Rabalais: Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat … we can all relate to Sergio Garcia’s fate on 15

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Only 52 men have known what it is like to win the Masters tournament. That percentage of the 60 million of us worldwide who call ourselves golfers is so small as to require a microscope to find it.

But we all can relate to the disaster that befell last year’s Masters champion, Sergio Garcia, on Thursday.

Last year, he who is from Spain reigned, winning his first major title after 74 tries. It was an emotional and popular sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, highlighted by an eagle 3 on the par-5 15th hole where Garcia’s second shot banged heroically off the flagstick before settling a few feet away.

He almost pulled a Gene Sarazen, who made a 2 for a double eagle on 15 en route to winning the 1935 Masters.

His next time through 15, Garcia pulled a Tom Weiskopf. He pumped five shots into the pond fronting the green (uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco) resulting in a 13. An octuple bogey. It was the worst score ever on the 15th, beating the old record two. It tied Weiskopf, who in 1980 built a bridge across Rae’s Creek with all the balls he splashed on the 12th hole, for the worst score on any hole in Masters history.

Quick question: If a double-eagle like Sarazen had in ’35 is also called an

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