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The Grind: Tiger tames TPC Sawgrass, Island fever spreads & "Nelsoning"?

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we've got island fever and the only prescription is... more islands! Island fairways? Fun! Island tee boxes? Pretty! Island drop areas? Cruel and fun! Imagine making a player who has already dunked a ball in the drink get into a boat and row his own way out to a solitary spot to his his next shot? Johnny Miller would have a field day! Alas, for now we'll have to settle for the excitement TPC Sawgrass' 17th hole provides us on a yearly basis. And that's not such a bad thing.

WE'RE BUYING

Tiger Woods. Now he's winning on courses where he's never been comfortable? The rest of the tour is really in trouble. Woods' latest win was his biggest since his return from his 2009 scandal. It also gave him four wins in a season at the earliest point of any season in his career. Of course, Woods himself has said he only characterizes a season as great if he wins a major, but he still has three more chances to make that happen in 2013. Would you bet against him?

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One word, two syllables: Swagger.

TPC Sawgrass. It may not host a major, but it always seems to provide major drama. No. 17 gets most of the attention from fans, but there are plenty of other spots on the course that get the attention of the players. How exciting is the Pete Dye track? Sunday proved that even a Tiger Woods three-shot lead on its back nine isn't safe.

Related: The winners and losers from TPC Sawgrass

David Lingmerth. Where did this guy come from?! Even as he entered the final round tied for the lead, the Swedish rookie remained an afterthought to most prognosticators. Yet it was Lingmerth who remained the last man standing in the latest Tiger vs. the field competition. If he can hang in like that under those circumstances, it would probably be wise for golf analysts to start practicing pronouncing his name correctly (Hat tip to Swedish colleague, Stina Sternberg). Johnny, like in your name, the "H" is silent.

WE'RE SELLING

Sergio Garcia. This could have been a week where the Spaniard punctuated his return as one of the game's elite players. Instead, he further solidified his reputation for both whining and coming up short in the big spot. After his controversial comments towards Woods on Saturday, Garcia had a stunning meltdown over the final two holes. We feel a little bad for him, but we feel a lot worse for his caddie, whose big payday sunk with those three water balls at the end.

People complaining about TPC Sawgrass. There was a lot of talk about how there weren't a lot of drivers hit there, especially over the weekend. While that's true, guess what? It's 2013 and players can now hit 3-woods farther than they used to hit the Big Stick. Hey, no one is stopping these guys from pulling out the driver. Also, doesn't this somewhat contradict the complaints that these guys are hitting it too far off the tee?

Related: The worst water balls in golf history

Vijay Singh. Here are the bullet points: Singh admits to using a banned substance, the PGA Tour comes under fire for not acting quickly, Singh is eventually cleared of a doping violation on a technicality, then sues the tour for damaging his reputation. Say what? Sorry, Vijay, but A) This doesn't seem to make much sense (Or does it?) and B) What reputation?

Male Hall of Famers. None of them showed up to this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which takes place a short drive from TPC Sawgrass. None. Not even for Mr. Cool, Freddie Couples? Weak effort.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Last year Jason Dufner won. Of course, he became much more famous when he returned last month for media day and by accident started a craze that became known as "Dufnering."

Related: The 10 best players without a major

Random tournament fact: The late, great Byron Nelson tried to start a fad called "Nelsoning"* in which he would show up to parties randomly posing like he'd just struck a perfect golf shot. Sadly, it never caught on since none of his fellow pros at the time could tweet about it.

*Not true. But maybe we could start that. . .

WEEKLY YAHOO! FANTASY LINEUP

It's great to see our jinxing power is in full effect. First, Tiger Woods made it four-for-four in 2013 when we don't pick him. Second, unbeknownst to Sergio Garcia, we picked him to win at TPC Sawgrass, just adding to the list of things working against him. In other words, he had NO chance when he stood on that 17th tee tied for the lead.

Starters -- (A-List): Jason Dufner. The defending champ also finished T-8 in 2011.

(B-List): Keegan Bradley. Coming off a disappointing week, it'll be nice for him to return to the site of his first PGA Tour title.

(B-List): Marc Leishman. The Australian has contended at the two biggest events of 2013. It's time to take notice, especially at a course where he has three top 12s in four appearances.

(C-List): Jason Day. Has finished in the top 10 all three times he's teed it up at the TPC Four Seasons, including earning his lone PGA Tour title in 2010.

Bench -- Padraig Harrington, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, and Jordan Spieth.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

We enjoyed this clip of journeyman PGA Tour pro Todd Fischer having fun with the fans at No. 17 during a practice round. Fisher purposely shanked multiple balls into the pond, while a stunned crowd probably wondered how the heck this guy ever got into the field. Our favorite part is when someone else on the tee says, "Give him a bad [ball]." Fischer also wins our award for "Well-Orchestrated Ruse of the Week."

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY DISPLAYS OF PUBLIC AFFECTION

A sore subject this week. I was hoping to see the two in person, but after missing them on Day 1, what did DJ do? He withdrew for a second straight week (this time for his back, last week it was his wrist) and took off before I had a chance to stalk..um, make that follow them.

THIS WEEK IN TIGER WOODS-LINDSEY VONN DISPLAYS OF PUBLIC AFFECTION

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That didn't look awkward or anything. . . Hey, don't feel bad, Lindsey. Tiger's post-victory celebration with caddie Joe LaCava wasn't very smooth, either.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Sergio Garcia will ever willingly watch a replay of Sunday's finish: Million-to-1 odds

-- Official odds Tiger Woods will win the U.S. Open: 3.5-1

-- Unofficial odds everyone is giving Woods to win at Merion: LOCK

THIS AND THAT

blog-chilis-wings.jpgFor a second straight tournament, Tiger Woods is having a drop he took questioned. Weird. Controversy never seems to follow this guy. . . . Billy Horschel's PGA-Tour best cut streak of 23 came to an end when he didn't make it to the weekend at the Players. However, I ran one of the great (disturbing?) streaks in the world to 15. I ate at the same Chili's all FIVE nights for a THIRD year in a row during my stay in Ponte Vedra Beach. Top that, Cal Ripken! Pictured are the tasty "Wings over Buffalo," which only have 68 grams of fat.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why isn't there a Chili's within an hour of me?

Why aren't there more island greens?

Where can I place a bet on Tiger?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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Podcast: Paul Azinger talks Tiger, Sergio and all things Players Championship

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By Ryan Herrington

It wasn't always pretty, but what took place at TPC Sawgrass this weekend was definitely entertaining, contends Paul Azinger.

In his Players recap this week in his Zinger's Corner podcast with our Editor-in-Chief Jaime Diaz, Azinger salutes Tiger Woods for regrouping after things looked to be slipping away when his tee shot on the 14th hole found the water. Regarding the errant shot, Azinger discusses why Tiger's subsequent drop seemed good to him.

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However, Azinger doesn't give Tiger a pass for his part in the spat with Sergio Garcia. Woods should have taken more responsibility for stirring the crowd, he says.

Instead, things became uglier than need be.

Download and subscribe to the Zinger's Corner series in iTunes


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Jeff Maggert's new Players memory

By Tim Rosaforte

From the May 13 edition of Golf World Monday:

Jeff Maggert has nine-year-old twins at home in Houston and a 70-year-old mother who followed him around the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course over the weekend hoping to see an unlikely victory in the Players. The footnote was that Vicki Benzel, his mom, underwent breast cancer surgery last June. "She's a trouper still," Maggert said.

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Jeff Maggert on the 18th tee during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

At 49, Maggert is a trouper as well. He was attempting to nudge Fred Funk aside as oldest winner in Players history. The last of his three PGA Tour wins was in 2006. He is staring the Champions Tour dead in the eye, but is not ready to go there yet.

"I'd like to extend it maybe a year or two," he said when we spoke Sunday night. "But I'd like to get out there with the old boys."

Besides the breast-cancer-awareness Pink Out on Mother's Day at the Players, there was an undercurrent to the Maggert story that was the inspiration for his revival. Coming off the course after the opening round in 2008, he received a dreadful message. His brother had been killed in a single-engine plane in Gilpin County, Colo.

Barry Maggert, who owned an engineering business in Carbondale, Colo., was flying to Boulder to attend the graduation of his son Lee from the University of Colorado. Barry, 47, was an experienced pilot who was an avid golfer and also coached Little League baseball.

Related: The best and worst from Sunday at TPC Sawgrass

Jeff Maggert withdrew from that Players to be with his family, but the memory will last a lifetime and becomes more vivid every time he travels to the tour's home course. One of the notes he received after the 2008 tournament was from playing partner Sergio Garcia, who went on to win the tournament.

"For sure it was kind of a rough time for all of us in the family," said Jeff. "Just coming back it always brings it back to mind. It would be great to pull it off this week to put a good memory in my brain about this tournament instead of thinking about that."

As much as a Mother's Day, this was a Brother's Day for Maggert, whose biggest moment in 23 years as a tour pro was his victory in the 1999 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where one of his victims was Tiger Woods.

"The details are still kind of sketchy," Maggert said of the crash. "Flying was Barry's hobby. He just loved it. He knew he was taking some risk, but he was a good pilot, very thorough. I can't get angry about the outcome of that, but we miss him."

Maggert nearly pulled it off. He was tied for the lead with Woods, Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth standing on the 17th tee, but rinsed his tee shot and made double bogey before closing with a birdie to add a T-2 to two third-place finishes in 20 Players appearances.

Vicki was there when her son came off the course, and in a way so was Barry. These made for better memories.

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Are we seeing the return of Tiger circa 2000?

By John Strege

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Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

When choosing a Tiger Woods vintage, 2000, as they might say in Johnny Miller's Napa Valley neighborhood, was a very good year, incomparable, even. But what about vintage Tiger Woods?

Miller uncorked the possibility that that is where Tiger's game is headed. "He could be moving back into that 2000 year form for the first time," Miller said Saturday on the NBC telecast of the Players Championship.

On Sunday, Woods lent credence to the notion, by winning for the fourth time this year and third time in his last four starts. By way of comparison, Woods had three victories through mid-May of 2000, though he would go on to win six more times that year, including the remaining three major championships. It's a steep curve.

Related: The best and worst from Sunday at TPC Sawgrass

Still, it's an interesting observation, one that Miller based on the versatility that has returned to Woods' game. "I like what Tiger's doing," he said. "He's standing a little closer to it, a little more up the line and down the line, not swinging over to the left. Now he can hit the cut when he wants, he's got a straight ball on the normal shot, and he can play the draw."

The draw, the final piece for a shotmaker who prefers shaping the ball, was there on command late on Sunday afternoon. Clinging to a one-stroke lead, his tee shot on the 18th hole followed the route of the fairway, right to left. Then with the pin tucked in the front left corner of the green, he took a 9-iron and hit another draw to 18 feet above the hole. Game, set and unmatched.

"That's what he has over the field right now," Miller said. "He can hit the cut or the draw. All systems are go right now."

Maybe, but the caution flag remains out. The design of the TPC Sawgrass diminishes the need for the driver, which remains Woods' arch-enemy. He was ranked 154th in driving accuracy entering the Players Championship, and even on courses that call for the club more often, he tends to resist it.

Related: How Tiger's swing has changed

Then there was that tee shot at the 14th hole while holding a two-stroke lead. It was straight off a muny, a pop-up hook that splashed down in the middle of a hazard. "I'm sorry, but I don't think Tiger 2000 hits that tee shot," fellow PGA Tour player Bob Estes wrote on Twitter.

Woods likely would concur. "On the 14th tee, that was the worst shot I could possibly hit," he said. Misfiring to that extent, while guarding a final-round lead, has never been part of his playbook.

It likely was an aberration. He still won by two and to do so in the Players might be disconcerting to the competition than his four victories. The Players has never been a gimme for Woods, the way other tour courses have been (eight professional victories at Torrey Pines, eight at Bay Hill). He had won it only once before, a dozen years ago.

Even more disconcerting might have been his succinct post-tournament assessment of his game.

"I'm getting better," he said simply.


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On the PGA Tour, no two practice putting routines are the same

By Alex Myers

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Want to putt like a PGA Tour pro? Maybe you should try copying their practice routines. There's just a slight problem. Which one?

blog-brandt-snedeker-putting-0512.jpgWatch the action at the practice round of a tour event for any amount of time and you'll quickly realize that no two routines are the same. Andres Romero spent most of his time putting six footers with an alignment aide. Despite missing one in about 10 minutes, he didn't move. In contrast, Bubba Watson was all over the practice green at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, probably not a surprise to many considering his jittery tendencies on the golf course.

Related: The best and worst from the third round at TPC Sawgrass

Even the way these guys start practicing is all over the place. Adam Scott begins by hitting a few with just his left side. Not surprisingly, he's not nearly as accurate anchoring that long putter without any help from his right hand. On the other, um, hand, Tiger Woods has long incorporated a drill where he only uses his right hand.

The list goes on. Steve Stricker steps onto the green and promptly starts rolling -- and holing -- 50-footers. Matt Kuchar puts a tee in the ground and attempts a bunch from close range and from different angles. Jason Dufner hits putts with a 5-wood before switching back to the club he'll actually use during his round. And Angel Cabrera? Well, he doesn't seem to have a routine.

Then there's Brandt Snedeker, who starts by trying putts in the 20 to 25-foot range. Perhaps that seems a little boring, but he also happened to lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting last year. Hey, if it works for him. . .

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The Players: Five questions for Sunday at TPC Sawgrass

By Alex Myers

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Three rounds are in the books at TPC Sawgrass and they have produced no shortage of storylines. What are some burning questions entering the final 18 holes? We take a look:

1. Will Tiger and Sergio be sending each other Christmas cards this year?
OK, so we knew the answer to that question was NO long ago, but man, did things heat up between the two on Saturday. Garcia blamed Woods for an early bogey in the third round and then the two fired off snippy comments at each other when play was called for the day. Then after the completion of the third round Sunday morning, Garcia said, "You don't have to be a rocket engineer to figure out" they don't enjoy each other's company. Ouch! It's a shame they won't be playing together in the final round, but they'll certainly be keeping an (evil?) eye on each other playing in the final two groups.

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Henrik Stenson is in position for a second win at TPC Sawgrass.

2. Who the heck is David Lingmerth?!
The 25-year-old from Sweden played his college golf at the University of Arkansas and did shoot a final-round 62 at the Humana Challenge in his second-ever PGA Tour event before losing in a playoff earlier this year. However, with just a T-50, a T-51 and eight missed cuts since, it's no wonder he had reporters scrambling for their media guides Saturday evening. There's no telling how he'll hold up under by far the most pressurized situation of his career, but he's probably better off being paired with Sergio Garcia and not Tiger Woods.

Related: The best and worst from the third round at TPC Sawgrass

3. What's the weather forecast?
The good news? It's better than yesterday's was. The bad news? We're in Florida, where afternoon storms are about as common as big crowds following Tiger Woods on a golf course. From noon to 6 p.m. there's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Considering all the bad luck the PGA Tour has had with weather this year, it would be more surprising if weather didn't turn out to be an issue.

4. Who has the best shot of anyone not playing in the final two groups?
There are a bunch of good candidates, but it's hard to overlook Henrik Stenson. The Swede is having a bounceback year, highlighted by a runner-up in Houston and a T-8 at Bay Hill. More important than that, he is comfortable on this course having won here in 2009 and finished T-3 in 2005. Between him and Lingmerth, there will be a lot of people in Sweden staying up late tonight to watch.

Related: Sergio, Tiger rekindle rivalry that could have been

5. How will the course play?
Saturday was the most difficult day yet and there's no reason to think that Sunday won't be tougher. The area didn't end up getting as much rain as thought and TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course drains extremely well. Couple those firming conditions with harder hole placements (13 holes cut 3-4 paces from the edge of greens), a moderate breeze and Sunday pressure and the 13-under total that's won the past two years will be tough to top. We just hope the player that prevails doesn't have to wait until Monday to collect his crystal trophy.

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The book on Pete Dye

By Brendan Mohler

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Island dreams: Pete Dye at TPC Sawgrass during construction. Photo courtesy Ken. E. May

Famous course architect and World Golf Hall of Fame member Pete Dye has released a new edition of his autobiography, Bury Me In A Pot Bunker. Written with Mark Shaw, it depicts the creation of 25 classic Dye designs, including TPC Sawgrass Stadium, Harbour Town, Whistling Straits and The Ocean Course at Kiawah.

Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($17) or for the Kindle ($9), the book is rich with insight on course design and, with stunning photography, includes a collection of humorous phrases -- or "Dye-isms" -- often spoken by the legendary architect. Although low scores on Dye's layouts are notoriously elusive, Dye isn't shy about sharing his secrets. "If players pay attention," he says, "they can outthink me or any designer who's trying to hoodwink them into attempting the difficult, gambling shot."


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Tension and intrigue follow Woods and Garcia on rain-shortened Saturday

By Ron Sirak

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The suspended third round of the Players was a glimpse at what could have been. Just imagine if Sergio Garcia had held up his end of the bargain and become a real rival for Tiger Woods.

We could have had nearly 15 years of the kind of tension, intrigue and compelling golf we had Saturday. And hopefully, we will get more of it on Sunday. Man, this could have been a "Big Break" episode.

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Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods on the 11th tee during the third round three of The Players Championship. Photo: Richard Heathcote

The fact that Woods and Garcia are not the best of friends was clear even to those unfamiliar with the strained relationship between the two that goes back to at least 2000, when Tiger thought Sergio over-celebrated after defeating him in a made-for-TV exhibition match.

And that was part of the reason the atmosphere on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was electric Saturday, virtually vibrating with buzz from a crowd so large it was announced the night before there were no more parking passes available. Officials said 45,281 were on hand for the third round.

Related: Winners & Losers from Round Three

To say there was no chit-chat during their round would be like saying the Hatfields and the McCoys rarely played Words With Friends together. There

hadn't been this much tension at the home course of the PGA Tour since, well Wednesday, when Vijay Singh sued the tour.

While frosty from the beginning, the chemistry between Woods and Garcia took a quick turn toward absolute zero on No. 2 when Garcia hit his second shot just as the crowd erupted in cheers as Woods pulled out a wood to go for the green on the par 5 from off the pine straw.

Sergio missed wide right, looked in Woods' direction in disgust, made bogey on the very birdie-able hole and complained about it later.

"It was my shot to hit," Garcia said on NBC during the weather delay that halted play with the two on the seventh hole. "He moved all the crowd that he needed to move, and I waited for that. I want to say that he didn't see that I was ready. But you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was on top of the backswing . . . everybody started screaming, so that didn't help very much. It was unfortunate."

After the round was halted a second time, this for darkness, with Woods and Garcia playing the 15th hole, Tiger was asked if he had heard about Sergio's comments and for his version of events.

Related: How Tiger's swing has changed

"Well, 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 afterwards and [it's] not real surprising that he's complaining about something," Woods said. Asked if they discussed the matter, Woods said: "We didn't do a lot of talking."

And when Garcia heard Woods' reaction he said: "It's fine. At least I'm true to myself."

Holy Snedekers, Bat Man, can't wait until the boys to get back at it at 7:10 a.m. for the completion of round three. What a weird day it was.

On No. 4, Woods asked for -- and received -- a free drop in the rough near a fairway bunker -- perhaps from a sprinkler head -- conjuring up memories of Drop-Gate at the Masters last month. Quick, anyone, get me David Eger's phone number.

On No. 7, after Garcia put his second shot on the green and Woods was preparing to play, the horn sounded at 4:09, driving the players from the course because of dangerous weather conditions.

When played resumed at 5:57, Sergio didn't wait for Tiger to get to the seventh green before he putted, most likely playing his stroke out of turn, which in

stroke play is a courtesy and not a rule. There was little courtesy in this twosome. When they walked off the eighth tee, the two were 20 yards apart.

Related: Win the Players, win a great parking spot!

On No. 8 green, when it was time for Woods to putt, Garcia stood an appropriate distance away, but straight across from Woods where he was likely in Tiger's vision before he looked down to focus on the ball. Seve Ballesteros would have been proud -- and then uncrossed his legs.

When play was finally halted for the day by darkness after the horn sounded at 7:47, David Lingmerth had the lead at 12 under par through 17 holes with Woods and Garcia both at 10 under, tied for second with Henrik Stenson, who had finished 16 holes.

This is the match-up we thought we'd get a lot back in 1999 when the 19-year-old El Nino gave all Tiger could handle on Medinah in the PGA Championship. Who thought then that 14 year later, Garcia would yet to have won a major championship?

For the most part, it has been the putter that has hampered Garcia, who has used the long putter and now employs the modified claw, although some would say the five inches between his ears needs to be anchored better.

Remember, this is the guy who said after the third round of last year's Masters that he didn't have what it takes to win a major, then said that wasn't what he meant.

I think I speak for all of us when I say I'm rooting for the scoreboard to end the third round exactly as it was when play was stopped Saturday night, which would put Woods and Garcia in the same group again for the final round. The rivalry never developed, but at least we can enjoy what might have been for one more day. Bring it on, Tiger and El Nino! Talk to us!

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Sergio Garcia makes a bogey, blames... Tiger Woods?

By Alex Myers

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Area thunderstorms delayed play at the Players for nearly two hours on Saturday afternoon, but the break did provide a bit of entertainment. Sergio Garcia sat down with NBC/Golf Channel's Steve Sands for a quick TV interview and seemed to blame Tiger Woods for the bogey he made on No. 2.

Related: Tiger and Sergio's long history

On the hole, Garcia was on the right side of the fairway, while Woods was in the left trees. Unable to see each other, Woods pulled a fairway wood from his bag as Garcia prepared to go for the green in two. The choice prompted a cheer from the fans encircled around Woods and when Garcia blocked his shot into the right trees, he looked over to Woods' area in disgust.

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Here's the transcript of the interview, with the juicy part starting on the third question:

Steve Sands: "How difficult was it on the first six or seven holes for you guys?"

 

Sergio Garcia: "Well it was quite breezy.  It wasn't very easy but I felt like, for the most part, I played quite nicely.  I gave myself a good amount of birdie chances.  I hit some nice putts but unfortunately I didn't manage to make any of them. Overall, it is a tough golf course.

 

Sands: "We saw some low golf scores the first couple of days, do you see more low scoring again this afternoon when we do resume play?"

 

Garcia: "Well it depends.  Depends on the weather and what is going to happen, and how much it is going to rain.  It is going to make the golf course much softer, obviously.  We'll see if the wind blows back the way it was blowing.  It was blowing from a different direction, so that made it a little bit tougher."

 

Sands: "You had a par at the first and then had a nice drive with a 3-wood on the second hole and then you looked to the left with a second shot that went way to the right.  Did you hear something in the crowd?"

 

Garcia: "Well obviously Tiger was on the left.  It was my shot to hit.  He moved all the crowd that he needed to move, and I waited for that.  I want to say that he didn't see that I was ready.  But you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit.  Right as I was on top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled a 5-wood or 3-wood out of the rough and obviously everybody started screaming, so that didn't help very much.  It was unfortunate.  I might have hit it there if nothing happens, you never know.  If I hit a good shot there and make a birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way.

 

Sands: "When you have to deal with adversity out on the golf course, how do you handle it?"

 

Garcia: "Well there is really not much you can do.  I think that I try to respect everyone as much as possible out there.  I try to be careful what I do to make sure it doesn't bother the other players.  The only thing you can do is that.  If something bad happens, you try to deal with it the best way possible.  I try to move on and forget about it.  I hit a couple of good shots after that and kind of settled down a little bit. It would have been nice to make a couple of those putts."

In case you haven't been watching professional golf for the past decade, these two don't have the friendliest relationship. This latest incident certainly won't change that.

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Video: Lee Westwood whiffs on first hole at Players Championship

By Derek Evers

Much is being made of Lee Westwood's whiff on the first hole of the third round at TPC Sawgrass today. But as this slowed down video shows, it's actually not as embarrassing as it first appeared. That's right, you can go back to feeling inferior again.

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