Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia shake hands during U.S. Open practice
On Monday, during a practice round for the upcoming U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn., Woods and Garcia were seen having a short conversation followed by a handshake – the first sign of amicable relations between the two since their spat escalated one month ago.
Although the two have had a contentious relationship in the past, the controversy escalated during the third round of The Players Championship in May, where the two were paired together; Garcia became upset when Woods pulled out a club in the middle of the Spaniard’s backswing, and when asked the following week if he would have dinner with Tiger during the U.S. Open, he responded with a remark construed as racially insensitive.
Garcia later apologized, and Woods Tweeted that he was “confident that there is real regret that the remark was made” and said it was time to move past it.
Neither Woods nor Garcia would talk with the media about their brief encounter on Monday, although Garcia is scheduled to talk to the media on Tuesday.