Sergio Garcia’s par-5 15th hole during the opening round of the Masters is one that will haunt him for a long time to come. The reigning Masters champion scored a 13 on the hole (tied for the most in Masters history) after hitting five balls in a row in the drink, ending any possibility of a repeat performance. At the time of me writing this, Garcia is currently tied for 77th in the field.
After Sergio shot himself out of the competition early, Golf Channel anchor Rich Lerner made a joke about Sergio naming his next child after the 13th hole, commonly known as Firethorn.
In February, Sergio named his newborn daughter Azalea, an ode to the flower that the Augusta National Golf Club has designated as the trademark of the par-5 13th hole. This also happened to be the hole that Garcia made an essential par on to catapult him to a playoff win and his first ever major win to beat Justin Rose at the Masters last year.
Sergio failed to take the light-hearted jab in stride, calling Lerner ‘funny man’ and bringing up that time he won the green jacket.
His wife turned the defensiveness up a notch.
Please don’t apologize, Rich.
Chill, Angela. Laugh a little. You’re still rich.