Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia Meet for First Time Since 'Fried Chicken' Remarks

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJune 10, 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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Say what you want about Sergio Garcia, but the Spanish golfer has been making every attempt to show his remorse for making an infamously insensitive remark about Tiger Woods. 

Garcia's latest step of contrition, as ESPN's Bob Harig reports, was to meet Tiger face-to-face on the driving range of Merion Golf Club, the home of this week's U.S. Open. The two had a brief exchange and handshake. 

As Harig also notes, Woods was asked about the meeting later and simply said, "I'm not going there." Garcia has not spoken on the encounter, but as Harig acknowledges, he's not due to address the media until Tuesday.     

Still, it's easy to read between the lines here. Sergio was undoubtedly apologizing for taking the feud between the two to a place it never should've gone. 

Garcia and Woods have had a contentious relationship for years, and it reached a new level during the Players Championship last May when Garcia and Woods were paired together at the prestigious tournament.

Garcia felt like Woods participated in a bit of gamesmanship by getting the crowd riled up in the middle of his backswing on the par-5 second hole. Woods said the matter was simply a misunderstanding, but as Harig noted at the time, Woods got in his own little dig by adding it was "not really surprising that he's complaining about something."

This was the beginning of a fresh public spat between the two that hit a crescendo when Garcia, while at the European Tour's Players' Awards Dinner, was asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. According to The Guardian's Ewan Murray, this was his reply: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."

The remarks, understandably construed as racist, set off a firestorm. In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Garcia was quick to offer public apologies:

Woods was content to take the high road:

Garcia said he had been planning Monday's encounter for some time.

"We talked to his manager and asked him if he wanted us to call Tiger, or wait for Merion and do it there face to face. And they said they would rather do it there. There's nothing we can do, so we'll wait until we get there and we'll talk," Garcia told the press three weeks ago during the European Tour's BMW Championship, according to Harig.

Sergio appears to have made good on his promise, and hopefully everyone can now move on from this incident and focus on the year's second major.