Sergio Garcia: Viva la Espana!

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IMay 11, 2008

The low rain clouds enveloping Carnoustie during the final playoff holes of the 2007 British Open Championship could well have been the setting for another masterpiece by Ernest Hemingway.

A disconsolate 27-year-old Spaniard, an extrovert by nature, stood slumped in the background as Padraig Harrington became the second Irishman to have his name engraved on "The Auld Claret Jug."

Sergio Garcia, the young man from Castellon probably wished the dark North Sea may help erase the pain in his heart, reconstituting the opening titles of the epic movie "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

The question on everyone's lips since that fateful day was "Will he ever recover from missing that easy putt on the 18th green?"

For a while, the creators of the obituary columns appeared to be correct as the Spaniard's form decreased, his scores increased and his putters were discarded daily.

The sun started to shine again on May 11 at TPC Sawgrass, the clubhouse and surroundings of this majestic Pete Dye course, echoed and re-echoed the sounds of flamenco music as the aura of the Iberian peninsula descended upon "The Sunshine State."

Sergio Garcia has often stated his dislike for the nickname bestowed upon him at the commencement of his career, however, it will be music to his ears when most of the golf world roars, "Welcome Back El Nino!"