Tiger Woods Comments on Sergio Garcia's Insensitive Remark

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Tiger Woods (L) and Sergio Garcia. Original image ID's are 168621602 (L) and 168566008 (R). ***LEFT IMAGE*** PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods of the USA plays his shot from the seventh tee during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays a shot from the 11th tee during round three of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia have been rivals on the golf course for years, but their feud has continued off the course in recent weeks. Garcia fanned the flames with an inflammatory comment on Tuesday, and Woods responded sternly on Twitter.  

According to Ewan Murray of The Guardian, Garcia cracked a joke about Tiger at a European Tour awards gala when asked if he and Woods would have dinner at some point during the U.S. Open. "We will have him round every night," Garcia said. "We will serve fried chicken."

It's easy to see why some might consider that comment to be racially charged, including Woods, who offered his thoughts on Wednesday.

According to Murray, Garcia said that his comment was simply a "silly remark." Woods, however, certainly isn't convinced.

Woods also seemingly attempted to put an end to their public spat once and for all when he placed emphasis on golf rather than personal differences.

Although Tiger has often been portrayed as the "bad guy" throughout this situation, he is the one who appears ready to take the high road.

Garcia took to the media on Wednesday in order to offer his side of the story. During a press conference which aired on Golf Channel, Garcia showed remorse for his comment. 

Garcia apologized profusely throughout the press conference and regretted that he made the comment in the first place.

In addition to that, Garcia mentioned that he would like to apologize to Woods face to face. Until he can do that, however, he offered an apology to Woods and anyone his comment may have offended.

The golfers' rivalry intensified during the Players Championship two weeks ago. Woods and Garcia were paired together during the third round of the tournament when things went awry on the second hole.

Garcia hit a poor shot, and he later went on to blame the errant shot on Woods pulling a club out of his bag and eliciting a response from the crowd. This incident led to differing accounts of what happened from a number of course marshals, and things have snowballed from there.

While most of the shots fired between Woods and Garcia prior to Tuesday night were related to golf, Garcia may have hit Woods below the belt with his latest comment.

 

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