Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tiger should let sleeping hotdogs lie

Karl MacGinty

Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00

Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images

IT'S lucky the CordeValle nutcase opted for a hotdog as his weapon. Imagine the consequences if he'd chucked a pineapple or turnip.

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Who knows what inspired a 31-year-old local to burst from the crowd at the seventh green screaming Tiger's name during Sunday's final round of the Frys.com Open before hurling a $5 hotdog through the air.

Police charged the man with disorderly behaviour before ejecting him from the premises. They doubted he'd intended hitting Woods with the hotdog. Yet given the miscreant's 200lbs-plus frame, it's unlikely he'd have wasted such a tasty morsel on thin air.

The only consequence of this 'invasion' was that Woods had to step back from an 18-foot birdie putt, which he then missed.

So it goes down as another bizarre episode in the recent life and times of Tiger, and a pain-free reminder to security personnel just how vulnerable the world's leading professionals are at tournaments.

"The bun was kind of disintegrating," added a smiling Tiger, insisting he'd never felt threatened by the man, who immediately surrendered.

"He knew what he was doing because he laid on the ground, put his hands behind his back and turned his head away from security," explained Woods, who sounded strangely familiar with the correct pre-arrest procedure.

Remorse

When the man was asked by police why he had thrown the hotdog, he didn't give a reason, they explained, "just shook his head in guilt and remorse". He was not drunk, police said.

Tiger finished in a tie for 30th on seven-under-par after an opening 73 and three 68s. It was the first time he had posted three successive rounds in the 60s this year.

Woods shone in patches but performed without the consistency, confidence or killer-instinct of old. "I haven't played much," he said on Sunday after only his 10th competitive round since April's Masters.

Yet Tiger said he's 'too busy' to play in this week's McGladreys Classic or next week's Childrens Miracle Network Classic in Orlando, not far from his home. Instead, he hosts a fundraiser for his foundation in Pebble Beach and says 'family obligations' prevent him from competing next week.

Woods plays a series of exhibitions in Asia and Down Under before his next tournament, the Australian Open (November 10-13). A week later, he'll figure on the US team at the Presidents Cup. Tiger has been urged to play more tournament golf if he's to make it back to the top.

On last weekend's evidence, if Tiger thinks otherwise, he clearly believes pigs, or even hotdogs, can fly!

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