Harrington turned Ireland upside down, had all of Europe running the streets sideways with screams of we did it, we did it!, and sent the young 27-year-old Spaniard to the press room bewildered and feeling betrayed by golfs gods.
Now 0-for-36 in majors counting his appearances as an amateur, Garcias eight top-5 finishes and 13 top-10s dont seem like progress anymore.
Dumbfounded by why it doesnt seem to go his way on golfs grandest stage, Sergio found interesting perspective. You know whats the saddest thing about it? Its not the first time. Its not the first time, unfortunately. Im playing against a lot of guys out there, more than just the field.
Ive always been a Sergio Garcia supporter ' arguing his worth as a talent and a showman over his now-and-again lapses of maturity and sportsmanship. But now I wonder about how hell be treated over the next ' oh ' 36 majors.
Garcia did the wrong thing in the press room on Sunday at Carnoustie ' raising eyebrows on a public stage after three days of fantastic golf. Garcias first three rounds, in fact, were as polished as Ive seen in a few years.
And all of this was ill-timed ' especially given the positives Garcia found at the Open Championship. Always a terrific driver and iron player (perhaps the best of the big names), now hes got the putter to go with it. And if you chalk Sunday up to a day (which Tigers had many of) where the putts simply didnt fall, then Sergio is as good a bet to win the PGA Championship as anyone.
So lets get to Southern Hills. And I must admit, I havent exactly been thrilled about a return so soon. But now this course, which gave us its own set of 18th hole calamity in the form of Stewart Cink, Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen at the U.S. Open a few years back, is set to give all the big names one last shot in 2007.
Tiger with child, but without a major in '07? Whod have put the two together?
Phil Mickelson sheds pounds and gets fit, but doesnt sniff a major in '07?
Harrington ends Europe's 31-major drought; are the floodgates open?
I hope it does push out the other guys, said Padraig. I do believe very much in that side of things.
So much to play for. And so little time to gear up. In two weeks well be there to see Harrington walk the fairways and the clubhouse walkways with the deserved swagger of a major champion.
Well also be watching Tigers every swing, hoping hell have the magic back to make the story lines even more compelling.
And hopefully well have another Sunday show-stealer in the mold of Andres Romero to make things interesting.
And speaking of stealing ... lets hope Sergio gets over the idea that he was robbed and shows up with a better perspective on what was arguably his greatest week of play.
Get ready Tulsa ' the balls in your court. We cant wait to get there.
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