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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"Are you kidding me?"

The small crowd cheered when Garcia's caddie handed him a club. Maybe it was a tree-iron.

Garcia was so high up in the tree that he had to stoop to grab the head of the club as his caddie reached high holding the end of the club. Garcia studied his options before playing a one-handed, back-handed shot out to the fairway.

More stunning was that he jumped from about 8 feet up in the tree to get down, a landing that would have made a gymnast proud. Garcia showed little emotion other than to wipe off his hands and prepare to play the next shot.

"It was just unbelievable," McGirt said, who stood in the fairway with arms crossed watching all this unfold.

Garcia wound up making double bogey. Two holes later, the horn sounded to suspend play because of a violent thunderstorm that canceled play for the rest of the round. Garcia already was 5-over par for his round, and 3 over for the tournament.

McGirt said when they climbed into a van to be taken back to the clubhouse, Garcia handed him the scorecard and said, "I'm out of here."

Garcia had said earlier in the week that he was low on energy and enthusiasm and "I just want to go home." He plans to return at the Masters.

He said on his website that pulling out was "not an easy decision."

"I wanted to continue and finish the round and the tournament, in spite of it not being the best of days," Garcia said. "But the discomfort would have been more, and I decided not to continue to avoid hurting me more."

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