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Garcia escapes Barry Burn but fails to conquer Carnoustie during opening 75

The Spaniard managed to loft the ball out after driving into the famous water hazard but still finished the day four over par.

Sergio Garcia climbed into the Barry Burn to play his ball during a frustrating first round at the Open at Carnoustie.

The Spaniard, who was beaten in a play-off at the Angus links in 2007, found the famous hazard as he played the par-four 10th hole during his opening 75.

With the water relatively shallow, Garcia climbed down the concrete banking to play a shot and avoid a penalty drop. He successfully lifted the ball over the wall but still had to settle for a bogey, one of six during the day as he finished on four over par.

Garcia said: “I hit my driver. I never thought it was going to get to the burn. Obviously, it must have just rolled in.

“But I did get it out. There was one little rock behind the ball. If that little rock had not been there, I’m sure I could have got on the green.”

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