- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“Don’t confuse hard with show off.” — U.S. basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to a foreign journalist accusing the United States of showing off during its defeat of China

Take your pick: Will Sergio Garcia ever win a major?

Yes: He lost another one in gut-wrenching fashion Sunday, but he’s unquestionably getting closer. There weren’t a series of point-blank misses with the putter Sunday, and Garcia had only one bad full-swing miss all day, which he followed up with a gutsy up-and-down for bogey. His 5-wood approach from an awkward stance in the rough at the 72nd hole (the toughest finish in all of golf) was a superb strike in the clutch, coming within three feet of turning the tables on Padraig Harrington. Garcia didn’t lose the 90th PGA Championship; he played boldly and was beaten by an unconscious putting performance.

No: Like Greg Norman before him, Garcia just keeps gathering ghosts. The Spaniard now has 14 top-10s in the majors without a victory. And every time he leads a major, everyone in the crowd simply awaits the inevitable choke job. With each near-miss, he adds psychological scar tissue, making his breakthrough less likely.

Our Take: Garcia will win majors, likely a handful once he finally breaks through. He’s no Colin Montgomerie; he already has had twice as many chances. And he’s no Norman; the Shark’s swoons are far more dramatic. Garcia is more like Phil Mickelson, who started 0-for-42 (as a pro) in the majors. Garcia is now 0-for-37, but he’s only 28. Lefty didn’t break through until he was 33.

TWT FIVE: Worst Summer Olympic “Sports”

1. Synchronized swimming — An activity so ludicrous it should require color commentary by Ali G.

2. BMX racing — The first IOC promotee among the dreaded X-Games; dirt bikes are so 12-year-old paperboy.

3. Table tennis — It’s called pingpong. And like darts and billiards, it’s a parlor game, not a sport.

4. Badminton — Universally played at family picnics because Uncle Artie is too fragile and slow for volleyball.

5. Men’s race walk — To test your bladder control, watch these “athletes” do their spasmodic hip-shifting sashay.

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