USGA President Diana Murphy Apologizes for Calling Brittany Lang ‘Bethany’

July 11, 2016

As if another rules controversy wasn’t enough, USGA president Diana Murphy made a blunder of her own during the finale of the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday.

Following Brittany Lang’s playoff victory, Murphy repeatedly called the newly minted major champion “Bethany” during the trophy presentation. It wasn’t until several spectators watching corrected her that she noticed her mistake.

Murphy apologized after the ceremony and issued the following statement:

“I would like to apologize to the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion, Brittany Lang,” Murphy said. “During the prize presentation, I mistakenly called her by the wrong name repeatedly. I have expressed my regret to Brittany personally and explained that in the heat of the moment, I became nervous and made these mistakes. I appreciate her understanding, and I am sorry that what I said may have taken away from a historic moment for a very deserving champion.”

You can watch video of the incident below.