Tiger Woods raps Sergio Garcia over ‘wrong, hurtful and inappropriate’ fried chicken jibe
Unimpressed: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has hit back at Sergio Garcia over the racial remark he made about him at the European Tour Player of the Year awards.
The Spaniard, who clashed with the world no.1 at the recent Players Championship, was asked in jest by the awards’ host if he would be inviting Woods for dinner at next month’s U.S. Open in Merion.
He replied: ‘We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.’
Garcia followed that up with an immediate apology, dubbing his remark as ‘silly’, but Woods was keen to stress the seriousness of the storm his rival had created.
Responding on Twitter, Woods said: ‘The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate.
‘I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.
‘The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.’
In a press conference at Wentworth shortly after Woods released his response, a clearly shaken Garcia issued an ‘unreserved apology’ to the American.
‘I was caught off guard. I simply tried to give a funny answer, which came out totally wrong. I can’t apologise enough,’ he said.
‘I’ve had a sick feeling all day. I haven’t been able to hit a shot since without thinking about it.
‘Also like to say sorry to European Tour and Ryder Cup teammates, and to Tiger. I feel sick about it. I’m truly, truly sorry.’
Garcia added that he would not be pulling out of the BMW PGA Championship which starts tomorrow.
‘My mind isn’t in the greatest place but I feel like the tournament deserves to have me. I’m going to go out and give everything,’ he said.