Incident follows racist remark from tour pro, Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia apologised earlier this week for a racist remark made during an interview. The player, who had publicly fallen out with fellow professional Tiger Woods and had said he would invite Woods for dinner to settle their recent argument and serve fried chicken during an interview.
Fried chicken is stereotypically associated with black people in the Southern states of North America.
Tiger said "The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate.
"The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf.
"I'm confident that there is real regret that the remark was made."
Criticism of the European tour followed as no punishment or fine for Garcia’s remarks was issued.
Interviewed by Sky Sports about the issue, European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady said "We were convinced that he [García] was trying to be funny, that it was a light-hearted remark that backfired. We know the connotation in the United States. We accept all races on the European Tour, we take it very strongly.
"Most of Sergio's friends happen to be coloured athletes in the United States, he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it."
When the magnitude of what he had said became clear, O'Grady issued a short statement. "I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologise," he said.
Paul Kearns, Show Racism the Red Card Deputy Chief Executive commented on George O’Grady’s use of the term ‘coloured’: “"Black people prefer to be referred to as black, because historically the term coloured has carried particularly negative connotations. It is certainly something we would like to see disappear – it is old fashioned and lazy, but more importantly it has an offensive undertone.
"I do think that anyone using that term these days does so probably through ignorance or lack of education rather than through malice. But we would actively discourage people from using the word coloured when they mean black."