The feud between Tiger Woods and fellow golfer Sergio Garcia hit a new level Tuesday (May 21), when the latter was asked at a dinner if he’d have Tiger over to his house during the U.S. Open. “We’ll have him round every night,” Garcia said, “We will serve fried chicken.”
The golfer was quick to issue an apology for the comment for “any offense that may have been caused” by a “silly remark,” Fox News reports. His statement also made it clear he wasn’t trying to be offensive, reading, “In no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”
The next day, Woods spoke of the remark in a series of tweets. “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate,” Tiger writes, “I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.” He then tried to put the feud to rest, writing, “The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”
Following Woods’ tweets, Garcia held a news conference regarding his comment. He apologized to his teammates who were at the event with him when he made the remark before adding he was sorry to Tiger and anyone else who was offended. “I felt very sick about it and feel really bad, and just hope to settle things down and move on.”
Trouble first arose when Woods pulled a club from his bag while Garcia was attempting to take a shot. When Tiger pulled the club, the crowd responded. Garcia took a bad shot, which he attributes to the crowd noise. Woods went on to win the Players Championship, while Garcia tied for eighth place.
When the tournament was complete, Woods claimed the marshal on the hole had told him to prepare for his shot, so it wasn’t his fault. The marshals say that nothing of the sort happened, and that they were instructed not to speak to players.