With enemies like these, who needs friends?
Sergio Garcia insinuated as much on Monday in a news conference ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour’s flagship event and equivalent to The Players Championship.
Speaking of the third-round incident at TPC Sawgrass, Garcia said he didn’t find playing partner Tiger Woods’ response to the situation surprising — immediately after it or on Monday across the Atlantic at the site of Woods’ AT&T National.
Woods said flatly he would not call Garcia to patch up their already broken relationship furthered soured by the world No. 1’s decision to pull a club just before Garcia hit at the par-5 second in their third-round pairing in the PGA Tour’s crown jewel.
Garcia responded, “That doesn’t surprise me. That’s what he’s like.”
Then the Spaniard said he wouldn’t make the initiative to call Woods.
“First of all, I don’t have his number,” Garcia said, according to reports in The Independent and Golf.com. “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,” Garcia said. He added, “Tiger doesn’t make a difference to my life. And I know that I don’t make a difference to his life.”
The 33-year-old said he will continue to speak his mind in all matter related to Woods.
“Tiger can and will beat me a lot of times in tournaments but he’s not going to step on top of me,” Garcia said. “I’m not afraid of him.”