Hank Haney, the golf instructor most famous for being Tiger Woods’ former coach, apologized for remarks he made about LPGA Tour golfers on his radio show Wednesday.
Haney’s co-host asked him for his thoughts on who could win this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, to which he replied, “I’m gonna predict a Korean.” Korean and Korean-American golfers make up a large portion of the LPGA Tour.
After saying he couldn’t name “six players on the LPGA Tour,” Haney added, “I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.”
Haney received blowback on social media, from the likes of Michelle Wie and others, then posted an apology shortly after noon Wednesday.
“In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry,” Haney wrote in part.
Wie wrote that golf fans and analysts should “celebrate (Korean players)… not mock them.”
“I don’t ever do this, but this must be called out,” Wie wrote of her criticism of Haney.