Missing LinksApril 2, 2016

Will Sergio Garcia ever win a major? ‘I just think his time has passed’

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“[Sergio Garcia] has been a central figure in golf for nearly two decades…and yet the game's most important threshold continues to elude him,” Golf Channel’s Damon Hack writes in this story on Garcia, who has yet to win a major championship. “Tormented by Woods in his formative years and by Padraig Harrington in his prime, Garcia arrives to Augusta National Golf Club for the 80th Masters with little to no fanfare, while Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have combined to win five of the last six majors. ‘I just think his time has passed,’ Lanny Wadkins said.”

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Sergio Garcia, frustrated after missing a putt at the Shell Houston Open on Friday.

Lydia Ko is the best player in women’s golf, but she also is humble. “The thing is, she doesn't think of herself as a celebrity, that's the most important thing," said Sura Ko, 27, Lydia's only sibling, older sister and manager in this story by ESPNW’s Melissa Isaacson. “She thinks of herself as an athlete, and in her mind, an athlete is not a celebrity. She just focuses on her game. She's not into endorsements that much, so our family doesn’t really push her too much on that. That’s a main point in our family. She wants to be a better golfer and a better person at the same time.”

Ian Woosnam of Wales won the Masters in 1991, yet he “feels like a forgotten Masters champion. Or at least a glaringly underappreciated one,” James Corrigan of the Telegraph writes, citing “his absurd snub by the World Golf Hall of Fame, whose panel did not even include him on their shortlist of 16 in their last ballot in 2014.” Woosnam said he can’t understand why he has been excluded. “At the time, I felt like I had got to the stage of thinking, ‘Jesus, what am I supposed to do?’ I felt like giving up the game.”


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