World number three Justin Thomas said he was deeply apologetic after using a homophobic slur during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Saturday.
Thomas, the defending champion at the $6.7 million event, missed a five-foot putt on the fourth hole after which he uttered the slur, “F*****G F****T”, which was picked up by a television microphone.
“First off, I just apologise. I’m an adult. I’m a grown man, there’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed,” the 27-year-old American told Golf Channel after the round.
“I need to do better. I deeply apologise to anyone and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it,” he added.
The slur was basically inaudible on the television coverage with commentators moving straight on without noticing what he had said.
The US PGA Tour which runs the tournament is expected to fine Thomas for the remark.
“As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.
Last Updated on Jan 10, 2021