Oh, hell yes, I was a hothead. I'm still working on it, man. When I wasn't playing to my potential I'd let everybody know about it, which was never a good thing.
You can want it too bad. Absolutely. I had that early in my career, and it's more of a detriment than anything you can imagine. It can lead to psychological warfare with yourself that's not healthy.
Swing gurus are the most overrated things in golf. You need to work on your grip, alignment, posture and ball position at this level. No thing else. If you get all those things right, then the swing takes care of itself. The most underrated thing is learning how to think. It's a mind game out here.
I hit a plateau after I won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February and put too much pressure on myself to make the Ryder Cup team. If I want to play my best, I have to not care any more and play every shot for just that shot.
George Lopez. Good guy. He was in the Titleist trailer at the AT&T and we struck up a conversation and he invited me to a Lakers game the next week, when I was going to be in L.A. We got floor seats. That was quite a treat. And Andy Garcia was there. Another cool guy.
I've bought my dad a car, a Toyota 4-Runner, helped my mom with some remodeling in the backyard, and helped my [younger] bro with some remodeling on a house that we share in San Mateo, Calif., when I'm home in the summer. I helped him buy the stereo system for the front room. It's a bachelor pad. I'm really happy that I have put myself in a position to be able to help my family.
My girlfriend plays on the LPGA Tour, Angie Rizzo. She's been struggling a bit with her game, and I was pleasantly surprised that she was open to going to see the guys at Titleist and get fit for a set of golf clubs. She had been fitted not as well as she should have been, and she really started to hit the ball a lot better.
We've been going out for eight months. We met through a mutual friend in Scottsdale. She lives there, too. We were friends for two years before we started dating. We practiced together. We really never had a first date, althouth she might argue with that.
I've always wanted a lake house with a boat because I love to fish. If Angie turns out to be the one, I think it's probably going to be in Minnesota.
Technology has changed forthe better since I was a kid, but if I can make a social comment here, our society has gotten so fast that people have that "I need it now or I'm going to freak out" attitude. I know I've been guilty of that.
We all have things that come up from our past that can float into your game. I talk to a therapist in Denver. She's a great gal I met through a friend of mine. Mainly we talk on the phone and e-mail back and forth.
I was blessed with my dad's athletic ability. He was a decent golfer, a great basketball player, and a very good baseball player. He played basketball for the University of San Diego, for Bernie Bickerstaff. He was a lefty shooting guard and could fill it up. How I turned out nothing like my dad is I have a greater desire to succeed. I think he'd admit it.
Whatever it takes for you to find peace in your life, do it. No matter what you do with your life you've got to find that peace, because it's a long, hard road if you're a mean, angry bastard. It really is.
Born: Feb. 22, 1975
Turned pro: 1998
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Lives: Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: San Jose State
Day job: Worked as assistant golf coach at Santa Clara University from 2000-2003
Best stats: 15th in greens in regulation percentage (68.9), 12th in scoring average (70.2) and 19th on the money list ($1,957,972) as of the International
Hero stuff: Winner of the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach with a 5-shot margin of victory, the largest in the tournament's history