Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer are atop the leaderboard here at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at -8, a three shot lead over Tim Petrovic and Scott Piercy.
Ryan Palmer’s ball striking is putting him in close proximity to the hole, where he has been performing very well. His short game has been excellent when he does miss greens and he hasn’t had to many long putts or putts from the incorrect quadrants.
Sergio Garcia is striking the ball well as usual, but his putting is as good as I’ve seen it. He made some clutch par putts and sand saves in windy conditions yesterday as well as chipping in from 45 feet on the 15th green for birdie.
Friday Byron Nelson Championship Leader Board – click read more if you can’t see it.
That last two nights I’ve been in the press room until the wee hours. But tonight I don’t have time this moment to write my daily comments about the action. I’ve got an appointment with some Golf Space and HOG followers with some BBQ and frosty beverages. Show me some of that Texas BBQ.
So I’ll quickly post a shot which tells the story for Sergio Garcia today, short game.
Sergio Garcia blasts out of the sand on #14 - Click for more images
Sergio got up and down from the sand on 14, 16 and 18 and I was right there to witness all the shots. 14 was impressive. Sergio also putted as well as I’ve ever seen him putt.
If I’m still conscious after the BBQ and frosty beverages, I’ll chime in on the day’s play and upload a zillion photos.
Sergio answers questions...
Being a golf blogger can be tough sometimes. We aren’t taken seriously by certain entities sometimes, like “journalists” or organizations of professional golfers, if you know what I mean. I had one “journalist” tell me that since I was a blogger I didn’t know how to spell and I didn’t have to check my facts. All I had to do with that rude person was let him know that my traffic numbers beat his by over 3 million hits per month.
The popularity of blogs and social networking is real and we ought not be ignored. The pull and exposure some of the popular blogs have could crush the stats of some of the more “traditional” media outlets. Perhaps that is why some of them are rude. They’re afraid.
As a blogger I don’t have a sports network paying my bills and therefore I don’t get to many tour events. I hope to get to more in the future but finding a budget to do that is tough.
Here’s a newbie alert now that I’ve made all these preliminary statements. I just attended my first PGA Tour press conference ever. Yes, my training wheels are coming off. The presser featured Sergio Garcia as the player.
Garcia talked about the infected finger and how it forced him out of the British Open qualifier on Monday, as well as talking about the course and the HP Byron Nelson tournament. But the best moment was when a reporter accidentally addressed Sergio as “Seve” (Ballesteors) following some conversation about the late golf great.
Can Garcia scratch his way into the British or U.S. Open?
In order to be eligible for the BRITISH (not U.S.) OPEN, Sergio Garcia must go through the qualification process because his world ranking is currently not high enough for automatic entry. That qualification round was to take place today.
Garcia withdrew from his qualifier this morning due to an infected fingernail.
“Unfortunately had to wd from qualifier this morning because of an infected fingernail in my left hand. Couldn’t hold the club comfortably even after 5 holes. Hopefully I’ll be fine for Thursday at the (Byron) Nelson! Sorry guys.” ~Sergio Garcia via Twitter
A fingernail can derail a world class player’s chances to play in the Open. Speechless.
Anyone who has read my blog with any regularity knows I’ve been, shall we say, “critical” of Sergio Garcia. The spit incident tarnished my respect for him long ago. Recently Sergio’s play hasn’t been great and the old me was there to ride that horse, predicting a poor performance in the Masters and making fun of the promotion awarding free TaylorMade drivers to players who bought them before the Masters if Garcia won…
Now we know why Sergio’s play has been so rocky, he’s done with Greg Norman’s daughter Morgan Leigh
Back during the Masters I commented that Sergio had a look in his eye which didn’t look right. It didn’t look good at all. I wasn’t sure if he was ill, being audited by the IRS or what. He looked beaten down. He looked like he was in a daze.
As it turns out his relationship with Greg Norman’s daughter Morgan Leigh is over. Some articles are saying he was “dumped” which is not terribly nice.
I feel your pain Sergio. Can I buy you a beer?
Well guess what? My game has SUCKED this season so far. My handicap has TRIPLED and it is still getting worse. I’ve thought about hanging it up a few times. I’m so fragile emotionally on the course I want to cry with joy when I make a birdie and throw a temper tantrum like a big baby when I make a bogey. I’m an emotional wreck now and my concentration level is horrid.
I’m in a similar boat to my now friend in misery Mr. Garcia. I too broke off a relationship months ago. It has been very tough. Food hasn’t been terribly appealing and I have moments where I just stare off into space. Several times a week I just want to go to sleep in the middle of the day, though I got plenty of sleep the night before. In my morning shower I have these moments where I just fade off into some other universe. I’m not exactly sure how long I stare at the wall of the shower some mornings. I’ve lost 22 pounds in two months. It has been tough to gag food down and sometimes I’ll realize I haven’t eaten a meal in 24 hours or more, just a couple of olives.
Getting better slowly
I’m slowly adjusting to having that big hole in my personal life without a special lady who I thought was the perverbial “one.” If Sergio felt the same way as I did, you can be sure his game won’t be back any time soon. I’m about four months in and just barely coming out of my shell. I still have moments where I zap back to the past and get sad, but I’m trying to move on and move forward. I’ve now got the feelers out to friends and some dating sites, and maybe I’ll find me a nice lady who golfs.
So Sergio I humbly apologize for all the crap I’ve given you here on my little golf blog. I feel your pain man. It will get better, but not as quick as you may hope. That pain will never really go away. You’ll just figure out how to process it. Call it a character builder like those four foot putts.
You’ll always have those painful memories tucked away in the back of your golf bag, but you’ll find happiness in the future. At least thats my plan.