People make fun of golfers for requiring funereal silence before every shot. It's understandable, in a way -- baseball players have to hit balls moving at a hundred miles an hour while everyone in the stadium is screaming invective at them -- but it misses the point. A sudden noise will break anyone's concentration, which is why Sergio Garcia was upset at Tiger Woods for allegedly causing a distraction during The Players Championship. Woods says he had permission from course marshals to remove a club from his bag, prompting a crowd reaction that Garcia said distracted him. The marshals recall no such permission, which might have been an actual issue had this been brought up on Sunday. As it is now, it's an interesting postscript to Tiger's win and Garcia's collapse.

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