European Tour legend Jacklin rips into Sergio
European Tour legend and multiple major champion Tony Jacklin, 76, branded Sergio Garcia as “golf’s biggest underachiever” in an interview with Golfweek.
Jacklin became a national hero in 1969 at Royal Lytham when he became the first British player to win the British Open since Max Faulkner in 1951.
Sergio Garcia (Credit: Asian Tour)
By the time he won the 1970 US Open, her was regarded as one of the main draw cards on the tour with a huge fan base that loved Jacklin’s flamboyant playing style and taste for the very best life had to offer.
Jacklin, when asked who was golf’s biggest underachiever, revealed that Ballesteros “had more courage in his little finger” than Garcia, who he believes should have won double-digit major championships.
“Sergio Garcia. He’s been one of the best players on the planet for the last 20 years and doesn’t have much to show for it. Seve had more courage in his little finger than this lad.”
“Don’t get me wrong, Sergio has been a prolific winner, but he had the ability to win double-digit majors. Trevino said long ago, God never gave one man everything. Garcia would be the one that jumps out to me.”
Jacklin certainly credited Garcia with his team efforts in the Ryder Cup, yet indicated time was likely not on Garcia’s side now. Recognising his first major at the 2017 Masters, the fact is Garcia has struggled to recapture that form since.
“He’s 41 now, and I can’t see him being born again. To think that he’s only won one major as a ballstriker like he is, well, it’s mind-boggling”.