AUGUSTA — Sergio Garcia had light moments despite his third-round score of 75 that played him out of contention at the Masters Saturday. His hug of playing partner Rory McIlroy, when both birdied No. 12, was captured by television cameras and shown worldwide.
However, Garcia’s mood darkened following the disappointing round that dropped him eight strokes behind leader Peter Hanson. In an interview with Spanish reporters, Garcia questioned his career at golf’s major championships, including the Masters.
“I’m not good enough,” Garcia was quoted as saying. “… I don’t have the thing I need to have. In 13 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.”
When asked if he was referring to the Masters, Garcia said “In any major.”
Garcia has never won a major championship. His best finish at the Masters was a tie for fourth in 2004. In the next seven Masters, his best finish has been a tie for 38th, including three missed cuts. He has finished as a runner-up at 1999 and 2008 PGA Championships and the 2007 British Open.
Garcia was in position to make a run at the Masters title with a score of 4 under after the first two rounds. However, he struggled mightily Saturday with a front-nine 4 over 40.
“I’m not good enough,” Garcia told Spanish reporters. “I had my chances and opportunities and I wasted them. I have no more options. I wasted my options.”
- Chris Vivlamore