The rivalry that many expected to form 10 years ago between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia never came to fruition. But at the 2013 Players Championship the two have stayed neck and neck on the leaderboard through three rounds.
They also traded barbs during Saturday's weather-shortened day of play.
Garcia accused Tiger of distracting him on the second hole. This apparently caused Garcia to mishit his second shot.
When Tiger learned of Sergio's comments, he said:
Tiger on Sergio incident; "Not real surprising he's complaining about something"— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) May 12, 2013
Once Garcia heard Tiger's retort, he replied:
Sergio, upon hearing Tiger's comments: "it's fine. At least I'm true to myself."— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) May 12, 2013
As I typed this, I felt like a 14-year-old in the principal's office snitching on two quarreling classmates. As childish and petty as it may be, this little tiff only adds to the intrigue of the final day at The Players Championship.
Sergio Garcia has blamed weather, the crowd, other players, God, the PGA Tour, the course, and the rules of golf. Only thing left? Sergio.— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 11, 2013
This is just one of a few storylines fans should watch for on Sunday.
Can the Three-Year Pro Hold off the Big Names?
Both Woods and Garcia declined to finish the 15th hole once the horn to stop play sounded. They trail David Lingmerth by two strokes after the Swede finished 17 holes at four-under par. His overall 12 under is leading the way.
Who will win The Players Championship?
Lingmerth's best performance this season is a second-place finish at the Humana Challenge in January.
The pressure will be on him on Sunday. How will he respond?
Will the Weather Hold Up?
Per Weather.com, there is a 30 percent chance of rain on Sunday. Thunderstorms could also disturb play again. Less than ideal weather could keep players from putting up the types of scores they did on Thursday and Friday.
The 10 mile-per-hour winds could dictate less aggressive play. Limiting mistakes could be the key to earning the trophy in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.
How Long Can 49-year-old Jeff Maggert Stay in the Hunt?
After posting a 66 on Saturday, Maggert is just three shots behind Lingmerth. He was fortunate enough to finish his round before weather forced a stoppage of play.
It would have been difficult for him to maintain energy if he had to play more than 18 holes on Sunday. If he were to remain a serious contender until late in the day, it would be quite the feel-good story.
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