Marshalls in the Players Championship say Tiger Woods lied about getting their clearance to take the shot that interfered with Sergio Garcia’s last weekend.
Woods readied his next shot before Garcia was finished, and when the crowd saw him take out his club, they erupted into cheers, which interfered with his own shot.
“You have to pay attention to what’s going on because the other guy is hitting. You do something when you’re in the crowd and the crowd is going to respond,” an irritated Garcia said.
Woods defended his actions by saying he’d been given the go-ahead: “The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterward and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something,” he said.
But marshall Gary Anderson says that never happened.
“He didn’t ask us nothing, and we didn’t say nothing. We’re told not to talk to the players,” Anderson said.
While it’s no secret that Woods and Garcia don’t like each other, this little tiff involves other people who never asked to be, and this is just another hit to Woods’ already questionable character.
“Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him,” chief marshall John North said. “I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. We’re there to help the players and enhance the experience of the fans. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character.”