At 4:36 p.m. ET, NBC issued the following on-air pseudo-apology (rush transcript):
We began our coverage of this final round about three hours ago, and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held 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 would like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.