Sergio Garcia has always had extreme appeal to golf fans. It might have been his rough look, or the fact that he nearly won on such a big scene at such a young age, but the main reason Garcia has always got tons of attention is because we knew the guy had incredible talent, not seen in most professional golfers.
He showed it during that PGA Championship in 1999. It came out again during that Padraig-major stretch when Garcia nearly snagged two of the big trophies before Harrington took them away from the Spaniard. And right now, it's happening on his home turf, as Sergio is trying to win his second European Tour event in consecutive weeks, and might just do it with a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Andalucia Masters.
This, of course, is coming a week after Sergio ran away with the Castello Masters by 11 shots, his first win on either tour since 2008.
But this is what Garcia is capable of doing, and it's why we love watching him play. We all know about his balky putter, or the fact that he sometimes lets his mind get in the way of his ability, but as Sergio ages, all that stuff has the ability to clear up, and if Garcia can just go out and hit the dang golf ball like we know he can, he really could become a dominant threat during a time when nobody is really dominating the game.
And if nothing else, he still gives us dramatic moments, like the one above, when Sergio rolled up his pants on the par-5 17th hole and hit his third shot over water from the water, nearly saving his par from the creek.
Garcia's first win was great. If he cards a second one, we might need to really start taking notice of this return to greatness.
- Sergio Garcia