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McIlroy and Garcia console each other

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia hugged on the course and hugged off it on Saturday - but it was only to console each other as they tumbled off the leaderboard at The Masters.

McIlroy, who finished with an 80 last year after being four in front, had a 77 and Garcia a 75. They are now 10 and eight shots behind Swede Peter Hanson. The first hug came when they each had their first birdies of the round on the short 12th.

"I think we were both needing it," said McIlroy, who had gone to turn in 42. "We both didn't have our best stuff with us."

The US Open champion double-bogeyed the first just as he had in the opening round, but felt his three putts for another six on the 450-yard seventh was the killer blow.

Garcia, still without a major, stated: "We couldn't really feed off each other's good energy because there pretty much wasn't any.

"Our bad holes were really bad and our good holes were bad."

They were both smiling by the end and McIlroy added: "If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?"

He did not have the worst round of the day.

Former Open champion Stewart Cink shot 81 and fellow American Gary Woodland an 85 before withdrawing through injury.


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