Tiger Woods at THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round/Getty Images, by Richard Heathcote
By Nick Schwartz, USA TODAY
One of the most dramatic storylines of The Players Championship keeps getting weirder, as new evidence has surfaced suggesting Tiger Woods may have lied about not distracting Sergio Garcia on Saturday. While on the second hole, Garcia blasted his second shot well right of his target, but the Spaniard later explained that as he was swinging, Woods grabbed a club from his bag, causing the crowd to stir and causing a distraction.
Woods adamantly denied that he intentionally distracted Sergio, claiming that the marshals accompanying the group gave him the go-ahead to select a club and begin his routine.
"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."
According to Sports Illustrated's Michael Bamberger, though, those same marshals say that they never spoke a word to Woods, nor gave him any indication that Garcia had taken his shot.
One of them, Gary Anderson, said on Sunday, "He didn't ask us nothing, and we didn't say nothing. We're told not to talk to the players." Anderson's boss, John North, was the chief marshal for the first three holes.... "Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him," 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."
Woods, of course, went on to win the tournament, after Garcia imploded on the 71st hole of the tournament. Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA TODAY Sports that Woods would not comment on the marshals' claims, as he is doing sponsor work and traveling.