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August 07, 2009

Tiger: I'm surprised Sergio hasn't won a major yet

Posted at 1:44 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods

How fast does time fly? It's been 10 years since Sergio Garcia made his explosive debut as a star of the game at age 19 with his otherworldly shots and his scissor kick against Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah. Woods, who hadn't played with Garcia since the final round of the 2005 British Open at Hoylake, was paired with him this week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

"It is a long time, isn't it?" Wood said when asked about the '99 PGA Championship. "You know, he's not the new young gun anymore. He's become one of the Tour vets. ... I would say he's had a pretty darn good career so far."

Woods famously got the best of Garcia at Medinah and Hoylake. (After beating a yellow-clad Garcia at Hoylake in 2005, Woods reportedly sent a text to a friend that read, "I just bludgeoned Tweety Bird.") Still, Woods said Garcia has the talent to win majors and he was surprised it hasn't happened yet.

"You would have thought [Garcia would have won a major]. He's been so close. He's been in the final group a few times and he's been right there with a chance," Woods said. "He had a major on his putter on the last hole at Carnoustie, and he hit a good putt, it just didn't go in.

"He's been there, it just hasn't -- he hasn't gotten over the hurdle yet, but he's been there. It's just a matter of time. Sergio certainly has the talent to do it," Woods said.

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