Garcia avoids backlash - mostly


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Sergio Garcia escaped mostly unscathed in his return to New York for the first round of the U.S. Open.

Galleries were much kinder to him Friday than they were the last time he visited Bethpage Black seven years ago, though they haven’t all forgotten that one-fingered salute he gave in 2002 after being heckled for his excessive waggles and re-gripping of the club.

“Generally, overall, they were fairly supportive,” said Adam Scott, who played with Garcia and Camilo Villegas, a threesome that was billed as the heartthrob group. “There will always be a couple people trying to get attention for themselves.”

What grief did Garcia have to deal with?

“It was just an odd shout here and there,” Scott said.

Garcia wasn't available for comment between rounds.

The slumping Scott took low heartthrob honors with a 69 to Garcia’s 70 and Villegas’ 71.

Scott, who missed seven of his last eight cuts, was asked if he found some confidence in his performance.

“Any good round is good for me at the moment,” he said.