February 21 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Sergio Garcia appeared poised to put Thongchai Jaidee away when he returned to the 16th green on Thursday to attempt an 11-footer for birdie and the win.
Garcia missed the putt, though, as well as the 7-footer on the return and suddenly his 2-up lead was just 1. Jaidee then squared the proceedings on the 18th hole with a 4-footer for birdie to send the first match of the week into overtime.
The two halved the first extra hole with pars. Garcia ended up putting the match away when he two-putted for birdie from 31 feet at the par-5 second, making his 3-footer after Jaidee missed from 14.
"It's hard, obviously," Garcia said. "So many hours waiting here to see if we start. They haven't cut the greens for two days, so you know it's a quick putt, you know it's downhill, but there's a little bit of uncertainty in it. And then obviously a little bit nervous, and I overhit it, and it was obviously very quick, went to nine feet, and then I hit a terrible putt.
"And then he made a great birdie on 18 and had a great chance on the first hole to close out the match, hit a great putt and unfortunately it lipped out, and then I was fortunate enough to play the second hole fairly well and made birdie.
Garcia plays Matt Kuchar in Friday's second round.