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THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

July 19, 2015

Sergio Garcia

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND

SERGIO GARCIA: Well, why should I be frustrated? I mean, obviously, yeah, you can always come back and say, oh, I missed a couple here or there, yeah. But it's not that easy. It's easy from the bleachers. But really, the one on 18, I would have loved to make that one. I felt like -- I hit two great putts on 16 and 17 and they looked like they were going to go in. They both missed. And then 18, I actually read it right but I saw Jordan's ball going up the hill and it stayed very straight and I thought if I hit it outside right it was going to miss high, so I hit it a little bit less, and then obviously it did break. But no, I'm not -- I'm still happy. I didn't feel like I played -- at least my feelings weren't amazing. I'm not saying that I played badly, but I didn't feel like I was totally smooth and totally on. To be able to shoot a solid round like I did today, I'm still happy with that.

Q. What's your relationship with this championship?
SERGIO GARCIA: I love this tournament. Everybody knows it's -- after the Ryder Cup, it's my favourite tournament. For so many reasons. Obviously I've been fortunate to do well on it. I think -- I mean, I love the courses, the links game. I really, really enjoy it, and also the people. I feel like they carry me around the golf course wherever I go. It doesn't matter if I'm doing well or not so well. They're always there and cheering, and I can really feel the energy. You know, it's great.

Q. You seemed to have fun out there with Jordan. Is he the man to beat tomorrow?
SERGIO GARCIA: He's one of them for sure. We did have a good day today. We both felt -- I think we both felt comfortable with each other out there and played nicely. But yeah, I don't think he's the only guy to beat. There's a lot of really, really good players there that are going to be there having a chance tomorrow.

Q. Do you see any of the young Sergio in Jordan?
SERGIO GARCIA: It's different. Obviously you can say, yeah, age-wise and stuff, but everybody is different. I mean, I think he's a little bit more -- probably a little bit more reserved than I was when I was younger. I'm not saying that he doesn't get excited, but probably I did get a bit more excited, or showed it maybe more. But obviously he's a wonderful player.
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