Tour Confidential Daily: Ser-gee-no! Was the setup on the 15th hole fair?
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In Tin Cup-like fashion, Sergio Garcia unloaded five balls into the pond in front of the 15th green during Thursday’s first round of the Masters, making a 13. “I don’t know what to tell you,” Garcia said. “It’s one of those things. It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t stop (rolling off the green).” Was the setup on 15 fair?
Michael Bamberger: I would say yes as many other golfers were able to make scores that were in the 4 to 6 range, which is the norm for said hole.
Alan Shipnuck: It was a couple of paces from being really questionable — Leishman is one of the best chippers in the world and he fell out of the lead by running a ball across the green into the pond. But as Michael noted, plenty of guys navigated it just fine. Sergio had a Tin Cup moment by trying to keep stuffing the ball next to the hole. All he had to do was be a littler more conservative and play it past the flag!
Dylan Dethier: It felt like a throwback: the return of old Sergio! What a tragic, glorious golf moment. Sometimes it’s the shots you can’t hit that make Augusta tricky — in this case, a high-spinning wedge. Shouldn’t this Masters member know better?
Jessica Marksbury: Michael makes a great point. Other players managed to get through the hole relatively unscathed, so saying it’s unfair may be too strong. We all know what a great ball-striker Sergio is. Maybe he was a little too laser-focused on hitting it close when he should have just taken his medicine and done some damage control. Alas, hindsight is 20/20.
Jeff Ritter: It was a tough pin on a day filled with them, but one 13 doesn’t mean it was unfair. Club up, Sergio! On the bright side, I hear the lobster rice he served at his Champions Dinner was delicious.
Josh Sens: Yes. And of course it was set up the same for everyone. As Peter Kostis noted, Sergio didn’t hit any bad shots, but he hit the wrong shots. There was a whiff of the old woe-is-me Sergio to his post-round take. Though who can fault him for the frustration. That was painful to watch.