Masters leader Sergio Garcia, older and wiser, is comfortable with himself and...

Masters leader Sergio Garcia, older and wiser, is comfortable with himself and the golf gods

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sergio Garcia has played himself into contention in a major championship, which is sort of like saying a bunch of lemmings have gathered at the edge of a cliff.

Doom generally follows.

It was five years ago at this very tournament that Garcia, then 32 years old, suggested he was finished with the whole idea of winning majors. He’d almost won one as a teenager, but after 13 years of trying, and another weekend implosion at the Masters, the Spaniard had seen enough. “In any major I am not good enough. I have my chances and opportunities and I waste them,” he said.

Those facts were not in dispute: he had played in 60-some majors and placed second four times, but no…



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