Tiger Woods labels Sergio Garcia remark as "wrong and hurtful"
Last Updated: 22/05/13 5:38pm
Tiger Woods has labelled a remark made about him by Sergio Garcia as "wrong and hurtful," but believes there is "real regret" that it was made.
Garcia has apologised for what could be construed as a racist remark about Woods at the European Tour's annual awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.
The Spaniard, who has been involved in a row with world No 1 Woods since an incident during the third round of the Players Championships at Sawgrass earlier this month, was on stage for a question and answer session with the rest of the European Ryder Cup team.
Garcia was asked if he would have Woods around for dinner one night during the forthcoming US Open and replied: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."
He later issued a statement through the European Tour, saying: "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."
Woods responded by writing on Twitter: "The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate...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."
In a press conference on Wednesday at the West Course, a visibly shaken and contrite Garcia admitted: "My answer was stupid. I can't say sorry enough to Tiger, the European Tour and my Ryder Cup teammates.
"My answer was stupid. I can't say sorry enough to Tiger the European Tour and my Ryder Cup teammates."
"It spoiled what was a great Players Awards Dinner. I will try to talk to Tiger or one of his representatives. I hope to apologise face-to-face and then move on.
"My comments certainly weren't meant to be racist. What seemed to be a funny question, I tried to give a funny answer that came out wrong.
"I didn't sleep at all last night because I felt sick at what I said - as it was an inappropriate comment.
"Felt my pounding heart was going to come out of my body and felt sick all day."
And Garcia did not think he would have to explain his words at a disciplinary hearing.
He added: "I met with Tim Finchem (commissioner of the PGA Tour) and George O'Grady (chief executive of the European Tour) and they both accepted my apology.
"So I don't believe there will be any further problems."