Remember when Sergio Garcia was right up there at the top of the leaderboard alongside Tiger Woods at The Players Championship?
Well, if you do, then you definitely remember Garcia’s absolute implosion on the 17th and 18th holes of the tournament. The quadruple- and then double-bogey cost Sergio a boatload of money — and plenty of unquantifiable respect as well.
The point is, instead of putting the blame for his awful play at the end of TPC’s final day, Garcia blamed the superstar who went on to win the $1.7 million purse, Tiger Woods.
At first, he said that Woods had pulled his club too early, and the subsequent crowd noise had distracted him. Then, Woods fired back by calling him a whiner. Even more recently, when asked at a different press conference whether or not the two would reconcile their differnces, Tiger cracked up the reporters on hand with a succinct, “No.”
Don’t worry, there was even more catfighting. Garcia, in his first interview since the event itself, explained to Golf.com‘s Paul Mahoney how he feels about Tiger.
“He called me a whiner. He’s probably right. But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told your guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”
Did Sergio just take a shot at Tiger, or admit to a fairly major character flaw himself?
Garcia saying that Woods was telling the truth by calling him a whiner is like Paris Hilton calling herself easy.
It may be true, but wow. Just wow, Sergio.
But wait, there’s even more. When asked whether he would ever call Tiger and apologize, Garcia’s answer was a rambling, self-righteous gaggle of jibber-jabber.
“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.”
We simply have no idea what to make of this Sergio nonsense. The golfer continues to dig his own grave every time he opens his mouth — and every time he hits another ball into the drink.
There’s a reason why Tiger Woods doesn’t pay any attention to Garcia, and it’s not because he’s a self-proclaimed whiner.
It’s because Sergio is, more often then not, going to beat himself on the golf course rather than beat anyone else.
[H/T: For The Win]