It was unlucky 13 for Sergio Garcia at Augusta's 15th in 2018 as he played himself out of contention on the opening day of his title defence

You can’t win it on Thursday, but you can lose it. Just ask Sergio Garcia.

A year earlier, Garcia played one of the shots of the tournament at the par-5 15th en route to making an eagle that would put one arm in the Green Jacket.

But the defending champion played himself out of winning back-to-back Masters titles after a rather different visit to Firethorn in 2018.

Garcia dunked five – yes, FIVE – balls in the water and ended up racking up a 13 on the hole.

After a 322-yard tee shot, Garcia had 205 yards left but his approach found the water.

His next shot, his fourth after a penalty drop, flew past the pin twice – once in the air, then once as it zipped back along the green and into the water.

He then did exactly the same thing again. And again. And once more.

Here’s what that looks like when written out…

  1. Tee shot
  2. Into water
  3. Drop
  4. Into water
  5. Drop
  6. Into water
  7. Drop
  8. Into water
  9. Drop
  10. Into water
  11. Drop
  12. Onto green
  13. Holed putt

Here’s what that looks like on the shot tracker…

Here’s what that looks like in a photograph…

And here’s what it looks like on the scorecard…

It brought an unwanted record for Garcia, who now holds the honour of having had more shots than anyone else to have ever played that hole in the Masters. Here’s a rundown of the highest scores on each of Augusta’s 18…

1st (par 4): 9 (Ernie Els, 2016)
2nd (par 5): 10 (Sam Byrd, 1948; David Duval, 2006)
3rd (par 4): 8 (Douglas Clarke, 1980)
4th (par 3): 8 (Henrik Stenson, 2011)
5th (par 4): 8 (William Campbell, 1957; Sam Parks, 1957; Melvin Harbert, 1960; Jerry Barber, 1964)
6th (par 3): 7 (Jose Maria Olazabal, 1991; Arnold Palmer 1997; Branden Grace, 2016)
7th (par 4): 8 (DeWitt Weaver, 1972; Richard Von Tacky Jr, 1981)
8th (par 5): 12 (Frank Walsh, 1935)
9th (par 4): 8 (Jack Selby, 1948; Richard Davis, 1963; Clay Ogden, 2006; Luke Donald, 2014)
10th (par 4): 9 (Danny Lee, 2009)
11th (par 4): 9 (Dow Finsterwald, 1952; Bo Wininger, 1958; William Moody, 1980; Charles Howell, 2006; Sandy Lyle, 2017)
12th (par 3): 13 (Tom Weiskopf, 1980)
13th (par 5): 13 (Tommy Nakajima, 1978)
14th (par 4): 8 (Nick Price, 1993)
15th (par 5): 13 (Sergio Garcia 2018)
16th (par 3): 11 (Herman Barron, 1950)
17th (par 4): 7 (19 players including Darren Clarke, 1998; Fred Couples, 2013)
18th (par 4): 8 (7 players including Arnold Palmer, 2000; Henrik Stenson, 2012)

If you can’t be bothered to do the maths, that’s 169. Or 97-over-par.

Back to Garcia and do you know what he did right after that monstrous setback? He made birdie at 16.

Vamos, Sergio.

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