Here's your May 23rd Pin Sheet:
Let's get it out of the way early. Here's the reaction to Sergio's "joke" and Tiger's response.
Martin Rogers: "The Spaniard's words took a soap opera founded on mutual dislike, but one that was amusing, entertaining and occasionally childish, down a thorny path littered with racist undertones that golf wants no part of.
In a split second he ensured that his part in the pantomime is now most certainly that of villain, and those who sympathized with him in his dispute with Woods will now rapidly scatter."
Rex Hoggard: "By most accounts Garcia’s apology appeared from the heart and genuine, not that words could ever absolve him of culpability. But it’s Garcia’s inability to acknowledge the fact that, in 2013, he should have known better that is the most baffling."
Jason Sobel: "When analyzing, examining and debating this latest headline-grabber from all angles, we should keep this information handy. Garcia likely invoked the fried chicken line because it was the first thing that popped into his mind – and he always says what’s on his mind. By the same token, he profusely apologized for the comment because he honestly and sincerely regrets it; though, it can be argued whether he more greatly regrets the racially charged insinuation itself or the maelstrom it has caused."
Robert Lusetich: "Who wouldn’t feel sick at the thought of their private jet — fueled not by earnings on the golf course, but by adidas sponsorship money — flying away without them? Athletes have a way of issuing the deepest of apologies when their lavish lifestyle comes under threat."
Jemele Hill: "The idiocy of Garcia's comments stands on its own. But what's far more unacceptable is that PGA Tour officials haven't responded substantively and stepped in to suspend Garcia. It doesn't matter that Garcia made these comments while on the European Tour. The PGA Tour can't stand by and let its most prominent golfer be insulted."
Gregg Doyel: "So this is how we'll remember Sergio Garcia. Not as the great golfer, because he's never quite been that. Not as the head case, though he definitely has been that. Not even as the whiner, the moaner, the guy who complains about every little thing and even spits into the damn hole in the middle of a round.
Those are parts of his character, part of who he is, but that's not how history will remember Sergio Garcia.
We'll remember him as the racist."
Kyle Porter: "Now, as explosive as this has become, we won't hear a peep from either about the other for (maybe) the rest of their careers. It's not worth it to chirp now and both know it. More importantly, both of their management teams know it."
Now for the actual golf stuff:
Guan Tianlang to play in Memphis.
Fred Albers wonders if Colonia should switch to Bermuda grass: "Should Colonial consider replacing bentgrass with bermuda greens? The only way bentgrass can survive the Texas heat is by keeping it moist with water and letting the blades grow long. Neither of those is conducive to championship golf."
Els not worried about losing belly putter: ""I wasn't even putting that great at the Open, maybe in the bottom 10 on the putting stats at Lytham, so I don't think I could have won the Open using a shorter putter," Els said. "I'm in a much better place now, and I feel that I can get back into using the shorter putter in the near future."
Rory denies rift with McDowell: "I know what I said yesterday and I guess at the time I meant that but it is what it is and it's water under the bridge and away we go," McIlroy said. "I spoke to Graeme yesterday afternoon, and when we got back to the hotel we had a chat. Everything's good. So there won't be any quid pro quo at the wrong time the next few days or any stuff like that.
Rickie Fowler planning $100k donation to Oklahoma tornado relief.
First round of Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic cancelled due to large quantities of water falling from the sky.