ARDMORE, PA. (AP) - A handshake on the driving range. A handwritten note left quietly in his locker.
There’s still time, of course, since the two erstwhile rivals don’t tee off until Thursday in the U.S. Open at muddy Merion Golf Club. On second thought, maybe a nice bouquet of flowers tucked inside one of those wicker baskets they use for flags here might work better.
C’mon. What’s a fellow got to do to prove he’s sorry?
“You know, it’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff,” Garcia said.
Or maybe he should just forget the whole thing and do what Woods himself said he had done _ consider the matter closed.
Whether Woods actually meant that will be debated in the locker room as much as what Garcia meant last month when he said he would have Woods over for dinner during the Open and serve him fried chicken every night.
That’s probably why the Spaniard looked like someone had stolen his favorite putter when he met with the media Tuesday , knowing that most of the questions would have nothing to do with historic Merion or Garcia’s chances of finally winning a major in this Open.
He talked about moving forward and being forgiven. Said he made dumb mistakes but was trying to learn from them. Talked even more about moving forward and being forgiven.
If it weren’t for somebody asking about Ben Hogan and the great 1-iron he hit to the 18th green here at the 1950 U.S. Open, he’d still be talking about moving forward and being forgiven.
“I wish I could go back in time and take back what I said, but unfortunately, I said it,” Garcia said. “You know, the only thing I can do is show you my respect from here moving forward.”