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Mon Apr 21 09:07:46 SAST 2014

Donald apologises for Twitter gaffe

Sapa-AFP | 03 September, 2012 10:570 Comments
Deutsche Bank Championship - Round Two
Luke Donald of England walks up the fairway on the 13th hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 1, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts
Image by: Warren Little / Getty Images

A contrite Luke Donald apologised on Sunday for slamming golf course architect Gil Hanse in a Twitter posting that he thought was private.

England’s Donald had bogeyed the par-five 18th hole at the TPC Boston on Saturday, a hole that Hanse had reconfigured with a smaller green featuring steep slopes away from the playing surface.

Donald said he thought he was sending a direct message on Saturday night to Hanse via the social networking site, but instead the public tweet started with Donald’s cell phone number and then said, “Gil Hanse is a (expletive). Haha.” 

Donald quickly deleted both tweets and on Sunday apologised to Hanse and anyone else who might have been offended.

“I didn’t mean to put it out there, and I apologise to anyone I offended, especially Gil Hanse,” he said.

Donald said he received numerous phone calls soon after posting his own number, but he wasn’t complaining.

“That’s what I deserve,” he said.

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