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Stephenson issues apology to Asian players

Golfer Jan Stephenson issued a written apology to the Asian community on Saturday for criticizing Asian female players in a recent magazine article.

Stephenson said in a story for the November issue of Golf Magazine that top-earning Asian players are "killing" the LPGA Tour by not making themselves more available for promotional purposes. She criticized them for playing tournaments and then leaving without talking to the media.

"After hearing the statement read back to me prior to the release of it, I requested that the editor reword that portion," said Stephenson, who became the first woman to play on the Champions Tour on Friday.

On Friday, Stephenson said she helped promote the LPGA when she was younger and is annoyed there are some who don't do the same.

"By no means did I intend to hurt anyone nor were the statements racially motivated," Stephenson said in her statement. "I clearly understand how these comments could be taken as racial comments and for that I am truly sorry."

Stephenson shot an 80 in the first round of the Turtle Bay Championship on Friday, 12 shots behind co-leaders Dana Quigley, Hale Irwin and Rex Caldwell.

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