Tiger spits his way into a fine after DubaiLONDON - Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods has apologized after being fined for spitting during the Dubai Desert Classic over the weekend.
“It was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and want to say I’m sorry,” Woods wrote on his Twitter account on Monday.
The European Tour decided to fine Woods after reviewing television footage.
“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,” the European Tour said in a statement.
Officials will write to the 35-year-old American’s management team but are unlikely to publicly disclose the amount of the fine. Woods, a 14-time major winner, was caught spitting several times by cameras on Sunday as he returned a 3-over-par 75 to finish seven strokes behind winner Alvaro Quiros of Spain.
Former tour professional Ewen Murray, now a commentator with Sky, voiced his displeasure with Woods, now the world’s No. 3.
“You look at his work ethics and he is a credit to the game ... but there are some parts of him that are just arrogant and petulant,” said Murray. “Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit. It does not get much lower than that.”