WATCH: Sergio Garcia Misses One of the Shortest Putts at the 2021 Players Championship

Published 03/13/2021, 10:49 AM EST
Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Sergio Garcia hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Sergio Garcia did not have the best of days at The 2021 Players Championship. Garcia finished even par during the second round at TPC Sawgrass, but the result could’ve slightly been different if not for a disaster at the par-4 15th hole. 

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Sergio Garcia missed routine putt to add to the tension at the 2021 Players

Garcia is generally composed on the course, but who knows what got into him after completing the 13th hole of the second round on a par stroke. Garcia subsequently had to move onto the par-4 14th hole where he struggled to close out. 

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The Spaniard ended the 14th hole with a disappointing bogey after making a good tee shot. However, Garcia faced more misery when he landed on the par-4 15th hole. The 452-yard hole is a daunting one, but Garcia had a good start with his first two shots. 

He made a 23-foot birdie attempt but came close to making the shot. Luck wasn’t by his side as the ball just stood 1-foot-and-nine-inches away from the hole for Garcia to complete the hole on a par score. Well, that’s when things went south for the 41-year-old. 


Garcia missed one of the easiest putts that he had to make during the tournament. The worse part is that the ball didn’t even clip the hole as Garcia fired it wide despite only 23 inches of green in between the ball and the hole.

This caused Sergio Garcia to slip in the second round after taking the lead in Round 1. He followed up his 7-under 65 with an even-par 72 in the second round to skid along the rankings. 

Garcia called his second round ‘a beautiful rollercoaster’

Sergio Garcia is no stranger to TPC Sawgrass. He won the 2008 Players Championship in grand fashion and is attempting to do the same 13 years later. However, he might not end up successful in 2021. 

Garcia is currently tied third on the leaderboard after his 72-stroke second round at the 2021 Players Championship. He needs to up his game to earn a better chance of winning the lavish $2.7M prize money, and the 41-year-old wants to keep fighting. 

Mar 12, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Sergio Garcia plays a shot from a bunker on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“It was a beautiful rollercoaster, that’s for sure,” Garcia said of his second-round adventure. By making an eagle in the par-5 11th hole, the Spaniard became the first player to make three eagles on multiple occasions (2011 and 2021) at The Players Championship. 

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After completing two consecutive bogeys in the 14th and 15th, Garcia somehow found the motivation to resurrect his top-form once again. He had three holes left in the second round and converted two of them into birdies. 

“Fortunately for me I was able to keep it together and obviously had a great finish the last three holes, so very proud of that,” Garcia mentioned

Sergio Garcia is chasing a tough set of competitors at The 2021 Players Championship. He still stands a chance to win, but the unforgiving TPC Sawgrass layout does not tolerate too many errors! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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