Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sergio Garcia at the 2011 US Open

Sergio Garcia at 2011 US Open-5

Today we enter the third round of the US Open with Sergio Garcia tied for third place at two under par and nine strokes of Rory McIlroy’s lead position at 11 under.  I did not see Rory at the Tuesday practice round, but I spent some time following Sergio.  Sergio and the rest of the field have their work cut out for them after two record setting rounds by McIlroy.

Sergio Garcia at 2011 US Open

I don’t rub elbows with the pro golfers, but it was obvious that Sergio has a lot of friends on the tour.  After he finished the 9th hole and was crossing the practice putting green to the 10th, he made his playing partners wait several minutes as he hugged, shook hands, and otherwise greeted each of the 20 or so other players on the practice green.

Sergio Garcia at 2011 US Open-3

I don’t know many Spaniards, but having spent three years living in Venezuela, I can tell you this is a common scene among the Spanish speaking countries of South America.  Everyone gets a warm greeting.  Honestly, I found Venezuelans and the rest of South America to be the warmest and most welcoming people I have ever met.  And if you have the chance to sit down, have a drink and chat, you will have a friend for life.

Sergio Garcia at 2011 US Open-9

Best wishes to Sergio, and I hope he contributes to making the final two rounds of the 2011 US Open memorable.

Have fun, and go make some great photography.


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