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VIDEO: Tiger Woods Spits On Golf Course, Announcer Indignant

The Big Lead points us in the direction of a clip from the final round of the Dubai Classic, in which Tiger Woods played himself out of contention with a dismal 75. At one point during this round, he spat on the green because, the announcers assumed, he was disgusted with his own performance. That might be true. The spitting could have also been for a different reason no one thought of. Apparently he’s getting fined for it. But one thing’s for sure: this announcer was not happy about it.

Highlights of the commentator rant:

“There are some parts of [Tiger] that are just arrogant and petulant. Somebody now has to…maybe putt over his spit. It doesn’t get much lower than that.”

Okay. I’ll plead ignorance on the effect spit lying on the green might have on the trajectory of a golf ball theoretically putted over it. But “it doesn’t get much lower than that?” Does it really not get much lower? Was this truly a gross enough breach of etiquette that it constitutes one of the “lowest” things anyone can do on a golf course?

Again, the biggest potential problem I see with the spitting is if it has the potential to mess up a putted ball. Beyond that – I guess it could be seen as a bit coarse, but…eh. TBL said that now “the media has their topic of discussion for Monday and Tuesday,” but it’s tough for me to see this as any more than a topic just controversial enough to act like it’s worthy of more outrage than it actually is.

  • Nimrod

    Euan Murray is quite right, Woods has a disgusting spitting habit which I have seen many times on TV. This is no way to behave on a golf course, particularly in front of spectators and TV cameras. At his level he should be severly fined and banned for 3 competitions! The next thing we’ll see is junior folders spitting on the greens……

  • from the home of golf

    How can anyone defend such reprehensible behaviour? He has made millions from Golf, the least we expect is he maintain the standards of behaviour the true greats of the game have set. Can you imagine Tom Watson or Jack Niklaus spiiting on a green?

  • Atma Aerdan

    reprehensible? get over yourself.

  • TxSun

    The point is nobody should have to pick up their ball with snot dripping off it. It’s disgusting and could be avoided if the tantrum throwing spoiled brat would just spit off the green. What’s so difficult to understand.


    Looks like he is desperately trying to catch up with his Bro Michael..Birds of a feather stuff…

  • AmiraCheers

    GET OVER IT! I watch my Dad and Brother spit on grass and out windows because they have asthma and/or phlem in their lungs. It’s a natural thing I’m sure we’ve done before or will at somepoint. And if he was disgusted with his playing I know I get on myself when I don’t do good in sports people have diffrent ways of showing anger…and really the only reson anyone is making it such a big deal is because no one likes Tiger for cheating on his wife! otherwise he would have already been 4given

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