Commentary

Garcia has only himself to blame this time

Updated: August 12, 2007, 5:31 PM ET
By Bob Harig

TULSA, Okla. -- Sergio Garcia's quest to win the PGA Championship was derailed long before he signed an incorrect scorecard Saturday that got him bounced from the tournament. The incident simply put him out of his misery a day earlier.

Garcia, who lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington at the British Open last month, then made excuses that included his assertion that he never gets any breaks, has only himself to blame this time.

Although playing partner Boo Weekley admitted that he had written down the wrong score for Garcia at the 17th hole -- Weekley wrote 4 in the box when Garcia had made a 5 -- it is still the player's responsibility to make sure the card is correct before signing.

Sergio Garcia
Stuart Franklin/Getty ImagesGarcia was disqualified on Saturday for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Garcia was apparently in a huff after three-putting the 18th hole for a bogey that should have meant a 74 and a 54-hole total of 9-over 219. He would have been 15 strokes back of Tiger Woods before the tournament leader had even teed off.

Weekley said he tried to save Garcia from the mistake, but the Spanish star had already left the scoring area and it was too late. When Weekley tried to explain the situation, Garcia said, "That just puts icing on the cake."

Yes, it did.

It was not the way he wanted to bounce back from his bitter defeat at the British Open, where Garcia held a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, squandered it, then had a chance to win by parring the final hole at Carnoustie. His 10-foot par putt barely missed, and he lost to Harrington in a four-hole aggregate playoff.

Afterward, Garcia never acknowledged Harrington's fine final round or his own mistakes. Instead, he lamented a series of bad breaks and seemed to suggest that nobody else is so unlucky. It was his second runner-up finish in a major and eighth top-five.

Garcia came here looking to make amends, and he got off to a decent start with an even-par 70. He even managed to get on the leaderboard Friday when he birdied two of the first four holes. But the charge soon ended, and when he left two balls in a bunker on the par-3 11th hole, his tournament was effectively finished.

But in what has become typical, Garcia sulked. He pointed at the sand, gestured to his caddie. He later made four straight bogeys and had to par the 18th just to make the cut.

So he wasn't going to win the tournament and capture his first major championship.

Yet it wasn't exactly the way he wanted to end the major championship season.

Garcia is ranked eighth in the world and has six PGA Tour victories, but he has not won anywhere since 2005. Aside from his close call at Carnoustie, Garcia has missed cuts at the Masters and U.S. Open and now has a DQ at the PGA.

And it is a long eight months until the next major championship.

Bob Harig is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.

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