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Sergio Garcia sets a new record during horror performance at the Masters

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He may have taken the green jacket 12 months ago, but Sergio Garcia's defence of his Masters championship effectively ended as he suffered a horrific meltdown during the 15th hole of his opening round.

Garcia eventually recorded 13 shots to complete the hole - five of which ended up in the water.

The 38-year-old came to the 15th two under par, and should have been in confident mood having recorded an eagle at the hole during the final round of his championship win last year.

However, despite opening with a 322-yard drive straight down the middle of the course, Garcia found himself with a tricky approach shot on to the green - which was surrounded by water.

What happened next for Garcia was the stuff of nightmares. Although he was able to pitch the ball close to the hole, the ball would spin back and go on to end up in the water. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, this would happen a total of five times before he eventually managed to stay on the green.

Garcia's agonising performance was the worst in the history of the par five hole at the Masters, beating the previous high of 11 shots. The Spaniard also tied the record for the worst performance at ANY hole at the Augusta event.

You can see Garcia's toils in the video below which, as seems to be the case with any viral sporting moment these days, is accompanied by the music to Titanic.

The tournament's most high-profile entrant, Tiger Woods, fared far better at the hole which ruined Garcia's chances - with the American recording a par score and finishing his round just five shots off the lead.

Ironically, Garcia would go on to get a birdie at the next hole. However, having shot an opening round 81 to leave himself in 86th place overall, Garcia has little hope of making the cut for the weekend - meaning that he will be surrendering his title.

Whilst the eyes of the golfing world are firmly trained on Woods, Garcia's woes have not gone unnoticed by fans, with many undoubtedly having already ripped up their betting slips with his name on it.

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