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APRIL 11, 2017
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By BILL FIELDS

At one of the low points of his career, which like his home country has plenty of peaks and valleys, Spain’s Sergio Garcia had a stretch during which he re-gripped the club over and over. Sometimes he did it so many times before hitting a shot that it looked like a parody. Those in the gallery in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage with too much to drink and too little restraint gave him the business.

That was a major championship in which Garcia played very well but not quite good enough, no different from about two dozen others. Until last week’s Masters he had been a nearly man in the majors. When it came to proving himself in the biggest events, he was golf’s biggest jigsaw puzzle, and there were some missing pieces.

Garcia kept the lag in his swing, found the love of his life and got a handle on his attitude.


By MORNING READ STAFF REPORT

Although Dustin Johnson missed last week’s Masters because of an injury, oddsmakers like his chances to repeat as U.S. Open champion in two months.

Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was installed as the 8-1 favorite at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to win the U.S. Open on June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. On the eve of the Masters, he slipped on stairs in his rented house in Augusta, Ga., and hurt his back, leading to his withdrawal from the season’s first major championship. He has won three consecutive starts this season on the PGA Tour.



The road to Augusta goes through Dubai

Kudos to Sergio Garcia for being a relentless human being and finally getting the job done after 74 starts at the majors (“Garcia joins ranks of Spain’s Augusta conquistadors,” April 10, bit.ly/2okUrzL).

Coincidentally, for last and this year’s Masters winners (Danny Willett and Garcia, respectively), it was their first time to win a major, and both won the Dubai Omega Desert Classic a few weeks earlier en route to winning the green jacket.


Keeping score

59

Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read online poll who said that in the aftermath of Sergio Garcia’s victory in the Masters, Lee Westwood is the best active golfer not to have won a major championship.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

TecTecTec, which manufactures laser rangefinders for golf, has selected Buffalo.Agency for its North American marketing. TecTecTec, founded in 2014 and based in France, offers four models, with new products to debut soon.



CALENDAR
April 12-15
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
April 13-16
European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 14-16
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 19-22
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
April 20-23
European Tour: Shenzhen International
Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship
Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
April 21-23
Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
Symetra Tour: Sara Bay Classic
Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.
April 25-26
National Golf Day
Washington

      
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