Sergio García’s verbal feud with Tiger Woods continued when the Spaniard made what could be interpreted as a racist remark about Woods.
Garcia was on stage at the European Tour’s gala players’ awards dinner Tuesday night, where he was asked a question by by the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands.
García was asked in jest if he would have the American round for dinner one night during the upcoming US Open. “We will have him round every night,” García said, according to the Guardian. “We will serve fried chicken.”
Garcia later apologized and said he answered the 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.”
The two have been at it for years, highlighted by Garcia taking issue with Woods during the third round of The Players Championship two weeks ago saying that he was not following proper golf course etiquette.
More from the Guardian:
The statement was similar to Fuzzy Zoeller’s infamous remark towards Woods in 1997. Then, after Woods won his first major, the Masters, which entitled him to choose the champions’ dinner menu for the following year, Zoeller said: “You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.” Zoeller later apologized and said he had been misconstrued.