Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tiger & Sergio

This blog isn’t here for me to write about golf – but sometimes golf has a social connection to it and at this moment it does and it isn’t pretty.
by Charlie Leck

Sergio and Tiger apparently don’t like each other. Tiger, to his credit, tries to keep it (the dislike) at least in the civil range. Very recently, Sergio let it all slip into the nasty area and it made me sad; for, after all, this is supposed to be a gentleman’s game.

“The British newspaper The Guardian reported Garcia was asked in jest if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open.
“The Guardian reported Garcia said: ‘We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.’”

Now, let’s give Sergio the benefit of the doubt… as a Spanish fellow – a Catalan – he might not know how touchy that remark is in America. Yet, he was quick to apologize when he realized he had spoken poorly…

"I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players' Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."

A lot of golfers have had trouble liking everyone else on the golfing tour. There are just some guys (or women) you are bound not to like, but the practice has been to keep it quiet and out of the news. Sergio Garcia has broken that code wide open and has let his dislike for Tiger Woods spill out into plain view. Too bad! Sergio is a good guy, but he is easily distracted and the distractions hurt his golf game. He has now got a big time distraction.

A way out?
Come on over here and win the U.S. Open that starts in just a few weeks, Sergio. And at the award ceremonies offer your apologies to Tiger and suggest that you both bury the hatchet and start all over in building a relationship. Your both too good to act like brats! Stop it!

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