ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Sergio Garcia already has drawn the ire of Tiger Woods.
The Philly crowd could be on him next.
Garcia could feel the wrath — and hear those familiar boos — from fans who have largely embraced Woods following his two-year run in suburban Philadelphia with the AT&T National.
Garcia’s “fried chicken” comment about Woods and other incidents of boorish behavior, notably, a run-in with the gallery at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, might make him as welcome at Merion Golf Cub for this year’s Open as a Dallas Cowboy.
Garcia tried to downplay the possibility of the crowd turning on him once play starts today.
“I feel like I had a great relationship with the crowds for pretty much my whole career,” he said. “Obviously, a couple incidents here and there, but other than that, I feel very fortunate. I feel like they love me. I love them too. I respect them very much. Obviously, you can’t please everyone, but I couldn’t be unhappy about the way I feel about the crowds.”
That’s about as awkward an attempt at diffusing the situation as leaving a note in a locker, just like he did with Woods on Tuesday.
Unable to arrange a private meeting, Garcia left Woods a note with hopes of moving on from his racially charged comment and getting back to playing golf.
“I did leave him a note — a handwritten note,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”
The note presumably was an apology — Garcia said it would be up to Woods to share the contents.