Tiger Woods responded to comments made by his former swing coach Hank Haney mocking Korean players on the LPGA tour.
“He obviously meant what he said and he got what he deserved,” Woods said on Friday, according to The Post’s Mark Cannizzaro. “[You] can’t look at life like that.”
Haney was suspended from his SiriusXM radio show this week after an exchange with co-host Steve Johnson regarding predictions for the US Women’s open, which began on Thursday, and it quickly took a racist turn.
“I’m gonna predict a Korean,” he said. He then went on to say, “I couldn’t name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour.”
“Well, I’d go with Lee,” Haney said. “If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right. … I don’t know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?”
The comments drew the ire of 2014 US Women’s Open winner Michell Wie, who tweeted her displeasure.
“As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that @HankHaney made disappoint and anger me on so many different levels,” she wrote. “Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank … shame on you. I don’t ever do this, but it must be called out.
“Too many of these girls, Korean or not, have worked countless hours and sacrificed so much to play in the U.S. Open this week. There are so many amazing players in the field. Let’s celebrate them … Not mock them.”
Haney apologized on Twitter, as well as in a joint PGA/SiriusXM statement.