HOYLAKE, England -- The waggles are gone, and anyone who has ever watched Sergio Garcia play should be grateful for that. Garcia should be, too, because one burden is enough for him to lug around Royal Liverpool in the final round of the British Open.
Waggles, he can fix. He's fixed them so well that he didn't flinch once before hitting a 9-iron into the cup on the second hole Saturday on his way to a 65 that left him just a shot off the lead.
Unfortunately for Garcia, that lead is held by a guy who will be wearing a red shirt alongside him in the final group on Sunday. And so far Garcia doesn't seem to have a clue about what to do about fixing his problems with Tiger Woods.
If he's going to win his first major, he better figure it out quick. It may be a long time before he has a chance this good.
Whether Garcia sensed that after vaulting into contention with a 29 on the front side in the third round was hard to say. He was hustled in and out of the interview area in less time than it would have taken him to hit a shot in his days as a waggler.
But maybe it was better that way. Maybe he didn't want to be reminded that any road to stardom in golf always figured to go through Woods.
And surely he didn't want to be told once again that no one figured it would take this long.
"I'm looking forward to it," Garcia said. "I did what I had to do to give myself a chance."
That's not enough. When Woods has the lead after the third round in major championships, he wins. Not just sometimes. Always.
He did it in 1999 when he won the PGA Championship even as a 19-year-old Garcia pranced his way down the fairway and pointed a putter at him to let Woods know the game was on.
And he did it at the U.S. Open at Bethpage in 2002 when Garcia obediently picked up a divot Woods made on the third hole, and then just as obediently folded his game up.
Garcia might have had an excuse for that one. He likely had been up much of the night writing Woods a letter of apology for suggesting that Woods got all the preferential tee times.
That didn't exactly endear Garcia to Woods, whose relationship with the Spaniard is frosty at best. Garcia didn't help his cause when he pouted after a 66 in the Masters a few years ago that everyone was following Woods and that maybe other players should get more respect.
And when Garcia acted like had just won the, well, British Open, after beating Woods in a made-for-television event, that was pretty much it.
Woods, of course, wouldn't let on to that after the third round, allowing that Garcia must have played a fine round to shoot 65 and that it would be a fine day today on the links. That's the way Woods talks in public.
Woods, you see, has a long memory when it comes to making amends. And he has his own way of dealing with people he feels have slighted him. Just ask Stephen Ames, who Woods trounced 9 and 8 in the Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year after Ames suggested he had a good chance to win because Woods was spraying the ball off the tee.
This could get personal, and it could get ugly. If Garcia can stand up to the expectations and pressure, he has a chance to finally call himself a major champion. If not, he may find himself chasing after Woods the rest of his career.