Monday, October 10, 2011

Fan throw a hot dog at Tiger Woods

SAN MARTIN, A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. The 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to... the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him. Woods backed off his birdie putt, then quickly resumed play. Even as he returned last year from a sex scandal, and the occasional fan would should heckle him, Woods never had a fan duck under the ropes and approach him.

Cardoza said the man claims he wasn’t throwing the hot dog at Woods, rather tossing it in the air. He said the man acknowledged having a drink earlier in the day, that the man was not drunk. Arjun Atwal, who played with Woods, said he was concerned for a moment at the sight of a fan yelling out Woods’ name and approaching the green. “They could have shot him,” Atwal said. “The cops could have thought it was something else.” 

He attributed that to not enough play. Because of injuries to his left leg this year that are finally healed, Woods has played only 10 full rounds since the Masters.“I haven’t played much,” Woods said. “That comes with competitive flow, understanding the situations and feels, and game time is a little bit different.” He is hosting a tournament at Pebble Beach next week to raise money for his foundation, and he said “family obligations” would keep him from playing the season-ending tournament at Disney. Woods is playing a series of exhibitions in Asia and Australia leading up to his next appearance at the Australian Open on Nov. 10-13, with the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne a week later.

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