Sergio Garcia apologizes for Tiger Woods 'fried chicken' remark

Richard Heathcote

Oh no, Sergio.

For the second day in a row, Sergio Garcia has made public comments to add to his ongoing feud with Tiger Woods. This time, however, the comments have progressed from criticism to mockery, with racial undertones that have already led the golfer to issue an apology. Ewan Murray of The Guardian has the details of a Garcia "fried chicken" remark that will instantly force comparisons to the remarks made by Fuzzy Zoeller about Tiger and the Masters Champions Dinner in 1997.

Garcia made the remarks at a pre-tournament event before this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a highlight on the European Tour's calendar. The setup and Sergio's remark, via Murray of The Guardian:

The Spaniard was on stage at the European Tour's gala players' awards dinner, where he was questioned by the Golf Channel's Steve Sands. García, who has been embroiled in verbal battles with Woods since the Players Championship at Sawgrass this month, was asked in jest if he would have the American round for dinner one night during the upcoming US Open. "We will have him round every night," García said. "We will serve fried chicken."

(h/t to Geoff Shackelford)

The comments were made at a European Tour gala dinner, but Garcia had already issued a statement through the Euro Tour and apologized before the end of the night in England (via Murray/Guardian):

"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."

And here's video of Zoeller's remarks back in 1997, where he referred to Tiger as "little boy" and also went with the "fried chicken" reference:

Monday, Garcia opened the week at a sponsor's event telling the press that they were starting to find out what Tiger was really like and that Woods "didn't make a difference" in Sergio's life. But Garcia seems to be consumed with Woods these days, and what was once an entertaining back-and-forth has been kicked up another ugly level.

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