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Los Angeles (AFP)
World number three in golf, Justin Thomas, apologized for a homophobic insult over the television microphones during the US PGA Tour Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
American Thomas gave the anti-gay insult on the fourth hole of his third round in Hawaii after missing a five-foot-par putt, and it immediately caused a stir on social media.
“It’s inexcusable,” Thomas said. “First of all, I apologize. I am an adult. I’m a grown man, there is absolutely no reason for me to say something like that. This is terrible. I am extremely embarrassed.
“It’s not who I am, it’s not the kind of person I am or anything that I do.
“Unfortunately I did and I have to admit it and I am very sorry. ”
The US PGA Tour is expected to fine Thomas for the remark. “As he expressed after his tour, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.
Thomas finished his round shooting a five-under 68 and is tied for fifth place with one turn remaining, four shots behind co-leaders Harris English and Ryan Palmer who are 21 under par.
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