Justin Thomas has preserved his sponsorship deal with Citi, on the condition that he donates "a meaningful portion" of his earnings to LGBTQ charities.

Justin Thomas has managed to keep his deal with the investment bank going, provided he works to create change and raise awareness of discrimination.

Justin shocked many golf fans when his mike picked him up using a anti-gay slur as he missed a putt at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Fashion brand Ralph Lauren then terminated their sponsorship with Justin the following week, stating that the World Number 3's language was "entirely inconsistent with our values".

Now, fellow sponsor Citibank have admitted that they also considered doing the same.

Justin's apology is 'not enough'

The company have made their position clear in their latest blog entitled “When an Apology is Not Enough.”

The company called Justin's choice of words “beyond offensive” but said it will work with the multiple PGA Tour winner to support LGBTQ+ causes and increase awareness of discrimination.

The post read: "We considered terminating our relationship with him. It would send a clear and important message, but we decided to use this moment to work with Justin to try to create change.

"We want to more than make it clear that it is wrong to use this word. Instead, we hope our efforts can lead more people to make an affirmative choice not to use this word or others like it - and speak up when others do - because they understand the impact it can have, including on a friend, colleague or teammates who may be struggling with the decision to disclose their sexual orientation."

They also made it clear that they would reconsider their partnership with Justin if they felt he wasn't doing his upmost to "do better" and work to stamp out homophobia.

"If at any point we feel Justin is not sincere in working toward this goal, we will end our relationship with him," they said.

The post goes on to suggest that he will donate a considerable portion of his Citi sponsorship money to LGBTQ+ charities, but didn't state exactly how much.

"It's not me"

Justin addressed the incident ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he missed the cut by one stroke.

"It's humiliating, it's embarrassing, and it's not me," he said, apologetically. "It's not a word that I use, but for some reason, it was in there.

"And that's what I'm trying to figure out as to why it was in there, and it's going to be a part of this process and training program or whatever I need to do, not only to prove to myself but prove to my sponsors and prove to those people that don't know who I am that that is indeed not the person I am."