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22 May 2013

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LONDON, United Kingdom -- Sergio Garcia on Wednesday afternoon apologized for racially insensitive remarks directed at Tiger Woods at a tour function outside London the previous night, saying his comments were "totally stupid and out of place."

The two golfers have been engaged in a war of words going back two weeks to The Players Championship, and it turned ugly Tuesday night with Garcia's attempt at humor. Garcia jokingly answered a question at a European Tour players dinner Tuesday night about getting together with Woods at the U.S. Open by saying, "We'll have that nigger 'round every night. We will serve fried chicken."

"Fried chicken" references are associated with racial stereotypes of black people. The gaffe became clear when there was no reaction beyond a little nervous laughter from the back of the banquet hall, mostly in the vicinity of the cash bar.

Garcia had issued a statement late Tuesday night apologizing for the remarks, then met with the media on Wednesday after his pro-am round at Wentworth, site of this week's European Tour flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

"I want to apologize to Tiger and anybody that took offense," Garcia said. "I'm sick and tired of hearing about it. I'm truly, truly sorry this is happening to me and I hope we can move on."

One of Garcia's sponsors has also weighed in on the matter. "Sergio Garcia's recent comment was offensive and in no way aligns with Adidas Golf's values and corporate culture," the statement read. "Black people are really into sports, so we don't want to be associated with any stereotypes about them." Indeed, pick-up games of "street golf" are a fixture in most large American cities, where a broom stuck into a storm drain serves as "the pin."

After issuing his apology, Garcia went further toward conciliation, volunteering that the chicken dinner would be followed by serving a dessert of watermelon to the little porch-monkey.

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