Tiger Woods Was Once Called ‘Not the Nicest Guy on Tour’ – How Did He Respond?

Published 10/01/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 15th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


The relationship between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods has not sailed smoothly over the years. While Garcia was recently seen in the Ryder Cup 2020, Woods was back home, recovering from his injury. However, their infamous feud once again gathered attention, as a few comments from the past resurfaced online.

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Notably, Ryder Cup legend Sergio Garcia surpassed Nick Faldo’s record for most matches won. He also holds the most points for any European at the Ryder Cup.

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Sep 2, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Sergio Garcia plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Sergio Garcia and his feud with Tiger Woods

The mutual disdain that the two hold for each other has a long history. What seemed to have started as playful banter soon led to bruised egos. Gradually, it has erupted into one of the sourest relationships in golf and there seems to be no going back for the two legends.

The seeds to this tussle were sown at the 1999 PGA Championship in Medinah, where Tiger Woods won by a one-stroke margin over Garcia. The two rising stars went head-to-head a couple of more times, and that’s when the fight really began.

Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Sergio Garcia lines up a putt on the first hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

A major incident took place when Sergio Garcia made an inappropriate comment to Woods. Although, following heavy backlash, he apologized, but Woods had already taken offense. Moreover, at the Players Championship in 2013, Garcia blamed Woods for distracting him and causing a hindrance to his performance.

‘Not my favorite golfer’- Garcia on drawn-out feud

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In some recent comments that have surfaced from 2013, Garcia says, “I am not going to lie, he is not my favorite golfer to play with. Tiger is not the nicest guy on tour.”

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 19: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range during the first round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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“He called me a whiner. That’s probably right,” Woods said in response. “It’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he is like. You guys are finding out.”

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What do you think of this feud? Is it the result of unnecessary provocation by the Spaniard or are both to blame?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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