What We Learned: Garcia's girlfriend comes with benefits


Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on "what we learned" from the world of golf. This week, our writers weigh in on Sergio Garcia's success with his girlfriend on the bag, an oversaturated golf schedule and a 'school' decision that's not very cool to make.

The Beatles sang it best when they crooned “All You Need is Love.” And perhaps Sergio Garcia had that record on repeat as of late, because with his new lady friend, Katharina Boehm, on the bag, the otherwise tempestuous Spaniard appeared in a Honeymoon phase all week in Thailand as he cruised to a four-shot win in a field containing two of the world’s top-5 players. I’m not sure how much credit we can award Boehm, but if she has anything at all to do with his success, he should consider keeping her on the bag … eight days a week.  Bailey Mosier

Golf’s personality index got a bump this weekend. Whether you love Sergio Garcia, or you don’t, the game’s a lot more interesting when he’s winning and full of confidence and bravado. Garcia’s victory in Thailand on Sunday had to be a great confidence boost in a year when he surely needed one. His wins are rarely ordinary. This one wasn’t, either, with Garcia claiming his first title this year with his girlfriend on his bag as caddie. In a year in which he made too much news over his rancorous relations with Tiger Woods, he leaves us with a gentler image, with that photo of the kiss he shared with his girlfriend after winning. Garcia kissed a tough 2013 goodbye in a way that makes us curious what he’s planning in 2014. – Randall Mell

Twitter might not be the world’s greatest tool for unfiltered thought, but it can often provide an insightful gauge into such reflection. Sunday was another good example, as professional golfers from Naples to Thailand walked off the final green and – like schoolchildren celebrating winter break – tweeted victoriously about their impending vacations. The fact that nobody had forced them to travel the world in search of a little extra holiday spending cash shouldn’t be overlooked, but neither should their joyous outbursts. The golf season is too long. I know it, you know it and, yes, even they know it. As anyone dipping into the eggnog this time of year has regrettably learned, sometimes less is indeed more.  Jason Sobel

Harris English may be the most underrated young player in the game. His seven-stroke victory on Sunday paired with Matt Kuchar at the Franklin Templeton Shootout aside  it is the “Challenge Season,” after all  English has two victories in his last 14 starts and has missed just five cuts in two years. And now, after his runaway victory teamed with Kooch, he has a potential Ryder Cup partner. – Rex Hoggard

More than halfway home at Q-School, it appears Michael Kim will have to make an intriguing decision. The Cal junior is the reigning NCAA Player of the Year. He’s an integral part of a team that should contend for the NCAA title. He tied for 17th at the 2013 U.S. Open and made the cut at another PGA Tour event (Greenbrier). But Q-School no longer has the same prize waiting at its conclusion. It awards a Web.com Tour card, not a pass to the big circuit, and that path has no guarantee. Is having decent status on a developmental tour worth leaving school early? That’s the decision Kim will soon have to make. – Ryan Lavner