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It’s official: Sergio Garcia is still a head case

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It’s been a year to forget for Sergio Garcia. While Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and a host of European players made their move on the world rankings this year, the 30-year-old Garcia has plunged into golf oblivion the likes of which he’s never seen before.

Besides the obvious dip in form and a world golf ranking of 70, Garcia also joined Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup team this year … as a vice-captain. Suffice it to say, it’s been one of those seasons where Garcia probably wishes he could hop into The DeLorean time machine and travel to the start of the 2011 season. While he has shown shades of greatness in recent months, he’s followed up good rounds with bad, which has only heaped more pressure on the Spaniard.

The biggest problem of all isn’t Garcia’s game; rather, it’s his mental game that’s turned the once confident Garcia into a total head case. Case in point: the 6-under 65 Garcia fired during Friday’s second round of the JBWere Masters. Instead of going into the interview room with confident thoughts, Garcia was already second-guessing himself to the point where you know he’d fall on his face in round three.

“It’s slowly getting better,” Garcia said, “but I can go out there tomorrow and shoot 75.”

Almost on cue, Garcia fired a 5-over 77 to fall out of contention at the event, just one day after he gave himself a chance. While it would be ridiculous to analyze just one quote and give a final ruling on Garcia’s mental state, it’s clear he’s still battling some inner demons that have really shredded his confidence.

You’d never hear Lee Westwood or Tiger Woods talk like that after a really good round. Being humble is worth something in golf, but completely second-guessing your game is something entirely different. If Garcia ever wants to get back on the path to a major championship, he’ll want to start with that area between his ears.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

11/13/2010 at 3:03 am

Posted in Sergio Garcia

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