USGA walks back comment directed at Justin Thomas: ‘He did not avoid a discussion’

first_imgThe United States Golf Association clarified its earlier comments regarding Justin Thomas and his criticism of a controversial penalty at the Honda Classic over the weekend.After first accusing Thomas of canceling meetings, the organization said the nine-time PGA Tour winner had not avoided any discussions nor canceled any meetings. “After further and more direct conversations with [Justin Thomas], we realize he did not avoid a discussion with the USGA nor cancel any meetings,” the USGA wrote in a tweet. “We value his and all players’ opinions and are committed to a productive dialogue as the golf world adjusts to the modernized rules.”After further and more direct conversations with @JustinThomas34, we realize he did not avoid a discussion with the USGA nor cancel any meetings. We value his and all players’ opinions and are committed to a productive dialogue as the golf world adjusts to the modernized rules.— USGA PR (@USGA_PR) March 5, 2019Thomas grabbed the attention of U.S. golf’s governing body by being critical of one of the new, and oftentimes confusing, rules changes. The latest backlash came when Adam Schenk was assessed a two-stroke penalty in the second round of the Honda Classic when Schenk’s caddie stood behind after he was in his stance, addressing the ball, on the 17th hole Friday. Related News USGA isn’t happy with Justin Thomas’ rant after latest penalty The penalty wasn’t announced until Saturday and it ended up changing the bogey Schenk carded on the par-3 17th to a triple-bogey.After the announcement, Thomas took to Twitter using the hashtag “#growthegame,” and the USGA then responded, in part, “we need to talk. You’ve canceled every meeting we’ve planned with you, but we are reaching out again.”Thomas, who finished T-30th at the event, was a little shocked by the USGA’s original comment. “It was a little upsetting just because it was inaccurate,” Thomas told reporters Sunday, via Golf Digest. “I haven’t canceled anything, especially any meetings. But it is what it is, and all I want is the best for the game of golf and the best for the sport, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try to communicate with each other to get that.“It is unfortunate. It just was — it really hurt me.”last_img

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