Despite a two-hour weather delay, Tiger Woods was able to win The Players Championship over the weekend. In a tournament that he’s only won once, he showed great poise and was able to finish on top despite sinking his tee shot on the 14th hole into the water.
“It was a tough battle,” Woods said. “This golf course has been a little bit tricky over the years, and I’m not the only one who’s struggled with it. It’s a tough course. Fortunately, I’ve been playing really well, and the last tournament I played in, I played really well. So coming here I was pretty confident in what I was doing. I hit it so good today, it was fun. I hit it high, low, left to right, right to left, whatever I wanted, except for that tee shot at 14.”
During the tournament, Sergio Garcia also took verbal jabs at Tiger. Garcia suggested that Tiger could have shown better judgement pulling a club from his bag while he was at the top of his backswing.
“He moved all the crowd that he needed to move,” Garcia said. “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.’’
NBC showed the sequence during the weather delay, and the noise occurred while Garcia stood over the ball, not while he was in his backswing.