LOS ANGELES – Of all the rounds in Sergio Garcia’s career, this was one of the most Sergio Garcia-est.
There’s no other way to describe Garcia’s even-par 71 that left him one stroke out of a Northern Trust Open playoff and seemed to serve as a metaphor for his career. It featured miraculous shots, it featured terrible ones and – in the end – it featured another chapter of heartache for a player who’s endured plenty over the years.
“I'm not going to lie, I am a little bit disappointed,” he said after a bogey-bogey finish. “I didn't know but I had a one‑shot lead going to the 17th tee. But at the same time, like I said, I'm drained. I feel like I worked so hard all week and it's not what I'm used to.
“I don't feel really comfortable all year, since I started in Qatar. For whatever reason, my swing doesn't seem to be clicking just yet. So it's been a little bit of hard work but to be able to at least have a chance, as uncomfortable as I felt all week, I thought it was a good effort. Unfortunately just not good enough.”
Asked whether there was a single shot or putt during the final day that he’d like to have back, Garcia replied, “There's too many. There's so many swings that I would like to have back that if I stand here, I would bore you until next week.”
Garcia, who was making his 2015 U.S. debut this week, did insist he’ll carry positives with him out of this week.
“I just need to play better, simple as that. I saw a lot of good things this week. Like I'm saying, the way I felt, I didn't feel comfortable at all on pretty much any shots. So to be able to have a chance, the way I felt out there on the course, I thought it was good and it was a good learning experience. You know, I've just got to learn from it and just hopefully get a little bit of confidence in my swing.”