|A Q&A With Vanderbilt's Matthias Schwab Ahead of His Appearance at Next Week's Arnold Palmer Invitational|
|Friday, 10 March 2017 08:27|
This week we sat down with Matthias Schwab, a senior collegiate golfer at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his upcoming exemption to the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 2017 NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, and more.
Q: Last year you led Team Europe to an impressive victory over Team USA at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby - what was it like to lead those guys and what did you learn from that experience?
Last year’s Arnold Palmer Cup was a great experience with a lot of wonderful memories. We were a group of great players and characters and together with our captains we managed to find a way to beat the Americans. Every player and captain did a great job and contributed to the win. I think that with my experience from my first Arnold Palmer Cup in 2015 I was able to take advantage of what I learned there and I had this little extra motivation to win it for Europe in 2016.
Players from both teams select one player from the winning team to receive the exemption. The pick is based on who each player thought best represents the Arnold Palmer legacy and I was thrilled that so many players from both teams thought that I would be a good fit. After we clinched the match I was notified that I would be the recipient of the exemptions and ever since I have been looking forward to mid-March for the tournament to come around.
I will continue doing what I am doing, which is being humble and thankful for the opportunity that the game of golf has given me. I will try my best to act and behave in a respectful and responsible way and always keep a smile on my face.
Playing alongside the game’s greatest is one of the thrilling parts of this experience. I have watched many of the players in the field on TV and now I am excited to get to play with them and hopefully learn and get better. There are also a few players in the field with whom I used to play junior golf, so it will be great getting out there with them again.
I don’t expect any different pressure at Bay Hill than what I have experienced in the European Tour starts. I think that I will be just as nervous on the first tee as at any other event and then just go from there and stick to my plan. In the end, I have nothing to lose and I am trying to gain as much experience as possible out of this tournament.
Having played Rich Harvest Farms in the 2015 Arnold Palmer Cup is invaluable for me and might give me a little head start over most of the field. I think I’ve played six rounds out there already and have good course notes and a plan. The course is a little tricky and any extra preparation you get is a bonus.