It seemed the ideal moment for Sergio García.
He brought a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, having done almost everything right for the first three days. With only one PGA Tour victory since 2008 – the Wyndham Championship last year – García was poised to win again.
Instead, Sergio sank.
A three-putt bogey on the relatively easy par-5 second could have been a blip.
Instead, it was the start of a miserable final round, a 73 that looked and felt worse than that. Ranked 165th on Tour in final-round scoring average, García showed why.
His body language – slumped shoulders and a flat expression – filled out the picture the scoreboard was telling.
When it was over, García said he never felt comfortable in the final round. It showed.
García is a star but he could have been special. He’s 32 now and he carries an abundance of baggage.
He could have lightened his load Monday. Instead, it got a little heavier.