Aug
11
2009
Tiger Rips (Official) and Dips (Into His Wallet)
By Stephanie Wei under General

In Tiger Woods’ post-win press conference, he slammed criticized rules official John Paramor for putting him and Padraig Harrington, the final pairing, on the clock on the 16th tee. Now, Tiger will be fined an unnamed amount of money.

From the AP:

Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, a tour official said Monday.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the tour does not publicize fines.

Section VI-D in the PGA Tour’s player handbook says,”It is an obligation of membership to refrain from comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage tournaments, sponsors, fellow members, players, or PGA Tour.”

What is this? The Tour’s version of slander? Well, rules are rules. Also, the amount Tiger will be fined is irrelevant — it’ll be pocket change for him. Oh, he’ll pay in cash, thank you very much.

Whether or not Tiger was right, I respect him for having a strong opinion and (finally) voicing it publicly. Lest we forget, he’s known to be PC on just about everything. We’re seeing a side of Tiger that we haven’t before. It’s awesome.

Slow play sucks and the guys that take their sweet time should be warned. Tiger isn’t above the rules and I doubt he feels otherwise. Simply, Paramor’s call in this case was poor timing — at least in my humble opinion.

Update: In his press conference today, Tiger said report of fine was erroneous.