Look, there are guys you pull for, year after year, and year after year they come up short. There are only so many times you can say a guy's "ready" or "this is his time" or "best never to win a major" or whatever. Sergio Garcia probably ran out the statute of limitations on all of those back around 2005 or so.
And yet ... here he is, playing well once again long after almost everyone had written him off. He finished Sunday at the Open Championship with a clubhouse-best 68, closing to +2 and, for a time, a top-10 standing. It follows a U.S. Open in which he finished in a tie for 7th and a Players in which he finished T12. Not a bad little run there.
Sunday was vintage Garcia. A brief early-round charge, four birdies over the first four holes, left him at even, but a double-bogey on 8 closed the door on any hopes of a miracle Sunday. Even so, Garcia has to be pleased with how he played, especially since, like Dante Hicks in "Clerks," he wasn't even supposed to be here today.
Garcia's 31 -- an old 31, but still -- and he's got plenty of time to get it together. Heck, he's still got more than a decade before he's Darren Clarke's age. So perhaps the story didn't go the way we all expected, but it could have a happy ending after all.