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April 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The beauty of azaleas and dogwoods in the spring at Augusta National Golf Club suggests peace and serenity, but Sergio Garcia was anything but serene last year as he wrapped up a frustrating weekend at the Masters. Standing third after 36 holes, Garcia dropped to 19th after a third-round 75 and told Spanish reporters, "I'm not good enough" to win a major. The next day with the English-speaking media, he said, "I can't really play much better than I played this week and I'm going to finish 13th or 15th.
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June 12, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sergio Garcia has been loved. Who could forget the joyous 19-year-old from Spain who dazzled the masses during the 1999 PGA Championship at nearby Medinah, and almost knocked off Tiger Woods? Garcia has been hated. Remember last year at the U.S. Open, where hecklers in the gallery at Bethpage Black started counting aloud his waggles before he executed the shot, and he responded to one guy with an obscene gesture? Loved and hated. But with all that has happened to him during his four-plus years as a professional golfer, Garcia now faces maybe his most difficult reaction from the public.
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July 20, 2007 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, as a newly minted 19-year-old pro, Sergio Garcia shot 89 in the first round of the British Open and promptly wept on his mother's shoulder. Yesterday, upon his return to Carnoustie, an older, wiser, better-putting Garcia shot a 6-under-par 65 to grab a 2-shot lead over Paul McGinley of Ireland after the first round of the Open. "I almost went to tears again," Garcia, 27, a flamboyant Spaniard long touted as a future major winner, said last night. Garcia's mother was waiting for him this time, too, but not with the shoulder to cry on. "She just said, 'Very well done, well played,' " Garcia said, grinning.
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July 15, 1999 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He swaggers into a room the same way he swaggers across a golf course - as if he owns the place. Get used to it. Even with the brightest lights in golf - Tiger Woods, David Duval, Colin Montgomerie, et. al - ready to tee off today in the first round of the 128th British Open, an inordinate amount of the talk and hoopla surrounds Sergio Garcia, a largely unknown 19-year-old from Spain. Heir to Seve Ballesteros' throne is what many in Europe are calling him. The more common comparison on American shores is to Woods.
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July 19, 2001 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's still only 21, but Sergio Garcia is not a kid anymore. Sure, he's still got the youthful swagger and exuberance. He still grins like the cat that ate the canary when hits a shot he really likes. And he still seems to somehow get caught up in the occasional controversy. Just a week ago, he was fined for his comments following a dispute with a rules official in a European Tour tournament five months ago. And just yesterday, the European Tour announced it was fining him again for comments he made last week at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, where he told reporters the course set-up was substandard compared to what he plays in the United States.
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September 20, 2004 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In recent years, the U.S. Ryder Cup team has been accused of not being able to come together like the Europeans, of not wanting to win as badly. After this latest defeat, Phil Mickelson said it's just the opposite: The Americans are expected to win, they know it, and they feel the pressure. "The Europeans have taken a great attitude in the last decade of trying to come in and say, 'We're the underdog, [so] we have nothing to lose,' " Mickelson said. "When we get here, we are under constant ridicule and scrutiny over our play and not coming together as a team.
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August 21, 2012 | Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Rainy weather left Sergio Garcia stuck in central North Carolina for an extra day. Turns out, it was worth the hassle - because he's leaving with his first PGA Tour victory in four years. Garcia claimed a 2-stroke win Monday in the water-logged Wyndham Championship for his first victory on tour since the 2008 Players Championship. He finished with a 66 to wind up at 18-under 262, claim $936,000 in prize money and maybe seal a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
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June 16, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sergio Garcia is already something of a polarizing figure -- and his comment about Tiger Woods this week, in which he said he'd serve his rival "fried chicken" if he came over for dinner, hasn't endeared him to fans here at Merion. "Look at him -- he's walking behind (Rickie) Fowler so he doesn't get booed," one man scoffed as Garcia made his way to his first tee-off of the day at the 11th hole. (Fowler, who's playing in Garcia's group received nearly as much attention for his birdie on the 13th hole as he did for his colorful attire today -- a bright yellow shirt and electric-blue pants.)
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July 18, 2013
HANDICAPPING 101 (or trying to size up some of the usual suspects) * Tiger Woods (8-1): It has been 5 years. But he's still the betting fave, just because. Wonder how his left arm feels? * Rory McIlroy (15-1): Hasn't won since the PGA last August. * Adam Scott (18-1): Should have won last year. Did win at Augusta in April. * Justin Rose (20-1): Best man at Merion has no Top 10s in this Open since his magical debut in 1998. * Lee Westwood (25-1): Maybe one of these days, it'll finally be his time.
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April 11, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - No matter what else does or does not happen the rest of his life, Justin Rose will always have Merion. Still, everything moves along. Ten months after he finally got his first major at the age of 32 by becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 4-plus decades, Rose is trying to do just that. It's something seemingly every golfer goes through after breaking through. This week he's playing in his ninth Masters. His best finish was a fifth in 2007, when he led after the first round.
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - As you may have heard, Tiger Woods is not playing in the Masters this week because of his recent back surgery, robbing the patrons of a chance to see the dominant golfer of an era that began with Woods' first green jacket back in 1997 and continued through his 14th major title in the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods' chief challengers from that period - Phil Mickelson (43 years old), Ernie Els (44), Jim Furyk (43), Steve Stricker (47), and Vijay Singh (51) - may be on, or close to reaching, the back nine of their careers, and the players ready to represent the next generation of greats are lining up. Some qualify thanks to victories in major championships: Rory McIlroy (24)
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July 19, 2013 | Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - The tournament doesn't start until Thursday yet the most entertaining shot at the British Open may already have been hit. It belonged to short-game wizard Phil Mickelson, who won the Scottish Open on Sunday and a day later arrived at the 17th green during a practice round to find his ball nestled in light rough halfway up a small knob alongside the putting surface. Lefty grabbed a wedge and with his back to the flag, feathered a shot that arched softly and landed behind him and rolled to within a few feet of the pin. "I haven't hit it in so long, I just looked at it and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't know anybody was filming," Mickelson said.
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July 18, 2013
HANDICAPPING 101 (or trying to size up some of the usual suspects) * Tiger Woods (8-1): It has been 5 years. But he's still the betting fave, just because. Wonder how his left arm feels? * Rory McIlroy (15-1): Hasn't won since the PGA last August. * Adam Scott (18-1): Should have won last year. Did win at Augusta in April. * Justin Rose (20-1): Best man at Merion has no Top 10s in this Open since his magical debut in 1998. * Lee Westwood (25-1): Maybe one of these days, it'll finally be his time.
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June 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merion still played mean and nasty Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open, playing to a stroke average of 74.356 and refusing to yield a single birdie at the par-4 18th hole. However the 18th, which played at a robust 530 yards, was only the second-toughest hole, at 4.740 strokes. The top honor went to No. 5, at 504 yards, with a stroke average of 4.795. The par-3 13th, which played at 98 yards on Saturday, was the easiest hole, allowing 24 birdies and an average of 2.726 strokes.
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June 16, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sergio Garcia is already something of a polarizing figure -- and his comment about Tiger Woods this week, in which he said he'd serve his rival "fried chicken" if he came over for dinner, hasn't endeared him to fans here at Merion. "Look at him -- he's walking behind (Rickie) Fowler so he doesn't get booed," one man scoffed as Garcia made his way to his first tee-off of the day at the 11th hole. (Fowler, who's playing in Garcia's group received nearly as much attention for his birdie on the 13th hole as he did for his colorful attire today -- a bright yellow shirt and electric-blue pants.)
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June 14, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SERGIO GARCIA has played in 58 majors without winning one. That's tied with Steve Stricker for second, behind Lee Westwood's 60. The closest he's come to winning a U.S. Open was in 2005, when he tied for third at Pinehurst No. 2. In seven since then, the best he's done is a tie for 10th 4 years ago at Bethpage Black. The 33-year-old Spaniard nearly shot himself out of this year's championship almost before it began. He opened with a bogey at No. 11, followed by a par. Then he birdied the short par-3 13th, where, of course, everyone else was also making 2. That was when things got, well, interesting, although Garcia might have had better ways to describe it. First, he drove it out of bounds left at the dogleg left par-4 14th, after his foot slipped.
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June 14, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE BOMBERS came through Oh, Man Corner and walked away shrugging. Then came Sergio. He might have left weeping. Oh, Man Corner is where the U.S. Open is to be won or lost. A fearsome five holes, Nos. 14 through 18 at Merion, are what Amen Corner is to Augusta National. The difference, of course, is that Amen Corner comes in the middle of a Masters round. At Merion, Oh, Man Corner will finish matters in Rounds 3 and 4, a punishing test for the technology that supposedly made this dowager obsolete.
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June 14, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Often throughout a 2013 U.S. Open round that was as wildly erratic as a few tee shots, Sergio Garcia had difficulties keeping things in bounds. It was golf balls that hooked onto Golf House Road on successive holes and led to double- and quadruple-bogeys. And at other times, it was the now-familiar taunts of fans. Whatever the comments directed at him by the Merion Golf Club gallery were, Garcia downplayed them after rallying to salvage a 3-over round of 73, 6 shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.
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