Sergio Garcia was in positive spirits despite seeing his chances of claiming a second Players Championship title fall by the wayside on the 17th hole at Sawgrass on Sunday.

As the Spaniard arrived on the 71st tee on the fourth and final day's play at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, he was tied for the lead with eventual winner Tiger Woods.

But, after finding the water twice on the penultimate hole, the 33-year-old carded a disastrous four-over par seven, on the treacherous island par-three.

Add to that, a double-bogey on the 18th, and Garcia finished six shots behind the world number one, way down in tied eighth place, after a final round of 76.

"You have to be disappointed, not so much with 18, but with 17," reflected Garcia in an interview with BBC Sport. "I got going nicely from the 11th onwards, I felt I was hitting the ball better, felt calmer and got too confident on 17.

"As the ball was in the air I was thinking, please be right, because it was straight at it. It was probably three feet left of the hole.

"When it splashed, you think, well hopefully I hit a good shot after this and make four and still have a chance on the next. So I thought, I'll just hit the same shot a little bit harder and I did, but a little bit of breeze picked up and it bounced on top and came back into the water. 

"The next one I hit a little bit harder and finally got on the green."

After accepting his fate at "the fifth major" with good grace, Garcia - who won the tournament in 2008 - insisted that the experience doesn't take away his positive memories of the competition, or indeed that individual hole.

"I've been fortunate on that hole [in the past]. I've won my Players Championship on that hole," he told Sky Sports.

"That hole has been good to me for the most part. Today it wasn't. That's the way it is. That's the kind of hole it is. You've got to love it for what it is."

 

 

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