Garcia's bizarre gimme
Post by sports writer Derek Clements
Sergio Garcia comes in for more than his fair share of criticism. Indeed, I have been one of his sternest critics. But just when you think you've seen it all, Garcia does something that leaves you with your jaw on the floor.
He was playing Fowler on Friday and they came to the seventh hole. After taking what he felt was too long to take a drop at the sixth, Garcia conceded a 20-foot putt to Fowler.
This is how Garcia described it: "I don't regret it at all. I think that this is a gentleman's game and lately, it hasn't felt like it's been like that. This is the way I was brought up by my dad.
"I felt like my drop on six took too much time. If I would have been in his position, I wouldn't have enjoyed waiting so long to hit my birdie putt after the great shot that he hit. I thought that was the only thing I could do on seven to make myself feel better and not feel guilty about anything."
Fowler was stunned by the gesture. "I had to kind of find out what he was asking or offering there," he said. "It took me a minute to figure it out." Fowler, of course, went on to win the match.
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Derek Clements is a sports journalist with a particular passion for golf with over 12 years of experience covering golf and other sports including Chief Sub-Editor on the sports desk of The Sunday Times. To contact Derek email direct via [email protected]
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