Garcia trailed Woods by four shots as he surveyed an 18-foot birdie opportunity on the 13th green. The leader stood on the tee of the 219-yard par-3 and was seemingly in total control on way to his second major championship.
The moment didn't seem important at the time, but the mood would change significantly during the next few minutes.
"At that time I wasn't really thinking about winning the tournament," Garcia said.
That thought took a 180-degree turn as Garcia rolled his putt in for birdie to move to 11-under-par with five holes to play. As the ball fell into the hole, he punched his fist toward the sky and looked directly at Woods on the tee. It was a remarkable show of confidence for the 19-year-old Spaniard, a brash signal that spoke volumes, both for the championship and toward the future.
"I wanted him to know that I was still there and to show him that he had to finish well to win," Garcia said. "But it wasn't a bad thing. I mean, I did it with good feelings, not hoping that he make triple-bogey or whatever. I was telling him, 'If you want to win, you have to play well.' "
Woods said he didn't remember seeing the gesture of "Show me what you have," although television replays show him staring right toward Garcia.
"I didn't see that part," he said. "I saw the putt and then turned away. ... You have to expect your opponent to play the best and I expected him to make that putt."
Although Woods said the putt didn't phase him, his tee shot seemed to indicate otherwise. He blew a 6-iron over the green into the kind of rough that one might lose a caddie in. From there he chipped long into the rough on the other side of the hole, just missing the bunker protecting the front of the green. He then chipped long and two-putted for a stunning double-bogey that shrank the lead from four shots to one.
"I just hit a normal 6-iron," Woods recalled. "It wasn't that hard. I could have hit it a heck of a lot harder, but I didn't. I just hit a nice smooth one up there. Unfortunately, it went too far. I knew I had a backboard behind the hole ... but just carried it too far."
The runaway turned into a golf tournament at the 13th, even though Garcia couldn't capitalize down the stretch.
"I'm a little unhappy I didn't win, but inside of me I feel like I won," he said. "At 19, I don't know, three months after I turned pro, you can't ask for anything more."