Not in the best of forms coming into the Dell Technologies Championship, Sergio Garcia’s struggle continued with an underwhelming display in round three of the tournament.
The Spanish ace suffered a major meltdown on the fourth hole after a horrid eagle attempt on the short par-four at the golf course based in Boston.
His emotions took over as he slammed the putter, which came in contact with a sprinkler head, damaging it in the process, altering the loft.
As per golf rule 4-3b, Garcia was unable to change the putter, neither could he continue using the same as it was not damaged during normal course of play.
Instead, he had to replace it with a three-wood in his effort to putt and the move instantly paid off as he successfully rolled in a birdie from 13 feet.
It was between the three-wood, his driver, and an iron Garcia has to choose from, and it seems he made the right choice.
However, the success was shortlived as bogeys in the fifth and sixth hole forced the Masters champion to opt for his driver, a move that backfired from the start itself.
Missing from just three feet for par in the eighth, before dropping his fourth shot in five holes in the ninth, alongside a lip-out from under one feet, meant Garcia plummeted down the leaderboard as the day progressed.
The world number seven then switched to a three-iron on the back nine, proving to be fruitful as he found the hole from 12 feet for birdie on the 13th and produced a phenomenal stroke on the 17th.
Trying to end on a high, Garcia hit a tree with his third to the par-five on the final hole and the ball dropped well short of the green, later missing the green from the drop zone, ruining any chance of finishing the day well.
The 37-year-old slipped out of contention with a four-over par 75 which left him on two over.
At the end of round three, Garcia was tied 53rd with 215 strokes to his name, as per the official statistics of PGA.
Watch his putting meltdown in the videos below.
Garcia will be travelling to the third leg of the US Tour’s FedEx Cup in Chicago in two week's time, although his hopes of being in Top 30 for the Tour Championship in Atlanta have taken a big hit after the dismal outing in this northeast-based golf course in Norton, Massachusetts.News Now - Sport News