WATCH - Sergio Garcia forced to use irons and woods on greens after smashing putter in rage
Sergio Garcia's chances of winning the Dell Technologies Championship disappeared after a costly loss of temper in the third round at TPC Boston.
Garcia slammed his putter into a sprinkler head after badly misjudging an eagle attempt on the short par-four fourth on Sunday, altering the loft and lie of the club.
Under Rule 4-3b, that meant Garcia was not allowed to use it again for the rest of the round, although he did at least hole his birdie putt from 13 feet with a fairway wood.
It is not the first time this season Garcia has caused himself problems in a fit of pique, the world No 7 injuring his shoulder after lashing out at a gorse bush on the fourth hole at Royal Birkdale during this year's Open Championship.
Sergio García ya ha ganado un Masters pero parece que seguirá siendo un impresentable en el campo toda su vida pic.twitter.com/a2FlGPAqqb— Mi Blog de Golf (@MyGolfTweet) September 3, 2017
And after switching to using his driver on the greens in Boston, the 37-year-old then bogeyed the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth on his way to a round of 75, with a miserable day completed with a double-bogey seven on the last.
That left Garcia, who used a three iron to hole birdie putts on the 13th and 17th, two over par and 14 shots behind clubhouse leader Justin Thomas, the US PGA champion firing eight birdies in a flawless 63 despite the wet conditions.
Update: Sergio don’t need no stinking putter. pic.twitter.com/oGDui0j8CD— Skratch (@Skratch) September 3, 2017