"I'm sure Kelly wishes she never said that,'' Jim Furyk said. "I haven't spoken with Tiger, but I've been told that they've had their talk and they've discussed it. Anything I say is kind of just like pouring salt in the wound at this point. Obviously, she would love to not have said that and for it not to be news. I'm glad that her and Tiger spoke.''
Fred Funk only heard about the comment Wednesday morning.
"There was no ill intent at all,'' he said. "I think it was just a slip, and they said that Tiger has already forgiven her. I think when you're in the TV tower for that many hours, you're going to wish you didn't say some things probably, and that was one thing that slipped out. I think you've got to give them a little grace.
"Her integrity, how Kelly is respected out here, is pretty good. I think Tiger really likes Kelly, so that helped squash it. Because Tiger could have run off with that if he took it the wrong way. But he didn't, so that was good.''
Before her suspension was announced, Sharpton spoke earlier on CNN's "Prime News'' and continued to push for her firing, saying he wanted to meet with Golf Channel because the comments were "an insult to all blacks.''
"Lynching is not murder in general, it's not assault in general,'' Sharpton said. "It's a specific racial term that this women should be held accountable for. What she said is racist. Whether she's a racist ... is immaterial. She's a broadcaster. The channel has to be accountable to the public.''