July 21, 2007

IS IT WORTH WINNING IF YOU PLAY FROM THE RED TEES?:

Garcia holds his two-shot lead: He plays a steady round with an even-par 71, two shots ahead of Choi. Woods fouls up his first shot and shoots a 74, leaving him seven behind. (Chuck Culpepper, July 21, 2007, LA Times)

Note the wizened old hand who clung to his perch Friday. He persevered when Carnoustie ramped up its surliness. He rescued himself right off the bat on No. 1 with a daydream of a chip. He held on for his toilsome, even-par 71. He played the role of grizzled sage in his 36th major tournament while others foundered and floundered.

Well, if it isn't Sergio Garcia, still 27 after all these years, and the 136th British Open somehow has become all about him. He's still hunting his first major title, just days after the retirement of his pioneering countryman Seve Ballesteros. [...]

All this, after Garcia missed the first two major cuts this year and arrived at Carnoustie with a new belly putter.


Fortunately, European men have no pride.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2007 9:08 AM
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