Well, it happened again on Sunday. Sergio had his hands stretched out waiting to take the trophy for his first Major victory only to have it snatched away by a higher power. If this proves anything, it proves that the golf gods are Irish. This is the second time Padraig Harrington has bested Sergio in the final round of a Major, both times coming from behind to win.
Some of the events that took place today were eerily similar to Carnoustie in 2007. Sergio takes dead aim at the stick on fifteen and has his ball bounce in and out only to roll 10 feet away and settles for par, much like when his tee shot on the sixteenth at Carnoustie did almost the exact same thing, only that one ran 20 feet from the hole, but again he could not make the birdie putt. And like at Carnoustie in 2007, Harrington was almost an afterthought entering the final round, but managed to play steady golf and come away with a second straight Major.
Was Sergio's win at the Player's a step in the right direction? No. It was a huge leap in the right direction. Don't get me wrong, I really like Sergio. How could you not like the boyish charm and the loads of talent just oozing out of him? He is one of the best ball strikers in the world, but it has always been his putter and his emotions that let him down. Not today. Sure he missed a few putts, but I never saw him take a bad stroke, and when he did miss a putt or something didn't go his way he was able to keep his emotions in check and move on. I hope he wins a Major, heck I hope he wins multiple Majors so he can be removed from the dreaded, Best To Never Win a Major, list. Will it be next year, I think so. Which one? Given his track record at the British and the fact that it is his favorite of the four, I'd say he has a decent shot at the Westin Turnberry Resort. Let's just hope that he can break through at a Major and start collecting more prestigious trophies because let's face it, he just too good not too.