Steve Elkington sends out potentially racist tweets at Open

Steve Elkington sent out some controversial tweets at the Senior British Open. (USATSI)
Steve Elkington sent out some controversial tweets at the Senior British Open. (USATSI)

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I can't imagine Steve Elkington saying something to get himself in trouble with the golf media world (yes, actually I can) but that's what happened on Friday and Saturday from the 2013 Senior British Open from Southport, England.

Elkington tweeted out a few questionable things and ABC picked them up. Here's the first one referencing some caddies Elkington knows getting robbed:

"Couple caddies got rolled by some Pakkis (Pakistanis), bad night for them"

And here is Elkington's apology:

A statement in Elkington's name was issued 20 minutes after he teed off in a third round where he shot a 1-over par 71 in which the golfer explained he had no idea 'Pakki', more commonly spelt as 'Paki' and long regarded in Britain as a highly offensive term, was an objectionable word."
"I am prepared to adhere to any disciplinary action that the Championship sees fit," Elkington's statement said. "In my tweet I was referring to an unfortunate incident involving a caddie earlier in the week. Being Australian, I was unaware that my use of language in relation to the Pakistani people would cause offence, but having been made aware I now deeply regret the use of that terminology."

A stretch, it would seem, even for Elkington. At the very least you have to be aware that you're a public figure and at least Google whether or not a phrase is offensive.

Elk also was apparently not happy with the city of Southport where the tournament is being played at Royal Birkdale. Here's his tweet from Friday:

"Things about Southport - fat tattooed guy, fat tattooed girl, trash, Pakistani robber guy, sh-t food."

And his response to that:

"Southport is a beautiful place and I have enjoyed playing at Royal Birkdale, as my positive content on Twitter has shown. My comments were born out of frustration over what had happened to a colleague."

I guess I don't see what the two things have in common.

Bernhard Langer leads the tournament and Elkington is probably out of contention barring a Van de Velde-ian collapse by the 10 or so players in front of him.

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