U.S. Open, Day Two — Tiger: “No apology from Sergio”

June 11, 2013 | Drew Forrester

It only took two questions before Sergio-gate was opened up again today at the U.S. Open in Philadelphia.

During his one and only full-blown pre-event press conference, Tiger Woods said he and Sergio Garcia exchanged handshakes and a greeting yesterday on the practice range, but admitted that Garcia didn’t apologize to him for comments made last month.

Woods was later asked if he expected an apology from Garcia and he simply said, “We’re getting ready for a golf tournament now.  I’m sure we’ll talk again at some point.”

Most people who saw the exchange between the two players shortly after 2pm on Monday assumed that Garcia apologized to Woods.

Not so, Woods confirmed today.

Tiger spoke at length about the course conditions here at Merion and made a point of talking about the pace of the greens, which are expected to remain slower than normal for a U.S. Open due to the nearly six inches of rain the Philadelphia area has received over the last four days.

“You’re going to have to hit these fairways,” Woods said.  “If you don’t, there’s no telling what kind of lie you’re going to get in the rough.”