“The Euro Tour is right – it was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and want to say I’m sorry.” – Tiger Woods, apologizing via his Twitter Account on Monday for his rude spitting episode on the 12th green at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday
It was obviously a frustrating finish to what could have been an incredible week for Tiger Woods in Dubai last week, as on Sunday the former number 1 golfer in the world would stumble yet again. Except much more than a rusty golf game would be hashed about afterward, as Woods was once again singled out for his behavior inside the ropes. On the 12th green on Sunday in the final round, a dejected Tiger Woods allowed his frustrations to boil over, as he HOCKED UP A LOOGIE and carelessly spit the slimy mucus onto the putting surface only several feet away from the putting hole. The British television announcers working for the European Tour wasted little time taking Woods to task, most notably Ewen Murray – who coaches several European golfers on tour and works part-time in the booth to help cover some of the European Tour events. “You look at his work ethics and he is a credit to the game and an inspiration to all of those who are trying to become professional golfers. But there are some parts of him that are just arrogant and petulant. Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit. It does not get much lower than that.” The episode seemed to provoke another isolated thought from Murray about Tiger’s distant attitude towards the fans that come out to watch him play. “If you are getting paid 3million US dollars I don’t think it’s too much to ask to spend 15 to 20 minutes with some of the youngsters.”
It has been alleged that last week while in Dubai, Woods directed a group of fans wanting autographs to a certain area of the course where he would later come over, only to make a quick escape and leave the golf course while leaving the fans empty handed. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that Woods has used the old bait-and-switch, but it is worth noting that unlike years past – these episodes of questionable behavior are being brought to light by the television announcers and other various media.
As for the spitting incident itself, the European Tour looked into it and concluded in their statement that Woods’ behavior wouldn’t go unpunished. They issued the following statement on Monday: “Tournament director Mike Stewart has reviewed the incident and feels there has been a breach of the Tour code of conduct and consequently Tiger Woods will be fined.”