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June 11 2013

6:22 PM

Sergio, Tiger ready to move on

Sergio Garcia will be seeking his first major championship victory this week at Merion.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ARDMORE, Pa. -- During his Tuesday news conference at the U.S. Open, a contrite Sergio Garcia reiterated his apology about the recent racially insensitive comments he made concerning Tiger Woods.

Garcia said he left a handwritten note in Woods' locker and had hoped to talk with the world No. 1 on Monday after each finished his respective practice round.

"And hopefully he can take a look at it and, you know, it's a big week and I understand that it's difficult to meet up and stuff," Garcia said. "So hopefully I'll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he's happy with that."

Asked to reveal the contents of the letter, Garcia said it wasn't for him to do. 

"I think that if he wants to show you ...  I mean the note is for him, so if he wants to show you, then he can," Garcia said. "I don't have any problems with that. But I am not going to be the one showing you. Sorry."

Woods and Garcia did shake hands on the range Monday morning but only pleasantries were exchanged.

"I felt like it wasn't the appropriate place to, for me to, out of respect to him and to the other players to do it there," Garcia explained. "So I was hoping to see him afterwards. Unfortunately, when I got done practicing he was gone already, so I couldn't see him."

Woods, for his part, said it was time to move forward.

"It's already done," he said. "We've already gone through it all. It's time for the U.S. Open and we tee it up in two days."

Garcia said Woods' words meant a lot to him. So has the reception he's felt from the crowds in this Philadelphia hamlet. 

"I think that I also have to say that the people around this last couple of days have been amazing," the Spaniard said. "They have been very, very supportive. So that to me it gives me a lot of good feelings and a lot of pride and hopefully we can move on and compete respectfully and just do our best."

Whether Garcia will be able to put the incident in the rear view mirror and contend for what would be his first major championship remains to be seen. 

"It obviously doesn't help, but it is my own fault," he said. "So I don't have anyone to blame other than myself.
   
"We'll see. Like I said, the people have that made me feel very good out there, the last couple of days, so hopefully that will continue throughout the week and the only thing I can do is give my best effort and hopefully that would give me a chance. If not, we'll move on and we'll try to play well the week after."
 

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