Thursday, August 13, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – Sergio Garcia, prophet.
After opening the PGA Championship with 71 in the morning, the Spaniard said no one would shoot a really low score in the afternoon.
“The greens are getting a little firmer, a little crustier and as the day goes on they get a little bumpier, so it’s tougher to make putts.”
He was right on all counts.
The spiked-up, poa annua greens were a course defense. David Toms and Vijay Singh were best in the afternoon wave at 69.
Phil Mickelson suffered on the greens all day in shooting 74. He said he hadn’t putted that poorly in a long time, estimating he wasted five to seven shots around the greens.
As a result, he headed to the putting green afterward, which he usually doesn’t do following a round.