Sergio Garcia has given us every reason to cheer against him these past few years. Emotionless both on the course, the woe-is-me attitude, the “I’m not good enough” quote from the Masters this year, the ridiculous “I’m playing against more than that field” quote from the ’08 British Open and so many others. I know I’m not alone when I say that he’s seemed to be in need of some serious shock therapy these past few years to shake him back into consciousness. Despite me wanting to reach through the tv to strangle the lifeless Spaniard at times, yes, I admittedly am a Sergio fan.

Sergio won the Wyndham Championship by 2 shots today over Tim Clark, and no, while we didn’t see scissor kicking mega fist pumps ripping out of shirts two sizes too big (a la the ’99 PGA Championship), we did see mini fist clenches and other personal rev-ups out of El Nino throughout the weekend and the final round on Monday. It was the first bits of life we’ve seen from Sergio in nearly a half decade since his win at the ’08 PLAYERS Championship (his last PGA Tour victory- he’s won on the European Tour since). Now a 32-year-old has been (or more accurately like a never-quite-was), Sergio is a winner on Tour once again.

As I wrote about here in my “Sergio Is Good For Golf” post from last fall, Sergio’s natural flair, fire and sheer passion for the game is the stuff that builds legends and heroes (and perhaps even villains in his case). He no doubt has that “it” factor that you just can’t teach. The fire within has been a dimly lit dripping candle these past few years and the “it” factor has been more a “jerk” factor these past few years, but with what we witnessed this past weekend at the Wyndham Championship- this boyish wonder has officially been reborn. Damnit, and it of course has to be a Ryder Cup year…

Joel Harrington