Thomas apologizes after using homophobic slur at Sentry

Thomas apologizes after using homophobic slur at Sentry

The incident occurred during the third round of the tournament.

During his 2017 season he won five PGA Tour events, including the PGA Championship, his maiden major championship, and also won the FedEx Cup championship.

English carded six birdies and completed 36 holes with just one bogey on his card, outshining Thomas on the inward run as the world No 3 was unable to hang on to the lead he claimed following his fourth birdie of the day at the ninth.

The world's top two players, meanwhile, head into the final 36 holes nicely placed on 10 under, with Johnson firing an eight-birdie 65 and Jon Rahm picking up birdies at five of the last seven holes to hand in a 66.

What did he say at the Sentry Tournament?

English and Niemann finished the tournament on 25-under par, one shot better than defending champion Justin Thomas, who shot a 7-under par final round but a mistake at the par-4 17th meant his birdie at the last wasn't good enough for a spot in the play-off. A Golf Channel microphone picked up the slur on live TV.

Justin Thomas should know better.

"It's inexcusable. I, first off, I just apologize", he said in a statement after the round. I screwed up. I made a awful judgement call. I'm playing well enough to just let it happen and get out of my own way, and I love Sunday when it comes down to the final stretch. "I keep putting myself in these positions". It's bad. I'm extremely embarrassed.

"It feels awesome. All the hard work that has gone into this, all the highs and lows of golf that it brings over a career and I feel like I've gotten out of my valley and getting back to the tournaments and some of the quality of golf that I know I can play".

"But I obviously had a lot of other things on my mind last night".

"I need to do better; I need to be better". I clearly screwed up. I'm a grown man.

It is expected that Thomas will be fined for his comments.

Despite his comment, he is keen that his strong start to the golfing year - now ranking third in Hawaii - will continue.

That's what I've learned: to not go up-and-down the range saying, I need to be like Dustin or Justin Thomas or Xander Schauffele.

"I'm speechless. I found out when I got done on the golf course, when I got done with my round", added Thomas.

It feels great to have some validation out there on the golf course.

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