Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Garcia's Masters title defense ruined by a 13

Sergio Garcia GETTY Sergio Garcia won last year's Masters
Sidney Guerrero | 06 April, 2018, 07:05

I feel like it's the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. "Simple as that", Garcia said.

Tommy Nakajima made a 13 on the second nine's other par-5, No. 13, in 1978.

After taking a penalty drop, Garcia hit a wedge - his fourth shot - past the pin and spun it off the green, back into the water. The previous worst was 11, by three players - Jumbo Ozaki in 1987, Ben Crenshaw in 1998 and Ignacio Garrido in 1999.

The 11-times PGA Tour victor finished the first round at three-over-par 75 after mixing five bogeys with two birdies.

Singh, a few weeks removed from his first stroke-play PGA Tour Champions victory, birdied the first hole on a 6-foot putt, then knocked in 7-footers for birdie at Nos.

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Having powered a drive into the ideal spot, Garcia drilled in his second as he looked for the eagle that would have taken him back to level par. He also fired one in the third round in 2016.

The Spaniard eagled the par-five 15th during last year's final-round tussle with Justin Rose on his way to a maiden major success, but got into all kinds of bother when tackling the hole during Thursday's opening round.

"I had 206 [yards]".

"I hit a six-iron [initially]". Unfortunately, I flew it on the flawless spot for it to come back. With the firmness of the greens and everything, it felt like the ball was going to stop.

'I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop. "If it carries two more yards, it's probably flawless", Garcia said.

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