Woods, Garcia continue feud Sunday morning


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Not even a cool morning and a night apart could smooth out the simmering feud between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods.

Garcia (72) and Woods (71) both finished their third rounds Sunday at 11 under par, but the Spaniard will play in the final group with David Lingmerth, not Woods (who holed out first), because he had the better score after 36 holes.

After his round, however, Garcia once again took shots at his longtime nemesis.

“I’m not going to lie, he’s not my favorite guy to play with,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s not the nicest guy on Tour.” 

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When asked by Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis about not being paired with Woods in the final group, Garcia replied, “I think it’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”

Their latest spat dates to the second hole Saturday, when Garcia blamed Woods for an ill-timed club switch. When Woods pulled a 5-wood out of his bag, the crowd roared because he was attempting to reach the green in two shots.

Problem was, Garcia was already over his ball, and though he had a moment to back off and regroup, according to a synced-up TV replay, he chose not to. He hit a wild push slice with his fairway wood and eventually made bogey.

During a weather delay, Garcia appeared on NBC to discuss the incident.

“I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready,” Garcia said, “but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit.”

Upon returning to the course after a nearly two-hour delay, their only interaction was shaking hands when the horn blew to suspend play because of darkness.

When he met with reporters afterward, Woods said he was told by a marshal that Garcia had already hit on No. 2, so he pulled a club and prepared to play his second shot.

“Then I heard his comments afterward,” Woods said, “and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.”

Asked if he ever spoke with Garcia directly about the incident, Woods replied, “We didn’t do a lot of talking.”

When informed of Woods’ remarks shortly thereafter, Garcia said: “That’s fine. At least I’m true to myself. I know what I’m doing, and he can do whatever he wants.”

Tensions still simmered Sunday morning, when play resumed at 7:10 a.m. local time.

The two players arrived to the hole separately, and they didn’t shake hands before playing their second shots into the par-4 15th.

Garcia made two birdies, a bogey and a par over that four-hole stretch, while Woods carded three pars and a birdie.

Garcia now will play in the final group at 2:38 p.m. ET with Lingmerth, a 25-year-old rookie who had missed his last five cuts entering this event.

Woods has drawn Casey Wittenberg in the penultimate group, set to go off at 2:29 p.m.