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I'm not afraid of Tiger – Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia has refused to back down in his ongoing spat with Tiger Woods, but expressed the desire to enjoy this week in the company of his friends, the European Ryder Cup team, writes James Corrigan.

The Spaniard is playing at the BMW PGA Championship for the first time in 11 years, yet Garcia arrived in Surrey knowing that the enmity between him and Woods, which increased several notches at the Players Championship two weeks ago, would remain a talking point.

"Tiger called me a whinger – he's probably right," Garcia said. "But that's also probably the first thing he's told you guys that's true in 15 years. I know what he's like.

"A lot of people don't want to say anything. I'm not afraid of him. Tiger doesn't make a difference to my life. And I don't make a difference to his."

Benat Intxausti of Spain won the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia and favourite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead as the race entered its final week.

Intxausti won in a time of 5:52.48 along the hilly 238km stage from Valloire, France, to Ivrea, beating Tanel Kangert and Przemyslaw Niemiec in a final sprint.

Nibali maintained his lead of 1 minute and 26 seconds over Cadel Evans and remains firmly on course to win his country's biggest race for the first time.

Mauro Santambrogio started the day fourth but lost more than two minutes to slip to sixth.

Taylor Phinney was forced to retire midway through the stage due to saddle sores. Intxausti moved up to ninth.

Andy Murray last night pulled out of the French Open due to injury.

The Scot has failed to recover from a back problem which which he picked up at the recent Rome Masters.

Murray met with medical specialists to assess whether he would be able to take part in the second grand slam of the year at Roland Garros.

And with the grass-court season and Wimbledon just weeks away, the world number two has elected to err on the side of caution and skip clay-court tennis' showpiece event.

"After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season," a statement read. Murray added: "It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete."

Irish Independent