June 16 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. --The par-4 14th and 15th holes have proved to be two of the more difficult tests at Merion. For Sergio Garcia, they were a nightmare.
Garcia played them in a combined 16 over this week, making three pars, a 5, 6, 7, 8 and a 10.
"Take that away, and I played well," Garcia said.
Give him pars instead, and he would have finished 1 under for the week and with possibly his first career major championship.
Instead, a fan shouted 'Did you make another 8?' as Garcia approached the 18th green. Garcia went over to the womanand gave her a signed glove.
It was a brief moment of levity for Garcia, who at times was heckled by fans this week over his recent comments about Tiger Woods.
Asked if it was a difficult week from that standpoint, Garcia said, "What do you think?"
Between the ropes wasn't any better.
Garcia hit three tee shots out of bounds on the 15th hole during the third round and on Sunday triple-bogeyed the 14th.
"They're the kind of holes that you have to be spot on," Garcia said. "You can't miss it."