Golf’s Most Controversial Comments

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October 2014 "@IanJamesPoulter -Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl." - PGA President Ted Bishop on Ian Poulter's criticisms of former Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo.
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May 2013 "We'll have him 'round every night. We will serve fried chicken." -- Sergio Garcia, on his plans to hang out with Tiger Woods during U.S. Open week
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July 1990 "We don't discriminate in every other area except blacks." -- Hall Thompson, on the make-up of Shoal Creek Country Club's membership, which at the time included Jews and women but no African-Americans
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March 1973 "There is no doubt that when blacks make the same effort in golf as in other athletic fields, they'll be playing in the Masters. But few are making a serious effort." -- Former Augusta National chairman Clifford Roberts, on why no African-Americans had yet to compete for the green jacket
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"I'm totally against greens-reading books," Williams said.
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May 1995 "Let's face facts here. Lesbians in the sport hurt women's golf. When it gets to the corporate level, that's not going to fly. They're going to a butch game, and that furthers the bad image of the game." -- Ben Wright, on his perceptions of the LPGA Tour. Wright added that "Women are handicapped by having boobs. It's not easy for them to keep their left arm straight, and that's one of the tenets of the game. Their boobs get in the way."
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July 2007 On the eve of the British Open at Carnoustie, Graham Brown, a member of the R&A rules committee, refers to Japanese people as "Nips" and says they all look the same. "Graham Brown is certainly not a racist and he is horrified at the impression he has left and the impact of some of his remarks," said R&A chief executive Peter Dawson.
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November 2011 "It was my aim to shove it up that black arse ..." -- Steve Williams, on his ex-employer, Tiger Woods
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April 1997 "He's doing quite well, pretty impressive. That little boy is driving well and he's putting well. He's doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it, and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year." -- Fuzzy Zoeller, on Tiger Woods at the 1997 Masters.
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January 2008 "Lynch him in a back alley." -- Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman, on how how Tour pros might put an end to Tiger Woods' dominance
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May 2003 "I hope she misses the cut. Why? Because she doesn't belong out here." -- Vijay Singh, on his feelings about Annika Sorenstam competing in the 2003 Colonial
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August 2011 "This is the best win of my career." -- Steve Williams after caddying for Adam Scott at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
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April 2002 "There may be a day when women are invited to join our membership, but that timetable will be ours, not at the point of a bayonet." -- Former Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson
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May 2013 "Most of Sergio's friends are colored athletes in the United States." -- European Tour chief executive George O'Grady.