NBC says it is sorry it cut "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during a montage at the start of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.
During the montage, which intercut footage of children and soldiers raising a flag, the children are seen reciting the pledge twice, but "Under God" was omitted both times.
Patriotic golf fans took to Twitter to object, and at least one person posted the Godless Pledge on YouTube.
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NBC said in an on-air apology that the two-word phrases was cut by accident.
"It was our intent to begin our coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being here in our nation's capital for the third time. Regrettably, a portion of the pledge of allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we'd like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it."