In a press conference at the European Tour awards dinner on Tuesday night, Sergio Garcia stirred up another hornet’s nest between him and Tiger Woods.
When asked if he would have Woods over for dinner at the U.S. Open in June, Garcia joked, “We’ll have him ’round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
Given that this is the second time this month Garcia has gotten into it with the world’s No. 1 golfer — the first being when he blamed Woods for an errant shot he made at The Players Championship — I think it’s quite obvious what the embattled golfer is trying to do: make himself relevent again.
At one point, Garcia was thought to be Woods’s top competition. Many people felt that he would trade tournament victories with the sure-fire Hall of Famer for many years to come.
Things haven’t panned out that way. Since defeating Garcia by a single stroke at the 1999 PGA Championship, Woods has gone on to become one of the greatest golfers of all-time. Meanwhile, Garcia has fallen into relative obscurity, despite the fact that he’s won 24 professional events, including eight on the PGA Tour.
I understand that the term “relative obscurity” sounds pretty drastic for a guy who has spent much of his career as a top-10 golfer, but compared to Woods, how can I put it any other way?
While he has since apologized, Garcia making a remark akin to Fuzzy Zoeller‘s “fried chicken and collard greens” line following Woods’s 1997 Masters victory is just a case of the guy grasping at straws and trying to hold on to what little bit of fame he has left.
The fact of the matter is that Garcia will never reach Woods’ level. It’s much too late for that. He doesn’t have Tiger’s all-around game or his clutch gene.
Garcia does have a propensity for sticking his foot in his mouth, though. He’s proven that.