The ongoing feud between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia has taken an ugly turn.
While attending the European Tour’s player’s awards dinner Tuesday night, Garcia was asked if he would have Woods over for dinner before the upcoming U.S. Open. Garcia said: “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
That jab reminded many of the one Fuzzy Zeller made in 1997 after Woods had just won his first career major at the Masters. The winner picks the champions meal the following year.
"You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it?” Zeller said. “Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve."
Garcia issued an apology through the European Tour later that night: "I apologize for any offense 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."
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The spat between the two golfers reached a high level at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass earlier this month, when Garcia accused the American of pulling a club from his bag and inciting a distracting roar from the crowd.
Woods denied that he did anything intentionally, and had the “ok” from marshals on the field.
Prior to Garcia’s remark Tuesday, he shed some light on the always tenuous, non-relationship he has with the world's top ranked player.
He was asked bluntly by a reporter at a press conference for the BMW PGA Championship: “Why don’t you like Tiger Woods?”
Garcia’s response: “Who do you not get along? And I’ll ask you the same question. Obviously you can’t like everybody. I think there’s people that you connect with, and people you don’t. And it’s pretty much as simple as that.
“I think he doesn’t need me in his life, I don’t need him in mine, and let’s move on and let’s keep doing what we’re doing.”
Garcia said he has had more of a connection other members of the PGA Tour like Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott.