Birdies and bogeys: Garcia shows he still has passion for game

Aug 14 2010 - 7:24pm

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Sergio Garcia went ballistic Thursday after blasting out of a greenside bunker during a bogey-bogey-bogey stretch.

He slammed his wedge into the bunker five times, then threw the club at his bag, leaving caddie Gary Matthews to clean up his mess.

The former No. 2 player in the world has slumped since suffering a broken heart at the hands of Morgan-Leigh Norman -- daughter of Greg -- in the spring of 2009.

"It hurt," he said.

Garcia announced last weekend he will take a two-month break after the PGA Championship, bypassing the FedEx Cup events and the Ryder Cup.

"I need to miss the game a little bit," he explained.

Some will rip him for his outburst Thursday, but Garcia, who shot a 6-over-par 78, has been playing in a trance for most of the last year and a half. So from this perspective, it was refreshing to see he still cares.

Bogey: Stuart Appleby. Golf's newest "Mr. 59" had the lead after opening with birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12. But he played his final seven holes in 3 over to finish at even par. The fade was understandable, though, given that Appleby is playing for the 13th consecutive week.

Birdie: Jason Day. The 22-year-old Aussie shot a 69, a nice result for someone who has just two top-10s in 19 PGA Tour events this season. "I'd be lying if I said I expected it," he said.

Bogey: Corey Pavin. Maybe Golf Channel's Jim Gray was onto something when he reportedly told the Ryder Cup captain: "You're going down." Pavin's way down on the leaderboard after shooting a 7-over 79.

Birdie: Loyal Cheeseheads. "It's really special to play here," said Jerry Kelly, a native of Madison, Wis., who shot a 75. "Every tee, every green, you get people applauding you."

Bogey: Pace of play. Tiger Woods' group teed off at 11:39 a.m. and finished nearly 5 1/2 hours later. Ugh.

 

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