There’s no place for racism in sport or anywhere else. It was right for Williams to apologize, and that was enough for them to consider the case closed without taking action. Time to move on.
In this case, it could be moving from Shanghai to Sydney _ and it figures to be open for discussion.
Even as PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and European Tour chief executive George O'Grady issued a statement, Scott was grilled anew Sunday after the final round of the HSBC Champions on whether Williams will stay on his bag.
“Absolutely,” Scott said.
Williams was roasted at a caddies award party for the exuberant TV interview he gave on the 18th green of the Bridgestone Invitational right after Scott won. Asked about the interview, he replied, “It was my aim to shove it up that black a––.”
The comment, while said at a private gathering in which all comments were considered off the record, quickly spread after a caddie shared what was said to a group of British reporters who were not there and not bound by the agreement.
Finchem and O'Grady said they spoke for the International Federation of PGA Tours that it “feels strongly there is no place for any form of racism in ours or any other sport.”
“We consider the remarks of Steve Williams, as reported, entirely unacceptable in whatever context,” the statement said. “We are aware that he has apologized fully and we trust we will not hear remarks ever gain. Based on this, we consider the matter closed, and we will have no further comment.”
Scott was shown a copy of the statement after signing his card and said he felt comfortable with it.
“I don’t think anyone condones racism in sport or anything,” Scott said.
Scott, who closed with a 73 Sunday and tied for 11th at the HSBC Champions, now heads to Sydney for the Australian Open. Woods also is playing golf’s fourth-oldest championship, and a press conference was scheduled for Tuesday morning. Organizers had planned long ago to put Woods and Scott in the same group for the opening two rounds, along with Jason Day.