Golf Talk Live - Sergio Garcia Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

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Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.