A new layer to the feud between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia has unraveled.
In the third round of this past weekend’s Players Championship, Garcia complained that Woods caused the crowd to cheer during the Spaniard’s backswing. Before his second shot on the second hole, Woods pulled out a five-wood, and the fans erupted, which Garcia says disrupted his shot.
Television replays showed that the incident occurred when Garcia was still standing over the ball. Even so, Garcia told NBC that Woods should have been more careful.
“It’s very simple,” García said during an NBC interview. “You have to pay attention to what’s going on because the other guy is hitting. You do something when you’re in the crowd, and the crowd is going to respond.”
Upon hearing Garcia’s comments, Woods claimed that he made sure not to disrupt Garcia’s shot.
"The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterward and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something,” Woods said.
Woods may not be to blame for Garcia’s poor shot, but it appears he wasn’t being honest about making sure Garcia had already hit the ball.
"[Woods] didn’t ask us nothing, and we didn’t say nothing. We’re told not to talk to the players,” marshal Gary Anderson told Golf.com.
“Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him,” Anderson continued. “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.”
Garcia went on to stumble down the stretch of the tournament, hitting a quadruple-bogey on the 17th hole. Woods took home his fourth victory of the year.
At last month’s Masters, Woods was surrounded by more controversy because of his actions on the course. He was forced to take a two-stroke penalty after an illegal drop, and was criticized by some for not withdrawing from the tournament.