“It’s inexcusable,” Thomas said. “First of all, I apologize. I am an adult. I am a grown man, there is absolutely no reason for me to say something like that. It is terrible. I am extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am, it’s not the kind of person that I am or anything that I do.
“Unfortunately I did and I have to admit it and I am very sorry. ”
Thomas said he was unaware it was picked up and was a social media topic ahead of his tour. He finished with a 5 under 68 and is four shots from the head.
The PGA Tour said in a statement, “As he expressed after his tour, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable. He is likely to be fined for conduct unbecoming a professional, although the PGA Tour does not disclose a conduct penalty.
A year ago, Scott Piercy lost two endorsement deals for sharing a homophobic meme poking fun at Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is gay, when he announced he was suspending his campaign. Piercy also referred to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.
Patrick Reed also had to apologize in Shanghai in 2014 when he swore in conjunction with a homophobic slur after three hits.
Thomas, who reached world No. 1 for a week last year, is the reigning champion in Kapalua.
” It’s bad. There’s no other way to tell, ”Thomas said. “I have to do better, I have to be better. It is definitely a learning experience. I just… I deeply apologize to everyone and everyone that I’ve offended and I’ll be better for it.