Golfer Justin Thomas apologizes after homophobic slur caught on broadcast

Justin Thomas apologizes for use of homophobic slur after missed putt

"I'm an adult. I'm a grown man, there's absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that".

The 27-year-old impressed with his performances at the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii this weekend. "I just look back and I see those two par 5s".

"It's inexcusable", Thomas told the Golf Channel. I screwed up. I made a bad judgment call. "I was under the gun and it was a lot of grass behind and very thick. It definitely was a distraction out there today but now I get time to become a better person for it".

Thomas said he was distracted after the controversy that followed when he uttered an anti-gay slur Saturday that was heard on television coverage.

"I need to do better; I need to be better".

"It's a good start and get a week off before going to Abu Dhabi, a place I've never been, so I'm excited for that", he added.

Ryan Palmer, who began the day as the co-leader with English, finished fourth at 23 under after an errant tee shot on the par-3 11th lead to a double bogey. The PGA Tour does not disclose details of disciplinary action it takes against its members.

Last year, fellow golfer Scott Piercey shared a homophobic meme on social media aimed at homosexual Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg when the former United States navy officer was suspending his campaign.

In a statement obtained by Golf Digest, a PGA Tour spokesperson said: "As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin's comment was unacceptable". "First off, I just apologize".

Patrick Reed also had to apologise in Shanghai in 2014 when he cursed in conjunction with a homophobic slur after three-putting.

The three-time Major champion has not won since claiming the Open Championship in 2017 and had only two top-10 finishes a year ago, failing to finish better than a tie for 46th in any of the three Majors.

Harris English hits from the first tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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