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"I feel like I did my part. The plan was to get as close as possible and see how he responded to that. It is just unfortunate for me that he responded so well.

"When I made eagle on 10, I was within striking distance. But to me it never felt that close. Unless he made some bogeys on the tougher holes coming in it was always going to be difficult to catch him. He didn't do that. But I gave him a good run. I will take a lot of positives from this."

Which is as it should be. For all his apparent skepticism regarding the proximity of the contest, there was a tangibly antithetic feel and vibe to this latest close call on the Garcia resume. No, he did not play his best after making that eagle from 15 feet on No. 10 -- he missed the next five greens in regulation -- but he hung in there with his short game. Not until the 15th did he drop a shot to par. Unlike his major losses to Padraig Harrington at Carnoustie in '07 and Oakland Hills a year later, this was more a case of someone else winning rather than Garcia losing.

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler

Fine shotmaking (left) and a moment with fellow runner-up Fowler marked Sergio's day.


"Everybody looks at second place and wants to make it a negative," he shrugged. "Not at all. All these majors help going forward, even if you don't win. There are always more positives than negatives. I feel like I did almost everything I could. And there was a better player. Sometimes you don't have to look for other things. Sometimes it's just that simple."

Oh, Sergio. Yet always, it would seem, difficult and ultimately disappointing for you. Whatever the ins and outs of what went on these last few days on the Wirral Peninsula, Garcia's long wait for validation and vindication continues.

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