Woods: Time to move on
30 May 2013, 16:14
Dublin - Tiger Woods said on Wednesday he has not spoken to Sergio
Garcia and has no plans to do so a week after the golfers got into a
spat that was sparked by racially-tinged comments from the Spaniard.
at the Memorial Tournament, Woods said he does not expect to broach the
subject when the two compete at the US Open in two weeks' time.
already done with," said world number one Woods, the day before he tees
it up to try and defend his title at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
got himself into trouble during a dinner in England when he attempted a
joke in which he quipped about spending time with Woods at the US Open.
"We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken," he said.
Spaniard's remarks drew comparisons with a controversy in the late
1990s in which former PGA golfer Fuzzy Zoeller was accused of racism
after suggesting that Woods would serve "fried chicken" at a Masters
The Spaniard later apologised at a press conference and was clearly embarrassed by the furore he had caused.
comments came on the back of an earlier clash with Woods in the third
round of the Players Championship earlier this month - the latest in a
line of disagreements between the two players over the last decade.
the Players the two were grouped together and locked in a tight battle
when Garcia said he was distracted by crowd noise after Woods pulled a
club out of his bag, in what he said was deliberate gamesmanship from
The two players have rarely seen eye to eye and Garcia tried to explain his position last week in England.
can't like everybody. He doesn't need me in his life and I don't need
him in mine. Let's move on and keep doing what we are doing."
had tweeted in response to the "fried chicken" remarks: "The comment
that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly
inappropriate ... it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."
Nicklaus, host of the Memorial Tournament, weighed in on the topic on
Wednesday, calling the incident "stupid" and taking a shot at the media
for keeping the row going.
"Nobody needs that. And I think both finally said it's enough. Let's move on," the 18-time major winner said.
Dealing with racial stereotypes is nothing new to Woods.
I live with it," he said Wednesday. "It's happened my entire career. It
exists all around the world, not just in the sport of golf.
"I know a lot of people are trying to make a difference and trying to make it more fair for all of us."
who has already won four times this year, returns to defend his title
at Muirfield Village which he will use as a tuneup for the US Open.
14-time major winner is off to one of his best starts to a season in
his career and is hoping that some of his past success at the Memorial
propels him another victory.
He is aiming for his third win at the Memorial in the past five years and his sixth victory overall in the event.
year, he birdied three of his last four holes, including holing a
memorable 50-foot chip shot at the 16th, to claim a two-shot victory.
Defending the title, however, will not be easy as 17 of the world's top 25 players are in the field this week.