No fine for Woods
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – In the ongoing slow play saga that erupted Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods said today at the PGA Championship that reports of a fine from the PGA Tour were “erroneous.”
FoxSports.com later reported that the PGA Tour confirmed Woods’ statement.
In his post-victory press conference last Sunday, Woods criticized a European Tour official who put Woods and Padraig Harrington on the clock late in the final round. Harrington made triple bogey on the 16th hole as Woods went on to win his 70th PGA Tour event.
The Associated Press ran a story Monday saying Woods would be fined for his comment, based on information from a Tour official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Tour does not publicize fines.
When asked about the fine Tuesday, Woods said: “I’ve heard from the tour and there’s no fine,” Woods said. “That was an erroneous report.”
Harrington addressed the issue from Hazeltine, too.
“As to regards to what (Woods) said, I think it’s easier for having won the tournament, he can take the moral high ground and say what he wants,” Harrington said. “Having lost the tournament, I’m going to sit back . . . I’m going to take it on the chin.”