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Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
I KNOW THIS WEEK IT'S ONE SHOT AT A TIME AND I KNOW THAT THE GUY WHO HAS THE LOWEST SCORE WINS AND THAT YOU WANT TO HIT FAIRWAYS AND GREENS, BUT WHAT'S THE REAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK OF WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO TO COMPETE AND PERHAPS WIN THE U.S. OPEN?

SERGIO GARCIA
I DON'T KNOW, IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW THE WEATHER, THE WEATHER COMES OUT AND IF IT'S REALLY WINDY OR NOT BUT FOR SURE IT'S, IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PATIENCE AROUND THIS COURSE.

THE GREENS ARE REALLY TOUGH, SO EVEN BEING ON THE GREEN, IS, IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, SO I THINK, IT JUST, AS YOU SAID, ONE, ONE STEP AT A TIME, JUST TRY TO HIT
AS MANY GOOD SHOT AS YOU CAN. TRY


TO KEEP IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GREENS AND SOMETIMES, EVEN BEING, I DON'T KNOW, 12 FEET FROM THE HOLE OR 10 FEET FROM THE HOLE YOU'RE GOING TO

REALIZE THAT YOU, YOU'RE GOING TO TRY JUST TO MAKE PAR, BECAUSE IF NOT, YOU'RE GOING TO, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH A BOGIE AND THEN, THAT'S WHAT

GETS YOUR PATIENCE. SO, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY GOOD TEST. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT TOURNAMENT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER
DOES THE COURSE FIT YOUR EYE? WHEN YOU STAND ON THE TEES DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WANT TO?

SERGIO GARCIA
I FEEL PRETTY COMFORTABLE, YEAH. I DIDN'T PLAY THE BACK NINE YESTERDAY BUT I PLAYED IT TODAY AND I DID FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE AROUND THE,

AROUND THE TEES AND RUNNING TO THE GREENS. OF COURSE, IT'S THE U.S. OPEN SO YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T MISS, YOU CAN'T MISS THE GREENS BUT I REALLY, I REALLY FELT PRETTY COMFORTABLE AROUND THE GOLF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
BEFORE TOMMY BOLT WON THE U.S. OPEN HERE IN 1958, HE WON AT COLONIAL BEFORE PRICE WON HIS PGA HERE. HE WON AT COLONIAL AND PEOPLE SAID IT'S
NO ACCIDENT THAT YOU PLAY WELL AT
THESE TWO COURSES AT THE SAME TIME.

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON THAT MAKES THAT SO?

SERGIO GARCIA
WELL THEY'RE, THEY KIND OF LOOK ALIKE A LOT. THEY'RE PRETTY SIMILAR OFF THE TEE. THIS ONE IS A LITTLE, IS A LITTLE LONGER THAN COLONIAL, BUT YOU KNOW, SAME TYPE OF GRASS, SIMILAR GREENS,

IT'S, IT'S ALL VERY SIMILAR SO, IF YOU'RE, IF YOU'RE DOWN WELL LIKE, LIKE I FORTUNATELY DID AND, AT COLONIAL, IT KIND OF GIVES YOU SOME MORE CONFIDENCE TO, TO BE ABLE TO DO WELL HERE SO HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO, TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
IS THE LONG HITTER GOING TO HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE HERE THAN SOMEBODY WHO JUST PUTS IT INTO PLAY?

SERGIO GARCIA
IT COULD. FOR SURE IT COULD BECAUSE IT'S NOT EASY TO HIT THESE FAIRWAYS . SOME OF THEM SLOPE A LOT AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE HITTING LIKE A THREE
WOOD OR A TWO IRON OFF THE TEE, KIND

OF HIT, AND TRYING TO, TO KEEP IT IN THE FAIRWAY IT'S GOING TO BE EASIER THAN OTHER GUYS TRYING TO HIT DRIVER BECAUSE IF NOT IT'S GOING TO BE WAY TOO LONG TO BE ABLE TO STOP IT ON THE GREENS, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HIT IT

IN THE FAIRWAY. IF YOU DON'T, YOU CAN GET SOME TRICKY LIES AROUND THIS ROUGH. IT'S, AND IT'S, EVEN BEING ON THE FIRST CUT (?) IS, IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE YOU CAN GET SOME FLIERS FROM THE FIRST CUT (?) AND SOMETIMES

IT'S GOING TO COME OUT NORMAL, SO, IT'S GOING TO BE, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY, THAT'S FOR SURE.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S FUNNY, WE, WE HAD TALKED A LITTLE BIT AGO ABOUT THE CRITICISM OF YOUR GOLF SWING BUT THERE'S SORT OF TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING AND THEY'RE EXTREME.

ONE SAYS, SERGIO'S SWING IS SUCH THAT HE HAS TO HAVE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT TIMING TO PLAY HIS BEST. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?

SERGIO GARCIA
I DON'T THINK SO. I JUST, I JUST HAVE TO FEEL WELL ON MYSELF. I, I THINK EVERYBODY HAS TO HAVE GOOD TIMING TO, TO BE ABLE TO HIT THE BALL THE WAY HE WANTS TO.

I DON'T THINK THAT EVEN TIGER, WHEN TIGER WINS WHEN HE DOES, WHEN HE'S NOT IN GOOD RHYTHM, AS YOU COULD SEE AT BAY HILL, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE LAST ROUND. HE'S NOT GOING TO HIT IT WELL AND HE HAS,

LIKE, EVERYBODY SAYS HE HAS A PERFECT SWING. SO, TIMING, I THINK IT'S ALL IN GOLF, AS EVERYBODY'S SEEN, BUT, I DON'T THINK, I MEAN IF I HAVE PERFECT TIMING I CAN HIT EXACTLY THE

SAME SHOT I WANT TO HIT AND I CAN FADE IT AS MUCH AS I WANT OR DRAW IT AS MUCH AS I WANT AS EVERYBODY, BUT I DON'T, I DON'T THINK I NEED PERFECT TIMING TO HIT THE BALL WELL.

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN OF COURSE, THE OPPOSITE FEELING THAT PEOPLE HAVE AND THE ONE YOU MENTIONED, PETER COSTAS' REFERENCE, IS THAT YOUR ACTION LOOKS A LOT LIKE HOGAN WHICH IS A HAPPY THING TO HAVE HAPPEN.

DO YOU SEE ANY SIMILARITIES IN YOUR MOVE AND BEN HOGAN'S?

SERGIO GARCIA
WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, I, I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM AND I NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM IN REAL LIFE, BUT FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN ON TV, YEAH, WELL I MEAN, FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN ON TV, IT LOOKS PRETTY SIMILAR TO ME, I MEAN

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL SLOW IT DOWN NOW FOR YOU.

AND IT'S THIS PART. THE, THE DOWNSWING THAT PEOPLE SAY IS SIMILAR. THE

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH. MAYBE

PETER KESSLER
MAYBE EXTRA WRIST COCK.

SERGIO GARCIA
YEAH. I'LL SAY MAYBE MINE IS, MAYBE A HAIR MORE SEVERE THAN HIS, BUT AS I WAS TELLING YOU BEFORE, THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO GET BETTER AS, AS THE, AS THE YEARS GO BY. I THINK THAT'S

PROBABLY, TWO, THAT'S PROBABLY MEDINA TWO YEARS AGO, SO IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT MY SWING NOW IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE LESS THAN WHAT IT WAS.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DID YOU AND YOUR DAD HANDLE THE BIT ABOUT THE CRITICISM THAT SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO LET YOU GO TO A BETTER KNOWN TEACHER, SOMEONE WITH A BIGGER NAME, WHO COULD TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

SERGIO GARCIA
NO, WELL, I, I TALKED TO HIM AND HE'S ALWAYS BEEN OPEN TO THAT. HE'S ALWAYS SAID, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT. YOU CAN GO TO, I MEAN WE CAN

TALK ABOUT IT. WE CAN LOOK WHO WE THINK IS BEST FOR YOU BUT I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I'M ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF HIM, I MEAN I'M ALWAYS GOING TO BE WITH YOU, WITH HIM, SO YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ALONE.

SO I WANT TO SEE WHAT HE'S DOING TO YOU, AND WE TALK ABOUT THAT BUT WE REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE, WE KNOW EACH OTHER SO, SO WELL AND AS SOON AS I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON AND OTHER THAN THAT

THE THING IS, AS I SAID BEFORE, I'M, I'M A LOT OF FEEL PLAYER, SO I CAN, I MEAN FOR EXAMPLE, YESTERDAY I WAS HITTING BALLS IN THE AFTERNOON AND I WAS,

I DON'T KNOW, I WASN'T HITTING THE BALL VERY WELL. I WAS HOOKING IT A LITTLE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I JUST SAID, WELL, I'M GOING TO TRY TO STAND UP A LITTLE HIGHER, GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE BALL SO I CAN SWING, I CAN SWING IT A LITTLE MORE UPRIGHT SO I CAN GET

ACROSS THE BALL BETTER, SO, THOSE KIND OF THINGS IS WHAT HELPS ME AND MY DAD TO CORRECT MY SWING, BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO GET, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE

CLUB RIGHT HERE AND THEN COME DOWN THIS WAY. IT'S A LOT OF FEEL INVOLVED SO, THANKS TO ALL THE TIME WE SPEND TOGETHER, HE KNOWS WHAT I FEEL.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK FROM THIS LITTLE BREAK, LET'S FIND OUT HOW YOU'RE HELPING HIM WITH HIS SWING TO GET READY FOR THE SENIOR PGA TOUR. WE'LL BE BACK IN A MOMENT.

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