FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- This just in: El Nino doesn't like the rain.
It rained all day Friday at the U.S. Open -- and is wasn't just a little late-spring drizzle. It poured. All day.
And not only did it rain on the course, it also rained all over the round of Sergio Garcia, who finished a little bewildered and a little upset at 2-over par and seven shots behind leader Tiger Woods. Garcia entered Friday at 2-under par and in second place.
The rain, a mere annoyance in the morning, was a hindrance in the afternoon by the time Garcia teed off at 12:45 p.m. ET. Fans, 42,500 of whom had tickets, were soaked. The golf course, in spectacular condition, built up standing water on virtually hole. It was cold, breezy and miserable.
Despite all of that, play was never suspended, much to the chagrin of Garcia, who sloshed his way around Bethpage Black for a 74.
"I certainly did," said Garcia when asked if he thought the USGA should have stopped play. "And, I don't know, if Tiger Woods had been out there, I think it would have been called. There was a moment when not even the squeegees or whatever you wanted to put out there was going to help."
"We got to the third tee, and on the tee, it's under water. So I'm thinking, I don't know, 'Do we have to be swimming out here to stop play or something?' It got to a point where it was a little too extreme."
Woods was a common theme to much of Garcia's comments, with the world's No. 5 ranked player seeming to infer that Woods -- who's No. 1 -- gets all of the breaks.
"If you get the luck of getting the good side of the draw, like somebody seems to do in these kinds of tournaments, and you're the best player in the world and you make a lot of putts, everything works," said Garcia, adding that it's tough to beat a player when "he's getting good breaks."
Garcia also said he believed that the course was much easier in the morning, another remark that was seemingly made with Woods in mind.
"Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy this morning, but it was almost impossible this afternoon," Garcia said. "So I'll say it was probably three or four shots easier (this morning), no doubt about it."
While not sounding entirely defeated, Garcia conceded after the round that Woods would be extremely hard to catch.
"I said it before: If you're the best player in the world; you're playing well; you're making putts; when you hit it in the rough, you always seem to get a lie to be able to hit it into the green; and you get the good side of the draw, that's tough to beat," said Garcia. "If he doesn't win this week, I don't know what else can happen to him, because the course is in perfect shape for him to win right now."
The weather wasn't the only thing eating at Garcia on Friday, as the fiery Spaniard had a frustrating day all around, including a gesture toward a fan on the 16th hole that probably wasn't just a fist. When asked if it was a fist, Garcia said, "Yeah, sort of," although he wouldn't elaborate on what the fan said to upset him.
"It was just stupid things," he said. "I don't even want to tell -- I don't even want to say."
All in all, not a good day for Garcia. He dropped only one spot on the leaderboard (he's tied for third with K.J. Choi, Jeff Maggert and Davis Love III); however, he dropped six shots to Woods, the guy who seemed to be in his mind all day.
With seven shots to make up, Garcia faces an almost impossible uphill battle to catch the leader. But who knows? It seems to Garcia like a few good breaks are the only thing standing between him and the top of the leaderboard.