Tiger Woods Hot Dog
October 10, 2011 by staff
Even when he returned to the golf course last year after a sex scandal, Woods only sound was the occasional heckle the crowd or seen a plane carrying a sharp message on a sign. But as he stood over a putt on the seventh green at the end of his final round at Frys.com Open, he heard a commotion and saw security remains a hot dog being thrown in his direction.
“When I looked up, the hot dog was in the air,” said Woods. “The bread was a kind of disintegration.”
Woods had not played on the PGA Tour since mid-August, when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship amid growing questions about whether he could get his game back to where it once was, or even come close to that level.
His golf is looking much better.
After playing only six rounds since the Masters, while letting the injury heal completely left leg, overcame a sloppy opening 73 with three straight 68s – the first time he has had three rounds in the 60′s followed by more a year on the PGA Tour. That He ascended to progress not only in the standings.
Woods finished 10 strokes behind a tie at number 30 in what will be his last PGA Tour event of the year. Still pending is the Australia Open in November 10-13, followed by the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
The winner was Bryce Molder, an All-American in four years at Georgia Tech, who joined the tour in 2002 and had to wait nearly a decade – this was his 132nd tournament – to win.
It was not easy.
Moulder holed a birdie putt 12 feet by 18 that got him into a second phase with the salty Baird. Moulder Baird topped the sixth extra hole, the longest playoff on the tour this year, making a 6-foot birdie putt.
It was a great disappointment to Baird, 0 by 348 on the PGA Tour. He came to 12 million dollars in career earnings, more than any player who has never won.
Still, Woods was able to produce the strangest moment of what is already a strange year.
He stood over a putt for birdie from 18 feet at the end of his round, when a 31-year-old, whose name was withheld, called her name and threw the hot dog in his direction. Woods, reversed his birdie putt, then quickly resumed the game. He missed the putt.
“A guy just run in the green, and had a hot dog, and of course … do not know how he tried to throw it, but I was kind of focused on my putt, they started screaming,” said Woods, who seemed worried about her. “The next thing I know, he put down, and seemed to want to be stopped because … he put his hands behind his back and turned his head.”
Sgt. Joseph Cardoza said the man was arrested for disturbing the peace and removed from the property. Because it was a misdemeanor, Cardoza said the man would be taken to jail and his name was not revealed. Cardoza said only that it was Santa Rosa.
“He was very cooperative,” said Cardoza. “They said, ‘Why do this?” He shook his head in guilt or remorse. He gave no reason why he did it. ”
Cardoza said the man said he was not pulling the hot dog to Woods, but spinning in the air. He said the man admitted to having had a drink earlier in the day, but that man was not drunk.
Arjun Atwal, who played with Woods, said he was worried for a moment at the sight of a fan shouting the name of Woods and approach the green.
“They could have killed him,” said Atwal. “The police might have thought it was something else.”
It was a drama, albeit briefly, an example of what Woods calls attention simply by being in a tournament.
The longest playoff year. The first victory of molder. There were even 21 years old, Bud Cauley 66 shots to finish third, which probably will be enough to become the sixth player to get a PGA Tour card without going to Q-school.
And a hot dog steals the show.
“It was bizarre,” said Rod Pampling, who also played with Woods. “This guy comes running with a hot dog in hand, and then set and puts his hands behind his back.”
Woods said he never felt threatened because he was in the back of the green and the fan never came close to him. He heard the commotion of security behind him, and when he looked up, the hot dog that was already in the air.
“I guess I wanted to be in the news,” said Woods. “And I’m sure it will.”
When finished with a final birdie, any severity of the incident led to frivolity. Dan Diggins, head of security for the tournament sponsor Frys Electronics, said the man would be arrested for “all” and described it as “just an idiot.”
“It was a chili dog,” said Diggins. “That could have been really bad.”
The rest of the round Woods was not as bumpy. He got in qualifying, before the leaders tee off with four birdies in his first six holes. But he missed the hole 16 and a bogey did, and after an easy birdie on 17, did nothing until his final hole on the par-5 ninth. He attributed that do not play enough.
Because of the left leg injuries this year that finally healed, Woods now has only played 10 full rounds since the Masters.
“I have not played much,” said Woods. “That comes with the flow of competition, understanding the situations and feel, and play time is a bit different.”
It is a tournament at Pebble Beach next week to raise money for his foundation, and said “family obligations” would prevent him from playing the season-ending tournament in Disney.
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