The theory that people who lose a lot get accustomed to losing was blown to pieces by Sergio Garcia this past weekend. After choking at the 2013 Players Championship in hilarious fashion, Tiger Woods’ personal punching bag didn’t blame himself for folding under the pressure – he blamed his arch nemesis for distracting him on a shot earlier in the day.
As has been the case many times over the years, Woods and Garcia went tick-for-tack heading into the 71st hole on Sunday. True to form, though, with victory in sight, Garcia hit into the water twice on the par-3 17th and then did it again on the pat-4 18th. It was amazing.
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Ultimately, Garcia finished six shots back on the winner. Fortunately, he handled the defeat with dignity and grace. Nah, just kidding. He blamed Woods for distracting him earlier in the day.
"Well, obviously, Tiger was on the left, and it was my shot to hit,'' Garcia said, per ESPN. "He moved all the crowd that he needed to move. I waited for that. I wouldn't say that he didn't see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit, and right as I was in the top of my backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood and obviously everybody started screaming.
"So that didn't help very much. But it was unfortunate because -- I mean I might have hit it in there if nothing happens. You never know. But if I hit a good shot there and maybe make a birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way.''
For obvious reasons, Woods didn’t agree with that assessment of what transpired.
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"Obviously, he doesn't know all the facts," Woods told reporters. "The marshals told me he had already hit. I pulled the club and played my shot. Then I hear his comments afterward. Not really surprising that he's complaining about something."