Garcia rues 15th hole disaster

06 April 2018 03:16:51 EST

Defending champion Sergio Garcia saw his Masters hopes all but disappear in the first round thanks to a horror show at the par five 15th at Augusta.

The Spaniard found the water in front of the green on no fewer than five occasions, finally walking off having dropped eight shots in registering a 13.

I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop.

Sergio Garcia

That eventually led to Garcia having to sign for a 9-over par 81, with his hopes of even making the cut for the weekend seemingly in tatters.

Afterwards, an agitated Garcia told reporters: "I don't know what to tell you, it's one of those things. I feel like it's the first time in my career where I made a 13 without missing a shot, simple as that.

"I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop.

"I kept hitting good shots with the sand wedge and unfortunately I don't know why, the ball just wouldn't stop."

The cut mark at Augusta is 3/1 to be made at 147 or under, 6/4 to be made at exactly 148 and 5/4 to be made at 149 or over.

Meanwhile, American Tony Finau enjoyed his round of 4-under par 68, as he overcame having suffered a dislocated ankle during the pre-tournament par three contest.

He told Sky Sports: "I went a little over the top with the celebration and it was kind of a scary moment when I went over on my ankle.

"I didn't sleep very much last night and from that point to where I stand is nothing short of a miracle. I couldn't put as much weight on it as I wanted, but I tried to not think about it."

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