Garcia gets angry, hurts shoulder at British Open

Sergio Garcia watches his tee shot from the tee box during the second round of the British Open Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Friday. (AP photo)

By STEVE DOUGLAS

AP Sports Writer

SOUTHPORT, England — Sergio Garcia thought his British Open might be over after hurting his right shoulder angrily swinging a club into shrubs on the fourth hole at Royal Birkdale on Friday.

The Masters champion clutched his shoulder after the incident and took a painkiller on the fifth tee. He spoke with a medical official on the seventh hole and his shoulder still felt sore at the end of his second round.

“Obviously, I’m not happy about it,” Garcia said, “because I almost screwed up my British Open.”

The shoulder problem didn’t affect his power. Garcia drove the green on the 346-yard fifth hole and made eagle, and wound up shooting a 1-under 69 in gusty conditions. He was 2 over for the tournament.