An Unforgettable Lesson from an Unforgettable Octuple Bogey

The college basketball on this blog is about to get pretty thick. Since the brackets came out on Sunday, NCAA hoops will take the center stage of the sports universe for the next 3 weeks. As it should; the NCAA tournament is the most exciting time of the year for a lot of sports fans and really is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon every season.

But there was other important sporting news from Sunday. Amid all the brackets being busted and seeds being sown all over the country, Sergio Garcia shot an octuple bogey 12 on a par 4 at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Florida. It’s borderline impossible to miss par by that much, especially for someone as talented as a pro golfer.

Most sports fans will see this story and say something like “I have played golf before and I would never shoot that poorly on a hole.” That might be true, but unlike Sergio, you would also never shoot a birdie on any hole. Or an eagle.

Seriously, there’s a lesson in this, and it certainly isn’t that you should wait until professional athletes are at their worst and then take advantage of it to try to pump yourself up. Although that is definitely fun.

It’s so bizarre to see a 12 in a professional golfing event. It’s one of the most rare occurrences in all of sports. But wait, haven’t we seen this before? Wasn’t there a super popular 12? Didn’t Roy McAvoy shoot a 12 on the 18th hole of the U.S. Open to lose in one of the bravest defeats in the history of the sport? Didn’t the cinematographers capture the moment with an unforgettable scene/score combination as we watched Molly Griswold realize that Roy was the man she’s waited for all of her life. Hasn’t this happened before?

And of course, the answer is yes. This has happened before. In fact the biggest lesson of Sergio Garcia’s 12 is that no matter what happens today, as crazy and as unlikely as it is, it’s already happened in the ‘90s.

The most solid belief of is that everything that could have happened already happened in the ‘90s and is only now happening again. And Sergio Garcia is proof.

Five years from now nobody will remember who won or lost, but they're gonna remember your 12!"