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Chippy: Tiger, Sergio Exchange Words After Rain-Shortened Third Round at Players

Chippy: Tiger, Sergio Exchange Words After Rain-Shortened Third Round at Players


UPDATE: Woods, Garcia, and Lingmerth are tied for first at -11. Woods and Garcia, though, will not be in the final pairing on Sunday. Garcia and Lingmerth will be the last group that tees off. Woods tees off with Casey Wittenberg (-10) in the group before them.

Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia just plain don’t like each other.

After barely acknowledging the other’s existence in a rain-shortened third round of the Players Championship on Saturday, the two golfers whose paths crossed 14 years ago in a memorable PGA showdown and have since diverged since snapped at the other through the media.

Woods and Garcia are tied at -10 for second with Henrick Stenson. David Lingmerth is the current leader at -12. 

During a rain delay in the third round, Garcia told NBC that he hit an errant shot on the second hole because he was distracted when Woods pulled a club from his bags. Garcia bogeyed that hole. Even though video replays showed the noise occurred while Garcia stood over his ball and not during his golf swing, the mercurial Spaniard was having none of it. 

“I think sometimes you have to be a bit more careful,” Garcia said

Responded Woods: “Obviously, he doesn’t know all the facts … The marshals told me he had already hit. I pulled the club and played my shot. Then I hear his comments afterward. Not really surprising that he’s complaining about something.”

Garcia then retorted, “That’s fine. At least I’m true to myself.”

Game on. 

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