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Sergio Garcia should be punished for Tiger Woods joke

It’s impossible to climb inside someone’s head and determine what true intent there was after an inappropriate comment is made. Sergio Garcia can hide behind cultural differences, the fun-natured tone of the question, and his attempt at a funny answer, and apologize to Tiger Woods every day for the next year. But what the Spaniard said Tuesday night was out of bounds, and the punishment should be harsher than the proverbial two-shot penalty.

It doesn’t sound as though one is coming. Garcia’s comments came at a dinner attended by, among others, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and George O’Grady, the chief executive of the European Tour. Both met with Garcia Wednesday — in response to the negative global reaction, it appears — and apparently determined that no disciplinary action was necessary.

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