Sergio's nightmare.

Sergio Garcia posts funny tweet after his meltdown on the 15th hole at the Masters

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It's safe to say this year's Masters has started terribly for last year's champion Sergio Garcia.

In fact, going into day two and round two, the Spaniard sits T83 on +9, an incredible 13 shots off the lead.

Amazingly, however, the reigning Masters champion was able to see some humour after a nightmare on the 15th hole.

Having named one of his children in homage to the Augusta hole which he felt gave him the title last year, this time around it was the Firethorn which stuck him firmly where it would hurt most – on the scorecard!

Disbelieving viewers around the globe saw Sergio hit the water five times, yes five times, in the course of carding a record equalling 13.

Like a snake with a mongoose, he seemed unable to force himself away.

Whilst it seems unlikely that Garcia will now feature for the final two days, he was, at least, able to see the funny side of things, particularly when Golf Channel commentator Rich Lerner tweeted that he didn’t expect any future Garcia progeny to be named Firethorn.

Sergio was able to respond about handling the pain and disappointment like a champion and praised Firethorn’s impact in his title-winning year.

Perhaps even more painfully, Garcia had arrived at the 15th tee at two under par and was in prime position to challenge for the lead once again. The 13 shots he then took led to an 18 hole total of 81 and the end of his dreams of back-to-back titles.

Garcia’s travails left most of the other main contenders unmoved.

Jordan Spieth led by two on six under, with a following pack including Kuchar, McIlroy, Stenson, and Fowler all within a handful of shots.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods in his first appearance since 2015, after what seemed to be career-ending back troubles, carded a somewhat rusty 73, though, showed glimpses of form from his majestic pomp.

A day of pain for the champion, but a fascinating further three days in prospect with the heavyweights marshalling to chase the imperious Spieth.

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