AUGUSTA, Ga. – Just outside the Augusta National clubhouse Friday, Tiger Woods was speaking to a small crowd of media when Sergio Garcia, his own interviews done, walked behind Woods and genially clapped his shoulder as he passed. Woods turned and nodded an equally pleasant “Hey.”
That was it. Garcia didn’t leap in off the top rope and smash a chair over Woods’ head, alas. Such things are not done in golf. But if they were, these two would be the ones doing them.
Woods and Garcia, playing partners in Saturday’s third round of the Masters, have an icy relationship stretching back nearly two decades. The two have exchanged a few unfortunate remarks and poison-tipped witticisms, but more often they’ve conducted their business in the passive-aggressive style of golf since time immemorial.
As with their brief interaction on Friday afternoon, it’s usually Sergio making the first move, for good or ill, and Tiger making the last. Shortly after Saturday’s pairings were announced, Garcia offered up the following waddaya-gonna-do tweet: