Happy, Refreshed Sergio Garcia Battles Awful Conditions to Fire Lowest Score of Year
By Stephanie Wei under General

This is a happy Sergio in the bunker (translation: no temper tantrums like at Whistling Straits)

Despite playing in extremely blustery and miserable conditions in the second round of the Australian Masters, Sergio Garcia was still smiling after 18 holes. He shot a season-low 65 to jump up the leaderboard to fourth place. Garcia showed off his fantastic ballstriking skills, battling the strong winds to hit almost every green in his bogey-free, flawless round. He also actually made some putts (shocking, I know!), including a 40-footer from off the green. And 65 wasn’t just his low score of 2010, it was the low round in the field on Friday (according to the AP, the average score was almost three-over).

“Even though it was quite difficult with the conditions, it seemed like we were always making the right decisions,” Garcia said. “Put that with how I was hitting the ball … to be honest with you, that wasn’t the lowest score I could have shot.”

Garcia recently took a two-month self-imposed break from the game because he was burnt out and unhappy (which was apparent at the PGA when he had bunker rage). It looks like the time away was exactly what he needed.

“It just depends on the day,” Garcia said. “If I wake up and feel at ease, it seems like everything will go right. If I wake up not feeling so great, it can be a struggle as we go on. It can be better.”

Well, he can’t be upset with Friday’s performance.  “I am happy about my round,” Garcia said. “I guess it is a little bit funny. It (summarizes) my golf game at the moment. Some rounds are special, some rounds are not that great. We’re trying to get back into it.”

Welcome back, Sergio. And it’s nice to see him smiling again after actually playing golf.

(AP Photo)