Today, I watched very happily as Sergio García scrambled the last three holes of the Andalucía Masters to hold off Miguel Angel Jiménez's late charge. García struggled all day off the tee, but finished the last 11 holes at two under.
It was the García's second victory in the last two weeks, as he romped to a win on his home course by 11 strokes last week.
So is García back? While he's my favorite player and I would love to proclaim that, it's still a process. García won two events, however remember one of them was his home course since he started playing.
The other one was within his home country as well. Valderrama played extremely difficult though, so it's about a wash there.
What I would say is García is halfway to being back. The wins are a huge confidence boost, not to mention a boost to his world ranking. Garcia should be around the top 25 after two straight wins, which puts him away from qualifying from any majors next year.
From here it's all up to Sergio how far he wants to go. His putting saved him today.
On the 16th hole García put it into the trees, punched to the green-side bunker, and then put it to a five footer with six inches of break. What was normally a miss was a make today.
García can't let the way he is putting go away. With it, he's a force because his ball striking is that good.
In his last two weeks he has averaged 27.8 putts per round, and watching him you can just see the confidence in his game.
The best part of seeing García win is that he got nervous today. He was really shaking because he wanted to be there. He wanted to win.
His passion for the game is back. And with his up and down on the final hole capping off a fantastic four days where even par was a T7 finish, you got to see another rarity: a Sergio García smile.
Golf needs someone like Sergio García to find his game. He's become humble, likable, a real fans' person. It's what golf always wanted out of García, all he can do to accomplish what was set for him is to win a major.
Given his recent play, anything's possible for the fiery Spaniard. He's fought his way back to the upper echelon of golf, and here's hoping that he stays up there.
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