Tuesday

China Panda-monium: Sergio Garcia, Cute & Cuddly

I'm a huge fan of Sergio Garcia ... and a huge fan of baby Panda bears.  So when sexy Señor Garcia met cute and cuddly, Ya Yun yesterday... at the Chendu Panda Base Breeding center in Chengdu, China...  it was definitely a photo-op that piqued my interest.

Sergio is in China's Sichuan Province for the Volvo China Open which takes place this week at Luxehills International Country Club.

Garcia's one-time nemesis, Padraig Harrington, also paid a visit to the Pandas, and he too will be in the field along with defending champion Y. E. Yang, and 2010 Ryder Cup Champion, Colin Montgomerie.

It might be Chinese star Liang Wen-Chong who has the biggest advantage, however.  The most recent of his 17 career wins came less than a year ago at the Luxehills Chengdu Open... on the same course that's hosting this week's  event. ----->

They say Pandas bring good luck though, and Ya Yun is clearly smitten with Sergio. So the swarthy Spaniard may well be celebrating his second Middle Kingdom win come Sunday.  As I understand it, Golf Channel will provide coverage Thursday - Sunday from 9:00AM - 12:30AM, ET.

In the meantime I wouldn't be at all surprised to find Sergio, playing some Panda Golf.

Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images AsiaPac