AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sergio Garcia’s 15th opening was an adventure, and not from the, “And then we found the particular buried treasure! ” variety. A lot more like, “So after our car stopped working for the third time, we retired ourselves to sleeping in the Denny’s parking lot. ” Garcia did his greatest Roy McAvoy impersonation , delivering five shots into the pond in order to walk away with an octuple-bogey 13. It had been the highest score ever recorded for the 15th, and worst first circular by a defending champion in Experts history.
Along with Garcia effectively out of the green coat running— he’s 15 shots at the rear of Jordan Spieth, and only ahead of novice Harry Ellis— Paddy’s Power, a good Irish bookmaker, is lending the shoulder to deflated gamblers simply by refunding those who placed bets in the Spaniard.
“Garcia went from a Masters winner in order to playing like me at a crazy course, ” said a Paddy Strength spokesman. “We decided to reward punters who wagered on him successful back-to-back at Augusta, because we’ re nice like that. ”
Well, not that wonderful: betters won’t get their money back. Rather, the book will offer them a totally free wager with the same allowance.
For those looking for a do-over, first-round leader Jordan Spieth is currently listed at 2/1, followed by Rory McIlroy (5/1), Matt Kuchar plus Phil Mickelson (14/1), and Henrik Stenson (16/1).