Hello, golf guys. Here’s a man-hug for each and every one of you.Thanks for being in Fort Worth, as opposed to those who didn’t care enough to come, and for the next four days may the Colonial winds be light and breezy and your putts be short and easy.As a sidenote, all the best to my favorite, J.J. Henry. And a couple of years ago I had a beer with another local lad, John Peterson. He’s like my new best friend, even though that probably comes as a shock to John, who I haven’t seen since.With some regret, however, this morning’s dispatch from the front lines centers on a couple of big names who didn’t care enough to join us.But in the big picture, what has hit the golf world of late is a concept that impacts one and all who make a living playing a game that’s impossible, even from the white tees. This concept, however, takes us way back there to the tips: Sports hate.Got to love good sports hate. It’s what really makes the jock kingdom hum with joy.I’m sure the Tour has it and has had it, but after the last couple of weeks, I don’t think the Tour has ever experienced such an open verbal wound as created by Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.Liar. Cheater. Whiner. Bad guy.All of that surfaced during and after The Players nearly two weeks ago. And it still has legs.Tiger and Sergio are talking my kind of trash. Obviously, the game of golf will benefit. We all love sports hate. You know we love it.The next time we see these two on the same course will be the U.S. Open next month. If the USGA honchos have any coconuts, a first-round pairing of Tiger and Sergio will kick off the Open on that Thursday.This is show biz. Give the people what they want.Granted, the ongoing tongue-war ran off the rails on Tuesday when Garcia made his way-out-of-line “fried chicken” comment, causing the PC Police to issue an all points bulletin.I hate it most of all for the noble bird, me being a lifelong fan of the fried variety, particularly at my local favorite, Button’s, where the king of cool, Keith Hicks, adds the waffles, the collard greens and some fine sweet potato strings.That’s my version of healthy eating.But it’s not healthy when Garcia makes a comment — as a joke, he said — that has racial roots, even for those of us who love to be served the bird fried.“I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone,” said a scrambling Sergio on Wednesday. “My answer was totally stupid and out of place.”He had been asked, jokingly, at a European banquet if he would have dinner with Tiger at the U.S. Open. “Yes, and we will serve fried chicken” came the answer.Tiger’s tweet response was harsh. “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I’m confident that there is real regret the comment was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”Hold it right there, Tiger man.Time to move on? Yes, from the fried-chicken remark, but all the other “stuff” has people waiting in eager anticipation for the U.S. Open, and I mean people who normally wouldn’t be eager. Hashtag this: It’s good for your game.Keep it going, except with Sergio displaying some form of common sense. There’s even a right and wrong in sports hate.But while I’m here promoting the concept of sports hate spilling over to the Tour, there’s one other basic element that might be missing in Tiger vs. Sergio.It’s called being competitive.Sergio has to walk the talk. Tiger may now want to call off the talk, but he’s still got the walk. Sergio has to go showdown with Tiger and beat him, at least some. Or once.OK, that’s a problem. Sergio’s problem. But let’s not allow it to stand in the way. All the other elements of good sports hate have arrived. These two clearly don’t like each other.Embrace it.Hopefully, so will the USGA for that first-round Merion pairing next month. Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.
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