Yahoo: ARDMORE, Pa. – As Sergio Garcia stepped to his ball on the 11th tee at Merion Golf Club, to begin his third round of the U.S. Open, a scream rang out from the crowd.
ken!” a fan yelled.Later in his round, after Garcia missed a putt at the fifth, another fan yelled, “Popeyes!”Thus is the fallout of Garcia’s racist comment from last month when, during an awards banquet, he said he would serve Tiger Woods “fried chicken” for dinner.
Several fans around him admonished Stanley, who concedes that Garcia is a “good guy overall,” but “you gotta let him know,” he said.Whether or not you believe Garcia is genuinely remorseful for his ill-advised and racially insensitive joke about Woods, it’s clear the negative attention has affected him.
This has been a difficult week for Garica, who entered Saturday’s round at 6-over. He started Round 3 by bogeying two of his first three holes, 12 and 14, and then on his fourth – the unforgiving 15th – he drove his tee shot out of bounds. He re-teed and fired another drive out of play. And then, improbably, he did it a third time.Garcia’s score on that hole: 10.