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Please raise your hand and we’ll get a question to you once you’ve taken some questions in the room. Thank you. Nice. Okay, move in all right all ready, excellent. John rum, thank you so much for joining us today and welcome to the 149th open here at royal st georges. Can you have you played the course yet? Can you give us your first impressions? I haven’t played this week, yet we came in yesterday morning and then had to get tested and wait quite a while. So i didn’t i didn’t, want to come in later when the when it was raining. Uh i have played here before. I think i played in 2009., so if the course hasn’t changed, i’ve changed quite a bit, so it’ll be a different experience. We played the birdies boys over here, and that was my first ever tournament. I believe in lynx golf, so some fun memories from from the area so i’m excited to see it this week, i’ve heard nothing but great things and uh really excited that’s great. Do we have questions from the floor for john, please yeah. Just here, yeah hi john didn’t get the chance to speak to you on sunday night at night after the end of the scottish show. And how would you sort of sum up the week, because at times you played some fantastic golf, but just didn’t quite get over the line. So how would you sum up the week as a whole yeah i mean i feel, like i managed pretty well uh about it.

You know back about the tournament. There was a couple strategy mistakes that cost me a couple shots, but the main problem was was on the greens, which is expected right. When you change from grains are really fast to go into slower grains. It can be a little bit difficult, and sometimes you start thinking too much, instead of just acting and doing what you usually do, but overall was a good week. I certainly not that i expected, but i was prepared to play a lot worse than what i did and uh so i’m happy that i started playing that well and and got a really good, uh, really good form. Coming into this week, question from the front here john, it seems like we see so many guys with so many swing. Coaches and such big teams out here, and you seem to do things a little differently. You seem to be mostly on your own. Are you working with anyone swing wise and if not, how do you go about working on stuff mechanically? Well, i have a team as well. I just the way i think about it. You do the work at home and then, when you come to a tournament, it’s time to perform uh right if you’re searching for a swing during the major championship week, it’s – usually a red flag. For me, this is the way i choose to do things with. That said, my swingcoach.com, his name is dave: phillips started tpi he’s, the one i’ve been seeing for the last eight years or so and it’s also a little bit different for me, because i haven’t actively tried to change my swing in over 10 years.

I have the swing i have and i’ve gotten more mobile and stronger in some parts of my swing, so that might slightly change it, but you know i have certain unique parts in certain unique or let’s, say: physical limitations that let me swing the way i swing And i don’t deviate for that right, so i’ve been able to slowly improve my game with what i have and learn how to hit different shots without having to change my swing, and i think that’s, one of the keys to why i’m consistent right. I just i don’t change it. I play with what i have and try to improve from what i have question from the middle here. Please hi john sean from talksport as someone who performs so well in link’s conditions. How special is it returning to the open after it’s cancelled last year, and with 32 000 people per day biggest crowd we’ve had since golf returned, how excited are you for big crowds, very excited, it’s, uh, we’ve missed it, we’ve missed it and to be fair, i Did not expect this tournament to be the first one we’re going to have full crowds uh just because of the lockdown and limitations at all, but excited especially in uh. You know in a course with such history as this one it’s it’s known, to be a difficult lynx golf course so, i’m hoping it plays like that and i’m. You know i’m looking forward to the challenge, it’s always a week.

I really cherish i really enjoy so like i said earlier too, this was my first ever lynx. Golf experience so it’s a little bit of nostalgia in there as well. So i’m really excited question from the back, please hi, john uh. How different does it feel coming to a major as a as a major champion? Does it feel any different there’s, a pressure in terms of that, and also the question about this sort of joining the elite elite gang of uh people who could win the um us open on the um, open championship and it’s? Quite quite an elite elite group yeah? I haven’t i’m, usually pretty good in golf history. This i know tiger has done it, uh might have been. Maybe ben hogan has done it too, and not many more i’m assuming jack jack is always in all of those lists. Maybe not i don’t know it’d be pretty incredible to win both opens in one year, it’ll be amazing. Now it it, you do have a sense of at least i did have a sense of relief after when the first major right, you know i felt like for a better part of five years. All i heard is major major major just because i was playing good golf as if it was easy to win a major championship uh. But the fact that you are expected to win one means nothing, but you know you’re playing good golf. So a bit of relief in that sense, but doesn’t really change right, still the next one to win so i’m.

I still come with the same level of excitement, obviously, and and willingness to win so um more focused on you know it would be pretty incredible to be able to win the open. You know nobody after savvy has been able to do it so to give spain that they’ll be pretty unique as well. Just a quick reminder to our journalists on zoom that if you would like to ask a question, indicate this by raising your hand, but we’ve got one question in the front here: hey john, you mentioned your debut on links. Golf here, you’ve obviously had success at the irish open you played well last week. Has your opinion of lynx golf changed since that? First, maybe experience no i’ve loved it every time, and mainly because i mean you truly have to play your own game and and learn from the golf course right. You have a little bit more variety of golf and it’s is a unique part about it. Right, it’s, uh, the ever changing let’s, say: wind, the weather conditions, the ever changing state of the golf course it’s it’s. What makes it such a great week and every time you come to the uk so it’s is something i’ve always enjoyed there’s, always a little bit of luck involved in what part of the draw you are on, depending on the weather, you get and that’s part of Golf and again, if anything, if it changed it, changes for the better feel like i love it more and more, every time and we’ve got a question from the wayne.

Please um, hi um, you talked about your physical limitations which affect your swing. Well, i think a lot of people would like to know what they are and maybe wish they had these physical limitations. I must say: i’ve been pro for five years. I’Ve mentioned this before this is the first time i’m getting this question because i’m, tired of hearing that the reason why i have a short swing is that i have tight, hips or other things. If you know anything about golf that’s, the stupidest thing to say, okay, so for people that don’t know, i was born with a club foot on my right leg, which means for anybody that’s sensitive about that. My right leg up to the ankle was straight. My foot was 90 degrees, turned inside and basically upside down. So when i was born, they basically relocated pretty much broke every bone in the ankle, and i was casted within 20 minutes of being born from knee down. So i think it was every week i had to go back to the hospital to get recasted so from knee down my leg. Didn’T grow at the same rate, so i have very limited income mobility on my right leg, it’s, a centimeter and a half shorter as well. So what i mean by limitation says, i can’t take a full swing, because my right ankle doesn’t have the mobility or stability to take it. So i learned at a very young age that i’m going to be more efficient at creating power and be consistent from a short swing.

If i take a full take it full to parallel yeah, i might create more speed, but i have no stability. My ankle just can’t take it now also – and this is what i’ve learned from doing many tpi tests. My wrists don’t have many much mobility this way, but i’m hypermobile this way, that’s. Why? I also naturally turn to bow my wrist to create power in every single sport. I do so that’s why, on my swing, i blow my wrist and that’s, how i hit it right so it’s little things that i think a lot of people can learn right. Let your body dictate how you can swing simple as that and that’s. Why dave has been such a great addition to me when i started going to tpi with the spanish golf federation was because they could teach me how my body moves and what i can or not that i can or cannot do. But what i’m going to be? More efficient at doing right, so the main thing is, is my right. My right foot, yeah it’s, just that ankle does not move much. Okay, we will um cross to our zoom room now. Please sure i think she had to follow up sorry luanne. Can you just wait for the microphone? I bet you often think how efficient a short swing is. If i made sufficient for me right, efficient, efficient, very efficient, yeah yeah, i mean it’s it’s worse for me right and i think the biggest lesson i can give any any young player don’t try to copy me then try to copy any swing out there.

Cop just swing your swing do what you can do and that’s the best thing for yourself and that’s i mean i used to not be a good ball striker terrible and slowly once i started learning in college, i became a good ball striker. So you know learn from live from your body, your body’s, going to tell you what it can and can’t do some things you can improve some things you can’t in my case the right ankle is not going to move anymore than it can right now. So that’s, you know that’s the beauty of of that excellent, thank you and we will cross to zoom now. Although we’ve got two questions here for john um, if i can ask simon nesler to unmute and ask his question to john, should i go back? Go ahead, simon yep just wondering with the olympics coming up. Obviously a number of top players have decided not to play. You have stated that you are very thrilled to to play in the olympics. Can you say a little bit about why you chose to to play in the olympics and why do you think that many people opted out of it? I mean i can’t speak for other people, so i don’t know why they’re opting out of it. You have to ask them: yeah i’m, not going to speak for them. In my case, i’ve been really fortunate enough to represent spain in every level as an amateur.

Since i was 13 years old, i’ve been able to win many team events representing spain worldwide and once you turn professional, you don’t really get that chance right. You get a little bit of the radical but it’s not the same thing as olympics or or a world cup, maybe so to be able to have that chance as a pro something that up until five years ago was not even a possibility to me. It was something i would never doubt right. You get the chance to call yourself an olympian which is only a very select group of people in human history that can call themselves that and if you were able to get a medal, especially a gold medal you’re either. Even more of a select group right, especially in golf you’ll, be i mean last time was early in the 1900s, where the golfer was in the olympics up until justin rose right. So in recent memory, you’ll be the second one with the gold medal which to me it’s very, very enticing so yeah i mean, even though i can’t go watch other sporting events and support my countrymen and my friends uh. You know we’re all going to be there and i would say well in spirits, obviously not physically, but it’ll, be to me it’s a great opportunity, so it’s uh. It will be a great great moment for me if i could deliver a gold medal for spain. Okay, we’ve got another question from you on slattery hiya, uh hi, john um i’m.

Just wondering let’s say the the talk you had there in the the physiology. Do you think that um links courses suit your game, better um, then we’ll, say parkland courses or have you kind of got a happy medium between the two? Well, i grew up. It was more parkland. I grew up in traditional gulf in spain, so i’m used to playing golf with trees on the way that’s how i grew up, but i think jack nicholas said it best right a lot of times. You hear about two minutes left a lot of times. You hear that the course needs to adjust to your game and i’m, one of those who believe that the player needs to adjust to the golf course. So, no matter what it is i’m going to try to adjust right. So you do whatever you need to be needs to be done to to do that. I like to think i’m, a very complete player that you know my game travels everywhere, where i go so that’s, probably why i mean that’s, probably because of the mindset i have right. I do change my game quite a bit based on where i’m playing excellent we’ve got time for one more question. Just here in the middle john there’s been a lot of talk since some sunday about england, football team and and the word failure has been mentioned – uh because they didn’t they didn’t win and so on the brothers up.

And so now you have won and you have also finished second, what is your view about finishing second well we’re talking about very different things, because in golf you’re going to lose a lot more than you win, so when you’re, not winning, you still need to get The positive out of it right, a second place is not necessarily a bad thing, depends on how it happens so it’s a little different because it’s not a one on one. You know team one on one competition uh, so i don’t think it’s fair to compare it now. It’S not easy to win at your your euro cup, a world cup or anything as a team right, especially when they don’t have that much time to prepare and england has such a young team. Such a young team. I feel like some of them need a little bit of time that even if they’ve accomplished a lot with their clubs playing together is a little bit different and i feel like when you keep mentioning that it’s been 55 years since they’ve won anything the amount of Pressure you put in on 19 20 year olds is it’s a bit extreme, apart from what they already feel themselves, so you know i feel for them, because they play wonderful, the whole tournament they play great and they had a really good chance to win. I just hope you know they can get past it soon, and you know in two years you have a world cup, sorry i’m, just going to have to leave it there with.

That is our 15 minutes. I mean i don’t mind, sorry. What was it like? I said it all depends: did i have a six shot lead and lose it or was i 10 shot back shot nine under and finished? Second that’s, a big difference, that’s the thing it all it all depends. If you’re in contention you don’t get it done. It’S, not necessarily a failure. You got to know what you got to see what happens and you can learn from it right, there’s, always moments. If somebody came in and finished with five straight birdies and they won, i mean you don’t necessarily lose it. They want it right, so it all depends on the situation and how it happened. It’S, it’s that’s, why i’m thinking insane it’s not fair to compare it because in golf there’s, so many situations, so it all depends on the scenario. Excellent. Thank you very much for your time today, john. We wish you the best of luck.

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