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November 5, 2004

Sergio Garcia


Q. (Inaudible).

SERGIO GARCIA: Yeah, well, definitely. I would say that the whole game has improved, there's no doubt. I'm driving the ball a little bit better, not that I've driven it well, but I'm probably driving it a little bit better. My iron shots are definitely much better than they used to be, more consistent. As you can see, I hit a lot more greens than I used to.

Also now towards the end my putting is starting to come back a little bit, too, so that always helps to get your score down a little bit.

Q. (Inaudible).

SERGIO GARCIA: Yeah, I worked really hard on it. It looks like things are finally starting to come around, probably since I would have to say Switzerland, the Omega.

Q. (Inaudible).

SERGIO GARCIA: That started kicking in last year here in Atlanta, the American Express Championship. I mean, it was definitely much better than it had been, and it started to get better and better. Fortunately I kept working on it. Since then I felt my game was starting to go another way, it was just a matter of getting my short game to work a little bit better.

Q. I know you've talked about this. You took a little lag out of it. Can you in a sentence or two talk about that, the basic change?

SERGIO GARCIA: Well, the basic change is the posture and the takeaway. I'm taller on the posture, so what that helps with is to go more in line as I go back instead of going outside. I used to go outside and then I would lay it off coming just as I go to the top.

Now I go more in line and kind of straight up so I don't have to lag it as much.

Q. Are you happy about today?

SERGIO GARCIA: Not really, no. It was a tough day. It was blowing quite a bit. I don't know, I just had a hard time just getting into it. You know, when I was making a couple birdies here and there and I tried to get something going, then a bogey would come or a double like what happened on 13, caught a big flyer and couldn't even make bogey. It was a bit of a shame, but yeah, what can you do? The year is almost over, and we're definitely looking forward to having a couple more good weeks and having a nice rest.

Q. 1-over, and if the lead is at 4 or 5 with a couple of rounds to go --

SERGIO GARCIA: Yeah, I'd say so, yeah. The weather I think is supposed to be similar to what it is, so as it gets firmer -- the greens were much, much quicker than they were yesterday and quite a bit firmer. As it gets firmer, it's just going to play tougher. If you manage to get a couple good, low rounds, probably 4- or 5-under, you probably can still have a chance.

Q. This is a time of year when if you're going to make a change, pull a club out of your bag, put a club in your bag, this is the time of year when people tend to do that. I know you switched Titleist to Taylor Made and you've won with both. Are you going to switch anything, and if you were going to make a change, would it be a putter or a wedge or --

SERGIO GARCIA: At the moment I'm happy with everything. I've been happy for --

Q. A couple years?

SERGIO GARCIA: Really I haven't changed -- the only thing I was changing was putters because I was trying different things, but since NEC I haven't changed anything because I'm really happy with everything in my bag. Once in a while I get a new wedge because the other one is getting a bit old.

Q. How long does it take you to wear out a wedge?

SERGIO GARCIA: Well, it depends. It would probably take eight or nine months.

Q. (Inaudible).

SERGIO GARCIA: Yeah, it just starts -- the face starts getting a bit rough and with all the little rocks in the bunkers and stuff like that.

Q. What kind of putter are you using right now?

SERGIO GARCIA: It's a Rossa putter, Taylor Made. I think it's called -- I can't remember. It's a Rossa putter.

Q. How about the driver? You have a Quad driver?

SERGIO GARCIA: The R7, yeah.

Q. What are the weights in back of yours?

SERGIO GARCIA: On the front of the heel I have a 10-gram weight, then I have a 5 on the back -- no, I have a 4 on the back and a 5 and a 4 on the front and back of the toe.

Q. How long did you have to fiddle around to get the weights before you could go on and use it?

SERGIO GARCIA: A little bit. I mean, I played a little bit with it. I probably have two or three combinations that I like, but this is probably the one I like the most. I like the way I get my flight going. I probably have -- depending on how the course is playing and if you need to carry it a bit farther or something, then maybe you change a little bit of the weights to get more on the ball.

As windy as it's been, it's pretty good the way it is.

Thanks, guys.

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