The ongoing feud between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, which started during the third roundof The Players Championship, has taken an ugly twist. On Monday, Garcia told reporters in England that Woods hasn’t been honest in 15 years. Garcia was on stage at the European Tour awards dinner Tuesday, where he was asked by Steve Sands of the Golf Channel, in jest, if he would be inviting Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. Garcia’s reply was shocking.
“We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
Garcia later apologized in a statement released by the European Tour, saying that he did not mean the remark to be racist.
“I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”
This isn’t the first time a fellow golfer has made such a remark. In 1997, Fuzzy Zoeller referenced fried chicken as a potential meal Woods may choose to serve at the Masters Champions’ dinner, after he won his first green jacket.