Sergio Garcia makes 'fried chicken' remark about Tiger Woods

Sergio Garcia said his silly remark was not "meant in a racist manner." (USATSI)

Sergio Garcia’s spat with Tiger Woods went to another level Tuesday.

Asked in jest at the European Tour awards dinner in London whether he’d invite Woods over for dinner during next month’s U.S. Open, Garcia replied, according to The Guardian: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."

Garcia later apologized, issuing this statement: “I apologize for any offense 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.”

Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, who emceed the event, posed the question to Garcia. The Spaniard's response evoked Fuzzy Zoeller’s 1997 remark after Woods won the Masters. By tradition, the Masters winner chooses the champions’ dinner the next year.

"You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve,” Zoeller said then. He, too, apologized.

Woods and Garcia have been publicly feuding since The Players Championship, when Garcia blamed a poor shot on Woods causing an uncessary distraction.

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