SOUTHPORT, England — Two years ago Sergio Garcia briefly dated Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of Greg. This weekend he'll be pursuing her father.
Garcia shot a second-round 73 Friday for a two-round total of 145, 5-over-par and five strokes behind Norman at the halfway stage of the British Open. Garcia, the pre-tournament favorite of British bookies, was just two-over at the turn but came unstuck with a bogey at the 10th and a double bogey at the 11th. He fought back with a birdie at the 17th but missed a short putt for par on the final hole.
"I thought I could get it to 2-over for the tournament if I kept playing well, given the weather conditions being better than yesterday," Garcia said. "Obviously 10 and 11 rubbed on me a little bit and it took me a while to get over it. I made the birdie on 17 but then screwed up on the 18th."
He admitted to being steamed as he walked off the final green after a three-putt bogey. "While I appeared calm on the outside, the things I was saying to myself were not very nice," he said. "It is still a wide open tournament and I have to keep fighting hard. I enjoy playing in windy conditions. At the same time it doesn't give you a lot of room for error. It presents a double-edged sword."