Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sergio Made His Next Victory Harder

Wladimir Klitschko is the current IBF Heavyweight champion. He has the size, power, boxing ability and dedication to be considered the best heavyweight in the world today. What he doesn’t have is an iron jaw, which has caused him to lose fights by knockout to lesser fighters (Corrie Sanders, Lamon Brewster) in his career. For the remainder of his career, every boxer he faces knows if he can withstand his initial power, Klitschko can be had.

Sergio Garcia, with his failure to win the British Open, is now is the same place as Wladimir Klitschko.

The next time Sergio is in the lead in a major on Sunday (and it will happen again; he is too talented for it not to happen), the guy one or two shots won’t have the pressure to catch up that golfers have when Tiger Woods is one or two shots ahead. Even a victory in a major won’t fix this; the fact that he lost a three stroke lead on the back nine of a major will be in the front of the mind of every one of his opponents for the remainder of the career.

If and when Sergio does win a major, he will have to earn every bit of it. The odds of a player falling apart like they do when paired with Tiger in the final pairing (although Steve Stricker did a good job falling apart paired with Garcia today) are slimmer than they were 24 hours ago.

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