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The Spaniard is playing with an infected nail in the middle finger of his left hand, which affects how strongly he grips the club.

“It didn’t feel great,” said Garcia, who got to 2 under with three straight birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15, only to give two of those strokes back on 16 and 18. “Obviously it’s playable, but it’s uncomfortable when I grip a club.”

He finished at even par.

Garcia wore a small bandage over the nail. He said he’s been trying to speed the healing by using antibiotic cream and soaking his finger.

“It just has to heal,” he said.

The injury is the same Garcia had last May, when he had to withdraw from a British Open qualifier because of an infected nail. It was a low point for Garcia, until he narrowly got into the U.S. Open, then the British Open, and slowly worked his way back into the top 25 in the world ranking.