Player's Take: Jonathan Garrick
August 01, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- August 01, 2019
- Jonathan Garrick sits eighth on the money list. (Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour)
While Jonathan Garrick has seen his college teammates have some serious success in 2019, don’t think he’s comfortable in just cheering along from the sidelines.
Garrick is just as determined as fellow UCLA Bruins Jake Knapp (two wins) and Lorens Chan (one win) to find the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada winner’s circle this year.
The 25-year-old has two runner-up finishes so far this season and currently sits eighth on the money list. Garrick is a couple more great results away from earning Korn Ferry Tour status for the first time, and with some experience on the higher levels – including playing the PGA TOUR’s Genesis Open, which is a hometown event for him – he knows he’s got the tools to make the leap.
Garrick spent a few minutes this week from Edmonton with PGA TOUR Digital chatting about his year so far, his support system, and how seriously good he was at skiing growing up.
After missing the first two cuts of the season I got back to doing some stuff that’s worked for me in the past. Starting in Kelowna I felt like my game was where it should be and I gave myself a chance to win there. I played very well the final round and took a lot of confidence from that. I had a chance to win a couple weeks later. A different scenario since I had the lead, instead of chasing, but wasn’t able to get it done. I learned from that. I missed the cut in Toronto but was battling some back stuff. Last week in Nova Scotia I played pretty well, I just didn’t make any putts. I’ve look at it like I’ve only played five events – from Kelowna on. I feel like with that body of work it’s been pretty solid. I’ve just been trying to get better and I figure I’ll give myself a couple more opportunities and just keep applying what I’ve learned. At the halfway point I feel like I’m in a pretty good spot.
Sometimes golf you feel like you don’t have it, and stuff wasn’t going my way. I wasn’t very clear what I was working on. It was just a weird two weeks. I had a really good off week after Victoria and I just looked at it as, ‘if I win next week, or at any point, I’ll jump up to top-5 on the money list.’ It didn’t really matter that I missed two cuts, as long as I kept getting better. I did a pretty good job of just putting those results out of my mind. I feel like that kind of golf is behind me.
I’ve definitely learned the most this year about what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ve had stretches where I’ve played well on the Mackenzie Tour but just for an event or two or a short period of time. I’ve thought about why I haven’t been able to sustain it or win an event. I feel like it’s a matter of consistency and repeating my formula and doing what works for me.
This year I’ve become more comfortable out here. I’ve had a couple of high finishes so when I see my name up on the leaderboard it feels more comfortable than it did in my first year – which is probably true of anyone at any level.
Lorens Chan and Jake Knapp are obviously both great players. They’ve always had a lot of talent (having gone to UCLA together). With how far Jake hits it, when he’s hitting it straight and hitting his wedges well like he has for most part of this year he’s going to play well. Lorens has always been pretty steady, pretty consistent. The way he started off the season, you just feel like he’d get a win at some point. When you have that many opportunities, it’s going to happen. I’m trying to take a little bit of inspiration from that and view myself the same way as Lorens – if you give yourself enough chances, it’ll happen.
I definitely feel more ‘California.’ I was born in Chicago but all my memories are from California, and I live there now. The cost of living is what it is, but other than that I feel like it doesn’t get any better than out there.
I played basketball and soccer up through middle school and I used to ski competitively, downhill slalom. I was actually pretty good at it. I won a bronze medal at nationals when I was 9-10. I loved doing that a lot but if you wanted to be serious about that you’d have to follow the seasons. It’s one or the other. Obviously I chose that.
I was very young, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I was pretty ‘on-pace’ with both golf and skiing. They were hand-in-hand. I lucked into a good situation where my parents were able to support it and take me skiing and get my lessons. I feel like any time you’re young and you have that advantage you’re going to be really good. I was really good because of that, and because I loved it. It wasn’t too realistic for me to keep going. But I still enjoy it every couple years, but nothing serious.
It’s cool that since I did it so much when I was young, I could not ski for two years but after 30 minutes I could pretty much do any organized run on some of the best mountains out there. I grew up skiing in Vale, which is obviously a great mountain. Once you get started with heli-skiing or unmarked territory I don’t feel comfortable doing that but blacks, double-blacks, I’d feel pretty good about them.
Like with skiing how I got a head start it’s the same in golf. My parents have given me every opportunity and they’ve never forced me to do anything. That’s helped me get good at the game and appreciate it because I’ve done it on my own, but they’ve always supported whatever I’ve wanted to do. My dad caddies for me a few times a year. The last few events he’s caddied for me I’ve had chances to win so it’s nice to have him there.
My girlfriend is great, we’ve been dating for two-and-a-half years and she has to deal with all my crap throughout the week – a missed cut or whatnot. She flew to Victoria from New York, took three connections, and showed up Friday assuming I’d play the weekend and I didn’t. She’s got to deal with stuff like that, but if I miss two cuts in a row and I’m home for a week it’s just a pretty healthy environment where I don’t beat myself up, because if I was living by myself it would be pretty easy for me to do.
Beau Hossler and I were really good buddies growing up in California, and through junior golf and travelling. We played a lot together and got close in high school. I almost went to Texas and he almost went to UCLA but obviously we didn’t. The teams didn’t play that much together but we weren’t as close through college. We’ll talk every once and a while now.
There are so many good golf courses in California. If you want one answer, Cypress Point is great, but then again Pebble Beach is great. When Riviera is in good shape it’s the best course in Los Angeles, so that’s my Los Angeles answer. Once you get up in Monterey there are a lot of good ones. I get the L.A. question a lot, and when Riviera is in TOUR shape it’s pretty amazing.