Don't we all have trust issues? It might be driving your car defensively, avoiding strangers or, gulp, even in your love life. Whatever it is, we bet there's something you can point to right now as being a serious area of doubting trust.
When you're talking about projecting the winners of a golf tournament, for anybody who does it semi-regularly, putting faith in Sergio Garcia falls into the category of "trust issue."
You've heard all the epithets. One of the most talented players of his generation. A world-class ball-striker in a sport where there's a driving range full of them. An elite player spanning the parts of three decades.
Just not a winner in the clutch. That's the ultimate dagger. And for Sergio, it's what's missing.
He hasn't been able to take the next step into major champion or Hall of Fame player, as guys like Tiger Woods or Ernie Els were able to do. That's why, when I write that Sergio Garcia is going to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, it's done while I contort my face as my fingers hit the keyboard.
But consider these facts:
- Sergio shot a course-record 61 last year at Firestone's South Course. Let's repeat that: At an event dominated by his nemesis Tiger Woods -- winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational eight times in 16 years -- it's not Tiger who holds the Firestone course record. It's Sergio. When you're predicting winners of golf tournaments, you have to look at past record at courses. Obviously, Firestone fits Sergio's eye if he went so low last year.