Hey Sergio, Get Over It
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I stayed on the edge of the fairway and did not go up into the trees where Tiger was. I heard the crowd roar and another writer told me Tiger had pulled a wood and was going for the green off the pine straw. It was a bold move by Tiger and a natural reaction by the gallery.
Somewhere in this period, Sergio hit his second shot and sliced it wildly, ultimately making bogey on what is a birdie hole, giving away two strokes to Woods.
Five holes later, play was stopped by scary weather and during the break Sergio hinted to NBC that he thought Tiger behaved badly on No. 2. When play resumed after the weather delay, Sergio tried to play mind games with Tiger, but in that arena of competition, Garcia is giving up several shots a side.
On No. 7, with Sergio on the green after the weather delay, Tiger hit his approach shot and with Tiger still about 100 yards from the green, Sergio froze him by putting, possibly out of turn, which is not a rules violation in stroke play but an arrogant breach of etiquette.
On the next hole, as Woods putted for birdie, Garcia stood directly across from him, leaning on his putter with legs crossed at the ankles, not in an inappropriate position but in an annoying one. Seve Ballesteros would have loved it.
But really, the bottom line is this. After Tiger hit it into the water on No. 14 -- and to those who criticize his drop, take it up with the PGA Tour and NBC, Tiger did all he could to verify his drop position -- he played the last four holes one under par and won the tournament.
Garcia, who stepped to the 17th tee tied for the lead, finished quadruple bogey, double bogey, costing his caddie, Greg Hearmon, known as "Helpful" by other caddies because he is such a nice guy, about $150,000.
Compare that to the way Woods responded after his bad break at the Masters. One's a champion and the other isn't. Sorry, but any attempt to paint Tiger as the bad guy in all this is inaccurate at best and ill-intentioned at worst.
Bottom line is this: Sergio Garcia got a bad break and couldn't handle it, proving that what he told Spanish journalists after the third round of the 2012 Masters is accurate: He does not have what it takes to win a major championship. Tiger does. Times 14.