Sergio Garcia had a lot to say this past week, and actually it would have probably just been better if he had kept quiet. Garcia basically blamed Tiger Woods for a poorly hit shot, called him unlikable, and said he was a victim. I really don’t care for Tiger Woods so it’s kind of weird I’m not behind the comments Garcia made.
“I’m not going to lie,” Garcia said after completing the third round in a three-way tie for the lead with Woods and David Lingmerth. “He’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour.”
Garcia became annoyed early in the third round when he hit his second shot well to the right of the par-5 second hole. While standing over the ball, he heard commotion behind him as Woods was surveying his second shot from an area to the left of the fairway where he had to clear a path of spectators.
That’s wonderful Sergio. You blame Tiger for your mis-hit and you don’t think he’s very nice. As I said, I’m not a Tiger fan, I don’t like the way he acts on the course, but suck it up Sergio. Garcia complains about the golfing gods, he complains about the Masters, he complains about everything. That’s why this latest complaint rings hollow. Who knows if Tiger was being inconsiderate. This is from Yahoo Sports. If you’ve kept up with the story, Tiger said the marshals told him that Sergio had already hit.
Sports Illustrated talked to the chief marshal for that section of the course, John North, who said he stood over the ball to keep the gallery away from it and was 5 feet away when Woods played his shot.
”Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him,” North said. ”I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. We’re there to help the players and enhance the experience of the fans. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character.”
Ouch… Stuff like that is why I’m not a big Tiger guy. Does it really matter though? If Sergio wanted to stick to Tiger he would not have dumped 3 shots in the water in his last 2 holes when he was tied for the lead. Sergio was the one with the beef, why put it on public display? If Garcia had an issue with Woods, he should have taken it up with him privately or just beat on the course.
Sergio did neither.