The debate of gamesmanship vs. an ill-timed club selection still dominated sports-talk radio shows on Monday. Now, the course marshals who were following the group are disputing Woods’ assertion that they gave him the OK to hit on the par-5 second hole on Saturday.
Garcia, who was over the ball at the time, said that Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag, eliciting a roar from the crowd.
Woods, however, saw it differently.
“The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot,” he explained late Saturday. “Then I heard his comments afterward, and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.”
The only problem with that explanation? The marshals told Sports Illustrated they never talked to Woods.
“He didn’t ask us nothing,” said marshal Gary Anderson, according to SI. “We didn’t say nothing. We’re told not to talk to the players.”
John North, the chief marshal for the first three holes, also said he had no interaction with Woods.
“Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him,” he told SI. “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.”
Woods, of course, would go on to birdie the hole – Garcia bogeyed – and win The Players by two shots on Sunday.