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Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia quibbling over incident on second hole

Sergio GarciaThe rivalry between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia heated up again on Saturday during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass when Garcia complained that Tiger caused some noise while he was hitting a shot.

Garcia was getting ready to hit his second shot on No. 2 and was at the right side of the fairway. After he swung, he looked to his left where Woods was getting ready to play his shot. Apparently the crowd started to cheer as Woods brought out his 5-wood, which Garcia thought could have been avoided.

“I wouldn’t say [Tiger Woods] didn’t see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is gonna hit,” Garcia said after his round, via Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner.

Tiger defended himself after the round, saying the marshal told him Garcia had already hit his shot.

“The marshal told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot,” Woods said, via Lavner.

Tiger also couldn’t resist getting in a little dig at the Spaniard.

“Not real surprising he’s complaining about something.”

During a rain delay, Garcia also mentioned in an interview that Woods’ actions “didn’t help very much.”

“I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit,” Garcia said. “Right as I was on top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood out of the rough and obviously everybody started screaming.

“So that didn’t help very much. It was unfortunate. If I hit a good shot there and maybe make birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way.”

Garcia and Woods have long had a history, starting with Tiger’s win at the PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999. They were both tied for second at 10-under for the tournament after play was suspended during the third round because of darkness.

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  • SpinMax

    wait, so the rules official gave him the go ahead. but he’s ticked at someone else?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yup, that’s Sergio

  • drfred_123

    Larry~
    Actually; it was NOT an official; it was one of the volunteer dorks who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. Tiger should have confirmed it was his turn to hit; that is HIS job per the rules, not some idiotic fan with a “QUIET” sign!!!
    Bad on Tiger; again.

  • FritzCanuck

    I presume (as has already been illustrated here) that the comments will divide, not on the incident itself, but who people are fans of.

  • http://twitter.com/LunarAstrology Steven Shroyer

    Sergio Garcia reminds me of a spoiled little kid with an ego that’s too big for him to handle with ANY grace or dignity. According unofficial locker room gossip, Sergio’s known as a non-stop complainer. What people are suggesting, including Sergio, is that Tiger is so afraid of Sergio’s golfing ability that Tiger needed to do something underhanded to beat Sergio. It’s clear to me that Sergio game isn’t even in the same league as Tiger’s. I doubt that Tiger has any fear of Sergio, nor does he feels the needs to sabotage Sergio’s game. Tiger knows full well that Sergio needs no help in self-destructing.