ARDMORE, Pa. – Sergio Garcia’s third round began with a “fried chicken” jeer when he was introduced on the 11th hole, and it didn’t get much better from there.
On the par-4 15th, he pumped three consecutive tee shots out of bounds on the left side, eventually carding a sextuple-bogey 10, his biggest blowup of the week, but certainly not his first. On Thursday, he hit it O.B. on Nos. 14 and 15 and managed to shoot a 3-over 73.
Take away those two holes, however, and Garcia is squarely in contention this week at the U.S. Open.
He has played the 14th and 15th holes at Merion in 13 over par this week.
He has played the other 16 holes in 2 under.
After taking the 10 on the 15th hole Saturday, he played his next 13 holes in 3 under and shot 75.
“After that I took a chance and the round came out nicely,” he said.
Garcia maintained that the Philly fans have been “good,” but admitted that heckling was always going be a possibility this week, especially after his recent inflammatory comments about Tiger Woods.
“For the most part they’ve been very good,” he said. “Obviously there’s a little group that are trying to be funny and stand out. And they shout a little bit louder than the rest.
“But the only thing I have to say is they’re not very – how do you say it? – like the things they yell, they’re not very common. They’re not very creative.”
Now, sadly, there’s a good chance they’ll try out some new material on Sunday.