Sergio Garcia has apologized enough. Tiger Woods may not want to hear about it, but in any case, the ridiculous feud between the two golfers should cease after Garcia placed a handwritten note in Woods' locker on Tuesday.
Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel reported on the development. It should be a gesture that will end the unnecessary controversy, shifting the focus more inherently to the golf itself in the year's second major championship.
The 2013 U.S. Open is one of golf's premier showcases. As much attention as Woods attracts, it would be unfortunate for such a silly storyline to dominate sports news cycles.
Garcia made a mistake in tastelessly using a reference to fried chicken when asked if he and Woods would have dinner together during the U.S. Open, but he has shown remorse publicly and undoubtedly wants to put this debacle behind him. Woods wants to do the same, if his comments at Tuesday's press conference were any indication.
After briefly elaborating on Monday's handshake encounter on the range at Merion Golf Club—and mentioning that Garcia didn't personally apologize then—Woods quickly shifted the focus to the task at hand, as Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman reported:
It's difficult to discern what else needs to be said beyond Woods' above remark.
There has been plenty of fanfare surrounding these two ever since Garcia antagonized Woods from a par-three green and sprinted up the fairway in the 1999 PGA Championship.
It is also widely known that the two don't like each other. That was even before this "fried chicken" fiasco.
While Woods went on to win by one stroke over Garcia at Medinah and has since notched 12 more major victories, Garcia has not had near the success—much less proven himself to be a viable rival.
The lack of true dueling encounters these two have had over the past 14 or so years makes this spat in the media seem even pettier. These are two world-class players, sure, but they are not on nearly the same level. Woods is distinctly superior.
As fate would have it, the two were paired together at the Players Championship last month for the third round. Woods irked Garcia by pulling a club right when the Spaniard was hitting, and it led to a showdown in the press that preceded the latest drama.
The ultimate outcome was Woods again showcasing his brilliance in winning, though, while Garcia quadruple bogeyed the 71st hole and finished tied for eighth.
Golf should be the primary focus, especially since the beautiful Merion course in Ardmore, Pa., is already being dragged through the mud this week. A flash flood warning is currently in effect from Thursday at 10 a.m. to Friday at 6 a.m., according to Weather.com.
The last thing the tournament needs is a tabloid-worthy story involving Woods and Garcia accumulating any more momentum and leaving a chunk of its focus stuck in a past quarrel between two players.
Rather, let's get down to business, and direct more attention to some of the other 154 golfers vying for the 113th U.S. Open trophy.