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Marshals: Tiger lied about how tiff with Garcia went down

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   May 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM   |   Comments

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May 14 (UPI) -- Two course marshals are disputing an account from Tiger Woods over their involvement in a tiff between Woods and Sergio Garcia during this weekend's Players Championship.

Garcia blamed Woods for a bad shot by claiming Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag, drawing noise from the crowd. Woods, who went on to win the tournament, said he did not see Garcia and the course marshals gave him the OK.

Gary Anderson and John North, the marshals who were at the second hole where the controversial shot happened, say they said nothing to Woods one way or another.

"It's very simple," Garcia told NBC. "You have to pay attention to what's going on because the other guy is hitting. You do something when you're in the crowd and the crowd is going to respond."

For his part, Woods accused Garcia of playing sore loser.

"The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot," Woods said. "And then I hear [Garcia's] comments afterward, and it's not real surprising that he's complaining about something."

But the marshals dispute Woods's claims.

"He didn't ask us nothing," marshal Gary Anderson said. "We didn't say nothing. We're told not to talk to the players."

"Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him," chief marshal North said. "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."

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