AUGUSTA, Ga. – In an interview with Spanish media on Saturday night, Sergio Garcia said “I’m not good enough” to win a major.
Was it simply frustration after a 3-over 75 knocked him out of contention? No, not according to his terse post-round interview after a 1-under 71 on Sunday.
“Do you think I lie when I talk?” asked Garcia. “Everything I say, I say it because I feel it. If I didn’t mean it, I couldn’t stand here and lie like a lot of the guys do. If I felt like I could win, I would do it. Unfortunately at the moment, unless I get really lucky in one of the weeks, I can’t really play much better than I played this week and I’m going to finish 13th or 15th.”
This week marks Garcia’s 14th Masters appearnce. 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.
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 on Saturday. “I have no more options … tell me something I can do.”
So what does Garcia think he is missing?
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GOING LOW: Augusta National yielded some unusual scores on Sunday, and they weren’t the negative kind.
The loudest? Definitely Louis Oosthuizen’s incredible albatross at the par-5 second, which saw the ball run from the front of the green all the way to the back before dropping. It was the first double-eagle at No. 2 in Masters history and only the fourth overall.
The unexpected? Two aces separated by about 90 minutes at the par-3 16th hole. Bo Van Pelt did it first, capping off an 8-under 64 to move from 7 over to 1 under in the tournament. Aussie Adam Scott was the second to do it, and the ace vaulted him into the top 10. He finished at 4 under despite an opening-round 75.
– Jeff Babineau contributed to this report