SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Sergio Garcia went ballistic Thursday after blasting out of a greenside bunker during a bogey-bogey-bogey stretch.
He slammed his wedge into the bunker five times, then threw the club at his bag, leaving his caddie to clean up his mess.
The former No. 2 player in the world has slumped since suffering a broken heart at the hands of Morgan-Leigh Norman — the daughter of Greg — in the spring of 2009.
"It hurt," he said.
"I need to miss the game a little bit," he explained.
Some will rip him for his outburst Thursday, but Garcia, who shot a 6-over-par 78, has been playing in a trance for most of the last year and a half. So from this perspective, it was refreshing to see he still cares.
Bogey: Stuart Appleby. Golf's newest "Mr. 59" had the lead after opening with birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12. But he played his final seven holes in 3 over to finish at even par. The fade was understandable, though, as Appleby is playing for the 13th consecutive week.
Birdie: Jason Day. The 22-year-old Aussie shot a 69, a nice result for someone who has just two top-10s in 19 Tour events this season. "I'd be lying if I said I expected it," he said.
Bogey: Corey Pavin. Maybe Golf Channel's Jim Gray was on to something when he reportedly told the Ryder Cup captain: "You're going down." Pavin is way down on the leaderboard after shooting a 7-over 79.
Birdie: Loyal Cheeseheads. "It's really special to play here," said Jerry Kelly, a native of Madison, Wis., who shot a 75. "Every tee, every green, you get people applauding you."
Bogey: Pace of play. Tiger Woods' group teed off at 11:39 a.m. and finished nearly 51/2 hours later. Ugh.