May
13
2013
Players Champ marshals: We never talked to Tiger
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tiger's shot on the second hole in the third round

Tiger’s shot on the second hole in the third round

Just when you thought this season of the Real Housewives of the PGA Tour, starring Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, was over, there’s another twist. Nice work by SI’s Michael Bamberger, who tracked down the marshals working the second hole at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship, including Saturday when The Incident occurred. You know, the ones that supposedly told Tiger that Sergio had already hit, which led him to pull a club, resulting in the crowd to react and then distracting Sergio.

Well, the marshals didn’t speak to Tiger and Tiger didn’t speak to them, according to Bamberger:

Well, when they heard that remark from Woods, the marshals were surprised. One of them, Gary Anderson, said on Sunday, “He didn’t ask us nothing, and we didn’t say nothing. We’re told not to talk to the players.”

Anderson’s boss, John North, was the chief marshal for the first three holes. He stood over Woods’s ball to protect it from the throng and was five feet away when Woods played his shot. North has worked the tournament as a volunteer marshal for 30 years, he’s a graduate of the Naval Academy, he served in Vietnam, he’s a FedEx pilot and he donates his round on the Stadium course for being a volunteer to the Wounded Warriors project.

“Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him,” North said. “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.”

Oh. My. God. Tiger lied! Does this really surprise anyone? No? Okay, that’s what I thought.

Here’s Tiger’s obvious out: Someone in the crowd told Tiger Sergio had hit and he thought it was a marshal. Better option: Don’t comment, a lie to cover up a lie makes it even worse.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)