Garcia: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major
Sunday, April 8, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Heading into the weekend, Spain’s Sergio Garcia was asked if the Masters would be the least likely major he’d ever win. “It’s the one I have done the worst, so probably,” he answered. At least on Friday he was giving himself a slim chance.
One day later, on the heels of a third-round 75 that dropped him from contention, Garcia candidly told Spanish reporters at Augusta National that he feels he does not have what it takes to win a major championship.
“I’m not good enough … I don’t have the thing I need to have,” Garcia said. “In 13 years (as a pro), the conclusion is, I need to play for second or third place.”
He needs to play for second or third at Augusta, he was asked?
“No, no, no,” Garcia answered. “In any major. I’ve had my chances. I’ve had my opportunities. And I waste all of them.”
This week marks Garcia’s 14th Masters. His best finish was a tie for fourth in 2004, when he closed with 66. Since then, he has missed the cut three times and not finished better than a tie for 35th. (He is tied for 19th heading into Sunday, eight shots behind leader Peter Hanson.)
Garcia has had some close calls at majors. He was a runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship, lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington at the 2007 Open Championship and tied for second behind Harrington at the 2008 PGA.
And what if he finishes his career without a major?
“I could live without majors,” he said matter-of-factly. “I have no more options … tell me something I can do.”