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Sergio Garcia made a 13 at Augusta National’s 15th hole

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Sitting at 2-over par, reigning Masters champion, Sergio Garcia wasn’t having a brilliant round when he arrived at the 15th hole.

However, shades of “Tin Cup,” it got a helluva lot worse in the course of his playing of Firethorn. Garcia piped his drive 320 yards down the fairway at the par-5. Good, great. Fire a 200-yard approach in and you’re putting for eagle, right? Not so much.

The Spaniard found the water with his second shot. He dropped. Then rinsed his next shot. And his next shot. And his next shot. And his next. Finally, Garcia found the green with his 12th shot. Mercifully, he holed the ensuing 10-footer for an octuple-bogey 13.

Here’s what the horrorshow looked like on Masters.com’s shot tracker.

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  1. Robert

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    “Hey Sergio, how did you make 13 on #15?
    (his reply) “I hit it lands. I hit it sinks. I hit it sinks. I hit it sinks. I hit it sinks. I hit it sinks. I hit it lands. I hit it sinks.”

  2. Raymond CHASTEL

    Apr 6, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Sergio’s wedge shots were perfectly executed .But probably he put too much spin on the ball with groves of the wedge much to new .He would had been better off if they had be a bit worn off Nothing to laugh of .We all have our bad times also.This green no 15 is a nightmare !

  3. Bert Gwaltney

    Apr 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Felt pain for him. A great champion but very humbled. No excuses please.

  4. wyomick

    Apr 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Did anyone notice how he blamed the golf course? “That’s the first time I made a 13 without hitting a bad shot”. You hit 3 (Tres) bad shots, idiot. You’d think a Masters Champion would figure out to hit it above the pin there if he couldn’t hit a dead hand shot and take off spin. What a baby; he still hasn’t grown up. I wonder if he spit in the cup too?

  5. Steve

    Apr 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I made a 13 on a hole once. When I was 7.

  6. Ed M

    Apr 6, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I’ve always wanted to play golf like the pros do. And….now I do!

  7. Steve Jesus

    Apr 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Wonder why after spinning two back into the water he didn’t hit a different shot with less spin on it maybe past the pin. Just goes to show that even pros get brain freeze.

  8. DaveJ

    Apr 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

    “It was the greatest 13 of all time. No one’s going to remember the Masters 10 years from now, who won…but they’ll remember your 13! My, God, Sergio, it was…Well, it’s immortal! I am so proud of you!”

  9. Man

    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Time to go back to Taylormade and forget about that useless Chrome mush or whatever that ball is

  10. ogo

    Apr 5, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I love it …. 😀

    • Itsnunya

      Apr 5, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Yeah, shadenfreude makes me forget about my microphallus, too.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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