HOYLAKE, England – Sergio Garcia finished second in another Open Championship, though this time under far different circumstances.
Unlike in 2007, when a final-round 73 cost him the claret jug at Carnoustie, Garcia ignited the crowds with a 7-under 65 Sunday that nearly was enough to erase a seven-shot deficit. At 15-under 273, he finished two shots behind Rory McIlroy at Royal Liverpool.
This was Garcia’s sixth career top-3 finish in a major. That’s tied for second-most of any player without a win, behind only Lee Westwood (eight).
“Everybody looks at you as second and they want to make it a negative,” he said. “Not at all. I felt like I played well. I felt like I did almost everything I could, and there was a better player. It’s as simple as that.”
Garcia pulled within two shots of the lead after McIlroy bogeyed No. 13, but Garcia dropped a shot on the par-3 15th when he left his second shot in the greenside bunker. He also left putts short on 16 (eagle) and 17 (birdie), when his 10-footer could have pulled him within two of the lead heading to the reachable 18th.
“I think we tried to push him as hard as we could,” said Garcia, who recorded only his second top 10 in his last 12 major starts. “Obviously it’s not easy when you know that you can’t make any mistakes. There’s so many things that have to go right for you to be able to get as close. I think we gave it a good effort and there was someone a little bit better.”