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By Jason CrookFebruary 26, 2018, 2:10 pm
Justin Thomas won his eighth PGA Tour victory over the weekend, outlasting Luke List in a playoff at the Honda Classic. But the win wasn’t the only thing golf fans were discussing after the event.
The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, who has been very vocal about “unacceptable” fan behavior behind the ropes in recent weeks, helped get one fan kicked out of the Honda Classic for rooting (very loudly) against him, shouting – after Thomas had swung – for his shots to find hazards.
On-course microphones caught Thomas confronting the fan and asking for him to be removed after teeing off on the 16th hole.
“I don’t want to kick someone out just to kick them out. It’s just so inappropriate. We’re out here trying to win a tournament. … Just because you’re standing behind the ropes doesn’t mean that you can – I don’t care how much I dislike somebody, I’m never going to wish that kind of stuff upon them,” Thomas said after the round. “I felt it was inappropriate, so he had to go home.”
But the 24-year-old was singing a slightly different tune Monday on Twitter. After receiving plenty of backlash from those who didn’t think the fan’s heckling had crossed the line, Thomas apologized to anyone offended by his actions and admitting that he felt bad about overreacting and having the fan removed from the event.