In the end, Sergio Garcia will break your heart. It’s a truth that his fans have learned the hard way.
On the course, it’s easy to feel sorry for him when it’s a burnt edge on the 72nd hole at the British Open or two balls in the water on the 17th at the Players. It’s not so easy to root for him when he’s spitting in the cup after a missed putt or screaming profanities in Spanish from the tee deck.
Off the course, it’s much the same. When he is laying his heart on the line and telling the world that he isn’t good enough to win a major, you want to hug him. When he is on stage telling a racist joke, you want to strangle him.
Garcia has long been golf’s most tragic figure. The demons he has faced on the golf course have taken their toll on the man. The boy wonder that was poised to have a career-long battle with Tiger is long gone.