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Golfer Justin Thomas apologizes for using homophobic slur after missing putt

“There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible,” Thomas said in his apology.
Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas walks on the 10th hole during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Jan. 9, 2021, in Kapalua, Hawaii.Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images
/ Source: NBC News

Golfer Justin Thomas apologized Saturday for using a homophobic slur after he missed a shot.

A microphone picked up Thomas using the slur after he didn't land a putt during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

“There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible,” Thomas told the Golf Channel after the game. “There’s just no excuse.”

Thomas, who could not be immediately reached Sunday, told the Golf Channel the comments do not reflect who he is, said he is “very apologetic.”

Justin Thomas lines up a putt on the 14th green during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Jan. 8, 2021, in Kapalua, Hawaii.Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

“As he expressed after his round, we agree that Justin’s comment was unacceptable,” the PGA Tour said in a statement Sunday.

The Human Rights Campaign, nation's largest LGBTQ rights group, condemned the slur. "This type of discriminatory language causes real harm, and there is no place for it in sports. We must continue to work for greater inclusion and acceptance," the HRC's president, Alphonso David, said on Twitter.

Thomas, 27, is a former world No. 1 golf player and has won more than 10 PGA tours.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com.