London: Spanish golf ace Sergio Garcia had been forced to apologise to World No.1 Tiger Woods for his `fried chicken` jibe after his sponsors threatened to dump him.
The Spaniard echoed the racist taunt of Fuzzy Zoeller at the 1997 Masters during the European Tour Players` Award dinner on Tuesday, the Mirror reports.
Fearing a backlash in the USA, TaylorMade-adidas Golf ((TMaG) warned Gracia that they are considering ending their 5.3 million pounds-a year contract with him, saying that his comment was offensive and does not align with the company`s values and corporate culture.
Stating that they had discussed with Garcia that his comment was out of bounds, TMaG said that although they feel that the golfer is regretting his statement, they are still continuing to review the matter.
Fearing a sponsor withdraw, Garcia gave a public and unreserved apology, saying that he wanted to apologise to Woods and anyone else hurt by his comment, adding that he has been sickened by his comment and has not been able to hit a shot without thinking about it.
Garcia further said that he understood that his comment was totally stupid and out of place.
Garcia, who considered pulling out of today`s BMW PGA Championship, will not face disciplinary action after a meeting with the European Tour, the report added.
Garcia remarked that he will not prefer having Woods round for dinner during the US Open as he was quoted saying, "We will have him round every night, and we will serve fried chicken."