Justin Thomas admits he was “upset” at being dropped by clothing sponsor Ralph Lauren after using a homophobic slur during the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Thomas apologised for the incident at the time and said on Wednesday he had hoped to work together with the brand to address the issue.
“Just like my other partners and other sponsorships, it’s an opportunity for them to help me just like I hope to help them,” Thomas said.
“Like I said, I wasn’t disappointed, because I put them in a terrible position. I just was more upset.
“I had a great relationship with a lot of people there, and like I said, we would have had the opportunity to do it together, and I totally respect their decision and I’ve moved on from it.”
The world No.3 was caught on a mic using an anti-gay slur after missing a par putt during the third round.
Thomas was asked how he would respond to suggestions that what happened in Hawaii may not have been an isolated incident, but rather it was the first time it had been picked up on a microphone.
“Yeah, it’s very easy to say that and understand but that’s unfortunately just what comes with it in terms of people not knowing who I am and the consequences of what I said,” he said.
“You know, I’m clearly beyond (not) proud of what I said. It’s humiliating. It’s embarrassing. It’s not me.
“It’s not a word that I use, but for some reason, it was in there. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out as to why it was in there.
“It’s going to be a part of this process and training program or whatever I need to do, not only to prove to myself but prove to my sponsors and prove to those people that don’t know who I am, that that is indeed not the person I am.”