Sergio Garcia once had a future as bright as Rory McIlroy's, a 22-year-old European phenom with unparalleled golf game.
Both were paired together Saturday at the 2012 Masters Championship. They had high expectations to make a charge for the leaderboard.
However, both imploded, shooting 40 or worse on the front nine and putting themselves out of contention.
Thirty-two-year-old Garcia, a 13-year PGA Tour veteran, said after his three-over-par 75 to the Spanish media that “I’m not good enough (and) in 13 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.”
That seemingly wasn't out of frustration, said in a sarcastic tone or out of Garcia's character.
Garcia may have given up, despite finishing tied seventh, ninth and 12th in the last three majors. He added that comment wasn't just for the Masters. It was for all majors.
Even when people thought Garcia has fought his demons, he goes and said something like that, reminding everyone that his biggest demon may be a life-long insecurity.
Garcia (-1, T19) tees off with Webb Simpson Sunday at 12:40 p.m. Even if he posts a seven-under-par 65, the Spaniard may get his wish and finish second or third.
Unlike Lee Westwood, who has 35 international victories but no major, not many will root for Garcia—including himself.
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And it's a shame it has come to that.
“I’m not good enough,” Garcia said. “I had my chances and opportunities and I wasted them. I have no more options. I wasted my options.”
It's time to stop wasting our options, too, on Garcia, who once had the same hype as his playing partner on Saturday.