Justin Thomas has issued an apology for using a homophobic slur during the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
The world No.3 was heard using the word ‘f****t’ when missing a five-foot par putt on the fourth hole of the third round on Saturday.
Thomas, who faces a possible fine from the PGA Tour, admitted his offensive reaction left him ‘extremely embarrassed’.
The 27-year-old said: “It’s inexcusable. 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.
“It’s not who I am, it’s not the kind of person that I am or anything that I do.
“Unfortunately, I did it, and I have to own up to it, and I’m very apologetic.
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“It’s bad. There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better, I need to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience.
“I deeply apologise to everybody and anybody who I offended, and I’ll be better because of it.”
The PGA Tour said in a statement: “As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable.”