Garcia began the day with a share of the lead alongside Adam Scott, but he was never able to overtake the Aussie. In fact, Garcia was trailing Scott for all but one hole of the final round at PGA National, and a 72nd-hole birdie from the Spaniard only trimmed the final margin from two shots to one.
Despite being a fixture on the leaderboards following an opening-round 65, Garcia insisted that he didn’t have his best stuff this week.
“Obviously I’m not swinging that great. I managed to score very nicely throughout the whole week, and today was more of the same,” Garcia said. “I hit some good shots, but I didn’t feel like I was firing on all cylinders like I would like to.”
Garcia opened his round with 10 straight pars, and he suffered critical bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 that kept him from capitalizing on similar miscues from Scott. Coming on the heels of a surprising missed cut at the Northern Trust Open, Garcia remained pleased with his result even though his record dropped to 3-for-13 all-time when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m happy with my week. I played horrible last week,” he said. “Obviously I played better this week, but everything was like a little cut, a little cut. When I’m swinging well, I can hit cut, draws, everything. I didn’t really feel like my draw was there this week.”
Garcia’s now has six runner-up finishes and 22 top-10s since his last Tour win, the 2012 Wyndham Championship. For the Spaniard, though, the glass remains half-full.
“I can’t be disappointed with it because without feeling great, I almost won,” he said. “So it’s still a good week.”