Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has admitted that comments he made on Friday night about the American golfer "could be construed as racist".
Caddie Steve Williams looks on as Tiger Woods hits a shot during
The 136th Open Championship in 2007 in Carnoustie, Scotland.
Hours after the incident at a caddie awards dinner in Shanghai, Williams -- who was sacked by the former World No 1 during the summer -- issued an apology on his website.
"I apologise for comments I made last night," stated the 47-year-old New Zealander, who had told the audience at the dinner that the aim of his celebration when Adam Scott won a world championship in August was "to shove it right up that black a*******".
Continuing his statement, Williams said: "Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun.
"I now realise how my comments could be construed as racist. However, I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologise to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."