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Two holes wreck Garcia's hopes at U.S. Open

By Larry Fine ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia began his U.S. Open week trying to dig himself out of a hole after earlier offending Tiger Woods and ended it wondering what might have been were it not for the 14th and 15th holes at Merion. Garcia repeatedly apologized about an insensitive joke he had made a month ago about inviting longtime adversary Woods for fried chicken during the Open, striking a nerve with many who considered it an insensitive reference to a racial stereotype.

Golf: Garcia leaves locker room note for Woods

The Tiger Woods/Sergio Garcia "fried chicken" spat rumbled on at the US Open on Tuesday after the two men failed to have a clear-the-air talk over comments the Spaniard made last month. The two old rivals did shake hands on the practice range at Merion Golf Club on Monday between the downpours that have soaked the layout outside of Philadelphia. But both men said they had not had the time to have a meaningful discussion and Garcia was unable to make the face-to-face apology he had pledged to make over the controversial comments he uttered about Woods three weeks ago.

Olazabal urges Woods and Garcia to settle row

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Former European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal drew on the memory of his 2003 spat with Padraig Harrington as he urged fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods to settle their differences. Garcia and 14-times major winner Woods have always had a frosty relationship and the Spaniard had to issue an apology on Wednesday after making a "fried chicken" jibe at the world number one at the European Tour's Player of the Year dinner the previous day.

Garcia will shake Woods' hand next time feuding pair meet

By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia's feud with Tiger Woods will not stop him shaking hands with the world number one the next time they are drawn together in a tournament, the Spaniard said on Tuesday. Garcia blamed a roar from the crowd watching the 14-times major winner for an errant shot when the two men featured in the same group at the Players Championship in Florida two weeks ago.

Golf: Rookies join veteran Aguilar in Spain lead

Rookies Morten Orum Madsen and Gary Stal joined Chile veteran Felipe Aguilar in a three-way tie for the lead at the Spanish Open on Thursday. Dane Madsen carded five birdies and one bogey in his four under par 68 while Stal, a fellow graduate of the Challenge Tour, had four birdies in his bogey-free round. Aguilar, 38, who won his only European Tour title five years ago, hit six birdies and two bogeys. "This course is playing very nicely - especially in the morning with very little wind," said Aguilar.

Garcia, Leishman tied for lead at Masters

Sergio Garcia might have written himself off too quickly at the Masters. When last seen walking off the course at Augusta National, the impetuous Spaniard was moping about his bad luck at this tournament and said last year it was increasingly evident he would never be fitted for a green jacket.Garcia matched his best score at the Masters on Thursday, a 6-under 66 with no bogeys on his card, to share the lead with Marc Leishman of Australia. And he still wasn't entirely happy, although this time with good reason. He hit the ball so well his score could have been so much better.

Spain's Sergio Garcia shares 1st-round lead at Masters

Madrid, Apr 12 (EFE).- Spain's Sergio Garcia kicked off his quest for a first Major championship in style, firing a 6-under 66 to gain a share of the lead at the Masters. In his 14th appearance at one of golf's most hallowed venues, the 33-year-old Spaniard shot a bogey-less round on Thursday that included four birdies on the front nine and two more at the 10th and 15th holes.

Golf: Garcia back on course at Augusta National

Sergio Garcia is not a great fan of Augusta National Golf Club, but he certainly looked at home on the course on Thursday, taking the joint lead in the first round of the Masters. The Spaniard, once the boy wonder of world golf and now labelled as the best current player not to have won a major, carded a bogey-free 66, his equal-best Masters round since he made his debut in 1999. That put him level with Australian Marc Leishman atop the leaderboard and raised the prospect that an elusive win in one of the four major tournaments might be just around the corner.

Golf-Garcia laments low scoring as shoulder pain flares up

DUBAI, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Most golfers would do anything for birdies and eagles on their scorecards but Ryder Cup hero Sergio Garcia could have done without them as it forced him to keep playing with a sore shoulder in the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. The world number 14 carded a five-under-par 67 to sit two shots behind Thorbjorn Olesen (11-under) midway through the second round, a situation which could have been very different had the Spaniard not started running up low scores.
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