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Sergio Garcia left Tiger Woods handwritten apology note in his locker


Saying that he’s “nervous” about how he will be treated by the galleries during the U.S. Open this week at Merion Golf Club, Sergio Garcia informed the media during his Tuesday press conference that he left Tiger Woods a handwritten note of apology in his locker regarding his bigoted “fried chicken” comments about his rival during a European Tour function last month.

During his press conference on Tuesday, Tiger mentioned that Sergio had not issued an apology in person, even though Garcia had the opportunity when the two exchanged a handshake during a practice round on Monday.

Garcia said that he missed an opportunity to speak with Tiger, saying, “I didn’t see him in the locker room or anything,” so he did what he believed to be the best thing possible in light of the circumstances. And while Sergio’s move is more befitting of something a high school boy would do after getting in a fight with his girlfriend during study hall, the best intentions remained: He left Tiger a note in the golfer’s locker on Tuesday morning.

“We saw each other on the range and I was hoping to meet him after the round but he was gone after the round and the weather obviously didn’t help,” Garcia said.  ”This morning I was here early and didn’t see him around. He got here later on. I did leave him a handwritten note. Hopefully he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff.  So hopefully I’ll be able to do it.  If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”

When asked what message was contained in the note, Garcia was evasive. “Well, I don’t think that’s for me to say,” Garcia said. “I think that if he wants to show you ‑‑ I mean the note is for him, so if he wants to show you, then he can.  I don’t have any problems with that.  But I am not going to be the one showing you.  Sorry.”

In a delightful bit of humor, Eye on Golf provided a glimpse at what “(probably) Sergio Garcia’s apology note to Tiger Woods.”


Yeah, that looks about right. Fantastic.

In the end, by all appearances, whether or not Sergio actually apologizes in person to Tiger is immaterial. Tiger’s comments this week indicate he’s prepared to move on, as obviously is Sergio, who previously issued a very public apology immediately after his insensitive comments. Hopefully, the two skilled players can create compelling stories on the course with their play at Merion this week and leave the entire mess in the past and finally move on.

[USA Today]