The Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia drama does not seem to have an ending. The feud by both players Saturday has now taken a new turn. The marshals who were present during Woods' second shot on No. 2 are speaking publicly about the incident.
The marshals are saying they never told Woods he was clear to take his second shot. This new revelation disputes what Woods said at the end of Saturday's play, a round cut short by darkness.
Woods told reporters late Saturday (via golfchannel.com), "The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot. Then I heard his (Sergio's) comments afterward, and it's not real surprising that he's complaining about something."
Now the marshals are chiming in on the situation and their story is different from what Woods said.
According to Sports Illustrated, marshal Gary Anderson said, "He didn't ask us nothing. We didn't say nothing."
It's not just one marshal clarifying what happened. Even the chief marshal disputes what Woods said.
Chief marshal, John North told Sports Illustrated:
Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him. I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. We're there to help the players and enhance the experience of the fans. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character.
Speaking of character, Garcia thought Woods was completely in character by purposely creating a distraction for him.
Video replay, however, shows Woods trying to quiet the crowd by pointing to his right towards the fairway indicating Garcia was playing his shot. In the video, no marshals are in view and the video does not display clear direction given to Woods by a marshal to play his shot.
So, who should we believe? Woods? The marshals?
Did Woods really hear someone verbally tell him to take his shot? If so, it wasn't a marshal. Did Woods think he got a wave or other gesture from a marshal? It's possible, but based on what the marshals are saying, it doesn't sound like they physically or verbally told him he could take his shot.
There are some questions about the marshals' role in all this, too.
Why are the marshals coming forward now? Why didn't they address this earlier? Would we even know this new information unless someone asked them? Whatever the case, Woods told us what he thought happened, and the marshals told us they did nothing.
Unfortunately, the judge and jury in this case is us.
Nothing at this point will be done, but scrutiny is becoming a closer dance partner with Woods these days. Stay tuned for more drama.
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