On Sunday night Goydos said that Garc�a was still "a kid," but he really doesn't look or sound like one anymore. "When I play like a kid, I usually do well," Garc�a said. "I definitely don't consider myself a kid anymore. I feel like an old man, an old 28-year-old." You could hear the longing in his voice. Even in victory he sounded like a bruised man who has come to see that golf can make your head hurt. Your heart, too. He called his sport "a beautiful game but a really hard one." Sergio—let's see if this one-name thing can work now—can be exceedingly likable when he lets us in.
For Goydos, that's his natural move. He had a messy and protracted divorce that didn't become official until four years ago. Goydos has custody of his two girls, Chelsea, 17, and Courtney, 15. Sixteen months ago, when he won in Hawaii, he described himself as a "full-time father and a part-time golfer." On Sunday he said his girls "don't want a full-time father anymore." If you have teenagers, you know what he's talking about. He made enough money last week, $1 million, that he won't have to worry about expenses for a while. (Sergio made $1.7 million.)
Goydos is a journeyman, and proud of it. For a while on Sunday afternoon, there was a near-perfect V on the stomach of his avocado-green mock turtleneck shirt. The V did not predict victory for him, but the sweat that created it confirmed what we already imagined to be true. He's one of us, trying hard, coming up short. He'll stay at it. What else is he going to do?
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