After two years roaming the fairways of the PGA Tour, Samuel Bernard, 38 years old and in search of new challenges, speaks to Golf Planète about his experience as a cadet across the Atlantic. The end of his association with Matt Wallace, his life in the United States and his view on the profession of cadet...
Interview with the first French winner on the American circuit.
Samuel Bernard, statements
"It happened naturally. By mutual agreement we decided to stop, we realized that we had come to the end of our association. I carry certain values and that was no longer part of this professional collaboration.
I had decided to cut three weeks before Matt's return to Europe and we wanted to take stock after that. During this time, he obtained very good results with the ex-cadet of K.H Lee, Daniel Paratt (2nd in the Czech Republic).
It confirmed us in our decision that it was time to stop. But to answer the emotion management side, I don’t really know… It’s a good question. I am a very analytical person. My role above all is to allow the player to stay in the present moment.
I work a lot on the statistical side to provide the best possible response to the needs of the moment. As far as empathy is concerned, it will depend on each player profile. With Matt, it’s certain that I should have developed this aspect more in our relationship on the course".
"Winning on the PGA Tour is clearly my greatest accomplishment. Winning is never easy. This was already the case when I was introduced to the profession of cadet with Romain Langasque and we won together. It's a great feeling to be the first to win on the PGA Tour, but it's not as strong as the player's emotion.
We can't let ourselves be overwhelmed by emotion either because the next week everything is called into question. Moreover, it was clearly the peak of our association, because the results were no longer good afterwards. A 28th place finish the week following the victory at the Valero Texas Open was the best result of the rest of the season.
Golf of course takes a huge amount of time. It is my job. But it’s not my whole life and it’s important not to forget that. When I wasn't with Matt, I spent a lot of time with the caddies on the tour. I get along very well with them and in particular the French caddies who I hope to see arrive quickly on the PGA Tour next year like Sébastien Clément (caddie of Matthieu Pavon) Patxi Londaitz (Antoine Rozner) and Tom Ayling (Rasmus Hojgaard)".
"I'm in Dublin this week to help out if needed and find a bag for Wentworth next week. But it's not going to be easy. In any case, you have to show yourself. Also let people know that I am available again. My ambition is to stay on the PGA Tour and to stay there you absolutely have to be there.
This is why I will be returning to the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi the week after the Ryder Cup. You will see me on the practices for sure".