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George O'Grady Says Sergio Garcia Has 'Colored' Friends, Apologizes

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Sergio Garcia of Spain emerges from a meeting in the rules office with George O'Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour (L) and Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner (R) during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 22, 2013 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) | Getty Images

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- The head of the European golf tour has apologized for using the term "colored" during a live television interview in which he was reacting to the spat between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

European Tour CEO George O'Grady said Thursday that "most of Sergio's friends are colored athletes in the United States."

O'Grady said he regrets "using an inappropriate word in a live interview," and added "I unreservedly apologize."

The word "colored" is considered an antiquated and offensive term in some countries.

Woods and Garcia have exchanged barbs over the past two weeks, dating to the third round of The Players Championship when Garcia implied that Woods purposely stirred up the gallery as the Spaniard was playing a shot.

Garcia apologized Wednesday for saying he'd serve Woods fried chicken for dinner.

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