LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – As fans ask what did Sergio Garcia say about Tiger Woods today, the bigger question is what has Sergio been saying about Tiger for years. Sergio said about Tiger Woods last night “We will have him [Tiger Woods] round every night. We will serve fried chicken.” Last night, the golfer issued an apology. And today, Sergio Garcia held a news conference to apologize yet again. But for news analysts, Sergio Garcia has been insulting Tiger Woods far before this week. In fact, virtually all of Sergio’s recent news interviews have been discussing Tiger Woods’ game, not his own.
As fans woke up this morning to ask what did Sergio Garcia said about Tiger Woods, immediately news analysts were pulling Garcia’s remarks about Woods over the years. As reported on LALATE earlier this month, Sergio’s remarks about Tiger Woods far predate this week, and even the Players Championship.
Most recently, Sergio Garcia expressed his anger toward Tiger during each round of the Players Championship. Garcia was in front the first and second round of the tournament. At the end of the first round, Garcia called Tiger “not the nicest guy on the tour”. Garcia said “I’m not going to lie. He’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour”. He added “It’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t have to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”
Then, on Monday, Garcia called Tiger Woods a liar as well. Garcia never apologized for that remark. Garcia said Tiger “called me a whiner. He’s probably right. But that’s also probably the first thing he’s [Tiger Woods has] told you guys that’s true in 15 years. I know what he’s like. You guys are finding out.”
Garcia’s remarks didn’t end there. On Monday he further told news “First of all, I don’t have his number. And secondly, I did nothing wrong and don’t have anything to say to him. And he wouldn’t pick up the phone anyway. But that’s OK; I don’t need him as a friend.” He added “I don’t need him in my life to be happy and that’s fine. It’s as simple as that. Like I have always said, I try to be as truthful as possible.”
Garcia added “That’s why I think sometimes most of the people love me and some hate me. I understand that but I’m not going to change. That’s what makes me who I am and that’s what makes me happy. And that’s what makes the people I care about happy because they know they can trust me. Tiger doesn’t make a difference to my life. And I know that I don’t make a difference to his life.” He further added “Tiger can and will beat me a lot of times in tournaments but he’s not going to step on top of me. I’m not afraid of him.”
Finally last night, Garcia was asked if he would have Tiger Woods over for dinner during the US Open. The question was clearly asked in jest because Garcia would never have Woods over for dinner. At the European Tour’s gala players’ awards dinner, Golf Channel’s Steve Sands asked Garcia in jest the question. Garcia replied “We will have him round every night,” Garcia said. “We will serve fried chicken.”
Tiger Woods told news last night “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.”
Garcia issued an apology last night. Today he continued to apologize. “I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone. My answer was totally stupid and out of place.” He added “I want to also apologize to my Ryder Cup teammates who were there last night for taking the shine away from a wonderful event, and finally and foremost, I want to apologize to Tiger to anyone I could have offended. I felt very sick about it and feel really bad, and just hope to settle things down and move on.”
So why did Garcia make the remark about fried chicken? “It was a funny question and I wanted it to be a funny answer in reply. I started to get a sick feeling straight after the dinner and I felt so bad I thought my heart was going to come out of my body. I felt bad about (it) all day.”
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