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Sergio apologizes to Tiger following racially insensitive remark

Sergio apologized publicly Wednesday morning after taking the war of words to new heights on Tuesday. What started as a bit of gamesmanship at TPC Sawgrass two weeks ago now has sponsors distancing themselves from the Spaniard.

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Sergio says fried chicken fracas is 'my own fault'

Sergio delivers a handwritten mea culpa to Tiger’s locker at Merion.

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‘We haven’t had time for that,’ Tiger says

Woods is ready to move on from the whole fried chicken thing, even though Sergio has yet to apologize face-to-face for his racist remark.

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First meeting since Sergio's "fried chicken" crack

Tiger Woods receives a handshake from Sergio Garcia as the two practice on Monday ahead of this week’s U.S. Open at Merion.

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'Time to move on,' says Tiger

Tiger Woods looks forward to the U.S. Open as he tries to put his long-time feud with Sergio Garcia in the past.

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Tiger vs. Sergio goes way back

The Tiger-Sergio imbroglio began back in the late ‘90s, but Tiger says it's finally time to put it behind us and "move on."

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"We never had any issues," Nicklaus says

The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia rift would never have gone public back in the day when Jack Nicklaus was at the top of his game.

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"I paid my dues," says Zoeller

Fuzzy Zoeller hoves into view at the Indianapolis 500, where Mr. Finger-Lickin' Good weighs in on the Tiger-Sergio flap.

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O’Grady roils Tiger-Sergio saga with racist remark

European Tour chief George O’Grady tosses gasoline on the escalating Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia inferno.

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Sergio’s comment 'was offensive,' says sponsor

Sergio Garcia may not receive a fine, suspension, or any other type of discipline from the European and PGA Tours, but the financial and other ramifications for the Spanish golfer’s racially insensitive remarks could be punitive.

Garcia, who apologized on Wednesday to the tours, Woods, and “anybody I could have offended” by his fried chicken comment has already heard from his primary sponsor, TaylorMade-Adidas, which distanced itself from the embattled player.

“Sergio Garcia’s recent comment was offensive and in no way aligns with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf’s values and corporate culture,” the company said in a statement. “We have spoken with Sergio directly and he clearly has regret for his statement and we believe he is sincere. We discussed with Sergio that his comments are clearly out of bounds and we are continuing to review the matter.”

Garcia said during a Wednesday press conference broadcast live on Golf Channel that his joke during a Tuesday night Euro Tour gala event that he would serve Woods fried chicken for dinner during next month’s U.S. Open was “stupid and out of place.”

Garcia said he met with officials from both tours, who had accepted his apology and would not mete out any punishment for his inflammatory remark.

“As soon as I left the dinner, I started getting a sick feeling in my body,” Garcia told reporters gathered for this week’s BMW PGA Championship in England. “I didn’t really sleep at all last night. I felt like my heart was going to come out of my body. I had this sick feeling all day.”

Chances are, that queasy feeling won’t go away soon for the eight-time PGA Tour winner, whom Woods earlier chastised via Twitter.

“Maybe the most important half hour or 45 minutes coming up in his life really, never mind his career,” Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte said prior to Garcia’s presser. “He’s not going to turn it around, he’s not going to walk away from this....This is going to hurt. I don’t know if it’s a ‘death sentence’ but it's something that lingers with you forever.”

The repercussions of Garcia’s remark are likely to be widespread. GC Morning Drive co-host Damon Hack, said during an extended episode of the program that Garcia would have to answer for his incendiary remarks for some time.

“Sergio is going to have a lot of apologies to make going forward, to Tiger, he’s going to have to answer a lot of questions from reporters,” Hack said after Garcia’s presser. “He’s going to have to pay the price for the next year, next five years, next 10, we don’t know. It will all be how Sergio handles his behavior going forward.”

Hack, an African American sportswriter who’s worked for Sports Illustrated and the New York Times, said Garcia’s racially tinged remarks changed everything.

“It’s going to be hard for me to get past this,” Hack said. "Previous to this, I’ve a had great relationships with Sergio....He’s looked me in the eye and shaken my hand...but this is something that I have to add to the calculus in my view of Sergio.

“This is a hurtful comment...this stings me and it hurts me and I'm sad for Sergio, I’m sad for Tiger, I’m sad for the game of golf that we have to even talk about this,” Hack stated. "But no question the next time I look across from Sergio, will this cross my mind? Absolutely it will.”

Hack added that Garcia would have to deal with repercussions of his remark for some time to come.

“This was a huge mistake. It was brewing, it was growing over the last 10 days to two weeks," Hack said, referring to the escalating war of words between Woods and Garcia that began at The Players Championship. "Now he finds himself in a sticky wicket that he’s going to take a long time extricating himself from.”

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Sergio 'feels sick' about fried chicken comment

On Wednesday, Sergio Garcia addressed the racially insensitive comment he made about Tiger Woods.

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Tiger responds to Sergio's 'fried chicken' comment

Just hours after Sergio Garcia made racially insensitive remarks about Tiger Woods at a press conference prior to this week's BMW PGA Championship, Woods issued a response on Twitter.

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Sergio continues public critique of Tiger

A contretemps that won't go away, thanks to Sergio's ongoing willingness to take public runs at Tiger.

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TPC marshal 'didn’t say nothing' to Tiger

The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia saga takes an interesting twist, as two marshals claim they said nothing to Woods about his third-round playing partner during the brouhaha on the second hole.

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Sergio vents as Tiger lifts 78th PGA Tour trophy

Sergio Garcia plays the victim card after Tiger Woods takes The Players Championship.

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Sergio goes splash 3 times

Oh no, Sergio.

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Sergio: "We don’t enjoy each other’s company"

Tied for the lead at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger and Sergio will play in the last two groups in Sunday’s finale of The Players Championship.

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Sergio blames Tiger for 3rd-round blunder

Sergio Garcia takes his rivalry with Tiger Woods to new heights (depths?) when he blames his third-round playing partner for his own bad shot on the second hole.

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Tiger unsurprised by Sergio's complaining

Sergio Garcia blamed a Tiger Woods distraction for an errant shot on the second hole Saturday -- and happily shared his thoughts -- but the disagreement didn't end there.

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Sergio tees off on Tiger's behavior

An already rocky relationship is only going to get worse after these comments.

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Tiger owns Sergio in head-to-head contests

Tiger Woods starts Saturday at Sawgrass just one shot back of his long-ago antagonist, Sergio Garcia.

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