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Contrite Sergio Garcia keen to apologise to Tiger 'face-to-face'

Last Updated: 23/05/13 8:35am

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Sergio Garcia has said he would like to speak to Tiger Woods to apologise for his remarks made about the world No 1 American on the eve of this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

It is no secret that Garcia and Woods are not friends, with the relationship taking a further dive during the recent Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida.

While attending Tuesday's European Tour Players Awards Dinner, Garcia 'flippantly' responded to a question about Tiger using words that some have suggested had racist undertones.

The 32-year-old Spaniard said he immediately regretted saying what he did and that he was awake all night worrying about the consequence.

In a press conference on Wednesday at the West Course, a visibly shaken and contrite Garcia admitted he was wrong to say what he did.

"I want to send out an unreserved apology, I did not mean to offend anyone," said Garcia "I was caught off guard by the question but don't get me wrong, I understand my answer was totally stupid and out of place.

"I can't say sorry enough. I would also like to say sorry to the European Tour and my Ryder Cup team-mates for taking the shine away from a wonderful dinner that we all enjoyed until that moment.

"Finally and most importantly I want to apologise to Tiger and anyone that I could have offended. I feel sick about it and truly, truly story. Hopefully we can settle things down and move on."

Face-to-face

"I will try to talk to Tiger or one of his representatives. I hope to apologise face-to-face and then move on."

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."

Garcia admitted he thought about pulling out of the tournament but will try and do his best despite finding it hard to play.

"My mind is not in the greatest place at the moment but I feel like the tournament deserves to have me, it has nothing to do with it. It was all on me.

"As soon as I left the dinner I started to get a sick feeling. I didn't really sleep at all. I felt like my heart was going to come out of my body. It was tough to hit a shot (in the pro-am) without thinking about it.

"I want to go out there tomorrow and try and give everything I have. I'll try my hardest to do well and make sure that people can enjoy watching me play."

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