Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia have added some wonderful drama to the Players Championship over the last 24 hours. Unfortunately, the duo will not be paired together on Sunday for the final round, though the hope is their exceptional back and forth will continue to move forward at a tiring pace.
It all started on Saturday afternoon when Sergio Garcia hit a disappointing shot on the second hole. During the shot, Tiger had apparently reached into his bag for a 5-wood, causing the gallery to go nuts. Naturally, Garcia blamed his poor shot on the crowd noise and, of course, Tiger. After being alerted of Garcia’s complaint, Tiger fired back.
“Well, the marshals, they told me he already hit,” Woods said. “So I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterwards and not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.”
Tiger’s got a point. It wouldn’t be a golf tournament without a complaining Sergio Garcia, who was quick for offer up a great retort to Tiger’s dig:
“That’s fine. At least I’m true to myself. I know what I’m doing and he can do whatever he wants.”
“I’m not going to lie. He’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour. It’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each others company. You don’t have to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”
Awesome. The candor being displayed by both sides here is a refreshing change for golf. I fully expect more barbs to follow, especially since they’re both prominently in the mix on the leaderboard.
Tiger last won the Players Championship in 2001. His buddy Sergio took it in 2008.