“How do you feel as a Masters winner?
I don’t know what to say to be honest with you. I am very grateful to be in this situation. Vous savez, je n’ai jamais dare rêver de me retrouver un jour dans cette salle de presse… La seule chose that j’ai imagined était probably cette remontée vers le green du 18. Parce que j’ai vu des gars la make. The first thing that comes to mind is seeing Jordan (Spieth) walk with a huge lead. (4 shots in 2015).
How do you analyze your victory?
Chipé very well this week. We did a good job with Ted. (his caddy). I got into positions where I could still defend myself when I wasn’t taking my best shots. Throughout the course, when I took a little advantage. I don’t voulais pas être stressé en fin de journée et je ne suis pas deconcentré jusqu’à ce que nous arrivions sur le green du 18. Une fois sur le green, je me suis dit, très bien, je vais en profiter, et I had fun.
“I was good in all areas of my game. My swing may not be perfect, but despite that, I felt like I was never going to bogey.” »
How important was the chip at 3 to your win?
I would say that the most important thing is that I put the ball in play, the fact that it went into the hole was obviously extraordinary, but my main objective was to make an approach-putt. For her, fitting into the hole was really special. But then the pairing at 4 and 5 was also decisive. Because after that, I started to feel comfortable. I was good in all areas of my game, my swing might not be perfect, but despite that, I felt like I was never going to bogey. It was my goal. I just tried to make some good shots, and that’s really all I thought about.
Did you feel a lot of pressure?
It was really good to be ahead. Nothing is certain in the last nine holes of this course. I heard everything everyone says, that the tournament doesn’t start until the return leg on Sunday, that anything can happen, ball in the water at 12, etc. But I shrugged it off and tried to run and hit some good golf shots. I really enjoyed the last two days on the course. Outside, on the other hand, it is much more difficult, very stressful. Trying to sleep at night or in the morning is not easy. But once on the course, it’s fantastic, great fun.
“I’ve never been a guy who likes to look too far into the future. […] Even if they asked me questions like “when are you going to win your first victory?”, I did not think. »
How did you manage this advantage?
I think I remained patient and always had confidence in myself. If I had to pick one part of my game that shone the brightest, I’d say it’s probably my lob wedge. Even today, I made very good approach putts early in the game, which allowed me to stay in position.
Eight weeks ago, you got your first victory on the PGA Tour. Did you imagine a sequel like this at the time?
I’ve never been a guy who likes to look too far into the future. Staying in the present has always worked best for me. Even if they asked me questions like “when are you going to win your first victory?”, I did not think. She was doing her best to enjoy the moment. That is what I continued to do most of the time today.
Here you are a life member of the Augusta National…
That is the best part of all. It is such a fun course to play. I find it hard to believe that I can return all my life to enjoy it. »