Fuzzy Zoeller has apologised for allegedly racist comments he made about Tiger Woods at the US Masters last week.
Zoeller issued a public apology after calling Woods "that little boy" and urging him not to request fried chicken or collard greens for the Champions Dinner before next year's Masters at Augusta.
The Augusta National golf club has faced criticism over the years for its nearly all white membership and the racist beliefs of its founding fathers.
While the club has taken steps in recent years to include blacks in its membership, it becomes apparent after a look at the galleries and the players that the Masters is a nearly all white event.
This year the face of Tiger Woods dominated the event as he became the first non-white to ever win the coveted green jacket.
It was while Tiger was working on setting his record, that the former Masters Champ Fuzzy Zoeller aired his thoughts on Woods' domination of Augusta National. It was at this point that Zoeller made the comments that caused offence, while referring to what Woods might choose as the menu for next years Champions Dinner.
"I figure he started out 16-under par and its just a question of how many shots he gives back to the field. That little boy is driving well and putting well and doing everything it takes to win. So you know what you guys do? Pat him on the back say congratulations and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year."
Zoeller walks away.
"Or collard greens or whatever they serve."
SUPER CAPTION: Fuzzy Zoeller, Former Masters Champion
On Monday night, a distressed and weary-looking Zoeller appeared on American television to apologise for his comments:
"I didn't call him a little boy. Surely not. I mean, he's a young man, I don't know if I called him a boy, if I did, I didn't mean that either. No, Tiger's a young man. He's 21 years old, he's a big boy now. He's definitely proved in the golfing world he's a grown man. "I am a fun-loving person. I make joke, cut jokes all the time. My apologies if somebody interpreted that into a racial remark. I meant nothing by that. You know, the year I won, I wanted to serve Lancasters to the guys. You know, so last year when Nick Price or Nick Faldo won, we had fish and chips, we had Haggis, we always - I always - make kind of a joke about what kind of food we're going to have for the next year's champion's dinner. It had nothing to do with Tiger Woods, my God, Tiger Woods is great for golf. He's great for guys like myself. What a blessing in disguise to see a kid with so much talent out there playing the game that he loves.
"Well I haven't been able to get hold of him Tiger Woods cos he's out of the country right now, but as soon as I do see Tiger, I will say something to Tiger and apologise. That's all I can do."
SUPER CAPTION: Fuzzy Zoeller
Tiger Woods himself was unavailable for comment on the incident.