Tilghman Returns With An Apology

January 24, 2008

LA JOLLA, Calif.--Kelly Tilghman returned to the broadcast booth for the Golf Channel on Thursday at Torrey Pines Golf Course for the first round of the Buick Invitational. Tilghman, who served a two-week suspension from her company for making a racially insensitive comment during a telecast with partner Nick Faldo at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, read a taped, on-air apology prior to Thursday's broadcast.

"I'm Kelly Tilghman. It's an honor to be with you again. In a recent live broadcast I used an inappropriate word that was offensive to many. Over the last two weeks, I've taken time to reflect and truly understand the impact of what I said. While I did not intend to offend anyone, I understand why those words were hurtful. I am terribly sorry for any hurt that I've caused. I would like to express my deepest apologies."

--Mark Soltau