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What has happened to Garcia?

Last Updated: 08/04/12 3:11pm

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Rob Lee and David Howell were left bemused and frustrated by the pessimistic outlook of Sergio Garcia after the Spaniard once again blew the chance to contend for a major title.

"He has turned into the most introverted, inward looking and no-hope character on a golf course that I think I have ever seen."
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Garcia was in a strong position going into the third day of the Masters but he and, playing partner Rory McIlroy, suffered torturous days at Augusta as they slipped out of contention for the Green Jacket.

Garcia's body language was downbeat all day and the 32-year-old, who was previously known for his energy and exuberance on the course, even suggested to the press that he was not good enough to win a first major title - comments that riled Sky Sports experts Lee and Howell.

"He has turned into the most introverted, inward looking and no-hope character on a golf course that I think I have ever seen," Lee said on the Masters Breakfast.

"I am such a Sergio fan and I want him to pick his game up and to win at least a major, if not two or three or four."

Howell added: "To say I am just not good enough to win a major, for everyone in the world who has ever watched a single golf shot knows that is a ridiculous comment. The guy is a genius from tee to green. Yes, he struggles a bit on the greens; he is a beautiful chipper and pitcher. He has everything apart from a slightly dodgy putter.

"He has everything to fight for and I want to see him fighting for majors and saying I am here to win. kind of like he is scared to do that because he doesn't think that is going to happen and he finds it all too depressing."

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