Tilghman apologizes for "lynch" comment

Over the years, the PGA Tour has certainly not been immune from racial controversy. However, it was nice to see the Tour enter the 21st century with a fresher perspective on society.

However, golf dominated sports media over the past several weeks due to the comments of Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman. Considering Tilghman usually plays the role of the light analyst on TGC, she slipped big time during a telecast when fellow anchor, Nick Faldo, asked what a young player would have to do to catch Tiger.

Tilghman's response: "Lynch him in a back alley."

In La Jolla, California, Tilghman told the world during the Buick Championship telecast, "In a recent live broadcast, I used an inappropriate word that was offensive to many. Over the last two weeks I've taken the time to reflect and truly understand the impact of what I said. While I did not intend to offend anyone, I understand why those words were hurtful. I am terribly sorry for any hurt that I have caused. I would like to express my deepest apologies."

While it seems as though the issue involving Tilghman may have been put to rest (Tiger Woods and his representatives, IMG, did not attack Tilghman), the issue is far more complex. In fact, the issue received massive publicity when Golfweek published a cover with a noose, which ultimately led to the firing of editor Dave Seanor.

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