At one point during Sky Sports’ coverage of the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic, some slightly bored camerawork caught Tiger clearing his throat (and nasal passages) in the vicinity of the cup. Cue outraged monologue from golf’s most censorious announcer, Ewan Murray:
“Some parts of him are so arrogant and petulant … somebody maybe has to come on this green behind him and maybe putt over his spit … it doesn’t get much lower than that.”
Now, while I appreciate that spitting has sort of become the norm on the PGA Tour, there’s something about doing it on the green (particularly a hard, fast green, where a big wad of phlegm is going to sit, slug-like, on top of the surface) that’s still genuinely offensive. It falls short of the Sergio Garcia mark (Jimmy Roberts’ finest comic moment), granted, but I’m finding it difficult to disagree with Murray’s immediate assessment.
Steph’s reaction, altogether more ‘meh’ than my own, has given me pause, however. Am I behaving uptightly, or is The Spit actually a gooey lens through which we can view Tiger’s tortured, monomaniacal soul?
(Thanks to Geoff Shackelford for the spot and above screen shot.)