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February 24, 2000

Sergio Garcia


GORDON SIMPSON: Sergio, yesterday you won the hard way. Today you took a little easier route to victory.

SERGIO GARCIA: I can tell you I feel much better than yesterday. I played real well today, I played some great golf. And Mike missed a couple of short putts on the first three and that gave me a lot of confidence. And after that I had a good momentum going on on 6, 7, 8 and 9 with four birdies in a row. And of course now with a birdie on 12.

GORDON SIMPSON: Was that what you needed to get the confidence high going into the next few days?

SERGIO GARCIA: Yes, it's always great to play that kind of golf and hit in close and making the putts. So you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, but of course I'll be more confident tomorrow than I probably was the first day.

Q. Is that the best you played this year, Sergio?

SERGIO GARCIA: It was a regular round, but I played really well the second and the third round in Australia. I played really well, I even shot I think it was four and 5-under, I should have shot less than that. But probably, yeah, I would say it was the best, but not by much.

Q. Anything that brought it on, particularly?

SERGIO GARCIA: This round?

Q. Yes.

SERGIO GARCIA: Well, everything went pretty well. I hit the driver really well, just missed a couple of ones. I hit pretty good iron shots, too. And I made a couple of good putts and that's what you need to shoot your rounds. You can play really well, but you have to make some putts.

Q. Did you change anything before today?

SERGIO GARCIA: No, just the normal way. Sometimes you do it and sometimes you don't. So what do you do? You try your best.

Q. Excited about playing David tomorrow?

SERGIO GARCIA: Has he already won?

Q. I presume he is.

SERGIO GARCIA: Well, if he wins, okay. If he doesn't, then I'm excited to play with Tim.

Q. What do you think of these greens? People are missing a lot of short putts, and I guess just like in LA, you weren't there but the poa annua causes you to miss?

SERGIO GARCIA: I've always said that the poa annua if it's dry and fast it's probably one of the best greens you can play. But if it's wet, it's difficult because you can see a lot of footprints. Sometimes you just have to go there and trust your stroke and let's hope that it doesn't kick the wrong way. But it's tough because you can have a 4-footer and see a couple of footprints and start thinking, well, is it going to kick right, is it going to kick left. So you just have to trust your stroke, and hope that it goes in the hole.

Q. Sergio, are you any further forward on whether you'll play in the Seve Ballesteros tournament?

SERGIO GARCIA: Right now I'm in the MCI. So I don't know what I'm going to do. But right now I'm going to play the MCI.

Q. Have you spoken to Ken Schofield since you arrived here?


Q. Have you spoken to Seve at all?


Q. What if he has a word with you and asks you to play as a favor?

SERGIO GARCIA: I don't know, it depends. I'll talk to him. After talking to him I'll decide. But right now I'm not in there.

Q. Sergio, how different do you feel after your match today than yesterday, is there confidence after the way you played today?

SERGIO GARCIA: Yesterday after 12 holes I was 1-under, and today I was six under, so that's a big difference. And I don't know, it was easier to score today, the weather was better, there was a little wind, but yesterday it was pretty awful with the rain and the strong winds we had. But I just made more putts today and hit them closer. I hit some breaking shots and, well, that was the biggest difference. But of course I made a couple more putts and that gave me a lot of confidence

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