TULSA, Okla. -- This time, if Sergio Garcia is looking for somebody or something to blame, at least he’ll have a more credible reason to look elsewhere.
|Sergio Garcia had four bogeys and one double. (Getty Images)|
Garcia had just three-jacked the 18th green from 4½ feet to finish with a 4-over 74, but playing partner Boo Weekley had penned a par on the card for the 17th hole, when Garcia actually had made a bogey.
Garcia, already running hot after the three-putt, signed for a 73 and quickly left the scoring area. Weekley said he tried to summon him back, but was told that once Garcia vacated the scoring trailer, his fate was sealed. A few minutes later, Garcia was located and walked down a staircase to the scoring area, where he got the bad news.
Weekley said Garcia was none too pleased and muttered, “‘That just puts the icing on the cake.’ Something like that,” Weekley recalled.
Weekley, who moments earlier had admitted, “I’ve never been good at math,” said he didn’t get a chance to speak with Garcia about it afterward. But the responsibility for the scorecard ultimately rests with the individual player.
“It’s my fault for writing the wrong score down,” said Weekley, who shot 65, “but it’s his fault for not checking it.”
The early exit capped a largely forgettable year at the majors for Garcia, 27. He missed the cut at the Masters and U.S. Open before finishing second to Padraig Harrington three weeks ago at the British Open.