October 30, 2011
Momentum on the golf course is a strange thing. One minute you're tearing up the front nine, only to fall apart on the back. Guys can have years of incredible success only to find themselves struggling to even make cuts. And a little confidence in a familiar setting can do wonders for your golf game.
Nobody understands that better than Sergio Garcia right now, who won his second straight European Tour event on Sunday in his home country of Spain, holding off Miguel Angel Jimenez by a shot. Before last week, Sergio hadn't won an event on the PGA or European Tours since 2008, but his game has come around, and it seems he's as comfortable over the ball as he's been in five years.
How good was Garcia? Good enough in the final round. Jimenez charged hard on Sunday, but Sergio steadied himself on the back nine, and after a magnificent chip on the 18th, was able to save par and snag the Andalucia Masters by a shot.
What does all this mean for Garcia? Well, for one, he's in the debate right now for best playing golfer in the game. Two wins in a row against stiff competition has him in the same breath as Webb Simpson and Luke Donald right now, and along with that, has him atop the European Ryder Cup points, something that Sergio always hold close to his heart.
Golf could use a Garcia comeback, and it appears we're getting one right when the game seemed to be taking its winter break. If Sergio can continue this success, a major victory in 2012 doesn't just seem possible, it seems likely.