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Added June 27th, 2011 by Chalk

Sergio Garcia Loses Playoff, Still Earns Spot in British Open

Two Spaniards battled through five playoff holes on Sunday in Munich, with Pablo Larrazabal outlasting Sergio Garcia to win the BMW International Open.  Larrazabal had lost a six-hole sudden death playoff 20 days earlier that would have earned him a spot in the British Open, but both Spaniards earned their way into the Open next month based on a “current form” mini-money list.

Garcia seemed happier about playing in the next major than sad about the playoff loss. “My goal was to qualify for the British Open and I’ve done that,” said Garcia. “It was a pity one of us had to lose but seventh in the U.S. Open and this, shows my game is coming around.”

Larrazabal was pretty happy about beating his famous countryman. “I had nothing to lose,” Larrazabal said. “If you tell me who you want to beat in a playoff, then I would say first Tiger Woods and then Sergio. I have a lot of respect for Sergio, he is one of my heroes. He is still for me one of the best players in the world.”

In Connecticut, Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson won his first PGA Tour event, taking the Traveler’s Championship by one stroke over Ryan Moore and John Rollins. Meanwhile on the Nationwide Tour, Erik Compton won the Mexican Open for his first victory since receiving his second heart transplant in 2008. This inspired headlines like “Heart-warming win for Compton in Mexico.”


My girlfriend doesn’t like golf very much, but she was kind enough to offer to help with my writing load today.  Here’s her thoughts on Sergio Garcia getting into the British Open:

Is “British Open” an oxymoron?  Well certainly someone with the name Sergio Garcia playing in the British Open must qualify as irony.  If we consider the rich, illustrious, brief and shallow history of golf here in the states, we must consider the sociopolitical implications of a game that requires acres of manicured property protected by systemically racist institutions.  That describes, Waco, golf courses and Arizona, all keystones to American culture including religious fervency, xenophobia and golf.  We have to ask ourselves, would there be an Obama if there were no Tiger Woods?  Are the current trends of our socioeconomic climate contigent upon one of the stupidest games ever created?

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