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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 236
I T JUST WASN’T MEANT TO HAPPEN. WE SAT AROUND THE TABLE FOR A FAMILY GET- TOGETHER ON SUNDAY EVENING, DISCUSSING HOW THE FINAL ROUND OF THE MASTERS MIGHT PLAY OUT. Adam Scott might be a chance for a second green jacket if he turned it on early. Justin Rose was looking mighty ominous as co-leader. Rickie Fowler had stuck it out in the third round and loomed as a threat, and Jordan Spieth looked like he was just getting warmed up at 4-under. The arguments for and against each player were many, but what was almost unanimous was that Sergio Garcia – despite leading alongside Rose – was no chance. After almost two decades of watching the endlessly talented Spaniard squander opportunities at majors, there was not a single person in the discussion who truly believed it was finally Garcia’s time. How could you rationally believe that a man can win, when that man himself doesn’t believe he can win? Remember Garcia’s comments after falling down the leaderboard with a 3-over 75 in the final round of the 2012 Masters? “In 13 years I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place,” he said. “I’m not good enough... I don’t have the thing I need to have.” They were truly stunning words from a man chasing the ultimate success in a sport that requires of its competitors an inner belief drilled down 300 feet into bedrock. After years of watching Tiger Woods impose his iron will on anyone and everyone, it was refreshing but confronting to hear a player admit that he simply didn’t have what it takes. To be fair to Garcia, many times it has appeared that some higher force has it in for him.
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