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Tiger says sorry but still fined for spitting


Tiger Woods apologised last night for spitting during Sunday's final round of the Dubai Desert Classic, hours after the European Tour announced they'd fine the world No 3 for this unsavoury act, writes Karl McGinty.

"The Euro Tour is right," Woods wrote on Twitter. "It was inconsiderate to spit like that. Wasn't thinking and want to say I'm sorry. Everyone was terrific all week. The fans especially. Just wish the week could have ended better."

The European Tour decided to fine Woods after reviewing TV footage of the closing round at the Emirates Club, especially an incident on the 12th green where he turned and spat on the putting surface as he lined up a putt.

"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," a Tour statement revealed. Officials will write to the 35-year-old but are unlikely to publicly disclose the amount of the fine.

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