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Ay yai yai, Sergio Garcia – another Garcia collapse and complaint

By: Daniel Kasenda

Sergio GarciaPoor Sergio Garcia. After apparently breaking down on the 17th hole in the Players Championship and then losing the tournament in early May, he goes on to blame it on something pretty significant, well, mainly the world’s number one player, Tiger Woods. And although it’s been a month since the “fifth unofficial major”, it’s quite obvious the animosity remains, as only recently, during a European Tour function, Garcia offered to invite Woods for dinner, but a dinner served with fried chicken. Garcia said the comment wasn’t in a “racist manner” but whether you believe him or not, it’s clear Garcia still has a grudge against the guy. Who serves a guest fried chicken for dinner, anyway?

“We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out”, Garcia said after the third round of the Players Championship, regarding an incident between him and Tiger Woods when Garcia felt he was disturbed on the 2nd hole by spectators who were cheering on for Woods. “I want to say he didn’t see I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was on top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled a 5-wood or 3-wood out of the rough and obviously everybody started screaming, so that didn’t help very much.” What also certainly didn’t help was that this is probably one of Garcia’s many collapses and complaints.

Two days after that incident, at the 17th hole, Garcia’s meltdown begins. With two holes left to play, and Garcia and Woods in the lead, Garcia puts two balls in the water of the par-3 hole. He finishes with a quadruple bogey and the end of his chance to win the Players Championship.

Unfortunately, this is something that Sergio Garcia followers are quite used to. As soon as he starts playing well, people will talk about how he’ll start playing badly afterwards. The pressure and nerves really do seem to get to him, and it’s sad to see how this amazing and talented golfer is still very inconsistent (see Forbes’ article for example, “Sergio Garcia’s Fleeting Mental Toughness Costing the Spaniard Millions in Earnings, Legacy”).

What might particularly have hurt was that Garcia and Woods were expected to be the greatest rivals, after both started breaking out on the PGA Tour around the same time in 1999. Could Garcia still harbour some resentment against his “rival” Tiger Woods? And could this resentment and pressure have exacerbated Garcia’s seemingly ease into contempt and collapse? Now, whether Garcia had a valid complaint against Woods in the Players Championship, it probably doesn’t really matter. Because it still doesn’t hide the fact that the media and his previous (and recently controversial) history keeps showcasing and reminding us of Garcia’s on-course meltdowns and complaints, of which there are plenty.

“Well, the marshals, they told me [Garcia] already hit,” Woods comments regarding the aforementioned incident that irked Garcia in the third round of the Players Championship. “So I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterwards and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.” I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised either. Poor Sergio Garcia.

About Daniel Kasenda

Daniel is an avid golfer who enjoys the challenge of placing a small ball into a 4.25 inches-sized hole that's lying somewhere in the middle of an incredibly large open area filled with 'hazards'. He can usually be found playing in Pangkalan Jati Golf Club, his favourite golf course and childhood playground.

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