The spat between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, which started when the two were paired together in the third round of The Players Championship, continued Tuesday during the European Tour Awards dinner in London.
Garcia was on stage with the rest of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team when Golf Channel’s Steve Sands asked him whether he would invite Woods over for dinner at the U.S. Open next month.
“We will have him round every night,” García said. “We will serve fried chicken.”
Garcia did not clarify his remarks before leaving the event, but later issued a statement through the European Tour.
“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.”
Earlier Tuesday, Garcia was asked again about his relationship with Woods, his response: “I mean, you can’t like everybody,” Garcia said. “I think that there’s people that you connect with and there’s people that you don’t. You know, it’s pretty much as simple as that. I think that he doesn’t need me in his life, I don’t need him in mine, and let’s move on and keep doing what we’re doing.”
On Monday, Garcia ripped into Woods, claiming he hasn’t been honest in the last 15 years.
“He called me a whiner. He’s probably right,” Garcia said at the start of the week of the BMW PGA Championship. “But that’s also probably the first thing he’s told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”
“This is not just one thing; this has been going on for a long time,” Garcia said. “It’s happened in other tournaments. The problem is I’m one of the guys that just has to say something. A lot of people think about it, but don’t want to say anything. Tiger can and will beat me a lot of times in tournaments but he’s not going to step on top of me. I’m not afraid of him.”