Garcia plays a shot from up in a tree at Bay Hill

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm •  Published: March 24, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sergio Garcia might want to change his name to Tarzan.

Garcia provided an amazing highlight Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he climbed some 15 feet into an oak tree and played a shot back out to the fairway.

"First, I went up there to identify the ball and then saw that I could make the shot with just one hand," Garcia said on his website. "Luckily, it went well."

The rest of the day did not.

Garcia withdrew from the tournament, saying in a statement on his website that his left shoulder and Achilles tendon were hurt and he did not want to risk doing more damage by finishing six holes on Monday. During the shot, he leaned hard on his left shoulder and tried to balance himself on one foot. Eventually, he wrapped his left arm around a limb to swat at the shot back-handed.

The statement said that when Garcia was in the tree, he forced the left shoulder to the point he could barely feel it, and his next shot — a chunked wedge that only went about 30 yards — was a result of his sore left shoulder.

The Spaniard already was having a rough time at Bay Hill — he made a 9 on the par-5 sixth hole — when his tee shot at No. 10 sailed right into the trees. Not only did it get stuck in the tree, it came to rest at the base of two large limbs.

Garcia looked up in the tree, stood on a cart and leapt to pull himself up into the tree.

He was playing with William McGirt, who was having a hard time believing what he was seeing.

"I knew they were looking around the tree," 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 in the hell he's going to go. He called for a club. He's hugging the tree. And the ball comes flying out.



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