January 22, 2010
One of the more infuriating personalities on Tour is Sergio Garcia, he of the griping, cup-spitting and putt-yipping, but not major-winning. Sergio just turned 30, and although I'm sure I'm jinxing him to Abu Dhabi and back again, he's playing some extraordinarily solid early-season golf.
Through the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Sergio sits just one stroke off the lead at -11, and that only because somebody named Rick Kulacz got hot and dropped a second-round 63 on the field. Speaking of the field, this is the big-time roster that dodged the Bob Hope, and Sergio is running ahead of Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Anthony Kim and other big names. Quite a nice way to start the 2010 season, yes?
Golf fans and writers tend to smother even the faintest flicker of promise with hope and desperation. So let's not do that here. It's entirely possible that Sergio will throw a 76 on the board Saturday and that'll be that.
But just for a moment, imagine if Sergio got it together and played every week like he was hanging with his hometown mates. Imagine if the result of You-Know-Who's absence was that Sergio and other golfers reached their full potential. Yeah, that'd work.