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.