Sergio Garcia of Spain holds up his ball after putting out on the 13th hole during the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Thursday July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Sergio Garcia of Spain holds up his ball after putting out on the 13th hole during the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Thursday July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — The last time Sergio Garcia played the British Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006, he was one stroke off the lead after three rounds and playedin the final group with Tiger Woods.

Woods, wearing his traditional Sunday red shirt, shot 65 to win by two strokes. Garcia, dressed from head to toe in yellow, shot a 73 and finished tied for fifth, seven strokes behind.

It was another British Open disappointment for the Spaniard: Five times he’s gone into the final round of The Open within three shots or better of the lead, including his three-shot lead at Carnoustie in 2007.

On Thursday, Garcia opened with a 4-under 68, two strokes behind early leader Rory McIlroy, and still in search of that elusive first win in a major.