Sergio Garcia

Woods-Garcia spat heats up

Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 - 9:25 am

VIRGINIA WATER, England – Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia don't like each other, and they're making no effort to disguise their feelings.

The verbal feuding began May 11 during the third round of the Players Championship when Garcia blamed Woods for distracting him while he was making a shot. It resumed Monday on both sides of the Atlantic when Woods offered a one-word answer when asked if he had thought about contacting Garcia to put the matter to rest.

"No," he replied with a tight smile.

Garcia fired back at a sponsor function outside London.

"He called me a whiner. That's probably right," he told reporters. "It's also probably the first thing he's told you guys that's true in 15 years. I know what he is like. You guys are finding out."

When asked about the spat Tuesday at the BMW Championship at Wentworth, Garcia said, "I can't like everybody, and there's people that you connect with and there's people that you don't. He doesn't need me in his life, I don't need him in mine, and let's move on and keep doing what we're doing."

The Golf Channel reported on its website that Garcia took another another shot at Woods during Tuesday's European Tour awards dinner in London.

Garcia was on stage with the rest of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team when he was asked by Golf Channel's Steve Sands, who was emceeing the event, whether he would invite Woods over for dinner at the U.S. Open next month.

The Spaniard replied, according to the British newspaper the Guardian: "He can come over every night – we will serve fried chicken."

Garcia soon apologized for the off-color comment, saying in a statement: "I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players' Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."

U.S. Open – Guan Tianlang has decided not to try to play in the U.S. Open. The USGA said the 14-year-old from China has withdrawn from sectional qualifying in Dallas on June 3.

Compiled from the Associated Press and Bee Sports staff.

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