So much for that whole “woe is me, I’m not good enough to compete to win a major” philosophy that Sergio Garcia adopted last year. Granted, there are still three rounds left in The Masters, but the Spaniard got off to a sizzling start, firing a first round 66. Garcia’s six under par score was good enough to tie Aussie Marc Leishman for a share of the first round lead.
“El Nino” managed to traverse his way through the hallowed grounds of Augusta National while keeping a clean scorecard. Getting through a round at The Masters without a blemish on your scorecard is no easy feat. He started out hot with birdies on two of his first three holes en route to a four under par first nine.
There has never been an argument that Garcia has the talent to win major championships. It’s been the mental aspect of his game that has let him down at times. There’s still a lot of golf to play and perhaps Garcia hasn’t developed the mental fortitude needed to contend over the long haul. The weekend at The Masters has a way of separating the contenders from the pretenders. It’s also far from a guarantee that Garcia will even be in contention over the weekend. That doesn’t change the fact that he is at the top of the leaderboard after the first round, however.
As the conditions and layout of the course get more difficult as the week progresses there is going to be a great deal of movement on the leaderboard.