Tiger Woods Defends his Playing Competitor But Gets Fined For Criticism Of Rules Official

August 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Tiger Woods not known for speaking out and controversy, made the choice to defend his playing competitor, and got his hand slapped in the process.  Woods and Padraig Harrington an elite player in his own right, were playing together in the final pairing and battling neck and neck to win the Bridgestone Invitational, but were put on the clock for slow play earlier in the round.  It should be mentioned that Harrington is known on the tour to be a very deliberate player. 

European Tour chief referee John Paramor said the final pairing was well behind most of the back nine, but officials gave them time to catch up.  They were still 17 minutes out of position on the 16th tee, when they were put on the clock and proceeded to both hit bad drives.  With both players badly out of position and under pressure to hurry, Woods was able to punch out of trouble, and hit a brilliant 8-iron 178 yards that stopped a foot from the hole for birdie. From the right trees, Harrington hit a 5-iron to the edge of a bunker, and as most of us weekend players know when things start to go bad on a hole and your rushed it all starts to escalate. He went over the green on his next shot, then hit a flop shot requiring a very delicate touch too hard and into the water. The four-shot swing took the drama from one of the most compelling final rounds of the year between to stars of the game.  Woods who now has 70 career wins on the PGA Tour, said he told Harrington after it was over, “I’m sorry that John got in the way of a great battle.”  Professional golfers are renowned for their sportsmanship and abiding by and even calling rule infractions on themselves.  Afterward Harrington conceded he was rushed, although he said it would be unfair to give the final group preferential treatment.  What do you think, should they as the last group be cut some slack after falling behind?



3 Responses to “Tiger Woods Defends his Playing Competitor But Gets Fined For Criticism Of Rules Official”

  1. Steven Dewey on August 11th, 2009 9:10 am

    The last group had plenty of daylight left and golf is known to be a very deliberate game. Just who was the slow pace bothering? It certainly was not the group behind them.

    The PGA does not own golf. They own the rights to sell cheap merchandise at tournaments.

    We did not invent the game. The rules committee is out of control. Square vs. V grooves is an absolutely arbitrary ruling which makes no sense.

    Why not wooden clubs and feathery balls? The only purpose of arbitrary regulation is personal head swelling.

    As long as everyone plays by the same rules, the game is fair.

    One more point. There is no such thing as a fairway metal. Every club in my bag is metal and I’ve used them all on the fairways. Should an iron be classified as rough iron so we can distinguish the difference?

  2. Anna on August 11th, 2009 1:00 pm

    As a golf fan, I feel sorry for Padraig. I personally think that he deserves to be given the time he needed to play those very last holes.

    However, a game is a game. He must learn that enough from being a pro golfer. It’s not about winning the competition only. It’s also about winning yourself too. In such a hurry, a golfer needs to win himself and be able to concentrate on the game as much as he can.

    The vdo asks the question whether Tiger is the best golfer or not. Interesting to see how they compare “who’s the best.” I believe Tiger is still on his way to be on top!

  3. NFL Picks on August 11th, 2009 8:46 pm

    Tiger is completely correct in this situation. Putting on the clock there definitely cost Harrington a couple strokes and the officials from the course should be ashamed. Let the leaders finish their play on their pace, especially since they were still right behind the group in front of them.

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