Sergio Garcia is one of golf’s best ball-strikers and while everything about him looks the same after he missed the PGA Championship in August, there is so much uncertainty in his heart.
A 10-week break from golf was taken by the 31-year old Spanish golfer to see if he would rediscover his passion for golf. His return to the PGA Tour at Innisbrook’s Transitions Championship was his first time in seven months.
“I definitely feel like I want to be out there,” Garcia said. “So that always helps.”
Garcia, who used to be the World’s number 2, had every chance to replace Tiger Wood until his steady drop in the ranking, all the way to No. 85. It was his ranking which made him wait as far as March for his first U.S. tour event as he was no longer eligible for the top 64 in Arizona’s Accenture Match Play Championship or the top 50 in last week’s Doral Cadillac Championship.
Garcia attributed his downfall to love, rather a problem with it. Apparently, he took his split up with Greg Norman’s daughter two years ago harder than everyone thought.
“It was a mix of things,” he said Wednesday after his pro-am round on the Copperhead course. “A couple of things off the golf course didn’t help. And then I just started playing not great. Knowing how I can play and what I’m capable of doing, I don’t like to settle for less.”
“So I guess a mix of those things kind of pulled down a little bit,” he said. “But we are looking forward to it now.”
His last tournament victory was towards the end of the 2008 season during the Castello Masters. For the first time in hi career, Garcia missed last year’s Ryder Cup. A lot of things have happened since then including the rise of Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood to the top with Rory Mcllroy, Paul Cassey and Graeme McDowell just waiting to make their moves.
“To tell you the truth, I just want to be out there and just want to enjoy playing,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, just play better as I get on. Whatever happens, happens.”