KAPALUA, Hawaii – Justin Thomas apologized on Saturday afternoon for saying anti-gay pigeons under his nose when he missed a 5-foot piece on the fourth hole of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
“It’s unforgivable,” Thomas said. “First, I’m just apologizing. I’m an adult. I’m an adult; there’s absolutely no reason to say anything like that. It’s awful. I’m extremely uncomfortable. It’s not who I am; it’s not the kind of person I am or whatever. either.
“Unfortunately I did and I have to come to terms with it and I’m very apologetic.”
Thomas said he was unaware it had been taken and was a social media topic only after his round.
Thomas finished with a 5-under 68 and is four strokes back from the lead.
The PGA Tour said in a statement: “As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin̵
He will likely be fined for conduct that does not become a professional, although the PGA Tour does not disclose a penalty for conduct.
A year ago, Scott Pierce lost two approval deals to share an anti-gay meme that mocked Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigig, who was gay when Butigig announced he was stopping his campaign. Pierce also cites the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.
Patrick Reed also had to apologize in Shanghai in 2014 when he swore along with anti-gay slander after three shots.
Thomas, who reached number one in the world in one week last year, is the defender of the champion in Kapalua.
“It’s bad. There’s no other way to say it,” Thomas said. “I have to do better; I have to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. It’s just … I deeply apologize to everyone and everyone I’ve offended, and I’ll be better for it.”