Category: Sergio Garcia

May 13, 2013

VIDEO: Sergio Garcia's most memorable meltdowns

Posted at 12:01 AM by Ryan Reiterman

Oh, Sergio. There he was, standing on the 17th tee Sunday, tied with his nemesis, Tiger Woods, and he hit not one but two balls in the water.

Instead of adding another Players Championship trophy to his collection, and sticking it to Woods after their public spat on Saturday, Garcia instead added another chart-topper to his collection of on-course meltdowns.

Below are some his other "highlights." Not included is Garcia's waggle-fest at Bethpage, where he was heckled mercilessly by the rowdy New York crowd. (Sergio eventually gave them the one-finger salute.)

Sergio Spits in a Cup
It doesn't get much worse than this. The best part is when Jimmy Roberts grills Garcia about why he did it, and Sergio just hems and haws. 

Sergio 1, Microphone 0
"If you thought you heard something after Sergio hit the ball, you did. It was Sergio hitting our microphone."

'The Ball Goes Right, The Club Goes Left'
That about sums it up ...

Bunker Bash!
Was Sergio's best bunker meltdown this one ...

... Or this one?

Shoe Toss
No piece of equipment is safe from Sergio's temper, including his shoes.

Chip In, Flip Out
Yes, Sergio even gets mad after chipping in!

April 12, 2013

Sergio Garcia has troubled history at Augusta National

Posted at 9:59 AM by Mike Walker

SergePosting a 6-under round at Augusta National on Thursday, Sergio Garcia looks as comfortable as his countryman Seve Ballesteros, who won twice here. But unlike his hero Ballesteros, Garcia has never been a fan of Augusta National. After finishing T38 in 2009, Garcia called the course unfair.

"I don't like it, to tell you the truth. I don't think it is fair," Garcia said. "Even when it's dry you still get mud balls in the middle of the fairway. It's too much of a guessing game."

Asked what he would change about the course, Garcia said, "They can do whatever they want. It's not my problem. I just come here and play and then go home."

He apologized a few days later.

"Out of frustration, I blamed the golf course instead of putting the blame where it belongs, on myself. I didn't get it done this week," Garcia said. "Augusta National is one of the most iconic golf courses in the game and playing in the Masters each year is an honor. I apologize to the members of Augusta National and the fans who rightfully treasure this golf course."

He was true to his word in 2012, blaming himself, not the Augusta National course, after a disappointing Saturday 75 knocked him of contention.

"I'm not good enough," Garcia said. "In 13 years, I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place."

"Do you think I lie when I talk? Everything I say, I say it because I feel it. If I didn't mean it, I couldn't stand here and lie like a lot of the guys do," Garcia said. "If I felt like I could win, I would do it. Unfortunately at the moment, unless I get really lucky in one of the weeks . . . I can't really play much better than I played this week and I'm going to finish 13th or 15th."

On Sunday of the 2012 Masters, Garcia shot a 1-under 71 to finish T12, but it didn't cheer him up and he doubled-down on his "not good enough" comment.

However, in 2013, Garcia is feeling better about his game. He got his first PGA Tour win in more than four years at the Wyndham Championship in Augusta, and he sounded sanguine about his chances at Augusta National during his post-round interview on Thursday:

Q. Thought you hated it here (laughter).

SERGIO GARCIA: No, I mean, well, obviously it's obviously not my favorite, my most favorite place, but you know, we try to enjoy it as much as we can each time we come here. Sometimes it comes out better than others, but today it was one of those good days. And you know, let's enjoy it while it lasts.

Q. Did it help you that you had maybe that lower expectation coming here?

SERGIO GARCIA: Lower expectation, maybe that's what you say. Every time I tee off in a tournament, my goal is to play the best I can and have a chance at winning. So it doesn't change this week. Like I said, today was a nice day. It was one of those days that you really, really enjoy, and, you know, hopefully I'll have three more of those and we'll see what happens on Sunday night.


Photo: Getty Images

March 27, 2013

Tiger texts Rory: 'Get your finger out of your a-- and win'

Posted at 11:05 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_rory_300Tiger Woods is No. 1 in the world ranking again and it looks like he's claiming his spot as No. 1 trash talker in the game as well.

After Woods won at Bay Hill on Monday to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, he got a congratulatory text from the previous No. 1, his friend Rory McIlroy. Here's Tiger's response, according to McIlroy.

Q. Did you ring him Rory? Tiger was saying yesterday there's a banter between the two of you on this subject.

RORY MCILROY: I texted him this morning. I thought I would just let it all sort of die down yesterday and texted him this morning. He's ready to go and play at the Tavistock. Texted him said, "Well done." Hadn't spoken to him in a couple weeks. Just congratulated him and stuff as well and he said everything was good there. Told me to get my finger out of my ass and win this week.

Add this one to Woods's legendary digs, including his note to pal Darren Clarke after Clarke beat him 4 & 2 at the Accenture Match Play in 2000 ("Enjoy it you fat f---") and his text to a buddy after beating a canary-yellow-garbed Serio Garcia in the final round of the 2005 British Open ("I just bludgeoned Tweety Bird.")

Photo: Woods and McIlroy at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami (Getty Images).

March 24, 2013

VIDEO: Sergio climbs tree, hits escape shot in final round at Bay Hill

Posted at 2:50 PM by Jeff Ritter

We're familiar with the three iron. But this might be the first time we've seen Sergio break out a "tree iron."

On Sunday afternoon at Bay Hill, Sergio Garcia's tee shot on the par-4 10th hole got hung up in a tree. Undeterred, Garcia shimmied up into the branches, turned his back to the hole, and punched his ball into the fairway en route to a double-bogey six. Garcia parred his next two holes before played was suspended because of a storm, and he withdrew from the tournament during the delay.

March 15, 2013

Sergio Garcia must pay more U.S. taxes on endorsements

Posted at 5:13 PM by Coleman McDowell





Sergio Garcia will have to pay more U.S. taxes after a judge rejected his argument that 85 percent of his TaylorMade endorsement is royalties for the use of his image, and thus exempt from U.S. taxes, according to

Garcia argued unsuccessfully that 85 percent of his income from an endorsement agreement with TaylorMade Golf Co. stemmed from image-derived royalty payments shielded from U.S. taxation because they flowed through a Swiss business entity and because he’s a resident of Switzerland.

Judge Joseph Goeke in Washington ruled that “the compensation paid by TaylorMade under the endorsement agreement is allocated 65 percent to royalties and 35 percent to personal services.”

Goeke said that the royalty portion of the income was exempt from U.S. taxes under the Swiss Tax Treaty and that all payments for personal services earned in the U.S. are taxable. Garcia’s case centers on a disputed $1.7 million in his taxes in 2003 and 2004.

Even though Garcia will pay more in taxes, the case is a win for professional golfers and a loss for the IRS. According to Bloomberg, the IRS had claimed that all endorsement earnings should be taxed as personal-service income. Garcia's 65 percent royalty/35 percent personal services tax breakdown is a better deal than fellow TaylorMade endorser Retief Goosen received in a similar case decided in 2011. A different judge ruled that Goosen's deal was 50 percent royalty and 50 percent personal services, according to Bloomberg.

Both the Garcia and Goosen cases involved the division of payments between those for made for a golfer’s image and those based on “personal services,” which include factors like how well he plays.

The difference is important because royalty earnings typically are taxed less heavily under tax treaties than personal services income.

Taken together, the two cases send the message that “the bigger name is going to get more favorable tax treatment,” said Tony Nitti, a partner at the accounting firm of WithumSmith & Brown in Aspen, Colorado.

In his ruling, Judge Goeke sounds like a golf fan when he describes Garcia.

“Petitioner is notable for his charismatic and fiery personality which differentiates him from most others who play the ‘gentleman’s game’ for a living,” Goeke wrote in his opinion.

Photo: Sergio Garcia during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

February 18, 2013

They Said It! Butch on Tiger and Obama in Quotes of the Week

Posted at 5:03 PM by Mike Walker
Sergio_quote1. “I think obviously golf is great. We haven't really had anything going on. So we'll see, we started testing, what was it, 2008 I think, and nothing has really come around.”

--Sergio Garcia on performance enhancing drugs in golf




Brandtjobe_quote2.“Don't tell anybody, but we would jump the fence
and get in.”

--Brandt Jobe on watching Fred Couples win the LA Open at Riviera when he was at UCLA




Ernieels_quote3. “There's no data that really confirms that they have to ban it."

--Ernie Els on the USGA and R&A’s proposed ban on anchored putting




Fredcouples_quote4. “If I'm playing well, I can walk around this course and feel like I'm going to shoot par or very close to it every single time.”

--Fred Couples on playing at Riviera, where he’s won twice




Lukedonald_quote5. “I usually give him six a side and that's usually not enough for him.”

--Luke Donald on playing golf with Michael Jordan 





Doak_quote6. "I believe there's a wisdom within The Old Course that goes beyond what anyone today understands about golf course architecture."

--Golf-course architect Tom Doak on the R&A’s changes to the Old Course



Rayfloyd_quote7. “There are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term 'Hall of Fame.' I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame.”

--Raymond Floyd to Golf Magazine after announcement that Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie would be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame


Butchharmon_quote8. "The President said to Tiger: `The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.' You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment."

--Butch Harmon on watching President Obama and Tiger Woods play golf together


Stevie_williams_quote9. “To be that good, that young, and that composed at that age is just incredible."

--Caddie Stevie Williams on fellow New Zealander Lydia Ko




Charliebeljan_quote10. “Thursday and Friday for me suck. I think they are boring. I don't enjoy them. Saturday and Sunday, that's what we wheel and deal.”

--Charlie Beljan on being in the hunt at Riviera on Sunday

February 03, 2013

VIDEO: Sergio Garcia has meltdown in greenside bunker in Dubai

Posted at 1:14 PM by

Sergio Garcia reportedly considered withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic with a sore shoulder, and there's no telling what his meltdown in a greenside bunker on the 13th hole on Saturday might have done to that injury. Despite losing his cool, Garcia went on to finish tied for 17th in the event.

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Phoenix Open

Posted at 12:58 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_quote1. "It was just so friggin' slow. We played just over three hours and nine holes, and three of them are par threes. It's like, come on, you know. I started losing my patience a little bit."

--Tiger Woods on the slow pace of play in his final round Monday at Farmer Insurance Open


Garrigus_quote2. “I ate at the golf course with my wife and my son, the guy drove us to the private airport, took off at 1:10, flew to the Phoenix airport, got in my car, drove home, unpacked kind of, like chucked my suitcases in the closet, sat down, turned the TV on and Tiger is on 17. And I was like, ‘Wow, is he pissed right now.’”

--Robert Garrigus on playing in the Farmers Insurance Open in the morning and arriving in Phoenix before it ended


Vijay_quote3. “I’m guessing that Vijay Singh doesn’t know the product has been called out by the PGA Tour specifically.”

--Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein on the magazine’s story about how Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the PGA Tour.




4. “You have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka.''

--Lee Westwood on Vijay Singh’s deer antler spray




5. “As much as we spend all our time trying to be consistent, it's the inconsistent wins that are probably the most important thing.”

--Padraig Harrington at the Phoenix Open





6. “There's a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”

--Phil Mickelson after his putt for 59 just lipped out in first round of the Phoenix Open





7. “Obviously the golf gods giveth and they taketh away, so there you have it.”

-- Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, on the missed putt for 59




8. “Golf needs a younger and more athletic image, and Nike has always had that. I'm young enough. I'm not sure I'm athletic enough. But I'll try!"

--Rory McIlroy on his endorsement deal with Nike



Sergio_quote9. “Unfortunately, we started making birdies and eagles, and I thought, ‘Well, what do we do now?’”

 --Sergio Garcia on making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine when he was considering withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Classic with a sore shoulder




10. "I tried to get him to play."

-- Caddie Joe LaCava on his boss Tiger Woods not playing the Northern Trust Open at Riviera this year

February 01, 2013

Poor Sergio! 'Unfortunate' Garcia makes five birdies and eagle

Posted at 4:28 PM by Samantha Glover


Sergio Garcia in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club (Getty Images).

Most Tour pros would be happy to make four birdies and an eagle on the front nine. Then again, Sergio Garcia isn't like most Tour pros.

Playing the back nine first, Garcia made birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 16 and 17 and an eagle on 18 in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic en route to a five-under-par 67. Afterward, he sounded crestfallen since those low numbers meant he would have to continue playing with a sore shoulder, according to Reuters. Garcia is currently tied for eighth, three shots behind leader Richard Sterne.

"On the 14th green I told my caddie if it does not get any better after 18 (his ninth hole) we will probably walk," Garcia told reporters.

"Then unfortunately we started making birdies and eagle and I thought 'What do we do now?'

"I got the physio out and he worked on it. It feels a little bit better, but needs to get better."

October 29, 2012

Truth & Rumors: After surgery, Sergio Garcia eyes late season surge

Posted at 2:27 PM by Mark Dee

Sergio Garcia has his sights set on a late-season run. And, less than a month removed from eye surgery, it's clearer than ever.

Garcia, who hasn't played since Europe's Ryder Cup win, underwent surgery to correct an astigmatism, according to a Reuters report. Here's what Sergio had to say:

"I had the surgery but everything went very well," Garcia said in a news release on Monday.

"I will have three tournaments towards the end of the year. I hope I can play good, finish on a high note and get ready for next year."

The first of those tournaments starts on Nov. 22, when Garcia will head to Dubai for the European Tour Championship. After than, it's off to Asia to wrap the year with two more events.

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