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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Thailand Golf Championship

Winner: Sergio Garcia

Around the wider world of golf: Matt Kuchar and Harris English won the Franklin Templeton Shootout; Stewart and Connor Cink won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on their first try, posting 9 straight 3s on the back 9 to do it; Dawie van der Walt won the weather-shortened the Nelson Mandela Championship on the ET; and the various tour qualifying tournaments are still going on.

It appears that love agrees with Sergio Garcia.

You may recall that Sergio and Greg Norman's daughter were an item some time back. That relationship, like so many romances, eventually came to an end and Sergio made no secret that it was painful. Many people in the golf community believe that Sergio's recent struggles have at least part of their root in that breakup.

And then Sergio showed up in Thailand this week with a different caddie -- his new girlfriend Katharina Boehm. Golfweek (from whose article the next photo came from -- the link's at the end of this post) began their wrap-up with the simple statement, "Maybe she is the spark he was looking for."

After Saturday's round GolfTalkCentral contributor Will Gray wrote:
Earlier this week, some may have questioned the decision by Sergio Garcia to have his girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, caddie for him at the Thailand Golf Championship.

After a second consecutive 7-under 65 gave the Spaniard a four-shot lead heading into the final round, those doubts have largely been silenced.

"It's great to have her around, forget about having her on the bag this week," said Garcia, who sits at 18-under 198 after three rounds. "Just a very positive person, a lot of good energy, that's what I love about her, and it's great to be able to go through this with her."
Is everybody making too much out of this? I don't think so.

Sergio's other prize

Life on Tour -- especially life in the limelight brought by heavy expectations -- can take its toll on anybody, no matter how strong they are. And if you've listened to any of his interviews, you know that Sergio is never satisfied with his game. To have someone around who can get him to lighten up a bit just might get him in the right frame of mind to win more frequently.

Just as he did this week. Henrik Stenson put some serious pressure on Sergio during that final round, and yet Sergio never flinched. In fact, he smiled and laughed with the crowd this whole week... and paused to give his caddie a quick kiss after particularly good shots.

I for one hope Katharina plans to be a steady presence in Sergio's life from now on. Especially at the majors.

In the meantime, Sergio will have to be satisfied with a Limerick Summary. Perhaps my assessment is getting a bit ahead of things, but I think this could be a reasonable expectation:
When gal Katharina plays caddie
Then Sergio’s happy, not crabby.
If Kathy is this good
For him, maybe they should
Just “Thai” the knot—you know, get married.
The top photo came from Google's AFP sports news stream. The bottom photo came from the site.

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