JUPITER ISLAND, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Sergio Garcia’s attempt at a joke about Tiger Woods goes into the rough.
According to The Guardian, Garcia made a “fried chicken” comment about Woods when asked if he would have the world’s No. 1 golfer over for dinner during next month’s U.S. Open.
“We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken,” Garcia said at the European Tour’s awards dinner in London.
Garcia apologized for the comment.
“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” Garcia said in a statement obtained by CBS Sports. “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.”
Hardly the best of the friends, the Woods-Garcia relationship hit petty proportions during this month’s Players Championship over a dispute as to whether Woods inadvertently or maliciously — or somewhere in between — disrupted the Spaniard’s swing when they were paired together during the tournament’s third round.
Woods took to Twitter Wednesday morning, calling Garcia’s comments “inappropriate.”
“The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate,” Woods said. “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.”
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