After a weekend of trading barbs with Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods is under fire this week now that two course marshals came forward and said he lied about what happened Saturday during the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
It happened on the second hole of the third round of the Players Championship Sawgrass Saturday, when Garcia and Woods, who have long had a feuding relationship, were paired as playing partners. Woods reportedly distracted Garcia by pulling a club out of his bag
and stirring the crowd as Garcia was preparing a shot.
"It's very simple," Garcia said during an NBC interview after the incident. "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."
Woods defended his actions by claiming he had been given the OK from the marshals.
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"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," Woods told NBC.
Now, the course marshals have spoken out about what really happened.
"He didn't ask us nothing, and we didn't say nothing,"
marshal Gary Anderson told Sports Illustrated. "We're told not to talk to the players."
Anderson's boss, John North, was the chief marshal for the first three holes, and was also present for the incident.
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"Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to [Woods]," 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 went on to win his fourth tournament of the year while Garcia collapsed during the final holes of Sunday's final round and finished tied for eighth.
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