Ryder Cup: Tiger gets to square off against Sergio after "smack" talk controversy

mulligan, 22 September 2006, Comments Off on Ryder Cup: Tiger gets to square off against Sergio after "smack" talk controversy
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The matchup that everyone wants to see — Tiger Woods v. Sergio Garcia — is about to happen. Woods will be partnered with Jim Furyk, while Sergio has his formidable partner Luke Donald for the afternoon foursomes matches.

The match has been intensified by the supposed “smack” talk Sergio made a couple weeks ago against Tiger’s less than stellar Ryder Cup record. Sergio boasts a gaudy 14-3-2 record, while Tiger still has a losing record of 8-11-2. Sergio has a winning record over Woods in team pairings, 2-1.

Two weeks ago, here’s what Sergio said: “Fortunately for us he doesn’t have a great Ryder Cup record,” but said on Wednesday thathe had not mentioned anything about personally wanting to face theAmerican.” Someone in the press, itching to create a controversy, apparently reported that Sergio said he’d like to play Tiger 3 or 4 times. Sergio denies ever saying that.

“I definitely don’t mind playing him. I’ve played him before in the Ryder Cup and I’ve been fortunate enough to do pretty well against him. I guess I’ve had some nice partners,” Garcia said. “But, no, no, I’ve never said that (that he wanted to play him three or four times). I think that he’s a wonderful player. He’s playing really nicely and, as we all know, he’s won five (events) in a row until last week.”


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