Sergio Garcia suffered through taunts and verbal jabs during the third round of the U.S. Open.
Garcia had chastised the gallery for their raucous behavior during his second round Friday. He was so upset that, when someone started counting his re-grips, he made an obscene gesture towards them.
When the 22-year-old Spaniard arrived on the practice range Saturday morning, he was greeted to a mild applause with a smattering of boos; one guy made a whining sound, like that coming from a baby.
Just before he officially started his third round, fans cheered him as he walked to the first tee.
Then he got on the course.
It was a little bit of everything out there, said Garcia, who shot 3-under 67 to get within four of Tiger Woods' lead. There was some names that I would like them not to be, because I dont think they have to do anything with what is going on.
Garcia admitted blame for his actions Friday, but said he felt he was better behaved in round three.
I didnt think I did too bad, he said. Sometimes we say things that maybe we shouldnt, but its hard to say the right things over and over. Im trying.
One of the things Garcia said Friday was that the USGA would have halted play during a driving rain had Woods been on the course. He said he left a note in Tigers locker Saturday morning saying he didnt mean to take a cheap shot at Woods.
Its awfully nice for him to do thatand that shows me a lot, said Woods, who added he hadnt yet seen the note.
Woods was sympathetic to Garcias plight with the crowd, but said the 22-year-old Spaniard was partially to blame.
Sometimes the fans have crossed the line, and thats unfortunate. And its also unfortunate that Sergio made a mistake yesterday, and I think hes probably the first one to admit that, Woods said.
Youre dealing with emotions on both sides. The fans are charged up. The players are charged up, because were fighting our tail off out there. And I just hope tomorrow the fans are excited, but respectful to not only myself and Sergio, but for all the players.
Garcia said he hopes the issue dies down and that he doesnt develop a Colin Montgomerie-like relationship with the American fans.
If you want it to stay there, Im sure youll be able to keep it there, but I hope its just a one-week thing, Garcia said to the media. Well see what happens.
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