Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia shake hands at Merion

Ross Kinnaird

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

Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, in their first encounter since the latter’s “fried chicken” remark, met Monday on the practice range at Merion Golf Club prior to this week’s U.S. Open and shook hands.

Woods, who upbraided Garcia via Twitter for the Spaniard’s inappropriate comment and subsequent apology, declined to discuss the pair’s meeting with reporters.

“I’m not going there,” Woods told ESPN’s Bob Harig, though the world’s No. 1 golfer reportedly suggested he would address the topic during his pre-tourney press conference on Tuesday.

Garcia re-ignited his long-running feud with Woods during The Players Championship when he accused his would-be rival of distracting him as he played a shot during the third round at TPC Sawgrass. He fanned the flames during a European Tour dinner when he said he would serve Woods fried chicken if the two were to dine together during this week’s major.

Woods was not amused, tweeting that the joke gone bad, which involved a heinous racist stereotype, was “wrong, hurtful and inappropriate.”

Garcia told reporters three weeks ago at the BMW PGA Championship he hoped to talk with Woods in person and he did so, apparently initiating the brief chat. The pair may meet Monday night for a longer discussion, according to the Daily Mail.

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