U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart refused further comment Friday on his use of a mock Chinese accent in a television interview.
During a rain delay in the first round of the National Car Rental Classic at Disney World, Stewart spoke with the accent on ESPN to make fun of comments made earlier this month by British golf analyst Peter Alliss.
Alliss told the Daily Telegraph, "Americans are totally different to us. They might as well be Chinese. In their eyes, pretty much everything in Europe is rubbish... Everything, everything, everything is crap. And that begins to wear on you after a while."
Squinting his eyes and sticking out his teeth, Stewart told ESPN, "I just want Peter Alliss to know that all of us American golfers on the Ryder Cup team, we are Chinese, too. Thank you very much."
Stewart later apologized after finishing his round Thursday, saying there was no intent to offend anyone but Alliss.
"I said all I have to say yesterday," Stewart said as he walked briskly past reporters.
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