Sergio Garcia was at the centre of a racist controversy as his dispute with Tiger Woods escalated.
Asked when he would be inviting Woods round for dinner at the US Open next month, the Spaniard replied “he can come every night - we will serve fried chicken.”
The racist overtones caused a stir at the prestigious European Tour awards dinner in London. Garcia, who has been engaged in an ill-tempered transatlantic exchange with Woods following their latest fall-out at the Players Championship at Sawgrass was on stage with the rest of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, who were embarrassed by the remark.
Fuzzy Zoeller made a similar “joke” in 1997 when Woods hosted the Champions' Dinner at the Masters. Woods was also the victim of racist remarks in 2011 from his former caddie Steve Williams.