TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Sergio Garcia made it 41 majors without a victory when he came home with a 1-over 71 at the British Open on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Spaniard was 1-under at the halfway stage but never challenged the lead at Turnberry and, after a third round 6-over 76, was already nine shots off the lead when he set out on his final round in windy conditions on the west coast of Scotland. Although he made three birdies to two bogeys on the outward nine and threatened he might at least finish with a sub-par round, a double-bogey six at the 10th spoiled his card. He finished 6-over 286.
"I had a couple of good rounds to start with then unfortunately I had a bad day yesterday," Garcia said. "Today was a weird day. It was the kind of day when, every time I got myself going, I screwed it up on the next hole. I couldn't ride the momentum. Every time I made a birdie I made a bogey on the next hole. "I'm fairly positive. I would love to have played much better. But there are a lot of positive things I can take away from the first two days."
Now Garcia targets the PGA Championship at Hazeltine Aug. 13-16, a tournament where he went within one shot of catching Tiger Woods when he was a 19-year-old.
Back then, "El Nino" was considered a big rival to Woods in terms of winning golf's biggest events. While Woods went on to win 12 more majors to take his total to 14, Garcia is still seeking his first.
"I have two weeks off and then I'm playing the Bridgestone (Invitational) and then to the PGA," he said. Asked how he might feel heading into his next major, he replied: "I'll tell you when I get there."
In terms of prestige, Garcia's triumph at last year's Players Championship is his best out of seven PGA Tour successes. He was won eight on the European Tour, including this season's HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China which will become part of the elite World Golf Championship series.