Hank Haney says remarks about Korean golfers were ‘based on statistics and facts’

Hank Haney took to Twitter as Jeongeun Lee6 finished her Sunday surge and moved toward a victory in the U.S. Women's Open.

Haney was suspended from his Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio show last week after making insensitive remarks about the proliferation of South Korean players in women's golf.

An uproar in the golfing community, the aforementioned suspension from his show and a subsequent apology did not stop him from weighing in on the same subject Sunday afternoon.

"My prediction that a Korean woman would be atop the leaderboard at the Women's US Open was based on statistics and facts. Korean women are absolutely dominating the LPGA Tour. If you asked me again my answer would be the same but worded more carefully," Haney wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, Haney added "Congratulations to Jeougean (sic) Lee6 on your great win at the US Women’s Open. Who’s The Great Predictor now Steve Johnson @steveyrayj I knew a Lee would win."

Congratulations to Jeougean Lee6 on your great win at the US Women’s Open. Who’s The Great Predictor now Steve Johnson @steveyrayj I knew a Lee would win.

Haney's dismissive remarks about the professional women's game came on his show Wednesday on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with co-host Steve Johnson.

"This week is the 74th U.S. Women's Open, Hank," Johnson said.

"Oh, it is? I'm gonna predict a Korean," Haney said.

Johnson, laughing, responded, "OK, that's a pretty safe bet."

"I couldn't name you six players on the LPGA Tour," Haney said. "Maybe I could. Well … I'd go with Lee. If I didn't have to name a first name, I'd get a bunch of them right."

"We've got six Lees," Johnson said.

"Honestly, Michelle Wie is hurt," Haney said. "I don't know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?"

The remarks even earned a rebuke from Haney's former student, Tiger Woods.

"He deserved it," Woods said Friday following his second round in the Memorial at Muirfield Village. "Just can't look at life like that." 

Lee6 began Sunday play two shots back of Yu Liu and Celine Boutier, two former Duke teammates who hail from China and France, respectively. Lee6 finished, fittingly, with a 70 in the final round and 6-under for the tournament.

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