Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:04 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 1:14 pm

Garcia ends respite with unplanned vacation

We’re not sure how occasionally bratty boys in Spain might say it, but here in the States, they have a phrase that covers what happened to Sergio Garcia on Friday on the European Tour.

Aye caramba!

Garcia, returning to tournament play after a self-imposed, two-month layoff to recapture some passion for the game, was right on the cutline at the Castello Masters when he double-bogeyed the 17th hole and was sent home for the weekend.

There’s the real rub – he was already home in a way. He grew up on the tournament site, the Club de Campo Mediterraneo, where his parents essentially run the place and his photos adorn the walls.

Garcia, 30, had finished first and fourth in two previous starts in the event, making his 2-over 73 in the second round that much more unsettling for the former world No. 2. He was one shot outside the projected cut at the time when he birdied the 16th, but it all fell apart on the next hole. He finished the first two rounds 2 over and missed the cut by a shot, his extended break to be followed by an entirely unscheduled weekend off.

He also had bogeys at Nos. 10 and 12. 

"I feel very sad about today, but I tried," Garcia told Sky Sports. "I don't know [what's went wrong]. If I knew, I probably would have fixed it. I felt like I should have finished the front nine 3-under but I couldn't get anything going. Disappointing."

Sweden’s Peter Hedblom leads at 9 under par by a shot over three players, including Italian teenager and tour rookie Matteo Manassero, who shot 66 in the second round.

Garcia hasn’t won in nearly two years, but stands a comfortable 36th on the tour’s Race to Dubai money list and will easily qualify for the season-ending event in Dubai on Nov. 25-28.

Garcia, who has skidded to 68th in the world rankings after climbing to second in early 2009, is entered in the Spanish Masters next week at Valderrama, a former Ryder Cup site. Major winners Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer are also entered.

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