Sergio Garcia puts five balls in water at Augusta’s par-five 15th

Masters champion Sergio Garcia finds the water five times on the 15th hole at Augusta

Sergio Garcia saw his Masters title challenge unravel in record-breaking fashion after firing five balls into the water on one of Augusta’s most iconic holes.

The Spaniard eagled the par-five 15th during last year’s final-round tussle with Justin Rose on his way to a maiden major success, but got into all kinds of bother when tackling the hole during Thursday’s opening round.

After finding the middle of the fairway off the tee, Garcia elected to attack the green in two but saw his effort end up in the water hazard.

Garcia returned to the drop zone and saw his next attempt suffer a similar fate, before his next effort – his sixth shot – found the green but rolled back down the slope and into the hazard.

The Spaniard’s next two attempts to clear the hazard also ended in disappointment and resulted in further penalty shots, with Garcia finally finding dry land at the sixth time of asking – his 12th shot.

With his ball stopping 10 feet from the pin, Garcia rolled in the putt to card an eight-over 13, the worst score ever recorded on that hole in the tournament’s history.

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