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Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 7:01 pm
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Sergio Garcia has roller-coaster of a round

Sergio Garcia's scorecard for the first round of the Cadillac Championship. (CBS.com)

By Shane Bacon

Oh, Sergio. Sergio, Sergio, Sergio. He is one of the most famous golfers in the world, some because of his early success as a teenage sensation, and some because he always seems to be the guy that does the wrong thing at the wrong time. 

But as he’s grown older, the luster has gone, and Sergio Garcia has become another pro golfer that has a ton of fans, an incredible golf swing, and a putting stroke that, when on, gets him into contention. He could still win a major or two, and when Thursday kicked off at Doral, looked like he had found the form that had won him two late European Tour events in 2011.

But sadly for Sergio, golf is not nine holes. Five-under on his outward nine, Garcia looked superb. He was hitting the ball great, rolling in putts, and taking it to playing companion Tiger Woods. And then the back nine happened. 

Garcia made exactly one par (As you can see by this scorecard) on his final nine holes, one birdie, and a host of bogeys before a final triple-bogey dropped him all the way down to a tie for 54th. 

You can’t help but enjoy the comments Sergio made after his round. He was honest, saying he lost trust in his golf swing on the back nine, something any golfer can attest to. And also, this is golf. It’s a frustrating sport for amateurs, but at times, can be just as frustrating for superduperstars like Sergio Garcia. 

The best thing for Sergio? There is always manana

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Category: Golf
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:19 am
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Luke Donald takes a drop during his match against Ernie Els. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Unlike March Madness, the Accenture Match Play is easily the biggest toss up in sports. Rankings? They’re meaningless, and anything can happen. That said, we give you our five biggest upsets of the first round of play. 

Ernie Els defeats Luke Donald -- It wasn’t that Donald was a top seed and Els came in the rugged vet holding a 16 seed, but it was a guy most had forgotten about beating the defending champion and world number one in the world! Els played great, and could definitely make a run here after gaining some confidence by smoking past Donald 5 and 4. 

Miguel Angel-Jimenez defeats Sergio Garcia -- Most thought Sergio, coming off a final round 64 at Riviera to tower up the leaderboard, would be a good pick to possibly upset Rory McIlroy in their side of the draw, but he couldn’t even get out of the first round, falling to his fellow Spaniard. The bright side of things? At least his blue shoes looked good.

David Toms defeats Rickie Fowler -- No, the seeds weren’t far apart (No. 8 vs. No. 9), but Toms openly admitted he hasn’t spent much time on his golf game. That didn’t stop him from taking out fan-favorite Fowler 1-up and giving himself a shot at Martin Kaymer in the next round. 

Ryo Ishikawa defeats Bill Haas -- It isn’t easy coming to an event like this after a gutsy win like Haas had last week, but it seemed like he’d roll Ishikawa after being 3-up with five holes to play. Ryo won four of the next five holes and advanced in the one PGA Tour event he seems the most comfortable in. 

Sang-Moon Bae defeats Ian Poulter -- There aren’t a lot of guys you’d call match play specialists, but Poulter is one of them, so to have him fall to such an unknown like Bae is a head-scratcher.

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Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:06 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 6:45 pm
 

A few too many cervesas, perhaps?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Here's another installment in the ever-evolving chronicles of clueless Americans, part 2,912.

While Sergio Garcia was playing at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday, a fan apparently took note of the date and yelled in his direction as he wantered past.

"Hey, Sergio," the fan bellowed. "Happy Cinco de Mayo."

Garcia is from Spain. May 5 is Mexico's national independence day.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Quail win would solve major issue for Sergio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sergio Garcia seemed to think it was a trick question. It was anything but.

With a busy dance card over ther next month, Garcia shot a 3-under 60 in the first round at the Wells Fargo Championship and was asked what he had planned if he failed to move into the world top 50, which he must accomplish in order to secure a berth in the U.S. Open in June.

Now 72nd in the world, if he fails to move up 22 positions by the time the two qualifying deadline dates for the Open pass, he faces navigating through the 36-hole section qualifying after the Memorial Tournament in early June.

That is, if he enters the sectional. He shrugged a couple of times when asked if he would consider that route.

"I actually don't know," he said. "Hopefully I won't have to [qualify]."

Garcia hasn't missed a major since the 1999 U.S. Open, a stretch of 47 majors in succession.

His manager, Carlos Rodriguez, laughed when told that his client expressed ambivalence and seemed unsure of whether the qualifying route was in the offing or whether entry paperwork had been filed.

"He doesn't worry about those things, we do," Rodriguez said.

Garcia, who took a mega-publicized two-month sabbatical last year and has been attempting to claw his way back into the upper strata of players ever since, was dismissive of his 11-year run at the majors.

"I don't care about streaks, records," he said. "I care about doing what I love, the best way possible."

Garcia indicated that he plans to play next week at Sawgrass and at both the Byron Nelson and Colonial events that follow. He's won at both of the first two locales in the past,and held the 54-hole lead in Charlotte a few years ago before imploding in the final round. So he's had success at the upcoming venues, which ought to give his world-ranking prospects a boost.

It doesn't sound like he's using it to his psychological advantage, exactly.

"The past is the past," he said. "When I get on the first tee and say, 'I won here two years ago, three years ago,' they are not going to say, 'OK, we give you a 67.' It doesn't work that way, unfortunately."

Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: March 24, 2011 10:38 am
 

Garcia's Orlando bachelor pad on the market

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Pile up your pesetas, partners.

Sergio Garcia said he has listed his capacious Orlando bachelor pad on the market for $1.4 million.

The home, located at the gated and upscale Lake Nona community where many tour players make their U.S. base, actually has a bit of cachet beyond the Spaniard's ownership. Garcia bought the home eight years ago from Ernie Els, a three-time major championship winner, but hasn't spent much time there over recent years, even after ordering an extensive remodeling job after Els moved out.

The listing would go something like this: Luxury home formerly owned by two global golf superstars, with thousands of square feet, recently renovated, located just down the street from Retief Goosen. List price $1.4 million.

Given the horrid state of the real-estate market in Florida -- cross-town sister club Isleworth reportedly has a 14-percent vacancy rate -- I asked Garcia if he was taking a loss on the property.

"Not if I get my asking price," he said.

Garcia has since bought property in the Miami area, where he spent time vacationing over the Christmas holiday break, he said.
Category: Golf
Posted on: March 17, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Sergio feels nerves, and that's good news, indeed

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The signals and signposts are there.

Or at least, some of them are.

Sergio Garcia, adrift in a sea of mediocrity and apathy for much of the past year, seems to be slowly coming out of his shell, and that's nothing but good news for a sport that can never have enough marketable, memorable or marquee players.

Garcia, ranked No. 2 in the world just 26 months ago, has backpedaled to 85th after taking a couple of long breaks to rekindle his inner fire. On Thursday at the first round of the Transitions Championship, his first event on U.S. soil since the PGA Championship last August, he was talking to his ball, using body language and showing outward manifestations that the old Sergio is on the way back.

His 3-under 68, which left him in a tie for 16th when he finished, didn't hurt his emotional mood, either. Garcia, 31 and a veteran of 12 pro seasons already, admitted to feeling some nerves. That's not unusual, per se, but it's a good sign that a semblance of normalcy has resumed.
  
"I was a little bit nervouse because of getting started, but that's a good thing, because that shows you you are trying," he said. "Every tournament we are nervouse, but obviously when you haven't been here for awhile and you are trying to get back into your own game, you always have a little bit of doubt in your head.

"The good thing about it is, that means is that I care about what I am doing," he said. "And if I didn't care at all, I wouldn't feel it."

Garcia has authored some crazy sentences in his time, but it's hard to argue the logic in that one.
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