Sergio Garcia goes sideways, still makes par at Oakmont

Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia hit into the ditch on No. 9 and nearly lost his footing getting out.
By Torey Fox
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, June 17, 2016 | 9:09 p.m.

At the U.S. Open, many fans are looking at Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, or maybe even Andrew Landry as favorites to win at Oakmont on Sunday. 

What about Sergio Garcia? 

The winner of the Byron Nelson this year is quietly hanging around the leaderboard at 2-under, two shots back. However, his round (and tournament) could have gone horribly wrong on his final hole of the day, the par-4, 9th. 

After an errant tee shot put him in the ditch, Garcia had to punch a shot back into the fairway and climb out of the thick hazard.

 

 

Then, he found himself staring at bogey after his third shot landed some 50-feet from the cup.  

And then this happend...

 

 

Yea, it was just for par, but maybe...just maybe...the golfing gods are on Sergio's side at Oakmont. The Spaniard has never won a major, despite finishing second four times in his career, most recently in 2014.

Could this finally be the tournament for the kid that famously dueled Tiger at the PGA Championship...in 1999!!?? 

Torey Fox is a PGA.com intern and Ball State telecommunications student.