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Sergio Garcia holes out from bunker for eagle as part of masterful run, ties for Schwab lead

FORT WORTH, Texas — If mirror shades convey good luck to 1 participant having fun with success in middle-aged life, why wouldn’t they work for one who’s quick approaching it, proper?

Sporting a pair of reflective sun shades reminiscent of these usually worn by 2021 PGA Championship victor Phil Mickelson, a bespectacled Sergio Garcia had a spectacular stretch throughout Thursday’s opening spherical of the Charles Schwab Challenge, utilizing an eagle on the eleventh gap to complete with a 63 and a spot atop the leaderboard with Jordan Spieth.

While the golf event at Colonial Country Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary, this 12 months marked a milestone for Garcia as properly — it’s been 20 years since he captured his first PGA Tour victory on this very course.

The part-time Texan, now 41 and a home-owner in close by Austin, mentioned he didn’t understand how lengthy it had been since his preliminary win.

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“I mean, I obviously knew that I won here in 2001 because it was my first PGA Tour win. But no, I didn’t think that it was my 20-year anniversary,” he mentioned on Thursday. “I didn’t even think about that, now that you mention it. But it’s nice. It’s nice to go through those milestones, I guess, and it just shows me how long I’ve been out here and how fortunate I’ve been to be consistent throughout my career, touch wood, but obviously quite healthy.

“All those things I’m very proud to be a part of. I’m just excited to keep it going.”

Garcia had birdies on Nos. 8, 9 and 10, however discovered the bunker together with his second shot on the par-5 eleventh, leaving himself greater than 60 toes to the pin. That didn’t faze the Spaniard, nonetheless, as he holed out from the sand to drag inside a shot of Spieth, who was within the early wave.

Garcia later birdied No. 15 and almost took the lead on the ultimate gap of the day, however a 15-foot birdie putt lipped out.

“Great round. I’m not going to lie; conditions weren’t easy. Obviously, because of the rain, the course wasn’t too firm, even though it firmed up nicely between yesterday and today,” he mentioned.

“But yeah, it was quite breezy. It was gusty, so it wasn’t easy to pull some of the clubs. There were some tough holes out there, but I was able to hit really good shots on those holes, and a couple up-and-downs when I needed them, so very happy with the way it went.”


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