Golf: Contrite Sergio Garcia seeks meeting with Tiger Woods to say sorry directly

WENTWORTH, BRITAIN (AFP) - A contrite Sergio Garcia said on Wednesday that he wants a meeting with Tiger Woods to apologise directly for the racist row that was sparked by his "fried chicken" comments at an official dinner.

Garcia has had a long-running feud with Woods and it exploded on Tuesday night when he was questioned on stage at the annual tour dinner.

Garcia was asked if he would invite Woods for dinner and responded by saying he would have him round every night and serve fried chicken, stereotypically associated with black people in the American deep south.

Woods took to Twitter, calling Garcia's comment "hurtful" before attempting to diffuse the row after the Spaniard had issued a statement.

Garcia has been in touch with Woods' agent to apologise and attempt to set up a meeting with the world No. 1 to sort out the problem once and for all.

"I don't have his phone number but I have called his manager," he said. "He didn't pick up so I left him a message and told them I was very sorry and that I would love to talk to them as soon as possible and make sure everything is okay.

"I said how sorry I am - it was a bad comment. I am sure that I will be able to talk to him and apologise to him face-to-face. Then move forward and forget about the whole thing."

Garcia confirmed that he had also apologised to European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and that no disciplinary action would be taken against him.

The remark rekindled memories of golfer Fuzzy Zoeller's comments when Woods first one the US Masters in 1997 and as holder could choose the menu for annual champions' dinner.

Zoeller then said: "You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it, and tell him not serve fried chicken next year."

He later claimed the comments had been misconstrued.