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I Bet Tiger Woods Is Really Concerned About Getting Fined For Criticizing Rules Official


Oh no! According to an anonymous source, Tiger Woods is expected to be fined for comments made after he won the Bridgestone Invitational Sunday regarding John Paramor, a rules official, informed Woods and playing partner Padraig Harrington that they were being timed due to slow play. Tiger went out of his way to imply that Harrington may not have made some poor shots had Harrington not felt like he was being rushed. Harrington ultimately lost to Woods by four shots after a four-shot swing occurred on the 16th hole where Tiger scored birdie and Harrington triple-bogeyed the hole.

According to the AP report, “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.” Tiger was none too pleased with Paramour, the European Tour chief referee, after that.

“I’m sorry that John got in the way of a great battle.”

“I don’t think that Paddy would have hit the pitch shot that way if he was able to take his time, look at it, analyze it,” Woods said. “But he was on the clock, had to get up there quickly and hit it.”

Feathers are always ruffled whenever a referee, umpire, etc. gets criticized or blasted for making a controversial call in every sport, perhaps a bit too much. However, in this case, it seems a bit overblown. Not once does Tiger say that Paramor did a bad job or made a mistake, he only states that Paramor’s decision to put the twosome on a timer affected the outcome.

Further, how much are they going to fine Tiger? $10,000? $50,000? No matter the amount, I recommend Tiger take a page from Randy Moss’ playbook and pay whatever fine they levy on him in “straight cash, homey.”

Woods to be fined for criticism of rules official [Sporting News/AP]