Well, there’s one thing Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia agree on, and that’s the anchoring ban, which the USGA and R&A announced would go into effect on January 1, 2016, but that’s pretty much where their similarities end. As we know, Tiger and Sergio really don’t like each other (or “enjoy each other’s company”).
It’s Sergio’s turn to vent in this never-ending feud, which doesn’t simply date back to The Incident at The Players, and no, he just won’t hold back (which, regardless of your opinion of Sergio, you have to respect or at least appreciate his honesty). From Golf.com’s Paul Mahoney:
“He called me a whiner. He’s probably right,” Garcia said Monday at Wentworth, England, at the start of the week of the BMW PGA Championship. “But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”
I mean, hey, Sergio is admitting to being a whiner. We won’t disagree with him there. He’s too candid for his own good sometimes, but I shouldn’t say that because I, for one, enjoy the non-sanguine bit of straightforwardness.
We know Tiger won’t be calling or texting Sergio, but don’t worry, it’s mutual:
“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. But that’s OK; 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,” Garcia said. “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.”
Sports relishes in rivalries, and golf is too polite, too gentlemanly on the surface — there’s that underlying tone that the game is “too good” for this petty nonsense when in reality, it thrives on such trivialities. You have to admit that this Tiger-Sergio saga has added a bit of spice to the drama on the golf course and it’s about time the guys dropped their gloves and stopped being
fake PC and polite.
Let’s hope that the USGA and/or R&A have a sense of humor and pair these two together in this upcoming summer’s majors. Now, who wouldn’t watch that pairing??
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)