The golfing world was left reeling on Saturday after caddie Steve Williams made a racist remark about his former boss Tiger Woods at an awards dinner.
New Zealander Williams called Woods a “black arsehole” during the annual caddies' awards at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
He made the extraordinary outburst when asked about his controversial celebrations following a victory by his new employer, Australian Adam Scott, at the Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Williams, who was sacked by Woods in July after being at the former world No 1's side for 13 of his 14 major championship titles, described Scott's victory as the ‘best win of my career’.
Addressing the room after being handed a tongue-in-cheek "celebration of the year" gong, Williams, 47, shocked players, fellow caddies and sponsors by saying: “It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole.”
Williams later issued an apology on his website. “I apologise for comments I made last night,” he said in the statement.
“I now realise how my comments could be construed as racist. I sincerely apologise to Tiger and anyone else I have offended.”
Nevertheless there were calls in the British media for Williams to be sacked by world number eight Scott and thrown out of the game.