Sergio Garcia's fall from golf's heights has, for the most part, taken place at the lower reaches of the leaderboard; a missed cut here, a weak finish there, and he's become one of those "oh, yeah" golfers, as in "oh, yeah -- forgot about him." But it's about to become a lot more obvious, as the AP notes: Garcia is now in real danger of failing to qualify for several of this year's majors.
Start with the U.S. Open, teeing off this June at Congressional. Garcia has to either qualify through sectionals or play his way in by getting into the top 50 of the World Golf Rankings. He currently sits at No. 76.
He's already declared for the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship, and he's got a few more options before the drop-dead deadline of the week before the Open to get into the top 50.
Garcia has played in 46 consecutive majors, a substantial streak but not the longest one. That distinction belongs to Vijay Singh, who's played in 67 straight. Like Garcia, Singh isn't yet in the Open field; last year, he had to get a special exemption to play.
Sometime soon, perhaps even this year, these two icons and others like them will miss a major. It'll happen. And while golf treasures and reveres its legends, there comes a point when they have to give up the spotlight. For Singh, who's had a distinguished career, the time is more right, but for Garcia, who still lacks that first major, his career remains a what-if in progress.
Sergio has long road to U.S. Open [AP/Yahoo! Sports]