Tiger To Be Fined (Or Not)
By Kickntrue on 8/10/09
Tiger Woods will be fined for his negative comments towards rules official John Paramor in regards to putting Padraig and him on the clock Sunday.

I bet that fine will really hurt his pocketbook. I mean... what about his kids? Do you think they'll go hungry?

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[Update - Or Not]


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creekaction says:
From the original article:

"Section VI-D in the PGA Tour's player handbook says, "It is an obligation of membership to refrain from comments to the news media that UNREASONABLY attack or disparage tournaments, sponsors, fellow members, players or PGA Tour."

It seems to me that Tiger's comment is very REASONABLE especially given that he is speaking about a ruling that negatively impacted his opponent. Shame on the PGA tour for such a cowardly reaction. Bravo to Tiger for wanting to win golf tournaments by his own skills, rather than by official interference.
8/10/09
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'd hate to see how John Paramor treats his wife... "Honey, you drained the spaghetti 30 seconds too late. I have to give you a one-shot penalty on that one..."
8/10/09
 
jwilder78 says:
@ Torleif
Or worse, if his wife were to put HIM on the clock in the bedroom haha
8/10/09
 
blackhawk says:
I don't think it will hurt Tiger one bit. I felt bad for Padraig. He was playing so well to hang in there until that hole.
Side note: Tiger's won two straight since missing the cut at Turnberry. If I recall correctly, didn't he win 7 straight after missing the cut at Winged Foot?
8/11/09
 
Tim Horan says:
Good on you Tiger! What the hell difference does it make they were the last in the field. What was JP thinking?
8/11/09
 
birdieXris says:
It' wont hurt tiger. i'm glad he stood up for it. Question -- weren't they the lead group? i mean.... who were they holding up? plus... why are they taking so much time over each shot, it's not like they're close at all or playing for a large amount of money.... wait.. nevermind.

unnecessary rules official interference FTL
8/11/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Alright Tiger!! Takin one for the team!!
8/11/09
 
oobscott2 says:
unless the fine is at least 10 million dollars i doubt tiger will care at all about it
8/11/09
 
mjaber says:
So much for freedom of speech...
8/11/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@mjaber- Freedom of Speech actually only applies to people and media speaking out against country. A company or organization you belong to can kick you out or fine you for anything they want, including speaking out against them publically.
8/11/09
 
Backquak says:
WOW the PGA is fining Tiger? I bet someone looses their job over this one. Actually I'm just suprised they have the balls to fine the guy that has exploded golf. I thought he could do what ever he wanted and they would support him.
8/11/09
 
Backquak says:
As far as the clock thing, rules are rules... but it did suck that 16 happened the way it did, hopefully we will get to see a rematch this weekend.
8/11/09
 
mjaber says:
@Kickntrue.. In regards to the 1st amendment, you are correct. However, freedom of speech is not limited to the 1st amendement of the Constitution. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers"
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_H
8/11/09
 
mjaber says:
I don't think anyone should be fined/fired for expressing their opinion for what they felt was an error on the part of a company or group they are a part of. We all have opinions, and as long as we have the information to be able to back it up, we should be able to speak our minds.
8/11/09
 
skirchner says:
The thing I find most troubling about this is that they were on schedule to finish the 18 holes in about 4 hours 20 mins before the official stepped in. I would love to finish a round in 4:20. Most of the time the muni course I play are 5 to 5:30 rounds. Oh wait we would not want TV to have to delay the news cast at 6 on the east coast. I mean everything seems to be about money and ratings. If it was Phil and Tiger playing 16, 17 and 18 at the Master or US open would they have been put on the clock. I would love to see the out cry about that! So many other sports take TV time outs the prolong the game for the fan. The NBA, NFL & NHL all do so what if the last group in 5 mins late does that change anything really. I understand the idea of keeping play going but I think the PGA should keep track of a players speed of play over 10 or 12 rounds and then speak to him about his pace of play.
8/11/09
 
skirchner says:
I for one know that I have slowed play down when I have gotten into trouble on a hole or been playing in a tournement and spent more time deciding on a club or line for a putt. But over all I play with reasonable pace and consideration for those around me.
8/11/09
 
ayparekh says:
Its not worth it for TIGER to challenge the "UNREASONABLE" v/s "REASONABLE" remark. This is a Small fine but it sent a HUGE message to the PGA. Also, TIGER will get some media time, since he isnt getting much of that since the past 3 weeks.
First thing on the agenda of the PGA this off season.....INCREASE THE TIME PER STROKE +20 SECONDS :-)
8/11/09
 
Patrick McKay says:
Good for Tiger!
8/11/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Tiger said he heard from the tour and they are NOT going to fine him.

www.pga.com/2009/news/pgatour/08/11/woodsfine.ap
8/11/09
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Good news. And 1000 points to Tiger not only for standing up for himself but especially for a tremendous show of respect for Paddy Harrington, a very admirable 3-time major champion. Methinks Earl would have been pleased.
8/11/09
 
britishmutt says:
There's more to the story from Golf Digest, including Woods denying that he'd been handed a fine:

www.golfdigest.com/golfworld/special/pga/2009/ha

bm~
8/11/09
 
kidputter says:
Wonder if this would have happened had Tiger been the one to have choked on 16. The PGA issuing a fine for a comment regarding officiating is like MLB fining players for arguing balls and strikes. They may be thrown out of the game, but not fined, usually.
IMO ANYONE other than Tiger probably would have been fined. Don't tick off the meal ticket.
8/11/09
 
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