‘Did a Couple of Stupid Things’: Sergio Garcia Apologetic After Knocking Out Lee Westwood at WGC-Dell Match Play

Published 03/27/2021, 4:06 AM EDT
Mar 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Lee Westwood (left) and Sergio Garcia use the flagstick to measure who is away on the first playoff hole during the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


The most exciting part about Match Play events is that more than half the field head home after the first three rounds. Likewise, Sergio Garcia, who was a part of Group 8 at the WGC-Dell Match Play 2021, was disgruntled that he eliminated Lee Westwood through a playoff round. 

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Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood were a part of a group that comprised Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Wallace. While Hatton and Wallace didn’t pose much of a challenge, it was a battle between Westwood and Garcia for a place in the Round of 16. 

Garcia won his first-round match against Westwood 4 & 3 and won the second round against Hatton as well. The Spaniard, however, lost his third-round contest against Wallace, which tied him and Westwood for first place in Group 8. 

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Mar 26, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Sergio Garcia reacts after he ties the second playoff hole against Lee Westwood during the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Sergio Garcia feels sorry for Lee Westwood after knocking him out of WGC-Dell Match Play 

There is always mutual respect between professional golfers on the tour. That is what keeps the competition flowing in a harmonious manner and Sergio Garcia had every bit of respect for Westwood after sending him home from WGC-Dell Match Play 2021. 

Garcia and Westwood were tied for the lead after three rounds and eventually had to compete in a sudden-death playoff round to determine the group winner. That’s when things got berzerk! Garcia made an amazing hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth, and escaped with the victory! 

“It’s a great shot, but then you get lucky that first of all it doesn’t hit the flag because it must have been very close up in the flag, and then it rolls back in. So obviously very very happy about that,” Garcia said about the ace. 

“I’m sorry for Lee because I did a couple of stupid things to him this week, on the first day, and today. But unfortunately one of us had to lose,” Garcia mentioned about Westwood.

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It was thrilling to watch Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood face-off on multiple occasions at the WGC-Dell Match Play 2021. They’re two veterans of the game who are still showing that they’ve got what it takes to win against the younger pros. 

Sergio Garcia will now face Canadian Mackenzie Hughes in the Round of 16 and if he wins it, the 2017 Masters winner will then play either Robert MacIntyre or Victor Perez in the quarterfinals. 

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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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