Justin Thomas hits out of the bunker on the 13th hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii, the US, January 8 2021. Picture: KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS
Justin Thomas hits out of the bunker on the 13th hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii, the US, January 8 2021. Picture: KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS

Bengaluru — World No 3 golfer Justin Thomas said he was deeply apologetic after using a homophobic slur during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in the US on Saturday.    

Thomas, the defending champion at the $6.7m event, missed a five-foot putt on the fourth hole after which he uttered the slur that was picked up by a television microphone.

“There’s just no excuse,” the 27-year-old American told Golf Channel. “There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. It’s not the kind of person that I am.

“I need to do better. I deeply apologise to anyone and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it,” he added.

Thomas fired an eagle and six birdies on Saturday for a five-under 68.

He went into Sunday’s final round in a tie for fifth place at 17 under, four shots behind leaders Ryan Palmer and Harris English. 

Reuters

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