On Thursday, Sergio Garcia entered the record books at the Masters, but not for a good reason. On the 15th hole, he scored an 8-over-par. For four shots in a row, his balls found the water. A fifth shot also got wet. Last year, that hole was a place of triumph for Garcia when he achieved an eagle 3, helping him earn the title of champion.
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Before he hit the 15th hole, Garcia was at 1 over par for the round. He viewed the par-5 hole as an opportunity to begin a comeback, hoping to earn his second green jacket.
Instead, things didn’t go his way. Using his 6-iron, Garcia’s second shot on the hole landed on the green, but quickly spun off, running down a slope and into the water.
At that point, Garcia positioned himself in the drop area. Four shots with a wedge all ended up with the ball coming back into the water. A fifth shot finally landed him on the green, and he sank the ball into the hole after a single putt.
In total, it took 13 shots for Garcia to complete the hole.
“I don’t know what to tell you,” said Garcia, according to a report by ESPN. “It’s one of those things. It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and, unfortunately, the ball just didn’t stop.”
“It’s one of those things,” he added. “It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”
Garcia demolished a previous “record” for the hole, listed as 11 shots. Three players held that dubious honor prior to Garcia’s last attempt at the hole: Jumbo Ozaki, Ben Crenshaw, and Ignacio Garrido.
Ozaki and Crenshaw had 11’s in 1987, while Garrido hit that mark in 1998.
A 13 is also the highest score recorded for any hole at the Masters, though two other golfers also hold that record. Tommy Nakajima previously held that record alone for a 13 on the 13th hole during the 1978 tournament. Tom Weiskopf joined Nakajima for the record in 1980 with a 13 on the 12th hole.