124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Garcia misses cut, decides to keep playing

August 14, 2009

CHASKA, Minn. -- A double bogey on the par-4 18th hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club was the perfect ending to Sergio Garcia's major championship season in 2009. Perfectly awful, that is. Garcia opted late Friday to enter next week's Wyndham Championship, the final regular season event on the PGA Tour, after he stumbled at the finish line in the second round of the PGA Championship and missed the cut. "I guess I have to keep playing," said Garcia, who completed 36 holes in five-over 149, two over the cut in the 91st PGA. "I'm not in the FedEx Cup yet. I have to get my 15 tournaments in. I've got no other options. I don't want to get passed." Garcia, who was T-2 behind Padraig Harrington in last year's PGA, hasn't finished better in the majors in '09 than his T-10 at the U.S. Open - which represents his only top-10 this season. El Nino posted identical T-38 finishes at the Masters and British Open.

Heading into the PGA, the 29-year-old Spaniard was languishing in 114th place in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 125 after the Wyndham Championship qualify for the first playoff event, The Barclays. Hovering on the cut line all day after opening with a 1-under 71, Garcia drove into the left fairway bunker at the 475-yard home hole and had to lay up for his second. His third ran through the green, and he needed two putts after a chip to 12 feet. He finished with a six-over 78. "I'm not doing anything well right now," said Garcia, who played TaylorMade's new Penta TP ball this week. "I'm not going to work on anything. I'm going to concentrate on nothing. If I knew what I was doing I would tell you, but I don't know what I'm doing." Garcia competed in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., once previously, finishing T-13 in 2005. -- Dave Shedloski