Over the weekend, Quin Hillyer took Tiger Woods to task for not being the best sport. Considering Tiger’s past, I sympathize with anyone with chooses to criticize him.
However, Sergio Garcia has always been a pouter when it comes to Tiger. He took multiple opportunities to criticize Tiger for not being nice and for pulling a club out of his bag while “he was in his backswing.” In golf, that is poor form. However, replays showed that Garcia was definitively not in his backswing. From ESPN:
Woods pulled a 5-wood from his bag at around the time Garcia was over his shot 50 yards away, and that simple act drew cheers from the spectators.
Television replays show Garcia was not in his backswing but standing over the ball when the fans cheered, but he clearly felt that affected his shot.
Replays showed the noise occurred while Garcia was standing over his ball, not in his backswing. And Woods was surrounded by spectators and could not see Garcia; it is also unlikely he would expect cheering simply because he took a club out of his bag.
Essentially, Garcia was upset that he hit a bad shot and looked for someone else to blame. He has a track record for this kind of stuff.
Tiger didnt apologize for his faux offense and I see no reason why he had to. Michael Jordan famously doesn’t tip, Lebron James screwed over his hometown, and Brett Favre….well let’s leave that one be. My point is simply that great athletes don’t owe you anything except to be great. And Tiger did exactly that on Sunday.