Tiger Woods has revealed he was hurt by Steve Williams's race comment but insisted his long-time former caddie "is certainly not a racist".
Woods added: "It was a wrong thing to say. We're moving forward. It was hurtful certainly, but life goes forward.
"It is a comment that shouldn't have been made and he certainly wishes he didn't make it."
Woods said he had spoken to Williams about the remark, but declined to reveal exactly what they discussed.
"We talked about it this morning [Monday], we met face-to-face, we talked it through and we have agreed it was the wrong thing to say," former world number one Woods said. "He did apologise."
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Woods said he had "no doubts" in his belief that Williams did not hold racist views.
"It's one of those things. We'll see what time does," said Woods. "Time does heal wounds and we'll see how that goes."
The caddie has also apologised publicly for his remarks, while European Tour chief George O'Grady and US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem have decided to take no action.
"I don't make policy, I'm not part of the governing bodies and it's up to them," said Woods.
Williams, who now carries Adam Scott's bag, made the comments when he was awarded a light-hearted accolade for "the best celebration of the year" at a private caddies' dinner in Shanghai on Friday.
When the New Zealander, who was sacked by Woods in July, was asked to elaborate on his celebration after Scott won a world championship event in August, he said the aim was "to shove it right up that black arsehole".
Williams said on Saturday: "I now realise how my comments could be construed as racist. That was not my intent. I apologise to Tiger and anyone else I have offended."
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