Masters champion Sergio Garcia was having a semi-rough go Thursday during Round 1 of the Players Championship, his first competitive round since he captured his first major at Augusta.
Garcia was 3 over through 16 and T-111 coming up on the famed par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Then, this happened …
Garcia, who has made three 6’s and a 7 in his 65 attempts at the island green, hit a “solid 52-degree” wedge. A decent breeze was blowing off the left for the 123 yard shot.
“I hit a good shot,” he said. “But it can go there, it can go three yards past. I don’t know, it can do anything. It was nice to see it bounce and kind of spin back into the hole. Maybe because I needed it after the start I had.”
Garcia had just birdied the par-5 16th but was still three over in his first round since winning The Masters. The hole-in-one was his twelfth overall and fifth in competition.
“It’s probably one of the hardest 125- or 140-yard shots that we get all year, and with the greens being firm like they are, probably those front pins are the easy ones.”
While the crowd had thinned out for the late pairing, it was still a sizable gallery that let out an arena style roar.
“Yeah, the reaction was great. I wish we would have had the amount of people on the concourse because there was a lot more, but yeah, it was good fun.”