The Open 2018: Sergio Garcia hits out of water during nightmare first round at Carnoustie


SERGIO GARCIA got wet and wild during his nightmare first round at Carnoustie.

The Spaniard climbed down into the famous Barry Burn on the tenth hole to whack his ball out, getting a soaking in the process.

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Last year’s Masters champion actually did a great job of getting out of the hazard, with its walls standing around 7ft high.

But it was not enough to stop another bogey.

A dropped shot there left Garcia, who lost in a play-off to Padraig Harrington the last time the Open was held here, three over for his round.

Things got worse with two more bogeys after that taking him to plus five before a birdie at the last saw him finish with a 75.

Sergio Garcia gets ready to hit his shot out of the Barry Burn during round one of the Open
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The 2007 Open runner-up winds up his backswing while hitting out of the water
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The Spaniard whacks the ball out of the water
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The former Masters champ endured a torrid time in the first round at Carnoustie
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Garcia said afterwards he thought it was impossible to hit his drive into the burn, which was some 410 yards from the tee.

He said: “The way I hit my driver, I never thought it was going to get to the burn. The wind was down on the right. So I hit a cut drive. I never thought I would get it that far. Obviously, it must have just rolled in.”

American Kevin Kisner had no such trouble during his five-under 66 and is the surprise first round leader.

He sits one ahead of fellow countryman Tony Finau and South African duo Erik Van Rooyen and Zandar Lombard.

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