Sergio Garcia can't wait to get away from Merion

Andrew Redington

Sergio Garcia is 18-over par on the 15th hole at Merion after three rounds of the U.S. Open.

Sergio Garcia’s week from hell at the U.S. Open took on legendary proportions Saturday when he posted a score of 10 on Merion Golf Club’s dastardly par-4 15th hole.

Garcia knocked three shots out of bounds on the hole ranked fourth-hardest through early play this week, according to PGATour.com’s Brian Wacker. Wacker said the USGA -- which Zach Johnson complained to Golf Channel’s Randall Mell "manipulates golf courses" -- had set up the 397-yard hole so that OOB was more of a possibility.

Garcia began the day on the 11th tee at 6-over, but thanks to his fun on 15, he made the turn at 14-over. The eight-time PGA Tour winner -- who posted an eight on the hole on Thursday -- began the week writing Tiger Woods an apology note for his fried chicken crack and worried that the whole incident might be a distraction as he tried, once again, to capture his first major title.

With hecklers yelling "fried chicken!" and making cackling sounds at the 33-year-old Spaniard, however, it looks like his fears were warranted.

Johnson, by the way, missed the cut but ... got away with only a 2-over on Sergio’s new favorite hole.

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