Sergio Garcia hacks out of rough at the 12th prior to his horror show at 15
Sergio Garcia's hopes of getting into contention at the US Open vanished early in his third round after he imploded at Merion's 15th hole.
The Spaniard started with a par at 11 but dropped shots at 12 and 14 before disaster struck in a big way at the 411-yard par-four 15th, where he ran up an eight in the first round.
Garcia hooked three drives out of bounds and finally made four with his fourth ball as he signed for an ugly 10 - dropping him to 14 over par.
To his credit, he recovered with four straight pars before carding his first birdie of the day at the second.
Garcia picked up another shot at the fourth and added another at the eighth before parring in to salvage a respectable five-over 75.
Remarkably, his round was 11 shots better than playing partner and former Ryder Cup team-mate Robert Karlsson, crashed to an 86 with eight bogeys, three double bogeys, a triple bogey and one birdie.
Garcia was not the only man to make a 10 in the third round, with Kyle Stanley also failing to avoid a double-figure score on the par-four 14th as he also returned a horrific 85.