by Jeff Skinner
A short while ago I wrote about John Daly and his attempt to make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs. Big John had a difficult time at The Wyndham Championship but while he was bogeying his way out of contention Sergio Garcia was busy crafting his own story of redemption.
Sergio’s win at The Wyndham marked his first win on the PGA Tour in four years. The 2008 Players Championship was the scene of Garcia’s last win and at that time many thought that The Players win may have signaled the maturation of a great talent. But the ensuing years were tough for Sergio with many close calls especially in a few majors that scarred the sensitive Spaniard.
But last week at The Wyndham we saw a different Sergio. He had jettisoned his caddy and stated that he was going to do his thing alone. He appeared to have a new attitude, a bit more carefree than the usual “doomsday…woe is me” demeanor that Sergio had worn for so long.
Garcia has already written a stirring story of redemption last week but today he is poised to pen his definitive volume. Back to back wins on the PGA Tour is no easy task and topping the stellar field at The Barclays should do wonders for an ego that has been decimated by self-doubt.
He already clinched a spot on his beloved Ryder Cup Team and a win here could very possibly earn him a shot at PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.
Garcia has lived the high life off the course for years but many would tag his professional life as unfulfilled potential. This year maybe going it alone has agreed with Sergio. From a distance he seems more comfortable with himself. As he heads into the stretch run to the Tour Championship and the always dramatic Ryder Cup his confidence couldn’t be higher.
Maybe the new Sergio can finally build on his finish in 2012 to finally master his most elusive and painful task: winning his first major championship. Today could be another step in his journey “alone”.