Tiger Woods may have claimed a victory at the Players Championship, which came to a conclusion May 12, but it might not have been in the most honest of ways. During the weekend tournament, Woods was involved in an altercation with another golfer, Sergio Garcia.
As Garcia was taking a shot, Woods pulled a club from his bag, drawing a response from the crowd. Sergio took a bad swing, which he attributes to the crowd noise messing up his concentration, telling NBC, “It’s very simple. 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.”
Tiger, who went on to win the tournament, claims innocence. He says, “The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot.” Woods then took a shot at Garcia, saying, “It’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.”
Woods’ explanation doesn’t hold much water, though, as the marshals say they never told him to take a shot. Marshal Gary Anderson tells Golf.com, “He didn’t ask us nothing, and we didn’t say nothing. We’re told not to talk to the players.” Chief marshal John North echoes the comments, saying Tiger’s statement “lacked character.”
Woods has yet to respond to the marshals’ claims