Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct9-tiger-woods-blog_300x235 SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- A 31-year-old fan from Santa Rosa ducked under the gallery ropes surrounding the seventh green, yelled out Tiger Woods's name and threw a hot dog at the former No. 1 player in the world in the final round of the Open at CordeValle on Sunday.
The hot dog came nowhere near hitting its intended target, and the man, whose name was not released, was handcuffed, escorted from the course and charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.
"He was pretty far away from me," Woods said, "and you know, when he started making the commotion and the gallery started to kind of get into it, I could hear the security behind me--I was still bent over [reading] my putt. And when I looked up [the hot dog] was already in the air."
Woods stopped his pre-shot routine and went on to miss his birdie try, but he did birdie the par-5 ninth hole, his final hole of the day, for his third consecutive 68. He was well back in the pack, and never in contention, but the hot dog incident briefly stole the spotlight anyway.
Said a laughing Arjun Atwal, who along with Rod Pampling played with Woods, "How weird was that? That guy could have got shot, the way he ran out there with that hot dog. The cops could have thought it was something else."
According to a Golf Channel employee, the incident was caught on tape, but as per most sports leagues' policy on streakers and other fans who willfully disrupt play, the PGA Tour elected not to air it.
Atwal called it the most bizarre thing he's ever seen on the golf course.
"Just an idiot," said Dan Diggins, the tournament's director of security, who followed the Woods group. "But it wasn't a chili-dog. It could have been really bad."
The fan was cooperative, raising his hands and falling to the ground, allowing security to handcuff him without resistance. Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the Associated Press that the man would not be taken to jail, and that the man admitted to having a drink earlier in the day but did not seem drunk. He later denied throwing the hot dog at Woods, saying it simply slipped out of his hands.
"The hot dog flew across Tiger's line," Atwal continued, "and into my line. The bun kind of fell at [the fan's] feet."
"It was bizarre," said Pampling.
According to Woods, the man immediately got down on the ground and put his hands behind his head, as if he "wanted to be arrested," said the 14-time major winner.
"I guess he wanted to be in the news," Woods said, "and I'm sure he will be."
- Read more about Woods in PGA Tour Confidential (Photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

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