Five balls in the water and a record high 13 at Golf Masters
Defending champion Sergio Garcia put five shots into the water for a 13 on the 15th as Jordan Spieth built a two-shot lead after day 1 at the masters. The Spaniard had a horrendous meltdown as he equalled the worst-ever score on a hole at Augusta.
The last time we saw Sergio Garcia on the 15th hole here, he had made an eagle tie to Justin Rose, where he proceeded to claim the 2017 Masters title.
Things were not looking so promising this year, as he was two over when he teed off on the par-five 15th. His second shot made its way over the water, landing near the hole – only to spin back and trickle down the steep slope. His 13 is the highest score ever on the 15th hole by two strokes. Moreover, it ties the highest score on any hole in Masters history. The 13 moved Garcia to 10 over on the day and 86th on the leaderboard.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” said Garcia. “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 want to stop. I don’t know, it’s just one of those things. So it’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”
To the delight of the sympathetic crowd, Garcia birdied the next hole but the world number nine cut a dazed figure as he completed his round.
Garcia said: “It’s one of those awful things that happen sometimes. It’s the first time in my career I’ve made a 13 in competition. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots — but unfortunately, the ball just didn’t want to stop!”
Garcia finished with a nine-over par, a staggering 15 shots behind first.