Sergio Garcia: I’m not afraid of Tiger Woods

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Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods spat that began at the Players Championship continued Monday as Garcia made the claim that Woods hasn’t been honest in the last 15 years.

He called me a whiner. He’s probably right,” Garcia said Monday to Golf.com’s Paul Mahoney at Wentworth, England, at the start of the week of the BMW PGA Championship. “But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”

The spat began when Sergio blasted a shot into the woods at Sawgrass and accused Tiger of distracting him.  Sergio said he will not be the one to call Tiger to clear the air.

“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.”

Since the 1999 PGA Championship when Garcia pointed across the course at Tiger as if to challenge him, the two have not been fans of one another.

“This is not just one thing; this has been going on for a long time,” Garcia said. “It’s happened in other tournaments. The problem is I’m one of the guys that just has to say something. A lot of people think about it, but don’t want to say anything. Tiger can and will beat me a lot of times in tournaments but he’s not going to step on top of me. I’m not afraid of him.”

Garcia and Tiger have played 20 rounds together on the PGA Tour.  Tiger has scored better 12 times and been beaten by Garcia only three times.

Update: Garcia apologizes for making a racist remark towards Tiger.

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  • Garcia, your handlers should be fired for allowing you to speak TW name or even on that subject! Let it go, focus on your golf and making your money, you and the rest of the world knows that the two of you are on different plants when it comes to golf. You will never come close no matter how truthful your are! Just be truthful to yourself and admit the truth, you yearn to be the best but your MIND is just not strong enough! Now thats the truth……

  • Holy freakin…. WOW!! This fool should shut his idiot pie-hole. He freakin LIED about where he was in his swing- in that little rift that ONLY HE made – nothing into something!! It’s on the video tape!! They played it back to see!! Apparently this dope has a very low IQ. He blames Tiger for the crowd loving him and making noises when he scratches his elbow or something. And the course judges backed up Tiger’s side of the story!! Just unfrigginbelievable.

  • SFJ

    Garcia, must be your time of the month huh…..myself and others will lose our respect for you if you would only keep quiet and move on. One thing for sure, your definitely right about being a whiner, and having poor sportsmanship. True sportsmanship would have just let it go, and make a come-back in another tournament. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you, aren’t there.

  • nominalize

    While I’m sure he’s right that there’s a whole other side to Tiger that only other golfers get to see, the reason we don’t hear about it isn’t because everyone’s afraid of Tiger, but because “clubhouse business” is clubhouse business, and not supposed to be dished out to the public.