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Can Garcia get his game back?

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comment by SimbaW (U14712325)

posted Jan 27, 2011

He's doing very well so far. -5 for day 1.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Golf needs Garcia back. He is one of the most exciting players to watch, he draws you in, people like to see players with real passion. He's not afraid to show his emotions and speak his mind. I'm a big fan of Westwood, Kaymer Europes top players but they donít get your heart racing and get you involved as much as a player with the fire in his blood like Garcia. I do hope he can get his head right, there is no doubting he has the talent to be up with the best and win any Major once his head is in the right place.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I hope sergio gets going again because for me he is europes most exciting prospect, yes kaymer has the ability to be dominant in the game but sergios passion flare and aggressive play when in the mood is almost second to none and golf is all the better when he is firing on all cylinders

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I think Sergio is pretty much universally liked. I'd love to see him back in the top 10 again, contesting (and winning) big events, hopefully even Majors.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Detones, agree that his charisma would be very welcome back to the top of the European tour. Us Brits love the genius combined with instability of our sportsmen/women - Gazza, Best, Beefy. The Lance Armstrongs of the world just don't do it for us...

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posted Jan 27, 2011

"I think Sergio is pretty much universally liked", except in America of course where the media conducts a Monty-type campaign against him. Difficult to believe that sentiment is not mutual and I'm sure that adds tremendous pressure to Sergio's appearances over here.

It would probably do Sergio the world of good to gain some confidence in Europe, come back to the PGA Tour with some success under his belt. He looked lost here last year, and it seemed the entire NBC TV commentary team wanted him to get lost, slating him at every turn. The print journos almost as bad.

Am not a great fan of Faldo at anything other than extraordinary golf, but he does a good job of sticking up for Sergio.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I'd certainly love to see him back to his best and win that elusive Major. Hopefully more than one. If he can get his head on straight he certainly has the talent to win a lot more.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Kwini

Good point about his treatment at the hands of the US media. Would be great if he could rediscover his game on the ET and then waltz off with some of the big prizes from U.S.-hosted events, Majors and all.
Not sure why he doesn't return full time to the ET really, by all accounts it would be a great time to be part of it at the moment.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I agree navy, at the moment success on the European Tour seems to be as competitive as it has been for a long time with the strength of the fields if you consider the world rankings.

With a lot of the Europeans in great form and the young and talented South Africans, we only need a couple of popular ROW players (Villegas etc) and it will be more of a world tour, which can only be better for the game.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Sergio is the most naturally talented player in the game today, and it would be great if he got that bit of sparkle back.

I think he has got to realise that he will never be a great putter, but works the best he can on what he has got.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

kwini

Correct, I should have put a disclaimer on my comment, something along the lines of *apart from North America

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posted Jan 27, 2011

'His weakness has always been on the greens but this area of the game generally gets better with age and even though 31 is no age in golf,'

I would dearly love to see Sergio back in the top ten. However, the statement above is I believe incorrect. Your putting stability is likely to deteriorate with age, especially if you have a fragility to begin with, which it is fair to say Sergio has.

I hope he proves me wrong, but because putting accounts for about 40% of the shots per round. I think he will struggle.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

With Sergio it's hard to see how he can get much lower on the greens... He's 182nd in the 2010 listing with about 10 players underneath him... all in the twilight of their careers on the main tour by the looks of the names.

He might still hit it pretty well... but I think he's going to go the way of the dodo unless he finds a way to get it in the hole soon.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

oldshanker, I can sort of see your view about putting as you get older but I generally think that your putting gets stronger with age because of your experience on the greens and because as you lose distance it becomes more and more important to be a good putter. Also, a seven or eight figure bank balance from a few years in golf makes each putt less important!?!

However, I suppose that it can work both ways in that a poor putter's mind will only get weaker. Garcia may certainly run this risk but lets hope that he doesn't and can restore his former brilliance...

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Agree with oldshanker. I'd love Sergio to get back to somewhere near his best, BUT his putting is SO bad these days that I really don't see that coming back. Putting is mainly between the ears, and that aspect gets harder as players get older. A real shame.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Wow -- I don't sense any dislike of Sergio from the US Media.

I however remain perplexed why he hasn't won more. And, from my observation, so has the US Media.

I guess his putting just isn't consistent enough. That and he seems to be a bit of a broken man after the loss to Harrington in the British Open.

I don't think anyone has bet on a player that never won a major to win a major more than I have on him.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I don't think many players' putting improves with age.

You certainly notice far more bumps and slopes, and worry far more about the putt back as you get older.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

These will be the slowest greens all year, dont read too much into his score today. I would have liked to see them over at over 10 on the stimp meter.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

'Morning Shotrock,
Hope you've dug yourself out.

US media anti-Sergio bias:
It may just be my sensitive European ears but I strongly believe NBC TV, and to a lesser extent some print media, pgatour.com etc, are pro-American golfers, ambivalent about most "Internationals" and are intent on magnifying any perceived flaw in Sergio's game and/or character. Johnny Miller number one of course, followed by his sycophantic cheerleaders like Pepper and Rolfing, plus McCord on CBS. Poulter needs to keep winning or he'll be subject to the same nonsense.

But maybe I'm just an English country boy who needs to get out more. (Actually feel as if the PGA - even Ridgewood - broke Sergio's spirit perhaps even more than Carnoustie.)

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Its nice to see him back up on the leader board, ok I know it is only the 1st day of the comp, but to have the time off that he has had, then come back and shoot 5 under, looks very hopeful for the rest of the season

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Kwini - I, too, will keep my ears up for Garcia commentary. Given his skill set, I would find it hard to believe his best years are behind him.

Major shoveling this morning ... reminded me of the days when I would clear out the family driveway only to watch the plow go by and bury us in again. There are some things you never forget.

Planning a get-away to Florida or Scottsdale next month!

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comment by Lairdy (U2728317)

posted Jan 27, 2011

Anyone know of any famous examples where a touring pro really turned around their putting? Going from putting being the worst part of their game to the best?

Not having a go or anything just curious to see if there's been any such turnaround?

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Vijay did it for a while.. he went from looking like he was hanging onto a cobra to putting and winning... but now he's back with a rattlesnake in his hand.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Lairdy - Bernhard Langer, more than once.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Could be fun to see Sergio and Franceso in the leader ball Sunday. Could be a nail biter...

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comment by Lairdy (U2728317)

posted Jan 27, 2011

Hmmm both use/used the broomhandle putters (Vijay had a short stick again at The Sony).... hopefully Sergio can find a putting game without going to a broomhandle.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I don't think Sergio is tall enough to use a broomhandle is he?

Perhaps and Handbroomhandle would be ok though.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Shotrock,
News last night said Syracuse had "enjoyed" 113 inches of snow so far this month; not surprising the Orangemen have lost their groove . . . .

As for players rediscovering their putting stroke, think you'd have to put Tom Kite and Jay Haas into that category, and then return them to Vijay's group, rattlesnakes and all.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Kwini --

Yes, SU has indeed lost their groove. And although I'm an Orange grad, my wife is a Villanova grad and we have season's tickets so I've become a Wildcat fan over the years. And they said a mixed marriage like this would never last ..;)

Promise no more CNY thread hijacking!

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Anything goes on my thread though Sr, especially CNY!

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comment by SimbaW (U14712325)

posted Jan 27, 2011

Agree with Kwini that the US media has been harsh on Sergio. The fans have been disappointed but not overly criticizing as the media in general.

I personally think the biggest problem for Sergio is his head. Breaking up with Norman's little girl was a lot more distracting to him than those losses. He had won a couple decent tournaments after the Major failures a couple years back. He was no.2 for a while before everything crashed.

Sergio needs a boost in confidence, his putter is good enough. Look at Els and Goosen, They have won with a similar up and down putter. Don't listen to the media. If he just buckle down he will get there. His ball striking alone will get him to the top. He should never compare himself to the all time greats like the media have heaped upon him in the past decade. He just needed to play golf.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Re. putting and getting his head sorted about it, he could do a lot worse than talk to Langer. Accepted BL might put his overcoming the yips (more than once) down to HIM, but you need some strong mental abilities to get over the yips like BL had; was excruciating to watch at his worst. Despite it all he turned himself into a brilliant putter again even under pressure like the Ryder Cup.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

I always understood that the person to get Langer's putting sorted out was Seve; insisting that he had a great chipping motion and repeat that on the greens. Before he tried the long putter of course.

Something slightly different, but apropos the greens in Bahrain:
I just read on pgatour.com that the respective green speeds in San Diego on the North Course and South course are 10.5 on the stimp, and 12.0, differential to allow to greater slopes on the North greens.

That sems highly undesirable, different speeds in the same tournament. Perhaps it's the same with the Dunhill and AT&T, just something that hadn't occurred to me.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Kwini, just making sure that you'd seen the 606v2 website. Won't work without you...

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