Tiger Woods spits on the 12th hole in Dubai.
Tiger Woods must have learned some spitting techniques from Sergio Garcia. He spit on the #12 hole in Dubai and was subsequently fined by the European Tour. The amount of the fine will not be reported, but I’m guessing TW can afford it.
“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.” ~European Tour statement
Apparently Tiger was spitting up a storm while moving himself from one shot behind the lead to a final positions of seven shots back with a final round 75.
“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. Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit. It does not get much lower than that.” ~Sky Sports announcer Ewen Murray.
Tiger is the real winner in Dubai
Why is Tiger the real winner in Dubai? First, it was reported that he pocketed about $55 million for his fees for the billion dollar golf development in Dubai. It was announced last week that the development was halted due to the economic conditions and the golf course would “return to sand.”
Tiger is also the winner of the tournament because of his $3 million appearance fee. His appearance fee is far greater than the winner’s check, and is more than half of the total purse for the tournament.
The 2nd round in the Dubai Desert Classic is completed, even though it is being aired right now on Golf Channel. Tiger Woods improved his position considerably by shooting a 66 today with six birdies and no bogeys. TW has moved up to a tie for 5th, and has basically won the battle of the big three by shooting a lower score over the first two days than his pairing partners Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Westwood’s tweets are silent right now.
Rory McIlroy is still on top after shooting 68 on day two. He sits at -11.
2nd place has two players at -10, South African Thomas Aiken and surprisingly Sergio Garcia. Has Sergio gotten it together now?
Tiger Headlines – The Tiger pun-cheese begins
Here are a few sample Tiger Woods headlines for today…
“Tiger Woods goes from a limp to a swagger with a second-round 66 in Dubai”
“Tiger Woods claws back in Dubai.”
“Tiger Woods fires 66 to roar into Dubai contention.”
“Tiger Woods finds desert form as Rory McIlroy revels in lead.”
“Tiger roars into contention with 66.”
“Tiger hungry for success.”
…Stop me any time.
Dubai Desert Classic Round One
Tiger Woods had a black shirt with white strips. Rory McIlroy had one too. A few other players had the same apparel theme going. They must have coordinated that in advance.
McIlroy Leads – Woods six back
Tiger however, didn’t get the memo from Rory on what score to shoot in round one. Rory Shot a 65 (-7) to take the lead, and Tiger had to make an impressive eagle on the final hole to shot a 71 (-1).
I’m trying to see what is different in Tiger’s swing and the most noticeable thing I’m seeing, is that his head is looking up at the shot sooner than before. It isn’t quite a David Duval or Annika Sorenstam look, but it is going up quickly.
Tiger looked up very quickly on I believe the 16th hole. Photographers perched about 20 feet above the tee were clicking away in his back swing. Tiger let go of his club with one hand and yelled up at them, “come on guys, not in my swing.” Interestingly enough, his tee shot hit the middle of the fairway.
#1 and #2
World #1 and #2 Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer both shot 69 (-3) in round one.
No fun Tweets from Westwood yet
Westwood’s twitter is quiet, except for a note that he’s going to some kind of race. Looks like a horse race. Pouler hasn’t razzed Tiger yet today either, just solicitations to buy his apparel.
Tiger & O'Meara in Dubai - Click for larger version
I have a very fun Twitter list to follow called TigerPoulterWestwood. The Twitter hash for it is @TigerPoulterWestwood. There are only three people on there, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter. 99% of the time Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are harassing Tiger. It is very fun to follow.
Yesterday Westwood caught a picture of Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara hanging out in Dubai (right) and dished out a little dig following Tiger’s and O’Meara’s win in the Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match. The Challenge is a nine hole, par-3 event which pitted Woods/O’Meara against Lee Westwood/Miguel Angel Jiménez and Jeev Milkha Singh and Noh Seung-yul. Woods and O’Meara won the event by two shots at -4.
Westwood’s congratulatory dig
“Breaking news! Omeara/woods win in Dubai . 1 win in 18 months!”
Tiger on playing golf with his pal Mark O’Meara
“It’s always fun to play with Mark. We don’t play as much as we used to. Obviously he’s on the Senior Tour now and it’s nice to catch up and play and we’ll have dinner this week. It’s always fun. He’s like my big brother and it’s always fun to get out there and play with him. I hit some good shots and he made all the putts!”
I’m actually jealous of Tiger. Not because of his dough and all that, but because he has such a good pal in O’Meara. Having met Mark and talked to him for a while, he is one of the most genuine and coolest golf pros ever.
It should be a great week to watch golf. The top four players in the world are in action this week.
#4 Phil Mickelson is at Pebble Beach. The top three, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are in Dubai.
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Thursday 2/10 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET CBS
Sunday 2/13 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET CBS
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Thursday 2/10 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET GOLF
Friday 2/11 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/12 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/13 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET GOLF
Honda LPGA Thailand
Friday 2/18 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET GOLF
Saturday 2/19 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET GOLF
Sunday 2/20 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET GOLF