(NEW YORK) — Sergio Garcia apologized on Wednesday for his comments about Tiger Woods.
“I want to apologize to Tiger and anybody that I could have offended,” Garcia said Wednesday after his pro-am round at Wentworth. “I feel sick about it. I’m truly, truly sorry. And I hope we can kind of settle things down and hopefully move on.”
“I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” Garcia said. “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.”
Garcia jokingly answered a question at a European Tour players dinner Tuesday night about getting together with Woods at the U.S. Open by saying, “We’ll have him ’round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
Prior to Garcia’s news conference on Wednesday, Woods tweeted his displeasure with the comments.
“The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate,” he wrote. “I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”
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