SOUTHPORT, England — Sergio Garcia arrived at Royal Birkdale this week as the bookies' favorite to claim his first major title. He left 0-for-lifetime on the big stage and described his final round performance as "brain dead."
The Spaniard slumped to a 78 on Sunday, during which he played a five-hole stretch in seven over par. After going out in even-par 34, Garcia made three straight bogeys, followed by consecutive double bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14. A bogey on the 18th capped a miserable back-nine 44, a miserable 8-over-par day, and another miserable disappointment in a major that he came agonizingly close to winning last year.
"Whatever chances I had today I threw them away on the back nine," he said in a brief interview after his round. "I just went brain dead, my body just didn't react to my thoughts. I couldn't think straight and didn't make any good decisions."
Garcia's round left him in a tie for 51st place, his worst performance in 13 tries at the British Open.
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