Sergio Garcia blames Tigers Woods for duffed shot at Players

Tiger Woods shakes hands with Sergio Garcia on the first tee in the third round of The Players Championship. (Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods shakes hands with Sergio Garcia on the first tee in the third round of The Players Championship. (Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)

Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods entered Saturday play at The Players Championship leading the field at 11 and 10-under, respectively.

By leading the field, Garcia and Woods were paired together in the final group. It was to be the 20th time the two have played a round together during a PGA event.

Of the 19 previous rounds, Woods had won 12 of the head-to-head matches, and gone on to win eight of the 12 tournaments.

Woods has generally dominated Garcia, as well as the rest of the PGA.

However, from the way Garcia described their most recent pairing, Woods was dominating his eardrums. The Players itself was forced into a rain delay as the bad weather hit Ponte Vedra, and during the break, NBC caught up with the Spaniard regarding a bad shot at the par-5 second hole.

He could have blamed anything — poor footwork, maybe his hand slipped, or his hips were out of whack. However, instead, Garcia put the blame for his own poor play squarely on the hands of Mr. Woods (via CBS Sports).

“I wouldn’t say he didn’t see that I was ready but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was on top of the backswing he pulled a 5-wood or 3-wood out of the rough and obviously everybody started screaming so that didn’t help very much.”

As of writing, Garcia was tied for the lead at 11-under, while Woods was one back at 10-under.

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