Sergio Garcia said all the verbal swatting with Tiger Woods was over and he was ready to focus on golf at the U.S. Open this week.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t hear about the “fried chicken” remark he aimed at Woods as the first round began. Fans weren’t forgetting it and, on the tiny Merion Golf Club course, they were very close to him.
Sergio Garcia at +6 already. As he walked 16th fairway, he was jeered in Spanish and English. “I’ll buy you KFC afterward,” said one fan.
— NYDN Sports I-Team (@NYDNSportsITeam) June 13, 2013
After a rough start, Garcia hears it from a bilingual fan along the 15th fairway: “Hey, Sergio, pollo frito!” — Alan Bastable (@alan_bastable) June 13, 2013
Garcia was all over the course, putting together a truly remarkable round with two bogeys, a double- and a quadruple-bogey (a snowman in June!) over his first eight holes (starting on the back nine). Then he made the turn and went birdie-eagle on his first two holes on the front nine.
Heretofore known as a “Sergio.” RT @shanebacon Sergio Garcia just went double-bogey – quadruple-bogey
— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) June 13, 2013
After double-quad earlier, Sergio Garcia goes birdie-eagle on his last two holes. Dr. Sergio! Mr. Garcia! The whole gang is back together!
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 13, 2013
Just got nailed in neck by errant Sergio drive on #4. We’re both hurting. #usopen
— Max Adler (@MaxAdlerGD) June 13, 2013
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) June 13, 2013