Saturday, July 21, 2007
I have to say, of all the British Open rounds I’ve watched, this has to be one of the most impressive in conjunction with the moment.
Sergio Garcia’s bogey-free round of three-under 68 moved him from lovable El Nino to Possible Major Champion. Like Steve Stricker said, it is only day three, but to go around that golf course with that pressure, you have to take your red and orange Adidas hat off to the Spaniard for a job well done.
If Carnoustie continues to get rain throughout the evening, it will be interesting to see Sergio’s approach tomorrow without the ability to hit that hooded-iron shot he used most of the back nine (STINGER!). No matter the approach, Garcia did more than what he needed to on Saturday, showing poise and ability without an ounce of frustration.
With all that said, tomorrow is a completely different experience, with Sergio in a place he has struggled in years past. We’ve seen El Nino in the final round of a major, and we’ve seen him metaphorically piss it down the ol’ leg. If there is one thing that he can hang his hat on, it’s that tomorrow he will be playing with journeyman Steve Stricker, unlike Tiger and his army at Bethpage in 2002.
Also, and I don’t know if anyone is talking about this, but that cameraman that Garcia hit with his approach shot on 17 looks a lot like the guy that videotaped Sergio spitting in the cup at Doral. Now that is accuracy.
Photo courtesy of Bob Martin/SI