Sergio Garcia hits five golf balls in the water, reminds us of Tin Cup
Sergio Garcia sent five golf balls into the water at the 15th at Augusta National to see any hope of defending his green jacket disappear.
It all went like “Tin Cup” for Sergio Garcia in the opening round at the Masters. He was doing all fine with 2-over in his last 14 holes, and when he arrived at the par-5 15th, his first shot drive for a good 320-yard, leaving 200 yards and change, the Spaniard’s approach went into the water. As did his fourth. And six. And eighth. And, you guessed it, 10th.
However, the 12th found land, and the 38-year-old sunk the 10-footer. The final damage? An octuple-bogey 13.
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Garcia broke the previous record of 11 shots on the hole held by three players: Jumbo Ozaki (1987), Ben Crenshaw (1987), and Ignacio Garrido (1998).
His score of 13 on the par-5 15th now equals Tommy Nakajima’s score on the 13th hole in 1978 and Tom Weiskopf’s 13 on the 12th hole in 1980.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “It’s one of those things. It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately, the ball just didn’t stop. It’s one of those things. It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”
Last year, on his way to victory, Garcia hit the flagstick with his second shot to the 15th during the final round and made the eagle putt. He birdied it during the second and third rounds and played the hole 4 under par.