Just because I won the U.S. Open doesn’t mean I’m going to change the way I live.
I didn’t become a caddie because I wanted to be a caddie. I was a caddie because that was how I could make money and feed myself. It was work. It was a dignified job.
I tried talking to a psychologist once. Two minutes in, I said, ‘Ciao!’ Never again. There’s no way, no way, I’d continue! I couldn’t buy into a single thing the guy was saying.
I’ve only seen a handful of short clips of my U.S. Open win. I remember how I did it; I don’t need to watch a video.
I had to work to eat. I couldn’t even complete a basic elementary education.
I won the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters in my late 30s, largely because of my confident driving.
Golf gives and takes. So yeah, sometimes you make those putts, sometimes you just miss them. But that’s golf.
I grab coins and tees in my travels, but I usually mark my ball with a coin from Argentina, either a peso or a 10-centavo piece.
I can read and write. I went to school for six years. I just couldn’t continue.
With sacrifice and work, anything can be done.
You should welcome getting older in golf. With greater knowledge of your swing, you, too, can keep improving.
In golf, advice is not a big thing. If you don’t have the ability, you won’t get anywhere no matter how much advice you get. The only thing people can suggest that matters is, be a good person and treat people respectfully. But advice on your game doesn’t mean much to me.
When I’m on the road traveling, the things I miss most are my two children and barbecuing with friends. Rack of ribs, lamb and veal are my specialties.
I was very lucky because hanging out at a golf course was much better than being on the streets. Golf taught me a great deal. I grew up surrounded by people who were professionals – lawyers, doctors, engineers. Around them, I learned how to behave, speak, eat, dress. I had nothing at home. The club was my home.
I try to show that I have no fear. When you grow up hungry, you’re not afraid of anything.