Sergio Garcia takes a 10 and some ribbing
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Sergio Garcia is not quite as creative as his late countryman Seve Ballesteros in shot-making or phrase-making. So Garcia's explanation for his 10 on the par-4 15th hole Saturday was not as pithy as Ballesteros' explanation of how he once four-putted from 15 feet: "I miss, I miss, I miss, I make."
Still, Garcia gave it a shot: "I hit one bad shot today and I made a 10. My first shot was into the wind and it went out of bounds. My second one I thought was even better and it went out of bounds by five inches. And the third one wasn't great."
It has been another eventful week for the player from Spain, who began it with an extensive apology for a recent racially insensitive remark about Tiger Woods. The worse Garcia has played, the louder the hecklers have became.
For the most part, the Philadelphia-area fans have been good, he said, adding: "Obviously, there's a little group that are trying to be funny and stand out. And they shout a little bit louder than the rest. They're not very creative, how may I say?"
Local caddie gets the business
For a while Saturday, amateur Michael Kim was the talk of Merion because he was high up on the leader board. It was a thrill for the Pac-12 golfer of the year from the University of California. It just might have been a bigger thrill for his caddie, LaRue Temple, a regular looper at Merion who happened to be "in the right place at the right time" to get a bag for the Open.
He said that on a normal Saturday, members might be playing slow: "And they're grinding every shot. We say, 'Come on dude, this is the U.S. Open.' Wow, this is the U.S. Open.
"Walking down the first tee, Mike's like, 'Wow, you're getting more cheers than me.' It means a lot. Plus I bartend and a lot of people from the bar are here," Temple said. "It's very sweet. I just want to represent Merion."