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April 8 2012

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Garcia: ‘I’m not good enough’ to win

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Sergio Garcia shot a 3-over 75 to fall into a tie for 19th with one round to play.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sergio Garcia has apparently given up on winning the Masters, or any other major.

After shooting a 3-over 75 on Saturday, Garcia had a bizarre, self-loathing exchange in his post-round interview with the Spanish media.

“I’m not good enough,” Garcia told them in Spanish. “I don’t have the things I need to have. In 13 years, today the conclusion is I need to play for second or third place.

“In any major I’m not good enough. I have my chances and opportunities and I waste them. I have no more options. I waste my options. Tell me something I can do?”

Garcia, who began the third round at 4 under and one shot off the lead, enters today’s final round 1 under and in a tie for 19th eight shots off the lead.

His best career finish here was a tie for fourth in 2004. In 13 trips to Augusta National, Garcia has just two finishes in the top 25 and four times has missed the cut. Last year, he tied for 35th after again struggling on the weekend with rounds of 75-71.

Saturday marked the second time in three years Garcia has made some strange comments here at the Masters.

After shooting a final-round 74 to finish in a tie for 38th in the 2009 Masters, Garcia criticized Augusta National, saying, “I don't like it, to tell you the truth. I don't think it is fair. Even when it's dry you still get mud balls in the middle of the fairway. It's too much of a guessing game."

Asked what he would change, Garcia said: "They can do whatever they want. It's not my problem. I just come here and play and then go home."

Two days later, Garcia apologized, telling London’s Daily Telegraph, “Out of frustration, I blamed the golf course instead of putting the blame where it belongs, on myself. … Augusta National is one of the most iconic golf courses in the game and playing in the Masters each year is an honor.”

Garcia’s lament hasn’t been limited to Augusta National.

After shooting a 4-over 74 in the second round of the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, Garcia was upset the USGA hadn’t stopped play because of rain.

"If Tiger Woods would have been out there, it would have been called," he said at the time.

In the final round of the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Garcia was in position to win his first career major championship when his approach shot to the 16th hole hit the pin and bounded well away from the hole. On the 18th, a putt to win lipped out and he eventually lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington.

“It's funny how some guys hit the pin go to a foot,” said Garcia, who also noted the length of time it took for the bunker to be raked as he stood waiting to hit his approach shot. “Mine hits the pin and goes 20 feet away. You know what's the saddest thing about it? It's not the first time. I don't know, I'm playing against a lot of guys out there, more than the field.”

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