Ben Crenshaw, Sergio Garcia casually team up to win Austin Golf Club member-member
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Ben Crenshaw, Sergio Garcia casually team up to win Austin Golf Club member-member

The best golfers in the world love to compete. It doesn't matter if the Masters is on the line or if it's for a couple hundred bucks in a home-club match. The best want to win no matter where and when.

Case in point is what happened over the weekend in Austin, Texas. New dad Sergio Garcia and two-time Masters champion (and legendary course designer) Ben Crenshaw teamed up to take on the field in the Austin Golf Club member-member tournament.

Crenshaw played off a 0, and somehow Garcia only played off a plus-5. How Garcia negotiated that, we'll probably never know.

As you might imagine, that's a pretty stout duo in any two-man event. You know, three Masters between them.

And, what do you know.

How awesome would it have been to play with Sergio Garcia and Ben Crenshaw in a member-member tournament? It would've been really easy not to care about score and just enjoy the show, or perhaps play the best golf of my life in hopes of trying to keep within even a few strokes of the major winners.

Either way, what a cool show.

And don't confuse Austin Golf Club with Austin Country Club. Crenshaw and design partner Bill Coore designed Austin Golf Club, which is a golf-only club that opened in 2001. The club is in Spicewood, just off a highway without a whole lot of fanfare about 30 miles from downtown Austin. As you might imagine, Crenshaw knows the course better than anyone, but this seems to be Crenshaw's jam.

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