Sanderson Farms Championship Recap: Eyes off the Prize

Sanderson Farms Championship Recap: Eyes off the Prize

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A big deal was made during the Sanderson Farms Championship that Sergio Garcia was putting with his eyes closed. Hey, if putting with your eyes open doesn't work, why not? Just to confirm, Garcia keeps his eyes open when using his other clubs, and he hit two such spectacular approach shots on Sunday that, if they had happened in a major, would be talked about forever.

Garcia boomed a 5-wood from 260 yards to three feet for a kick-in eagle on No. 14 to tie for the lead. He then lasered an 8-iron from 171 yards to two and a half feet on 18 for a walk-off birdie to win the tournament by one shot over tough-luck runner-up Peter Malnati.

The victory suddenly put a difficult year of golf in a new light for Garcia, who struggled mightily after the restart. He missed the cut at both majors, failed to make the FedExCup playoffs and last week fell out of the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in almost a decade. And then after Garcia had his finest golf moment of the year, he disclosed personal tragedy, that he had lost two uncles to the coronavirus, one at the beginning of the pandemic and another just days before this tournament.

It was just the latest example of how we never fully know what's going on in an athlete's life, how there could be more to a poor performance than just playing poorly. Twitter, take note.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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