Justin Thomas says he overreacted, feels bad about having Honda fan kicked out

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Justin Thomas lines up a shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 17, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Warren Little/Getty Images

Justin Thomas says he overreacted, feels bad about having Honda fan kicked out

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Justin Thomas says he overreacted, feels bad about having Honda fan kicked out

Justin Thomas won his eighth career PGA Tour event Sunday at the Honda Classic and created a social media controversy in the process.

A fan yelled ‘get in that bunker’ shortly after Thomas hit his tee shot at the par-4 16th during the final round, and the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year wasn’t happy about it. He alerted security and had the fan ejected.

“Who said that?” Thomas asked before identifying the heckler. “Enjoy your day, buddy. You’re gone.”

Thomas clarified why he did it and said he regretted having the fan tossed Monday afternoon in a series of tweets.

Here’s what Thomas said about the incident during his press conference after Sunday’s final round at PGA National, where he shot 8 under for the week and defeated Luke List in a sudden-death playoff.

“I feel like there’s no place for that,” Thomas said. “I hit it and my ball is in the air and it’s in the middle of the fairway and he’s yelling for it to get in the bunker. I was like, okay, I’ve had enough. So I just turned around and asked who it was. He didn’t want to say anything now that I had actually acknowledge him. So he got to leave a couple holes early. I don’t want to kick someone out just to kick them out. It’s just, it’s so inappropriate. We’re out here trying to win a golf tournament. I would have done it if he said it to Luke, just like Rory (McIlroy) did to that guy that said something to me in L.A.”

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