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Thomas secured a playoff victory at the Honda Classic.

Justin Thomas apologises for getting fan ejected at Honda Classic

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American golfer Justin Thomas was heavily criticised on social media after having a fan ejected during his victory at the Honda Classic in Florida on Sunday.

Like Colin Montgomerie and many others before him, Thomas paid the price for his comments on what he considers to be "unacceptable fan behaviour" prior to the event, with one spectator heckling him during the final round.

Thomas' decision to confront the fan and ask for him to be removed caused a stir, with many people believing he crossed the line since the fan hadn't attempted to put him off while he was playing.

On Tuesday, Thomas issued an apology, admitting he'd 'overreacted'. He went on to say that he 'felt bad for having him kicked out.'

Thomas took to his official Twitter account earlier in the week to address the controversy, and his thread can be seen further down this article.

The Honda Classic saw Thomas claim an impressive seventh title in 31 starts and with the American looking to continue his good form into the first of the four big money events each year that come under the World Golf Championship umbrella – the WGC-Mexico Championship, he'll be glad to put this distraction behind him.

The event, in which saw Tommy Fleetwood catapulted onto the world stage last year after finishing runner-up to Dustin Johnson, takes place between the March 1-4.

Now 11th in the world rankings, Fleetwood is close to replacing Rory McIlroy in the top 10.

"The welcome I got was really amazing, and I can't thank the fans enough," said Fleetwood, who finished fourth in just his second event as a PGA Tour member to continue his own impressive start to the season.

Fellow Englishmen Chris Paisley is also looking to replicate Fleetwood's success last year after he gained his first WGC start following his maiden victory in January's South African Open.

"I know Tommy built on the confidence he had from having a similar win to mine in Abu Dhabi to do so well in Mexico and that is certainly inspirational for me," said the 31-year-old from Hexham. 

"I've known Tommy since England amateur days, when he was so good he used to kick all our backsides. He's still at it now!"

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