"You know what's the saddest thing about it? It's not the first time. It's not the first time, unfortunately. So, I don't know, I'm playing against a lot of guys out there, more than the field."
That's what Sergio said after his Carnoustie crash and burn today.
Though not quite Van de Veldian, it was pretty stunning how, in the end, he gave up his hard won lead and let the British Open slip from his grasp. This final round demise was predicted by...well...almost everyone. And I've got to say, it did seem like he was battling more than Padraig, Ernie, Tiger and the other guys on the windswept Scottish greens. The collective disdain of golf fans and journalists was also out there, and it was pretty palpable from the beginning. The thing is, Mr. Garcia, at 27, is seen by many as a spoiled, immature, whining, Mama's boy. From his fussy pre-shot routine to his monochromatic fashion foibles, from last Spring's spit-gate to his recent move to the inelegant belly putter. There are just so many things to dislike about El Nino. I'm pretty sure this sentiment is what Sergio was referring to, at least in part, when he made that statement about "more than the field".
I'm also pretty sure that Sergio will win a major. Eventually. But first he'll have to make a few changes to his character, and style. He'll have to mature and mellow, stop blaming and start acknowledging. Be a bit...humble. That's when golf fans and journalists will begin to pull for him, that's when he'll only have the field against him and with his extraordinary talent, that's when he'll finally win.