Updated at 8:25 a.m. ET
SOUTHPORT, England – Not even Masters champions can escape the gorse.
He ended up injuring his right arm and requiring the services of an on-course physiotherapist.
"It wasn’t very smart. To be honest I thought I was done," Garcia said following a round of 1-under 69 that left him with a 2-over-par total.
"It was little sore on the next tee. Took some ibuprofen and some Advil, got a little bit of work done … fortunately started loosening up as the round wore on."
The injury didn’t seem to affect him initially, as he pounded a 346-yard drive on the fifth hole and rolled in an eagle putt from the back fringe. He then made seven consecutive pars before trading two birdies for two bogeys to finish.
Garcia was told it was likely a strain and he was scheduled to receive treatment after his round. He ended the day inside the cut line and six back of early leader Matt Kuchar.