PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Coming off his lowest spherical within the U.S. Open within the final three years and inside attain of the early lead, Sergio Garcia had loads of purpose to smile after the opening spherical at Pebble Seashore. As an alternative, the Spaniard’s outlook on issues was gloomy at greatest.
Garcia shot a 2-under 69 in his opener, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth gap along with three different birdies. However after the spherical he remarked that he was stunned by his personal efficiency given how he felt coming into the week, which he described as “horrible.”
“The sport doesn’t really feel good for the time being. It’s so simple as that,” Garcia mentioned. “We undergo a few of these stretches, and sadly I’m choosing the improper a part of the 12 months to undergo a kind of.”
Garcia is right down to 30th within the newest world rankings, having missed the reduce in every of his final two begins. However he does have 4 top-10 finishes to his credit score since February, together with a pair of WGC occasions. Nonetheless, Garcia’s outlook was nothing wanting dour after closing out a spherical that left him inside three pictures of the first-round lead.
“I imply, I don’t suppose I’ve a lot of an opportunity of successful this week the way in which I’m feeling,” he mentioned. “However, you recognize, the planets have aligned earlier than (on the 2017 Masters). In the event that they do once more and it helps me, then it’s factor.”
Garcia entered this week on a string of seven straight missed cuts in majors, a drought that dates again to the 2017 PGA at Quail Hole and consists of an early exit final month at Bethpage after rounds of 74-71. Whereas he seems in place to stay round for the weekend at Pebble, Garcia wasn’t precisely brimming with optimism after a spherical the place he blended good pictures with ones the place he “regarded like a 25-handicapper.”
“The factor is, whenever you’re feeling higher, whenever you’re feeling properly, your misses are much more beneath management,” Garcia mentioned. “And it appears like after I’m lacking for the time being, I’m not very a lot beneath management.”