October 23, 2011
About this time last year, the entire golf world was wondering if we'd ever see Sergio Garcia on a golf course ever again.
Following a drop outside the top 75 in the World Golf Rankings and another season of questions about if he'd ever win a major, the 31-year-old Spaniard was rumored to be so frustrated with his game that he was contemplating walking away from golf.
Fast-forward 12 months and it's obvious Garcia has no intention of hanging up his clubs anytime soon. After an impressive 11-shot victory on Sunday at the Castelló Masters -- the third largest margin of victory in European Tour history -- maybe all Garcia needed was a little home cooking to get his first win since 2008.
It was clear from the way Garcia was playing prior to the tournament, in his hometown of Castellon, Spain, that the 31-year-old was on the verge of getting back to his previous form that saw him rise to No. 2 in the World Rankings at one point in his career.
Garcia had only missed one cut all season, and posted a number of impressive finishes that made you believe he may very well get rid of the BPTNWAM -- best player to never win a major -- tag in the near future.
Once considered one of the brashest players in the sport, Garcia still has an edge to him, but since the death of mentor and friend Seve Ballesteros, his on-course demeanor has improved. To the point that you now have to wonder if his passing caused Garcia to take a step back, reassess his game, and dedicate himself to getting his career back on track.
Garcia's career was certainly on rocky ground prior to this season, but with a win under his belt heading into 2012, you have to like his chances of returning to the spotlight.