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Golf » Garcia drops ‘fried chicken’ comment during awards dinner.


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"It was a funny question and I wanted it to be a funny answer in reply," he said. "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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Woods was on his way to a record win in the 1997 Masters when Zoeller was talking about his performance and ended by saying, "So you know what you guys do when he gets in here? Pat him on the back, say congratulations, enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Or collard greens, or whatever the hell they serve."

The remark followed Zoeller for the rest of his career, and it cost him major endorsements.

Garcia’s main sponsor is TaylorMade-adidas, which issued a statement Wednesday that his comment "was offensive and in no way aligns with TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s values and corporate culture.

"We have spoken with Sergio directly and he clearly has regret for his statement and we believe he is sincere," the statement said. "We discussed with Sergio that his comments are clearly out of bounds and we are continuing to review the matter."


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PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour chief executive George O’Grady were at the awards dinner Tuesday night.

O’Grady said in a statement that he and Finchem spoke to Garcia after his pro-am round at Wentworth.

"Sergio expressed very deep and sincere regret for his unguarded and, in his own words, ‘stupid’ remark and we are also aware of his statement of apology," O’Grady said. "Following our meeting, we have accepted his full apology and we consider the matter closed."

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour would not be commenting on the public feud between two marquee players.

Garcia said he hoped this might lead to an improved relationship with Woods.

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