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Posted at 9:53 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Tiger Woods fined for spitting in Dubai Desert Classic (updated)

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 12:44 p.m.

Tiger Woods has apologized, via Twitter, for spitting on the green at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

He added in another tweet: "Everyone was terrific all week, fans especially. Dubai is always a fantastic host. Just wish the week could have ended better."

Filed at 9:53 a.m.

As if struggling with his golf game on the final day of the Dubai Desert Classic weren't frustrating enough, Tiger Woods has been fined for spitting on the 12th green.

"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," the European Tour said in a statement on Monday. The Tour is not expected to divulge the amount of the loogie levy.

Cameras caught Woods, who shot a three-over-par 75 and finished seven strokes behind Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

"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," an outraged Evan Murray said on Sky's broadcast. "Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit [on the green]. It does not get much lower than that."

Well, actually it does. Remember when Sergio Garcia spit into the cup -- the one into which hands must be placed in order to retrieve putts? Yeah, that happened, at the CA Championship in 2007. So let's recap. The European Tour fines an American for spitting onto the green and the PGA Tour did not fine a European player for spitting into the cup.

By Cindy Boren  | February 14, 2011; 9:53 AM ET
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"The European Tour fines an American for spitting onto the green and the PGA Tour did not fine a European player for spitting into the cup."

ReallY? This is the problem you have with Tiger spitting like a thuggish teenager.

Both Garcia and Tiger are brats and should have been fined, sure (the PGA made a mistake). But we don't need writers to inform us of Tiger's petulant, childlike behavior, only to conclude the story with a petulant, childlike USA v Europe comment.

Posted by: wcasey1 | February 14, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Tiger simply has no class.

Posted by: tomchoi | February 14, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Of course spitting on the green could affect another golfer's putt, while spitting into the hole, just get's their ball and hand dirty. They have towels. I'm not sure why spitting into the cup is worse from a gameplay standpoint.

Posted by: pumpkinmobile | February 14, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

This is really, really stupid…when will this guy get a break (although I’m sure the Tiger Woods Haters love this)… they had the cameras ZOOMED into his face and caught him spitting…! Last year someone caught audio of him farting… before that you caught him dropping an F’Bomb and other choice words, you follow him and watch him eat sandwiches on the way to the next hole… cameras followed him to the Porta-John while he had things to do there… after he came back from knee surgery they filmed his knees and analyzed every step (below the waist) he took… Damn, the only thing you didn’t get on film was him and his girlfriends and the fight between him and his wife… first you have some guy from Florida with nothing better to do with his life “Tweet” about Camilo Villegas and he get DQ’d a full day later for something he didn’t even know that he did… now you have broadcasters whining because someone “spit” on the ground… REALLY! OK, I play golf and I can’t really remember if I’ve ever spit on the putting green, at least not intentionally, and I’m very sure some other people have done it.

So, the next time I catch Phil trying to pull or wiggle those tight-as$ pinstripe pants out of his crack I’m gonna Tweet that and see if he gets fined.

Posted by: oda155 | February 14, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? This is an issue?

Posted by: PDiddy | February 14, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

To clarify: when I first read this I thought he had violated a cultural moor in the UAE. That would have been an understandable complaint, and a simple apology would have been equally sufficient. Now I see that there's an actual pro golf rule about this. That's just stupid.

Posted by: PDiddy | February 14, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Tiger simply has no class.

Posted by: tomchoi |

But he has money, fame and a golf game you can only dream of. But hey, You have class. Try going on a dubai golf trip and paying for it with class.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 14, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I would rather putt after Tiger spit than slide head first into home plate. Baseball players are the ones that should be fined for spitting and scratching.

Posted by: jjbaill | February 14, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This man, once hailed as possibly the greatest athlete ever, in ANY sport, and admired as a family man and as model to others -- except for the occasional spate of temper -- is now shown to be a virtually classless, self-absorbed person, whose ultimate goal is self-gratification. After dozens, maybe scores, of mattress-testings with all manner of porn actresses and lounge ladies -- and so betraying his wife and mother of his children, exposing her to untold loathsome diseases -- he now reaps the just misery of such non-stop reckless behavior.

A former fervent admirer, as I now watch him play, I whisper to the TV screen -- "Miss it, Tiger -- miss it for Elin...."

Posted by: JPMcC | February 14, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"...when will this guy get a break ..." asks the Oda155. And bemoans that he has cameras trained on him all the time.

Of course --

No other athlete in the history of any sport, has ever won nearly a billion dollars in prizes and endorsements. No other athlete ever dominated a sport the way he did. And no other famous athlete committed so many betrayals of a wife and partner, and misled so many.

The cameras were there when he was winning tournaments by ten strokes, and when he was punching the air - "Yes!", and when he beamed at those camera in exultation...

Well, they are there now when he is become merely a very good golfer whose irons land in the sand and whose putts slide past the hole.

But worry not -- if he keeps playing this deteriorating game, the cameras will slowly pull back and fade......

Posted by: JPMcC | February 14, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Woods was, is, and will be an arrogant self-absorbed that he thinks his boorish behavior should be tolerated because of his once vaunted prowess on the golf courses of the world. What a just goes to show that no matter how much money and practice hours you amass, you can't buy or train your way out of what you really Mr. Woods' case...nothing but puking, stinking, gutter trash. We were all fooled and misled by Mr. Woods, the sportswriters and the advertisers...shame on them and shame on us, too.

I see several posts about baseball scratching and spitting...they too are just arrogant, foul mouthed, conceited thugs (exactly like Mr. Woods) who can hit a white ball with a stick. Until all of these goons clean up their collective and individual acts, they, their teams, their TV broadcasters and their advertisers will need to look to someone else for their fans, viewers and buyers.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | February 14, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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