OAKMONT, Pa. — Sergio Garcia is turning back the clock.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is in the hunt for his first major victory in the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont, and he’s proving that ‘El Nino’ still has some magic left.
Garcia seemed destined for a bogey on the par-3 8th after his tee shot found the greenside bunker farthest from the pin, leaving him with a tricky up and down.
Always a wizard around the greens, Garcia lined up his chip, took a hard swing into the sand and launched the ball from the bunker. He landed it a few feet from the pin and it trickled in for a birdie 2. But that wasn’t the end of Garcia’s adventure on the eight hole. As he walked off the green toward the ninth tee, Garcia spotted a bird in harm’s way.
He picked it up and handed it to an official for safekeeping. You can check out both videos below.
And here comes Sergio.
He’s pumped up and for good reason … https://t.co/WZJeRnLAbZ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 19, 2016
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 19, 2016