That Is The First Clam Sergio Has Ever Smiled At
At the Qatar Masters Sergio Garcia defeated Mikko Ilonen of Finland on the third playoff hole to win his first Euro title of the calendar year. After hacking it around Abu Dhabi last week, Sergio regained his form from his recent win in Thailand and closed strong to earn his victory in Qatar.
Last year in this event, Garcia was sitting in the clubhouse preparing for playoff when Chris Wood eagled the 72nd hole to snatch a chance at victory away from him. That was just another example to Sergio that the golf gods are out to get him and that he’s the most snake bitten player to ever walk the earth (in his mind). No, the guy that made eagle didn’t earn it and beat you…..that’s right, it was the golf gods. They hate you and you’ll just have to deal with it.
Ha! The golf gods do have a sense of humor, as anyone who’s played the game religiously knows. Perhaps El Nino’s win in Qatar in 2014 makes up for last year’s heart ache. Jose Maria’s boy toy closed the tourney this year with a final round 65 to grab the clubhouse lead at 16 under par. I’m sure he was sitting in there, watching gay porn, and figuring someone would again steal victory away from him with an assist from the golf gods.
Of course no one did so and Garcia advanced to the (seemingly ) eternal playoff with Ilonen, who made 2 birdies of his own in the final 3 holes. Ilonen finally made a mistake off the tee on the last lap down the 18th and failed to make birdie on the easy par 5. Garcia was left with a 5 inch tap in to seal the deal. Third round leader, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, finished one shot back and tied for third with Thorbjorn “Thunder Bear” Olesen.
Saturday, Saturday……..Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!
If you were looking for your normal Euro Tour Sunday morning brunch action, you went hungry. The Qatar Masters started on Wednesday and ended on Saturday. For the life of me I can’t find any information on why this was scheduled as such. Even the trusty old Google machine gives me nothing. Does Qatar have blue laws? A religious holiday? Can someone fill me in? Meanwhile, it did seem fitting that Sergio won a tournament in which he didn’t have to make a clutch putt on a Sunday. Fellow Blogger Ryan Ballengee agreed.
Good stuff, Ryan. Meanwhile several golf journos are now pontificating that with the Qatar win and this win in Thailand, Sergio might have bigger and better things on the horizon in the coming months. I don’t see it and I don’t want to even go there. Clearly he is far more likely to choke a major away than he is to win one. I also don’t see 3 of this year’s major venues as very good courses for his game. He’s convinced himself he can’t win at Augusta and his putting will always catch up with him there. Pinehurst? He shouldn’t show up. Valhalla for the PGA? Nope. Hoylake? His game does fit this one, but how can we even make such a huge leap to seeing him winning a major when he has not even contended in one recently? Let’s all just settle down and force ourselves to imagine Laura Davies naked as punishment for this Garcia-major-talk tomfoolery.