Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia shake hands on Merion driving range
Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia [right] at the Merion practice range Monday (Getty Images). Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia shared a brief handshake on the driving range at Merion Golf Club on Monday, the first time the two have talked since Garcia made a racist joke about Woods at a European Tour dinner last month. According to ESPN, Woods declined to discuss the handshake on Monday:
Asked about their brief exchange after a practice round Monday, Woods politely said "I'm not going there" and simply made reference to a Tuesday news conference in advance of the U.S. Open at Merion.
Woods and Garcia have long had a chippy relationship, and, playing together in the third round of the Players Championship, their mutual disdain was clear. Garcia complained after the round that Woods was inconsiderate when he pulled a club out before Garcia hit, causing fans to cheer, which distracted Garcia. Asked about Garcia's comments, Woods said, "It's not real surprising that he's complaining about something."
Speaking at a European Tour dinner the following week, Garcia was asked if he would have dinner with Woods. Garcia responded, "We'll have him 'round every night," Garcia said. "We will serve fried chicken."
Garcia apologized for the comment and called it "totally stupid and out of place." He also said he called Woods' agent Mark Steinberg to try to apologize personally. Woods did not speak with Garcia, but accepted his apology via Twitter.
"The comment that was made wasn't silly," Woods asserted in a series of tweets. "It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I'm confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."
Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia are both scheduled to address the media at Merion on Tuesday.