On Sunday afternoon, Tiger Woods picked up his fourth 2013 PGA Tour win with a victory at The Players Championship.
Woods finished at 13-under par for the tournament. He ended two shots ahead of Kevin Streelman, Jeff Maggert and David Lingmerth, who all tied for second.
Sergio Garcia shot seven-under in the four-day tourney. He was battling with Woods for almost the entire weekend, but failed to deliver on the final two holes. Garcia hit two shots in the water on the 17th hole and finished with a quadruple-bogey. He even hit his tee shot on No.18 into the water, for good measure.
As if the meltdown wasn’t bad enough for Garcia, it came as he was trying to beat Woods, who he has admitted he doesn’t like.
"I'm not going to lie,'' Garcia said on Saturday. “He's not my favorite guy to play with. He's not the nicest guy on tour.''
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The two have a history with each other, and the feud between Woods and Garcia was elevated over the weekend.
Garcia indicated it was Woods’s fault that he hit a bad shot on the second hole on Saturday. The 33-year-old was distracted by crowd noise, which he blamed on Woods.
"I wouldn't say he didn't see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was on top of the backswing, he pulled a 5-wood or 3-wood out of the rough and, obviously, everybody started screaming, so that didn't help very much."
The fans began to cheer when Garcia was standing over the ball, not during his backswing, according to television replays. Woods said the two didn’t speak about the incident after it happened, but was not afraid to express his feelings about Garcia.
"The marshals told me he already hit so I pulled the club and was getting ready to play my shot and then I hear his comments afterwards," Woods told reporters. "Not really surprising that he was complaining about something."
On Sunday morning, the two played four holes together, as they finished up the part of the third round that was suspended because of rain. They shook hands at the round’s completion but didn’t exchange words.
The feud between Woods and Garcia has lasted for more than a decade. In 2000, Woods reportedly didn’t take kindly to the way Garcia celebrated his win in the “Battle at Bighorn.” Two years later at the U.S. Open, Garcia complained about golfing in the rain, saying play would have been suspended if Woods was on the course at the time.
More often than not, though, Woods has been on the winning side of the rivalry. Garcia has yet to win a Major, while Woods has 14 to his name, and 78 all-time wins on the PGA Tour.