Wyndham is a distant memory.
In the 2012 Barclays golf tournament, Sergio Garcia choked away a two-stroke lead on Sunday. The disappointment is simply one of many in Garcia’s career.
This is a golfer that looked like he could compete with Tiger Woods for the title of the best player in the world for the next decade after the two went at it in the 1999 PGA Championship.
So much for that.
While Woods went on to win 14 major tournaments, Garcia is still attempting to win his first. He only boasts eight PGA Tour wins altogether. And No. 9 was in his grasp, but he failed to hold on.
Karen Crouse of ESPN reported that Garcia talked about his recent success after he built a lead on Saturday. He said:
Sometimes, I think my mistake is that I seem to trust more what I hear than what I feel. We all know how much of a feel player I am, and I should kind of trust those feelings a bit more. These couple of weeks, they’re kind of helping me do that, kind of go with what I feel and just try to trust my own feelings a little bit more than sometimes if somebody tells me to do one thing and I just do it for lack of confidence in myself.
Apparently, somebody told Garcia something wrong, and he listened.
If Garcia would’ve at least hit for par on Sunday, he would’ve forced a playoff. And considering that he had gone a combined 10-under par in the previous three days of the tournament, a birdie or two shouldn’t have been too much to ask for. The Barclays was his to lose.
And he lost it.
Garcia hit five bogeys and finished four-over par on the day and six-under for the tournament—four strokes behind the champion, Nick Watney. The only thing that hurts worse than suffering yet another letdown is that his choke job cost him $976,000.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.