Back in 2007, it really looked like Sergio Garcia was going to claim his first major championship. He was playing superb golf at Carnoustie, one of the toughest tracks in the world, and was in a perfect spot to take down the Open Championship, fitting for a man that was the next in line of great European golfers in the late '90s.
Sadly, Garcia couldn't close the door. He missed a putt on the 72nd green to avoid a playoff with Padraig Harrington, and eventually lost to the Irishman on that same green.
The bad news is his game has really tanked since that moment on golf's biggest stage. The good news is it is that same golf game that might get him in the Open Championship next month if he can hold it together for one more round at the BMW International Open.
Garcia, currently tied for second in Munich, needs a top-four finish this week to sneak into the British Open with what the European Tour calls a mini-money list that has been in play over the last month.
Sergio has been playing some sneaky good golf the last couple of months, highlighted by his tie for seventh at the U.S. Open and his play this week in Germany. If Sergio can maintain his position and land a spot at Royal St. George's, it'll keep his streak of 13 straight British Opens that Garcia has played in alive, and if there is one tournament he doesn't want to miss, it's that one. Over his career, Sergio has six top-10s at the Open including that second in '07.