If life was easy, nobody would want one.
Can you imagine if everything everyone did was perfect?
Every drive would go 375 yards straight into the centre of the fairway and then, every iron shot would go into the hole. Anchoring would cease to exist because nobody would have to putt. We should all wish things would be just a bit easier, but not ridiculously perfect.
Take Sergio Garcia for example.
Given his natural gifts to play tournament golf, it amazes me that he doesn’t win more events. He has excellent length off the tee, his iron play is precise and his short game is above tour standard.
The one area where he has shown weakness relevant to the rest of his game is putting. However, his new gripping style has afforded him a much higher performance level recently.
The average golfer would probably subscribe to the old adage “drive for show and putt for dough.” This might be true for country club play, but the saying on the PGA Tour is “drive for dough and putt for more dough.”
Sergio can certainly drive for dough. He is one of the finest drivers of the ball in the world — very long and very straight. So what is the problem? Why can’t he break through more often?
I think the answer is comfort. Sergio arrived on the tour as the next star when he was 18 years old and has traveled all over the world ever since. He just hasn’t reached the predicted and/or potential success within himself. Why not?
People who perform for a living whether it be acting, sports, music or any other form all passed through having to live their life. Not only do they have ups and downs in their careers, they have ups and downs in life as well.
Not one single person has made it all the way through their life and their career riding high. Often, when someone suffers a down in the life cycle, the person’s career has a down at the same time. Suddenly, a twist of fate brings personal happiness and that person’s career advances.
If you want proof, just look at Tiger Woods.
Talk about a self inflicted meltdown. He ruined what appeared to be a wonderful marriage, messed up in front of his kids in the worst possible manner and brought complete wrath down upon himself.
Add in injuries and swing changes and you have a huge downturn in his career.
Mix in three years of absolutely no news about his personal life in the tabloids, successful surgeries, hundreds of hours of work to develop a better golf swing, a resolved opportunity to spend time with his kids, through the compassion of Elin, and a warm, kind relationship with Lindsey Vonn.
Suddenly, that comfort and security has Tiger winning three ties this year. During his interviews, watch his eyes. He no longer looks like he hates himself. They have a calmness they haven’t had for a while. He looks as though he has come to terms with his own implosion. Perhaps, he understands how and why he caused such self destruction.
Sergio was dating Greg Norman’s daughter Megan. He fell very hard for her. They seemed like they were headed for a walk down the aisle. Suddenly, without warning, she decided he wasn’t what she was looking for. Crash!
Sergio is yet to recover! I know it’s been a long time now, .about four years, but she blasted a hole in him that an aircraft carrier could fit through.
I haven’t heard anything about Sergio’s personal life that would indicate someone is helping bathe those wounds, but I do know he is putting better. From a selfish point of view; I think the PGA Tour needs each one of its players to do well, not just one!
Filling the void of someone to share life with isn’t the answer for everything. Perhaps Sergio’s recent fine play is simply a result of finding a putting method that works for him. Confidence comes from repeated success and he does look and sound more confident to me.
So that is my pick for Augusta — Sergio defeats Justin Rose by one shot.