PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (USA TODAY) -- The marquee final pairing of world No. 1 Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia provided few fireworks before a storm delay stopped play.
But there was one moment.
The two scrambled through their first six holes - no more so than on the par-5 second hole. Garcia had struck a perfect drive while Woods hooked his tee shot into the woods on the left. Garcia's second shot from 275 yards went 40 yards right of his target, into the woods and pine straw on the right. Garcia was visibly irritated, motioning that a burst of noise in the middle of his backswing led to the extreme mis-hit.
Later, Garcia said the culprit was Woods. As Woods was figuring out how to extract himself from a thorny issue - his ball was on pine straw in the trees - Garcia said Woods pulled a 5-wood or 3-wood from his bag as Garcia began his swing. At that time, the spectators surrounding Woods let out a cheer, seeing that Woods was going to go for the green. That cheer threw Garcia off.
"Well, obviously Tiger was on the left and it was my shot to hit. He moved all of the crowd that he needed to move, I waited for that. I wouldn't say that he didn't see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit and right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood and obviously everybody started screaming," Garcia told NBC during the delay. "So that didn't help very much. But it was unfortunate because - I mean I might have hit it there if nothing happens, you never know - but if I hit a good shot there and maybe make birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way."
Woods and Garcia were each at 10 under par, two shots behind David Lingmerth of Sweden, when play was suspended by darkness.
After the round, Woods, who said he heard Garcia's remarks before going back on the course after the delay was over, said Garcia was lacking info.
"Obviously, he doesn't know all the facts," Woods said. "The marshal said he already hit and I pulled the 5-wood and hit.
" ... It's not really surprising he was complaining about something."
Woods was then asked if he had talked to Garcia about the situation.
"We didn't do a lot of talking," Woods said.
Garcia, following the round, was told what Woods had said.
"I don't care," Garcia said. "At least I'm true to myself. I know what I'm doing."