Justin Thomas has apologised for making a homophobic slur during Saturday’s third round of the Sentry Tournament of Championship.
The defending champion uttered the word ‘faggot’ after missing a par putt on the fourth hole of the Kapalua Plantation course.
The incident immediately sparked a bit of controversy on social media, forcing Thomas to apologise when his round concluded.
‘I screwed up. I have to be better. I will be better. I deeply apologize to everybody and anybody who was offended,’ Thomas told Golf Digest.
The American emphasised that there was no excuse for his comment, despite it being said in the heat of the moment.
‘It’s embarrassing. That’s not me and it’s inexcusable. There’s no excuse. I’m an adult and there’s no place for that. It doesn’t matter who you are, no one’s above that. I have no excuse.’
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Thomas ended the round with a five-under-par 68, leaving him in T5 ahead of the final round, four shots behind the leaders.
Ryan Palmer and Harris English will take a one-shot lead into the start of play on Sunday.