Montgomerie came to the defense of Garcia at the BMW PGA Championship in England, kind of, by saying that the whole thing wasn't really that big of a deal. Here's what he said to the AP:
"It's a mountain out of a molehill, to be honest, totally. I hope it hasn't taken away from the BMW, who have set up a fantastic tournament."
He continued by also coming to the defense of European Tour CEO George O'Grady, who uttered the phrase "colored athletes" this week when referencing the Garcia-Woods thing.
"Now we've got the chief executive involved in the whole thing having to say sorry. We're all frightened to say anything; we're frightened to open our mouths in case we say something that isn't kosher in 2013. Somebody should tell us what to say because no one is quite sure what is right and wrong."
Montgomerie also said he has been through too many battles with Garcia to let one comment dissuade his opinion of the man.
"I feel for Garcia, but then that's me condoning it. I am not allowed to feel sorry for him. But we are a family here on the European Tour, a close family unit, and we stand up for each other. I've played a lot of Ryder Cups with Sergio, and we are a very close family, and we should remain that way. This shouldn't affect us."
It has been intriguing to see the reaction from different golfers and golf personalities as this has unfolded. I would think people would do their best to shy away from what is (and will probably continue to be) a combustible situation.