Sergio Garcia continues public criticism of Tiger Woods

Stuart Franklin

A contretemps that won't go away, thanks to Sergio's ongoing willingness to take public runs at Tiger.

Over a week has passed since Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia took their relationship from frosty to outwardly hostile in a series of back-and-forth public critiques at The Players Championship. But both Garcia and Woods are still fielding questions about the contretemps, and Sergio once again launched into monologue on Monday and repeated his public critique of Woods.

Sergio continued to come hard at Tiger, indicating that the world's No. 1 player is rarely honest or forthcoming but the press is now really getting a look at what Woods is like. Garcia made his latest round of comments before the assembled press at a sponsor's event just before one of the European Tour's marquee events, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth (via Paul Mahoney of Golf.com)

"He called me a whiner. He's probably right," Garcia said Monday 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."

As Mahoney noted, Woods was also responding to questions about Sergio while doing promo for his event out at Congressional in suburban Washington, DC. But unlike Sergio, Woods gave one of his characteristically terse "No" answers when asked if he'd make an attempt to extend an olive branch to the Spaniard.

Garcia, while a bit more winded, had a similar response to a comparable question (via Mahoney):

"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."

The media will pounce on every little barb or icy response for the rest of their careers, and some will accuse the press of over-dramatizing the hostilities. But this is all wonderfully entertaining and great for golf -- dispose of the "gentleman's game" refrain and increase the public spats between competitors.

Garcia went on to say that he wasn't afraid of Woods and that "Tiger doesn't make a difference to my life." He can say that, but Mr. Tiger has dominated his life for the past 10 days and will continue to do so for the rest of the summer. Here's hoping the USGA, which is known for their creative and entertaining pairings, puts the two together at Merion for the U.S. Open.

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