x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sergio Garcia will not apologise to Tiger Woods

The two players, who have always had an uneasy relationship, were in a war of words at the Players Championship.

Sergio Garcia has gone on record saying he and Tiger Woods do not like each other. Satish Kumar / The National
Sergio Garcia has gone on record saying he and Tiger Woods do not like each other. Satish Kumar / The National

Sergio Garcia has no intention of instigating peace talks with Tiger Woods following their clash at the Players Championship.

Paired together in a third round at Sawgrass, it took less than two holes for long-standing tensions to come to the surface with Garcia feeling he was put off on his approach shot to the second by crowd noise caused by Woods preparing for his own shot from the trees.

Woods insisted he had been told by a marshal that Garcia had already played before pulling a fairway wood from his bag, with the fans cheering the indication that the world number one would attempt to go for the green on the par five.

Garcia, who confirmed bluntly at the time that he and Woods "don't like each other", told the Daily Mail: "We have not spoken and I don't really have any plans to [contact him]. Obviously he is not going to say sorry, which I can understand coming from him.

"It wasn't my fault. I am not the one who should go to him. I don't care who he is.

"It doesn't matter if it is Tiger Woods or Luke Donald, who is my best friend on tour. If I have done something wrong I will go up and say, 'Sorry, I hope it is okay and that we can move on.'

"But if I am not the one who did the thing then I am not going to go up and say, 'Sorry for you doing that thing to me'. That's nonsense."

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