It is known that Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia does not like Tiger Woods and it seems the feelings are mutual. Many blacks and other minorities are usually accused of playing the race card when they attribute certain occurrences on race. The problem is racism unarticulated is mostly invisible. But then, sometimes like a bottle of soda that has built up too much pressure one’s true nature emerges. Did Tiger Woods’ last win against Sergio along with his dislike for Tiger inadvertently put his guard down?
Apparently Sergio Garcia decided to jump on a variation of pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller's infamous remark towards Woods in 1997 about fried chicken dinners (video of Zoeller’s below). The Guardian reports as follows:
Sergio García's ongoing spat with Tiger Woods took an unwelcome turn on Tuesday night, when the Spaniard made what could be interpreted as a racist remark about his opponent.
The Spaniard was on stage at the European Tour's gala players' awards dinner, where he was questioned by the Golf Channel's Steve Sands. García, who has been embroiled in verbal battles with Woods since the Players Championship at Sawgrass this month, 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. "We will serve fried chicken."
Sergio later apologized.
"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."
While I am sure the apology is accepted it is unnecessary. Sergio did Tiger Woods a favor. Sergio makes it look like he, Sergio, is the one with issues in their troubled relationship. As such Tiger may just get better media when they play together. Maybe Tiger should send him a thank you note.