The first concerns the WGC event last week and the battle between Tiger Woods and Padraig Harringon. The pair were warned for slow play at the 16th tee as they were 17 mins behind schedule. Harrington went on to make a triple-bogey after chipping into the water from a tough green-side lie. Tiger went on to win by four shots.
Tiger Woods made some comments regarding the hurry-up in his post-game interviews and has reportedly been fined for making disparaging remarks. He claimed Harrington would have spent much longer assessing the chip had they not received the warning and potentially may not have recorded the snowman. It’s cause for thought but 17 mins behind is pretty slow.
The thing I find most annoying about this is that we see once again the preciousness of the PGA Tour. I’m more than happy if they fine players but why not just come out and say Tiger Woods was fined? Tell us why and maybe we could all make some constructive informed comments. This sort of behaviour also not only resembles a certain Australian sporting body but a few other powerful regimes. Golf Girl’s Diary and Rub of the Green have some nice takes on the story.
Lastly, Michael Campbell has made headlines and it’s not a good one. The always factual and credible English newspaper The Mirror has labelled Michael Campbell a “serial quitter” after withdrawing from the Open Championship last month. It was the fifth time he has withdrawn from an event this year. He made his first cut on the European Tour this year in Sweden two weeks ago and he’s playing the PGA Championship this weekend. Maybe he’s better suited to majors.
Thanks to Golfer Pacific for bringing this to the attrention of Aussie Golfer.
[Editor’s Note: It appears the report of Tiger receiving a fine was inaccurate.
“Yes, I’ve heard from the Tour, and there’s no fine,” Woods said, referring to the Monday AP article. “It was an erroneous report.”
He then didn’t hold back in continuing his criticism of the situation:
Q: “Do you in any way regret personalizing the issue by naming John Paramor in your criticism of — ”
A: “No, because he’s the one who did it.”
It seems the PGA Tour have not fined Tiger this time. He’s reportedly the most fined player on tour. It does not change the precious nature of the PGA Tour and my comments relating to their reactions to criticism’s indeed still apply.]