Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Sergio Garcia gets angry, hurts shoulder at Open Championship

Sergio Garcia gets angry, hurts shoulder at Open Championship

On the par-4 fourth hole at the British Open Friday, Garcia drilled a bad shot while standing in front of bushes. Unfortunately for him, if he plans on winning his second major championship at The Open this weekend, he's going to have to do it while paying through what appears to be a significant shoulder injury. Immediately, the Masters champion put his hand to his shoulder and required attention from the on-course physiotherapist. He spoke with a medical official on the seventh hole and his shoulder still felt sore at the end of his second round.

"Obviously, I'm not happy about it because I nearly screwed up my British Open, fortunately for me I didn't".

The shoulder problem didn't affect his power. He's +2 for the tournament. He grabbed his shoulder nearly immediately after, and was visibly in pain for the rest of the day. "It felt like - because I hit it backwards and I was very weak, [in] a very weak position. So it didn't feel good at all". "But sometimes you're out there and you're trying your hardest, and when you can't do it, it gets a little frustrating". When you can't do it, you get frustrated.

The Spaniard had executed a poor chip shot after catching his backswing on the gorse
The Spaniard had executed a poor chip shot after catching his backswing on the gorse

Garcia said he played the fifth hole not knowing if he'd be able to finish his round.

His shoulder looked to jar upon impact and the pain was so much that a physio was called out to see to the Spaniard - who was already wearing a plaster on his right index finger. He was one of only four players in the first 18 three-man groups to break par Friday.

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