13! Sergio Garcia ties worst score on a hole in Masters history

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts on the 15th hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. Garcia shot an 8-over 13 on the hole. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP Photo/David J. Phillip

13! Sergio Garcia ties worst score on a hole in Masters history

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13! Sergio Garcia ties worst score on a hole in Masters history

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sergio Garcia won’t be naming his next child Firethorn.

The defending Masters champion carded a 13 at Augusta National’s par-5 15th hole on Thursday, dumping five shots into the water.

Garcia, who eagled the 15th in last year’s final round en route to the green jacket, went for the green in two again on Thursday, only this time – from 206 yards with 6-iron – he found the water.

“I thought it was perfect,” Garcia said. “Straight at the flag. I don’t know, if it carries probably two more feet, it’s probably good.”

After four more unsuccessful tries – including an especially unlucky break with his 10th shot that hit the right fringe, kicked and rolled all the way across and back into the water – Garcia hit his 12th shot on the green and made the putt for 13.

“It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot,” Garcia said. “Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop. I don’t know, you know, it’s one of those things. So it’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”

The previous highest score on No. 15 was 11, shot by three players – Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki (1987), Ben Crenshaw (1997) and Ignacio Garrido (1998). Garcia’s 13 is also tied for the highest score ever recorded at the Masters, with Tom Weiskopf’s 13 at No. 12 in 1980 and Tsuneyuki Nakajima’s 13 at No. 13 in 1978.

Garcia had played the first 14 holes in 2 over, but the disastrous score at No. 15 dropped him to 10 over.

He finished the day tied for 85th and beat just one player, amateur Harris Ellis.

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