Sergio Garcia's Tin Cup Moment
By mustang6560 on 6/9/11
I'm starting to think Sergio Garcia might retire early from golf.

It's no secret that the Spaniard has lost his way on the golf course. I was watching the top 10 golfers without a major last night on The Golf Channel and sure enough, he was on the list (I can't remember what number, but he was near the top). The interesting part was they compared Sergio's demeaner as a young, up and coming talent to the sharp edged man he's become. Back in the day, he was chippy and excitable and looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself. Nowadays, he looks tired and anxious and frustrated.

He took time away from golf last year to play soccer with the Spanish club he is part owner of, but it doesn't seem like he's be able to find his "chi". The last example is his "Tin Cup" moment on hole 3 today at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here's the play-by-play of what happened compliments of Shot Tracker:
Shot 1 - 336 yds to right rough, 216 yds to hole.
Shot 2 - 196 yds to water, 21 yds to hole.
Shot 3 - Penalty Stroke
Shot 4 - 107 yds to water, 21 yds to hole.
Shot 5 - Penalty Stroke
Shot 6 - 107 yds to water, 21 yds to hole.
Shot 7 - Penalty Stroke
Shot 8 - 136 yds to left rear green side bunker, 9 yds to hole.
Shot 9 - 12 yds to green, 12 ft 10 in to hole.
Shot 10 - putt 14 ft 6 in, 2 ft 7 in to hole.
Shot 11 - in the hole.
OUCH, three penalty strokes on the same hole! I don't care who you are, having to card a double digit score on one hole hurts you down to the soul. Too bad he can't keep a score like your average "Joe-Six-Pack" and max out with the snowman.

The goods news for Sergio is the real test starts next week at the US Open at Congressional Country Club and he earned himself a spot so his streak of playing in 47 straight majors is alive another day. Maybe, just maybe, he can muster up enough strength and determination to finally get off the list of the best to never win a major. Heck, even a top 10 finish may be enough to help him find his "chi" again.

I'm tempted to root for him next week.

Shot Tracker

photo by Keith Allison

[ comments ]
Trav says:
Looking forward to the TGC replay tonight. Did anyone dive in after the last ball?
SD Charlie says:
Ouch - I can't say that I've done that. I mean, I've scored an 11 (a Spinal Tap, in my book) but after the 2nd shot in the water, I would've pulled the hybrid to hit that 107 yd shot well past. Then the score is 9, but at least it's not 11.
bkuehn1952 says:
I had thought hitting a "10" in my senior competitions was pretty much a non-starter. I had played over 20 years in tournaments and never gotten close to 10. Then last year I carded "10" twice in tournament play. Ugh!

Sergio, I feel for you, amigo.
Envythepea says:
It's too bad. He's been playing better golf lately. Poor decision making more than poor shot making probably.
Duke of Hazards says:
i wish I could f/u my sextuple bogeys with 6 straight pars.
Kurt the Knife says:
I'm looking forward to the days I don't card a double digit hole.

or two.
Banker85 says:
Tin cups 12 was much more exciting. Now if he would have hit the water a 4th time and then sunk his 107 yard shot that would've been sweet!
larrynjr says:
i had a 10 and an 11 last week on men's league. 2 ob shots on 2 different holes. really puts a hurting on the score card. I still won the match though!
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