Garcia leaves handwritten note in Woods' locker

By Ryan LavnerJune 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

ARDMORE, Pa. – Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia consider their month-long saga over, regardless of whether Woods reads the handwritten note that was left for him in his locker at Merion.

“It’s already done,” Woods said Tuesday. “We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open and we tee it up in two days.”

“He considers the matter closed,” Garcia said. “He’s moved on. And I’m happy that he feels that way, so hopefully we can do the same thing.”

Garcia approached Woods on the range Monday and they briefly chatted. The Spaniard didn’t apologize then to Woods, he said, because he didn’t feel it was the “appropriate place, out of respect to him and to the other players to do it there.”


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Garcia was hoping to meet up with Woods after his Monday practice round, but was unable to because of weather. When he arrived at the course Tuesday, he said he didn’t see Woods.

So instead, Garcia said he left a handwritten note in Woods’ locker at Merion.

“Hopefully he can take a look at it and, you know, it’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff,” Garcia said. “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 declined to reveal what was written in the note, saying, “I don’t think that’s for me to say. I think that if he wants to show you – I mean the note is for him, so if he wants to show you, then he can. I don’t have any problems with that. But I am not going to be the one showing you.”

This saga spans to last month’s Players Championship, when they were paired in the third round and Garcia accused Woods of distracting him while he was attempting to play a shot. They traded a few barbs in the press, and Woods went on to win the tournament.

A week later, Garcia responded to a playful question about whether he and Woods would get together during the U.S. Open. “We’ll have him ’round every night,” Garcia said. “We will serve fried chicken.”

Garcia apologized immediately for the insensitive remark and said that he would address the comment with Woods at the Open.

“I wish I could go back in time and take back what I said, but unfortunately I said it,” Garcia said. “The only thing I can do is show you my respect from here moving forward.”

Some have suggested that fans might heckle Garcia because this is his first start in the States since the inflammatory comment, but he doesn’t anticipate any issues this week.

“I feel like I had a great relationship with the crowds for pretty much my whole career,” he said. “Obviously a couple incidents here and there” – most notably the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black – “but other than that, I feel very fortunate.”

After The Players, where he squandered a chance to win by dropping six shots in the last two holes, Garcia tied for 19th at the BMW PGA Championship in England. He has four top-10s in 13 previous starts at the Open.

When asked whether this distraction could potentially keep him from contending this week, Garcia said: “It obviously doesn’t help, but it is my own fault. So I don’t have anyone to blame other than myself.” 

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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