Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods are happy to not be paired with each other on the final round of The Players Championship.
“I’m not going to lie,” Garcia said after completing the third round on Sunday. “He’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour.”
Garcia and Woods along with David Lingmerth are in a three-way tie for the lead at 11 under. Garcia will play with Lingmerth in the final group.
“I think it’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”
Woods said he doesn’t care that he’s not in the final group.
“It doesn’t matter,” Woods said about not being in the final group. “I’m tied for the lead. I’m right there and I’m playing well. I’m going to go back to the hotel, get some rest and get back at it in the afternoon.”
Garcia was annoyed by Woods early in the third round when he hit a wild slice well right of the par-5 second hole. While standing over his ball, he heard the crowd begin to cheer behind him as Woods pulled his 5-wood out of his bag.
The crowd cheered because Woods was attempting to hit the green in two shots. Woods could not see Garcia and replays show the noise occurred when Garcia was over his ball and not in his backswing.
“I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready,” Garcia said, “but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit.”
Woods will play with Casey Wittenberg in the final round at 2:29 p.m. local time.