February 21, 2015
Q.¬† Have you ever had a better 4 than the one on 13?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† Yeah, I would put it in my top three.¬† I would say so. I've had some beauties I guess.
Q.¬† Your caddie said you had a 4‑iron out of the trap‑‑
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† 3‑iron.
Q.¬† How would you describe the gap you had to hit?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† Unfortunately I had the TV tower, which if I would have been off the bunker, it would have been nice.¬† It would have given me a better angle.¬† But because I was in the bunker ‑‑¬† if I took full relief off the TV tower I was going to be up against the lip so I had pretty much no shot.
I probably had a couple yards, I would say between the TV tower and the trunk of the tree.¬† The difficult part about it was that I was in a little bit of a downslope in the bunker, ball a little bit above my feet, having to hit like a low, low cut that went underneath the branchs.¬† So it just clipped one little branch.
But I was thrilled to, I mean, I would have been happy with five, so four was a bonus.
Q.¬† And how long was the putt that you made for par?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† I would say probably 16 feet, 15 feet.¬† I hit a terrible chip.
Q.¬† Did Ryan Moore say anything to you?¬† Your drive almost hit him when he was behind.
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† Oh, really?
Q.¬† He was standing ready to putt‑‑
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† His second shot?
Q.¬† His first shot he hit off the pin‑‑
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† I didn't even know there was anybody on the 10th hole, and I was‑‑ I mean, I didn't even know where my ball was going.
Q.¬† You said your game today reminded you of somebody‑‑ can you expand on that?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† Yeah, it's kind of been like that, all week I guess.¬† I've hit some beauties and I've hit some shockers.¬† It was a little bit Seve‑like, I would guess, the way I saved some of those pars, where you know, it looked like I was going to make bogey or double, something like that.
So to be able to be able to kind of get away with it, and managed to shoot the round I shot‑‑ under the conditions, which the course was playing really tough, too, so I'm happy with that.
Q.¬† Did you have visions of Seve in your head as you were hitting some of these shots?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† No, I had too many things in my head to think about Seve.¬† I thought about it after I did it.¬† In between, I was too worried about what I did and what I had to do.
Q.¬† They are billing this as more than golf.¬† What do you think about the festival atmosphere they are trying to create to bring in more fans to watch the golf with the food trucks, the concert this afternoon; what do you think about this?
SERGIO GARC√ćA:¬† Well, I think everything that is good for the game is great.¬† It's great for us.¬† As long as the game stays as truthful to itself, to it's ideas and the way it's been throughout the years.¬† So I think that's all good if it stays under control, because at the end of the day, it is a golf tournament, it's not a party.¬† So you still have to be respectful and enjoy it as much as you can, obviously, but be respectful to everyone out there.
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