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“There’s just no excuse. 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. But unfortunately I did it and I have to own up to it and I’m very apologetic.
“Like I said, it’s inexcusable. I’m speechless. 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 apologize to anyone and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”
Kevin Dotson and John Sinnott of CNN noted Thomas used the slur after he missed a par putt.
“As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” the PGA Tour said in a statement to Golf Digest.
Thomas is tied for fifth place at 17 under heading to Sunday’s final round.