PGA National proved to be one of the Tour’s most difficult tests last week. So difficult, in fact, that even holing a three-foot putt proved worthy of unleashing a profanity-laden release of frustration.
A birdie on the 18th hole brought Justin Thomas to eight under par for the tournament — good enough to get into a playoff with Luke List, who was seeking his first Tour victory.
The pair re-played the 18th hole in the playoff, and when Thomas sunk his three-footer for birdie to capture the Honda Classic title — the eighth Tour win of his career — he punctuated the moment with some colorful language.
“Let’s go!” Thomas said. “F— yeah, baby!”
Unfortunately for Thomas, the moment was caught on live TV. Thomas addressed the outburst in his post-round press conference.
“I didn’t know that was obviously going to be on TV or I wouldn’t have said it. I’m sorry. Please don’t fine me very much, PGA,” Thomas said.
“It just was an emotional win and I was happy to get it done,” he continued. “What I said, it obviously wasn’t out of frustration or anything. I did not know that was on TV, so I apologize to anybody that heard it, or everybody that heard it.”