As expected, the European Tour handed Tiger Woods a fine for hocking a loogey on the 12th green during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. (You see, even Tiger spitting makes worldwide news!) Tour director Mike Stewart said in a statement on Monday that Tiger breached tour code.
Tiger, who promised to be more respectful of the game last year during his infamous apology speech, offered his regrets via Twitter:
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.
That’s probably the most genuine apology we’ve ever heard from Tiger. He added:
Everyone was terrific all week, fans especially. Dubai is always a fantastic host. Just wish the week could have ended better.
My first reaction to the whole situation was indifferent. I mean, it is disgusting, but I’ve gotten used to seeing golfers spit every other second out on Tour (oftentimes, it is accompanied with chew).
I guess the issue with The Spit is that it was a disgusting lump of grossness and Tiger, who always has more eyes on him than other players, was the culprit — not to mention would anyone have cared if he had won instead of shooting a smooth 75 on Sunday? (Hint: Probably not!) Also, like Tiger said himself, it was inconsiderate. After all, would you want to putt your ball through The Spit and pick it up? Didn’t think so.
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