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From grandstand to sand: the highs and lows of Sergio Garcia

Jay Busbee
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Sergio Garcia of Spain plays a shot on the 8th fairway during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014
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Sergio Garcia of Spain plays a shot on the 8th fairway during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a guy who's had more of a good news-bad news career in the last quarter-century than Sergio Garcia. Still without a major win, he's been the "Best Never To Win A Major" for so long nobody really feels all that bad for him any more.

Garcia always plays well at the Open Championship, but this year might just be the best, and thus the cruelest, of all. He's got the bad fortune to be playing some of his best golf of his life on a weekend where Rory McIlroy is otherworldly.

Still, the golf gods gave Garcia a gift ... maybe only to torture him more, but still. He flew his approach shot at 12 into the grandstand, where it rebounded with an audible bang and ended up right on the fringe of the green. Garcia would go on to par the hole and remain, at that point, just two strokes behind McIlroy.

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It wouldn't last. On 15, Garcia found himself in a greenside bunker. Not a terrible problem, but he had no margin for error. Certainly, no margin to do this:

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Garcia would go on to bogey the hole and drop three behind McIlroy. So, so close.

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