIGHT BE, MUST BE CRAZY.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

SERGIO GARCIA
BUT, IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY GREAT. I TALKED TO HIM AFTER I FINISHED AND THERE WERE RE... THEY WERE ALMOST READY TO GET INTO, TO GET TO THE, TO THE AIRPLANE, SO, SO I SAID, ARE YOU GOING TO COME BACK? HE'S LIKE, HE'S

LIKE, YES. I'M THINKING, WHAT'S GOING TO, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE, WITH THE LUGGAGE, I MEAN THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE STOP THE PLANE, TAKE THE LUGGAGE OUT, JUST IN CASE, I DON'T KNOW, SOMEBODY THINKS THAT, THAT MAYBE THEY HAVE A BOMB OR BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET INTO THE PLANE, SO

SO HE GOES, I DON'T CARE, I'M GOING BACK, SO, IT WAS GREAT, I, HE, HE CAME BACK RIGHT AFTER I FINISHED THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND, AND IT WAS REALLY NICE AND YOU KNOW HE COULD, HE COULD BARELY TALK ON THE PHONE. HE WAS, HE WAS CRYING LIKE A BABY.

PETER KESSLER
HE'S BEEN WAITING FOR THIS HIS WHOLE LIFE, HASN'T HE?

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH HE HAS AND BOTH OF US, BUT, I THINK WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED FOR THIS YEAR AND A HALF, PAST YEAR AND A HALF, IT WAS EVEN SWEETER, YOU KNOW, IT FELT EVEN BETTER AFTER, AFTER WINNING.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SAY THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF YOU MEAN CRITICISMS OF YOUR DAD BEING YOUR TEACHER, CRITICISMS OF YOUR GOLF SWING. THOSE KINDS OF THINGS?

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, AND YOU KNOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE HAVING BEHIND ME, OTHER THAN MY FAMILY, I THINK, PROBABLY ONE OF THE GUYS WHO, I MEAN, OTHER THAN PLAYERS THAT I KNOW, PETER COSTAS HAS PROBABLY BEEN ONE

OF THE BEST GUYS, IMMEDIATE GUYS AROUND ME SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THIS GUY WHO HAS A SIMILAR SWING TO BEN HOGAN'S. WE'VE ALWAYS

SAID THAT BEN HOGAN IS THE BEST BALL STRIKER IN THE HISTORY AND EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO CHANGE MY SWING AND I KNOW THAT MY CHANGED, MY SWING IS GOING TO CHANGE AS SOON

I MEAN, AS I KEEP PLAYING GOLF BECAUSE I'LL GET A LITTLE BIGGER AND IT'LL JUST BE CHANGING, BUT, I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE THE WAY I, THE WAY I'M HITTING THE BALL AND WITH MY SWING.

I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT I'M A, I'M A FEEL PLAYER AND IF I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY CLUB IS I, I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HIT THE BALL.

PETER KESSLER
JOHNNY MILLER SAID THAT YOU THINK THAT RIGHT NOW YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. DO YOU THINK THAT?

SERGIO GARCIA
UH, WELL, FOR SURE THAT, MINUS, WE ALL KNOW THAT TIGER IS PLAYING REALLY GOOD, REALLY WELL BUT YOU KNOW I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING, I'M GETTING TO, TO A PRETTY GOOD LEVEL, YOU KNOW

I'M, I'M PLAYING WELL, I'M GETTING A LOT SMARTER ON THE GOLF COURSE, I'M HANDLING MYSELF A LOT BETTER ON THE GOLF COURSE AND THAT THING IS JUST TAKEN SOME SHOTS OUT OF

MY SCORE CARD AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT IT TRIED TO DO, BUT I THINK I STILL HAVE TO KEEP PRACTICING HARDER AND HARDER AND, AND YOU KNOW, TRY TO, TRY TO BEAT TIGER OF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR NEXT RYDER CUP CAPTAIN, SAM TORRANCE SAID A PLAYER CAN'T CONSIDER HIMSELF GREAT UNTIL HE'S WON A PROFESSIONAL MAJOR. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

SERGIO GARCIA
I THINK SO. YEAH. THERE, THERE CAN BE SOME EXCEPTIONS LIKE DUVAL OR MICKELSON, BUT I'M SURE THEY'LL WIN ONE EVENTUALLY. THEY HAVE TO

BECAUSE THEY'RE WAY, I MEAN THEY'RE GOOD ENOUGH TO, TO DO IT, BUT I MEAN YOU CAN FIGURE A GOOD PLAYER, BUT UNTIL YOU WIN A MAJOR, YOU, I DON'T THINK YOU'RE A GREAT PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
ANA CORNACOVA CALLED US, SENT US A PICTURE OF THE TWO OF YOU, AND BY THE WAY, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT NOW. WANTS TO KNOW WHY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN CALLING. WHAT'S GOING ON?

SERGIO GARCIA
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
LOOK, WE'VE GOT THIS PICTURE OF THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER, SO DON'T GIVE ME THAT GIGGLY STUFF. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THE SHOTS.

SERGIO GARCIA
HOW IS THAT?

PETER KESSLER
OF YOU AND ANA TOGETHER.

SERGIO GARCIA
I'VE NEVER, I'VE NEVER MET HER.

PETER KESSLER
WE KNOW THE REAL STORY.

SERGIO GARCIA
WHERE IS SHE?

PETER KESSLER
OKAY, THEY'RE, THEY'RE SEEING IT AT HOME RIGHT NOW BUT WE CAN'T SEE, WE CAN'T SEE IT.

SERGIO GARCIA
WHY IS THAT? I WANT TO SEE IT (LAUGHS).

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, I WANTED TO SEE IT TOO. I WANTED TO SEE HOW THEY PUT THE THING TOGETHER AND I WANTED TO SEE WHAT ANA SENT US SO WE'LL TALK ABOUT HER A LITTLE

SERGIO GARCIA
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
LATER IN THE SHOW

SERGIO GARCIA
THAT'S GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
AND FOR NOW WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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