NEW YORK:Tiger Woods saw no insult or ill will in a television commentator's comment that any golfer trying to test him might have to "lynch him in a back alley", Woods' agent said in a statement.
The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman made the comment during coverage of the US PGA Tour season-opening event in Hawaii on Friday while joking with English analyst Nick Faldo about Woods, who was not playing at the tournament.
Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, issued a statement declaring the uproar regarding lynching and the first black golfer to win a major title was not a major concern.
"This story is a non-issue," Steinberg said. "Tiger and Kelly are friends and Tiger has a great deal of respect for Kelly. Regardless of the choice of words used we know unequivocally that there was no ill-intent in her comments.
"This story is a non-issue in our eyes. Case closed."
Tilghman said Tuesday in a statement that she meant no insult to Woods or offense to viewers.
"On Friday during our golf broadcast, Nick Faldo and I were discussing Tiger's dominance in the golf world and I used some poorly chosen words," she said.
"I have known Tiger for 12 years and I have apologized directly to him. I also apologize to our viewers who may have been offended by my comments."