Golf: Garcia's inexcusable incident on No. 13
Posted: Sunday March 25, 2007 11:36AM; Updated: Sunday March 25, 2007 12:50PM
Sergio Garcia surely will hear from a PGA Tour executive about an inexcusable incident that occurred on No. 13 at the CA Championship at Doral. After missing a short par putt, Garcia tapped in his bogey putt, picked the ball out of the cup, then spit into the cup in frustration. The incident was caught the view of a TV camera.
It's the first incident for Sergio Garcia in several years. Perhaps the most egregious came at the 1999 World Match Play in England when a poor drive prompted Garcia to take off a shoe and fling it against an advertiser board. When his manager returned the shoe, Garcia then kicked it. He nearly hit the match referee in the face.
Brett Wetterich was one of four rookies on the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup squad whom Tiger Woods took out to dinner shortly after the team was named. Wetterich is still appreciative of the gesture, as well as the nine holes he played with Woods at the K Club. Things will be much different today on the Blue Monster course at Doral when Wetterich goes head-to-head with Woods during the final round of the CA Championship.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn took four weeks off before coming to Doral, but it doesn't mean he's well rested. Bjorn, who was near the top of the leaderboard for the first three days of the tournament, cited fatigue for his 1-over finish on the back nine.
Roger Federer is one of several friends Tiger Woods has among the athletic elite. The golfer sat in Federer's box during the finals of last year's U.S. Open tennis championships. Woods had dinner with LaDainian Tomlinson in January before winning the Buick Invitational and also counts Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning and Annika Sorenstam among his circle. -- New York Times
Paul Goydos agreed with Steve Stricker that WGC-CA Championship officials had made things more demanding by cutting the rough on the hill to the left of the 18th green at Doral so shots coming up short will roll into the water.
Davis Love III withdrew from Doral yesterday because of a death of a friend of his family.