Back (breaking) nine: Sergio goes 31-44


DORAL, Fla. – Sergio Garcia was having his way with playing partners Nick Watney and Tiger Woods through nine holes at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. El Nino shot 31, which was five better than Woods, four better than Watney.

Then his game turned sideways in a hurry. Garcia followed the 31 with a back-nine 44 and went from a shot off the lead to tie for 54th. Over the final eight holes, Garcia made one birdie and six bogeys and finished off the round with a triple-bogey 7 after he twice found the water on No. 18.

“I committed a couple of bad swings,” Garcia said, “and it just seemed like it snowballed on me.”