Gary Evans was last night told he did not need to apologise for his controversial comments over the rules row involving Colin Montgomerie.
Evans claimed "98 per cent" of tour members were not happy that Montgomerie had escaped any sanction - besides a brief statement expressing the European Tour tournament committee's "dissatisfaction" - over his incorrect drop during the Indonesian Open in March.
Montgomerie donated his £24,000 winnings to charity after viewing footage which showed he had replaced his ball in the wrong place after a suspension of play, but kept the world ranking points which helped him earn a place in this month's US Open - much to Evans' apparent unhappiness.
European Tour chief executive George O'Grady was furious with Evans for reigniting the issue during the tour's flagship event last week, and demanded he apologise to the tournament committee, of which Montgomerie is a member.
But the committee's chairman, Jamie Spence, yesterday insisted Evans did not need to apologise and Montgomerie was guilty of only an "inadvertent, minor breach" of the rules.
"I spoke at length with Gary on Tuesday, he didn't apologise and I didn't expect him to," said Spence, speaking at the Wales Open from which Evans yesterday with a back injury.
"I don't want his apology. It's a free world. I want the members to be able to say what they want but say it to us or George (O'Grady). I think the timing of his comments were very poor but I don't think he fully understood the issues involved."