In Kapalua return, Sergio Garcia overcomes rough start to shoot 67 at Sentry TOC


It was a rough start to the new year. It was a wonderful start to the new year.

Sergio Garcia bogeyed two of his first three holes on Thursday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions but rallied for a 6-under 67 to share the Round 1 lead.

Garcia, who turns 41 on Saturday, bogeyed the first and third holes on the Plantation Course before erasing those two dropped shots with an eagle at the par-5 fifth. He finished with a clean card, six birdies and no bogeys, for his 67 on the par-73 layout.

“Yeah, obviously a little nervy early on, I guess, a couple missed shots and a couple missed putts. But the chip-in for eagle on [No.] 5 definitely settled me down a little bit and I started hitting it, trusting myself a little bit more, hitting a lot of good shots, hitting a lot of good putts and making a few in there,” Garcia said.

Sentry Tournament of Champions: Full-field scores | Full coverage

“I still missed a couple good opportunities, but to be able to come back after being 2 over through three and shoot 6 under is a good start.”

This is Garcia’s first appearance in the event since 2006. He has been eligible in previous years but earned his ticket to this edition thanks to a victory at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship, his first title since the ‘17 Masters Tournament.

The Spaniard is usually in Europe this time of year and plays some of the Middle East events on the European Tour instead of making the trek to Hawaii. This year, however, he and wife Angela, along with their two young children, were home in Austin, Texas, making a Maui return less arduous.

Garcia stated that the family wanted to visit his parents in Spain, but the country was facing the prospect of a lockdown because of the novel coronavirus. Garcia contracted COVID-19 in November, knocking him out of the Masters.

This is his first event since the Vivint Houston Open, Augusta National’s predecessor.

Garcia is an 11-time PGA Tour winner with one of those titles coming here in 2002, when he closed in 64 and defeated David Toms in a playoff.

“I remember it was my first year here, so obviously really nice to be able to win on your first try,” Garcia said.

“I played better as the week went on and played really, really well on Sunday, obviously made a couple, made a clutch putt on [No.] 18 to give myself a shot at being in the playoff with David Toms and then the putt I made [to win].”

“I was doing an interview the other day and they showed me a couple of clips of those putts and, yeah, I looked really young which was nice,” he added with a laugh. “But, yeah, it was fun, it was fun to recall some of those memories.”


Source: GolfChannel

Related Posts

LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Bryson DeChambeau on Dude Perfect video: ‘Times are changing’

Bryson DeChambeau on Dude Perfect – AUGUSTA, Ga. – Count Bryson DeChambeau among those who was surprised Augusta National green-lit the now viral Dude Perfect video. “Everybody was,” DeChambeau said…

Read more
LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Brooks Koepka has inkling of what Tiger Woods faces in return at Augusta National

Brooks Koepka – AUGUSTA, Ga. – Brooks Koepka at least has some semblance of an idea of what Tiger Woods is facing this week at Augusta National. Last year, it…

Read more
LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Fred Couples happy to be getting Tiger Woods texts again at Masters

[ad_1] AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fred Couples has become a regular practice round partner of Tiger Woods at the Masters, but as this year’s tournament approached he didn’t expect to hear…

Read more
LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Collin Morikawa much better at making golf history than recalling it

[ad_1] Collin Morikawa wants to make history. Remembering it, however, is a different story. Morikawa won two majors, the PGA Championship and The Open, prior to turning 25. He’s the…

Read more
LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Watch: Masters tweets video of Tiger Woods’ Sunday practice round

[ad_1] Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National on Sunday afternoon after tweeting that competing in the 86th Masters Tournament would be a “game-time decision.” Woods, around 3:20 p.m. ET, warmed up…

Read more
LPGA debuting its own behind-the-scenes documentary

Drive, Chip and Putt recap: Bubba Watson fan Autumn Solesbee among winners

[ad_1] AUGUSTA, Ga. – Waiting for Autumn Solesbee under the iconic oak tree behind Augusta National’s clubhouse was Bubba Watson. As a former Masters champion, Watson has become a regular…

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *