Garcia falls after gentlemanly move
February 21, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- After giving Rickie Fowler a long putt following a long wait, Sergio Garcia fell to young Fowler. (Getty Image)
MARANA, Ariz. -- Rickie Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia, 1 up, Friday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
1 up. As if Garcia needed a reminder.
The moment that everyone will remember from the Garcia-Fowler match took place at Dove Mountain's seventh hole. After taking what he felt was too much time to take a drop at No. 6, Garcia conceded a 17-foot halving par putt to Fowler. Garcia's 7-foot par was conceded in return.
Here's how Garcia described it:
"I don't regret it at all. I think that this is a gentleman's game and lately, it hasn't felt like it's been like that.
This is the way I was brought up by my dad.
"I felt like my drop on 6 took too much time. If I would have been in his position, I wouldn't have enjoyed waiting so long to hit my birdie putt after the great shot that he hit. I thought that was the only thing I could do on seven to make myself feel better and not feel guilty about anything."
Fowler seemed a bit stunned by the gesture.
"I had to kind of find out what he was asking or offering there," he said. "It took me a minute to figure it out."
Fowler eventually rallied back to win the match by burying a 15-foot birdie at 16 and sticking his approach at the finishing hole inside 4 feet.
Sergio Garcia offers a gentlemanly gesture at Accenture