Punch Shot: How many majors for Garcia?

By Jason Sobel, Randall Mell, Rex HoggardDecember 16, 2013, 4:20 pm

Sergio Garcia won this past week in Thailand for his first victory in 2013. But you can't think of Sergio without thinking about what he hasn't won. He turns 34 in January and is still seeking his first major championship triumph. How many majors, if any, will he win in his career? GolfChannel.com writers debate.

By JASON SOBEL

Two.

I’ve been bullish on Sergio Garcia’s major championship chances for a long time now. Even though he’s been testing our patience for years, I’m not ready to give up hope.

Here’s the thing: Great players win majors. There are hardly any great players in the game’s history who have finished their careers without one. The golf gods are benevolent that way – and Garcia knows all about the golf gods.

Now, we can argue the term “great”; his greatness certainly isn’t on the level of a Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, but a guy who has largely been at the top of his profession for the past decade-and-a-half, who owns 25 career professional victories, who is on pace to be the most successful Ryder Cup player ever on some level has earned that description.

Great players without a major are always underachievers until they win one, at which point they are gallantly hailed as conquering heroes. Just ask Mickelson, who was the same age Garcia is right now when he won his first.

Despite his many trials and tribulations since bursting onto the scene – quite literally – at the 1999 PGA Championship, Garcia is still poised to win a few majors. And in this era, with so many elite players capable of winning ‘em, that number won’t be considered an underachievement when it happens.


By RANDALL MELL

Sergio Garcia will win one major. What works against Garcia also works for him. What hurts him most in the majors will ultimately reward him. His maddening temperament and extraordinary gifts are inextricably linked. The very defiance that gets him in trouble is also what drives him to excel. His stubborn determination will ultimately help him break through his own demon doubts and everyone else's. It will help him persevere through those miserable moments when he can’t help beating himself up


By REX HOGGARD

It’s not that Sergio Garcia can’t win a major championship, his victory on Sunday in Thailand and eight PGA Tour titles make that point clearly enough. El Nino will not win a Grand Slam event because he doesn’t think he can.

No? Take it from the man himself.

“I'm not good enough and today I know it. I've been trying for 13 years and I don't feel capable of winning (a major),” Garcia told reporters after a third-round 75 at the 2012 Masters. “I don't know what happened to me. Maybe it’s something psychological. ... After 13 years, my chances are over. I'm not good enough for the majors.”

Perennially considered one of the game’s top ballstrikers and drastically improved on the greens – he jumped from 144th on Tour in 2011 in strokes gained-putting to eighth in ’13 – the Spaniard is talented enough to win a major; he just hasn’t been mentally strong enough to close the deal.

Maybe that will change. Maybe that improved putting, combined with a more congenial outlook, is the cure for all of the 33-year-old’s Grand Slam woes, but on this his record and his well-recorded rants are rather clear – when it matters at a major Garcia is 0-for-61.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm