Sweden's Helen Alfredsson, who won 11 tournaments on the Ladies European Tour (LET) before retiring in September, was commentating on the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters yesterday when a helicopter flew overhead and she said that she hoped the pilots were "better" than in Scotland.
The 48-year-old issued a statement via the LET, which read: "Regretfully I made an inappropriate and distasteful comment on air today and apologise unreservedly for any offence that was caused by this mistake.
"I did not intend to hurt anybody and I am devastated if I have hurt anyone. I feel very embarrassed because this was not intended in any shape or form."
LET chief executive officer Ivan Khodabakhsh added: "Helen Alfredsson's comment on air was clearly careless but people who know Helen will realise that she would never have intended to hurt someone and I do not believe this was the case."