Sergio Garcia Fires 66 Despite Infected Finger
By mustang6560 on 5/27/11
OK. So an infected finger nail is not the most manly sounding injury one could have. It's no strained medial collateral ligament but it's painful nonetheless.

Despite the nail infection that forced him to withdraw from The Open qualifier on Monday, Sergio Garcia opened with a 4-under 66 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He admitted in his post round presser yesterday that he didn't think he was going to be able to play this weekend at TPC Four Seasons.
On Tuesday there was -- on Tuesday I didn't think I had a chance of playing. It was so sore I just -- I thought there was no chance. But we worked on it on Tuesday, they gave me some antibiotic cream, and I kept putting on that cream and taking the antibiotics. Yesterday it was sore. If yesterday was the first round, I probably could have forced it, but we didn't want to do it in the Pro-Am and having to pull out, and the good thing now is it felt good.

Obviously I didn't need to hit any shots that hurt it and it's just -- it's not a bother, so it's good.
It's a good thing his finger was OK to go for the Nelson because he is playing for more than just another PGA title, he's trying to qualify for the U.S. Open at Congressional next month and The Open at Royal St. George's in July. Sergio's streak of playing in 47 consecutive majors is in jeopardy and he running out of ways to qualify. When asked about trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, he said:
There is no urgency at all. If I get to the U.S. Open, I'll be happy as Larry; if I don't, I'll go back home. At the end of the day, it's not the end of the world if for whatever reason I happen not to qualify for the U.S. Open.

I would love to be in it, but if I don't, I'm not going to go home and start crying. Hopefully there are many more years of U.S. Open to come to play. Definitely I'm going to be trying hard to get in it.
Who's Larry and why is he so darn happy all the time?

I don't buy that fact that Sergio feels "no sense of urgency" to qualify for the U.S. Open. It's a major, who doesn't want to play in a major? We'll see if Sergio can get it together this weekend and win for the first time on the PGA Tour since 2008, which would earn him an automatic exemption to both majors.



Sergio's Post Round Interview

photo by Keith Allison


[ comments ]
id3st says:
i think the cream he's using are from the Barry Bonds signature collection!
5/27/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
So is he trying to qualify for the U.S. Open or The Open? Sergio seems to be talking about the U.S. Open qualification process and not his chances of playing Royal St. Goerges and The Open. I think Monday was local qulaifying for the U. S. Open not The Open.
5/27/11
 
mustang6560 says:
Monday's qualifier was for the British Open -

uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/24/uk-golf-open-q
5/27/11
 
mjaber says:
I believe the confusion is that the cutoff for the US Open is coming up (Top 50 by beginning of June, I think), but there are still many opportunities for qualifying for The Open Championship.

Sergio feels no sense of urgency (as per the quote in the post) to qualify for the US Open. He has no intention of playing his way in. If he is not exempt, he is not going to play. In his words, "If I'm not exempt, I don't deserve to play." His majors streak will end of he does not play the US Open.
5/27/11
 
mustang6560 says:
I fixed part of the story to make it a little more clear :)
5/27/11
 
falcon50driver says:
I had to withdraw from my weekly dogfight today because of a nasty paper cut on my tongue from licking envelopes while paying bills.
5/27/11
 
srogers13 says:
Sergio is definately no Steven Stamkos.
5/28/11
 
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