NORTON, Mass. — Luke Donald apologized Sunday for criticizing golf course architect Gil Hanse in a tweet that was meant to be private.
Donald made bogey on the par-5 18th hole at the TPC Boston, where Hanse reconfigured the green to make it smaller and feature severe slopes off the edges. Donald thought he was sending a direct message Saturday, but instead the tweet went public.
First, he published his cell phone number. His next tweet said, “Gil Hanse is a (expletive). Haha.”
Within minutes, Donald realized his mistake and deleted both tweets. By then, a few bloggers had captured them and posted them on the Internet.
“I made a mistake, unfortunately,” Donald said after his third round. “I sent a message that was not meant to go out on Twitter, and I take full responsibility. I realized it immediately, tried to delete it and tried to move on. Unfortunately, it got caught up there, and such is life. I didn’t mean to put it out there, and I apologize to anyone I (offended), especially Gil Hanse.”
Hanse, who was selected to design the Olympic golf course in Rio for the 2016 Games, took no offense.