Well, that sure was strange old match between Rickie and Sergio wasnt it.
Friday saw Garcia take on Rickie Fowler at the Accenture Match Play, where Sergio seeming to have the upper hand on Rickie Fowler early in their third round match.
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Garcia stood 2-up standing on the 7th green, with Fowler facing a par putt of 17 feet, 7 inches while Sergio had a par putt that was just 6 feet, 11 inches from the hole.
If you’ve ever watched even a couple of minutes of match play you know that this is a good position for Sergio, knowing if Fowler misses the putt it gives Garcia a good chance of rolling in that nearly seven footer for the par and a 3-up lead.
It was there where things got a little weird, with Garcia going “good-good” — the acknowledgement that neither needed to complete their putt — with Fowler even though Rickie’s putt was more than twice the distance of Sergio’s and they were both putting for the same score.
The final margin of their match? One stroke, meaning that Garcia’s gentlemanly act may have cost him the tournament.
The Golf Channel talked to Sergio after the hole and he said the reason for the gesture is that he felt bad because on the previous hole Garcia had taken a good amount of time getting a ruling because there were bees surrounding his golf ball, but even after that explanation the move is nothing short of bizarre.
How crazy is it to give Fowler a putt of that distance? Before this week, Fowler hadn’t made a single putt all season outside of 15 feet, and while the putter has awoke at Dove Mountain, it still seems strange to just basically halve a hole when you have a serious advantage.
A lot of people mentioned they thought there was a little strategy behind the move by Garcia, but after winning the 9th to go 3-up, Sergio lost the next two holes and eventually the match.
Here is video of what went down on the 7th, so see for yourself the strange situation that went down between Garcia and Fowler.
What were your thoughts, was Garcia right to do so? Little to generous maybe? who knows, comment and subscribe for more blogs on useless stuff about golf! Thanks for visiting!