Tour Report: After caddie switch, Sergio shoots 66

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Sergio Garcia spoke to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio following his 4-under 66 at Colonial on Thursday.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sergio Garcia changed caddies last week, switching from Glen Murray — who has been on the bag for most of Garcia’s professional career — to Gary Matthews.

Whether it was the new caddie with the same initials or the familiar course on which Garcia has enjoyed prior success, the Spaniard looked pretty good Thursday, shooting a 4-under 66. It’s his lowest round on the PGA TOUR since he shot 65 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship last September.

"He’s played the course," Garcia said of Matthews, "so we know what we are doing. It’s working out well so far."

Garcia and Matthews have previous experience together. Matthews spent a couple of years on Garcia’s bag up until last year’s PGA Championship. Garcia then switched back to Murray, who was on the bag when Garcia turned pro in 1999.

Although Garcia finished tied for fourth at the Northern Trust open in February, his results have not been to his liking in recent years. Since 2009, he has just eight top-10s in 55 starts and has not won since the 2008 PLAYERS Championship. But his track record at Colonial is solid – he won here in 2001 in his first start in this event and tied for 16th last year.

"I think you know Glen and I, we’ve been together for a long time," Garcia said. "We probably needed a little bit of a break. I don’t know, we will see.  We will see what happens. I’m just trying to find out what’s going on."

For one day, so far so good.


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