Watch Sergio Garcia hit a golf ball out of a tree
Remember the kite-eating tree in “Peanuts”? You know, the tree that Charlie Brown’s kite landed in no matter where he started? Well, we finally have a sports corollary: Sergio Garcia and the golf-ball-eating tree.
Garcia was playing in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., when he hit hit his ball into a tree on the 10th fairway. Most golfers would take the penalty and re-hit, but not Garcia.
He climbed the tree and played the ball, hitting it backward and one-handed back to the middle of the fairway as the shocked crowd cheered.
“First I climbed [the tree] to identify the ball, and I saw I could hit it one-handed,” Garcia said. “Luckily, it went OK.”
His playing partner, William McGirt, was suitably impressed.
Sergio Garcia is not going to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational but he delivered arguably the highlight of the tournament before withdrawing during the final round.
On the par-4 10th hole at Bay Hill on Sunday, the 33-year-old Spaniard landed his second shot in a tree. After climbing up into the tree, he took a backwards, one-handed swing and managed to knock the ball out of the tree and into the fairway.
According to Golf Channel, Garcia scored a double bogey on the hole. He would later withdraw.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia has channelled his inner Tarzan to get out of a spot of bother in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.
Smarting from a disastrous nine on the par-5 sixth hole, Garcia’s tee shot at the 10th flew off the fairway and nestled snugly between two large limbs of an oak tree.
Garcia assessed his options before resigning himself to the only available one as he stood on top of a cart and pulled himself up.
His sublime one-handed, back-handed shot out to the fairway was met with the sort of cheers almost matched by the ones he got for his effortless dismount from two metres up.
“I knew they were looking around the tree,” playing partner William McGirt said.
“I didn’t know they were looking in the tree.
“I looked over and Sergio is up in the air, and I’m trying to figure out what the hell he’s going to do.
“He called for a club. He’s hugging the tree. And the ball comes flying out.
“Are you kidding me? It was just unbelievable.”
It was as good as it got for Garcia, who fluffed his next shot and carded a double-bogey.