Women, of course, possess an innate sense of such matters; their instinctive powers of perception and natural understanding of relationships are on a completely different plane to that of men, something I had cause to acknowledge (again) last weekend.
“You didn’t know?”, asked my incredulous wife, astonished that I believed everything was hunky-dory.
Her barely discernible shake of the head said it all: ‘Man fails to notice relationship discord shock!’, but no words were necessary.
What made my naivety even more incredible was that it has, apparently, been going on for more than a decade.
I refer to the attritional relationship between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, a simmering antagonism that boiled over last weekend, much to my surprise – I believed they were good mates.
Garcia alleges that Woods, either mistakenly or by design, fired up the Players’ Championship crowd when he pulled a 5-wood from his bag, so indicating that he was attempting a difficult shot at the green, just as Sergio was in the middle of his backswing.
Garcia was not impressed and said so on national TV during a wet weather break. Woods, in response, effectively accused the Spaniard of being a whinger.
It all sounds a little like shrieking “he said, she said”, pull-your-hair, schoolgirl stuff. These guys are grown men, playing professional golf, for goodness sake.
It’s probably better if they showed a little decorum and not behaved like a pair of whining divas. To my knowledge, the episode is unusual in golfing circles.
The longest I can recall a golf course dispute lasting is four holes before the offender acknowledged that life is too short for such nonsense.
Admittedly, we were not playing for one of professional golf’s biggest prizes (the Sawgrass purse was $9.5 million), but that’s hardly the point.While some people just don’t get on at times, the type of high-profile feuding behaviour shown by Messrs Garcia and Woods has no place in the sport.
Garcia in particular has seen his image tarnished. He was urged to “drop the ‘victim act’” by former pro John Cook, who said he needs to “change his whole persona and attitude” if he is to win the really big events.
Sergio is at Wentworth next week for the BMW PGA Championship. As he’s become a little choosy about who he partners around the course, I’m wondering whether to head to Surrey and see what he’s doing in early August.
I’m fairly sure I could swing a place for him in the pro-am beside me at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall.
This would give me an ideal opportunity to take him aside and ‘have a word’. I’d also promise not to excite the crowd by pulling out my pitching wedge after laying up on the 146 yard 9th hole.
Sergio needs to focus on becoming a truly great golfer and I feel it could fall upon me to remind him of this; it’s a task I would readily accept.
* Peter Sharkey is playing in the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, staged at Nailcote Hall between 6-9 August. We’ll be following his progress as he prepares for the event.