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Sergio Garcia’s errant tee shot dislodges diamond from woman’s ring (Video)

Sergio Garcia held a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy after the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Unfortunately, Sunday proved to be a struggle.

sergio-garcia-tee-shot-diamond-ringGarcia’s tee shot on the third hole in the fourth and final round was an early indicator it might be rough day for the 34-year-old. Garcia’s drive landed in the gallery and struck a woman’s finger. Not only did the ball hit her finger, it dislodged the diamond from the setting of her ring.

Not surprisingly, Garcia requested the woman’s contact information so he could work with her in replacing the damaged ring. Thankfully, the stone was later found and returned. The woman did receive an autographed ball for her role in the unfortunate incident.

As for the rest of Sergio Garcia’s day, he was overtaken by McIlroy for good on the 11th hole when the 25-year-old sunk a birdie putt. A bogey on the 15th for Garcia essentially secured his runner-up finish.

The day wasn’t a total loss for Garcia though, his second place finish was good enough to move him up to No. 3 in the world.

H/T Deadspin

Sergio Garcia heckled with ‘fried chicken!’ at US Open (Video)

Sergio-Garcia-fried-chickenSergio Garcia has expressed regret over the racist comment he made about Tiger Woods last month, but some fans at the US Open are not ready to let him forget about it. Garcia has been getting heckled since the tournament began. On Thursday, USGA officials asked him if he would like them to remove a group of fans who were harassing him, but Sergio declined and said that would only make it worse.

It continued on Saturday, with one spectator yelling “fried chicken!” as Garcia was about to tee off to begin his third round. As you can hear in the video above, someone promptly scolded the fan and said that it was “no joke.”

Earlier this week, Sergio and Tiger were seen shaking hands on the driving range. Garcia later explained that he had not had a chance to personally apologize to Woods but had left him a hand-written note. Even if Tiger is ready to forgive Sergio and move on, it’s clear he still has a way to go before the fans let him forget about it.

Sergio Garcia left Tiger Woods a hand-written apology note

Sergio-Garcia-Tiger-WoodsOn Monday, we showed you a photo of Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia shaking hands on the driving range at the US Open. It is not standard procedure for every golfer to shake every other golfer’s hand on the range before a major, so we were left to draw a simple conclusion — that Garcia had apologized.

Tiger claims that was not the case. According to Eye on Golf, a reporter asked Woods on Tuesday if Garcia has “personally apologized” to him.

“No, we haven’t had time for that,” Woods replied.

If that’s the case, does that mean the guy who made a racist comment about Tiger just a few weeks ago was just dropping by for a friendly hello? There had to have been more to it than that, right?

Later in the day, Garcia was asked a similar question. Apparently he intended to apologize to Woods after their practice round, but the weather threw a kink in his plans. Instead, he settled for a hand-written note.

“We saw each other on the range and I was hoping to meet him after the round but he was gone after the round and the weather obviously didn’t help,” Garcia explained, via USA Today. “This morning I was here early and didn’t see him around. He got here later on. I did leave him a handwritten note. Hopefully he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”

Garcia would not elaborate on what he wrote, saying that the note was for Tiger to share if he felt the need. He also apologized for the comment again and said he wishes he could go back in time and take it back.

Talk about the song that never ends. Garcia really needs to apologize to Woods in person, which is what we thought he did with Monday’s handshake. That’s the only way any of this is going to go away.

Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia shake hands at US Open

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Sergio Garcia took his ongoing feud with Tiger Woods too far a few weeks ago, and it appears he knows it. On Monday morning, Garcia approached Woods on the driving range at the US Open and shook his hand before the two shared a brief exchange.

About a month ago, Garcia accused Woods of intentionally distracting him at The Players Championship. Tiger later said that he had no interest in squashing whatever beef it is that he has with Sergio, with Garcia claiming Woods wouldn’t answer his phone call if he reached out to him anyway. Then, Garcia crossed the line with a racist comment and later had to apologize.

As you can see from the photo above that Twitter user @bigup2dahorns passed along (via USA TODAY), Garcia must have apologized to Woods in person on Monday. Given their history, it certainly seems safe to assume the two golfers would not just be greeting one another like old buddies. Tiger would not acknowledge the exchange when asked about it.

“I’m not going there,” he told reporters, via ESPN.com.

If he did apologize, good for Sergio for accepting responsibility for his stupid actions. And good for Tiger for being mature about it and not slapping his hand away. Fans of drama might be disappointed if the feud ends, but a simple handshake was probably best for both parties.

Sergio Garcia on having Tiger Woods for dinner: ‘We will serve fried chicken’

Sergio-Garcia-Tiger-WoodsSergio Garcia is clearly not yet ready to let his spat with Tiger Woods fizzle out, and he may have taken things too far with a comment on Tuesday night. While speaking with the media at a dinner for the European Tour, a reporter tried to bait Garcia by asking him if he was planning to have Woods over for dinner during the US Open. His response was regrettable.

“We will have him around every night,” Garcia said, via Devil Ball Golf. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Uh oh. Prior to that comment, the feud between Sergio and Tiger was entertaining and everything the two golfers had said about calling each other or not answering the phone was simply fueling their rivalry. Introducing racist comments into the war of words is unacceptable, and Garcia apparently realized that and apologized almost immediately.

“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” Garcia  reportedly told The Guardian. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

Woods responded to the comment on his Twitter account Wednesday morning. As expected, he did not seem happy.

Garcia may have been joking when he made the comment, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t racist. Back in 1997 after Tiger won the Masters, Fuzzy  Zoeller made a similar comment that is still talked about today. The same will probably be true of Garcia’s remark, and I’m sure he will regret it more and more with each passing day.

Sergio Garcia fires back at Tiger Woods: ‘He wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway’

Sergio-Garcia-Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods made it quite clear earlier this week that he has no interest in squashing any ongoing feud that he may have with Sergio Garcia. The feeling is mutual.

On Tuesday, Garcia addressed the media for the first time since his epic meltdown at the Players Championship two weeks ago. Naturally, a reporter asked him the same question Tiger was asked about whether or not he has thought about calling Garcia to smooth things over. Garcia’s answer was similar, albeit far more long-winded than Tiger’s.

“First of all, I don’t have his number,” Garcia said, via Eye on Golf. “And secondly, I did nothing wrong and don’t have anything to say to him. And he wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway. But that’s OK; I don’t need him as a friend. I don’t need him in my life to be happy and that’s fine. It’s as simple as that. Like I have always said, I try to be as truthful as possible. Tiger doesn’t make a difference to my life. And I know that I don’t make a difference to his life.”

Garcia also basically called Woods a liar.

“He called me a whiner,” he said. “He’s probably right. But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”

These two clearly don’t like one another, but between the complaining about Tiger distracting him and the answer he gave on Tuesday it’s obvious Woods bothers Garcia more than Garcia bothers Woods. Considering Tiger has owned him in the past, that’s hardly a surprise. Tiger doesn’t have to say much at this point to get into Sergio’s head, and I’m sure that’s exactly the way he wants it to be.

Tiger Woods in no hurry to squash beef with Sergio Garcia (Video)

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods is in no hurry to squash his beef with Sergio Garcia.

Speaking to the media at a press conference to promote next month’s AT&T National that he’s hosting, Woods was asked whether he planned to speak with Garcia to end their trivial exchanges.

“Has there ever been any thought of contacting him and saying, ‘Hey, let’s chill. We don’t need to be going back and forth like this anymore,’” a reporter asked Woods.

Tiger, who specializes in brief responses, offered a one-word answer.

“No.”

Tiger and Sergio got into it during the third round of The Players two weeks ago. Garcia accused Tiger of causing a distraction during one of his shots during the third round. Neither player backed down, but Woods won the tournament while Garcia choked on the last two holes. Tiger owns Sergio, so why would he want to end things?

Video of his answer is below:

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