Tiger Woods spoke succinctly and pointedly in response to a question at a press conference Monday about the recent war of words between himself and Sergio Garcia.
When asked if he felt compelled to clear the air with Garcia after carrying on a publicly strained relationship for years, he had a one-word response: "No."
Cut. End scene. End of press conference, at least for the time being. But in an exclusive one-on-one interview with CSN's Chick Hernandez, Woods elaborated, if only a little bit.
"I don’t know," he said while searching for a way to describe what exists between the two men. "Sometimes--I’m sure you have it at your work--where you don’t get along with everybody. This is an example of that."
But even with the idea of a Garcia-Woods showdown at The Players Championship on heavy rotation in media circles, Woods says he downplayed such speculation.
"It’s just a matter of winning. I was tied for the lead going into the final round and it’s a big event," he said. "And whether it was Sergio or somebody else--being David [Lingmerth] at the end--I still had to execute, I still had to play and I had to do the things I needed to do to win."
And he did, while Garcia faded down the stretch and finished tied for 7th.
Woods now has 78 career PGA Tour wins, placing him just four behind all-time leader Sam Snead.