When asked about Sergio Garcia on Monday, Tiger Woods took a monosyllabic approach shot. Asked about Woods, Garcia used far more words to arrive at the same diss-tination. The two golfers don’t like each other. Never have. Probably never will be palsy-walsy.
Garcia, in his first interview since the golfers’ dustup at The Players Championship on May 11, had a whole lot more than Woods to say.
“He called me a whiner. He’s probably right,” Garcia told Golf.com. “But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys [in the media] that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”
Garcia isn’t waiting around for a text or a call from Woods — and isn’t about to take the first step toward rapproachement.
“First of all, I don’t have his number. And secondly, I did nothing wrong and don’t have anything to say to him. And he wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway,” Garcia said. “But that’s okay; 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. That’s why I think sometimes most of the people love me and some hate me.
“I understand that, but I’m not going to change. That’s what makes me who I am and that’s what makes me happy. And that’s what makes the people I care about happy because they know they can trust me. Tiger doesn’t make a difference to my life. And I know that I don’t make a difference to his life.”
Their mutual distaste for one another went gloriously public during the third round of The Players Championship on May 11, when Garcia became discombobulated after he believed Woods distracted him on his swing. Woods disputed that. The two fired verbal salvos at one another. Garcia further unraveled on the final round of the tourney and Woods went on to win for the 78th time in 300 tournaments. Dueling marshals offered differing versions of what happened.
On Monday, Woods was asked whether he had or would reach out to Garcia and his answer was a succinct “No.”
After that response, Woods was a little more expansive, telling USA Today: “Obviously, the matter has been put behind me. The truth came out. As I was saying the entire time, I told people what I had heard and what had happened.”
Somehow, there’s a “Call Me Maybe” sendup here just waiting to happen.
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