“It’s what happens when you’re not mentally sharp,” Garcia said.
Palmer charged from seven shots back in the final round to win the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. Garcia also started Sunday seven back, but with four birdies and an eagle he had closed to within two shots of Billy Horschel stepping to the 17th tee.
That’s where Garcia decided against going for the green in two at the par 5. He chose to lay up, then hit his approach through the back of the green. His hopes of winning ended there. Garcia chipped through the green and into a hazard. He made a triple-bogey 8.
“If I was mentally sharp, if I was rested, the way I was at the beginning and middle of the year, I would have talked myself into going for the green,” Garcia said. “But, for some reason, I couldn't. Then, just a mistake after another mistake.”
Garcia shot 67 and tied for fourth.