PGA Backs Down From Tiger Over Criticism Fines

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Tiger Woods, fresh off his comeback win in the Bridgestone Invitational, criticized a PGA official by name for putting him and Padraig Harrington on the clock on the 16th hole; Woods trailed by one stroke at the time, and Harrington melted down shortly afterward, effectively handing the match to Woods with a triple bogey.

Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods
(Um, that doesn’t look like a “that shot went well” face.)

According to the ASSOCIATED PRESS, Woods was reportedly fined an undisclosed amount by the PGA for criticizing a tour official. And how dare they, right? Yes, blaming Harrington’s late Van de Velde‘ing of the 16th hole on rushing his swing is spectacularly diva-ish, but golfers have beeen depending on that exact diva treatment for decades; why stop now?

For whatever reason, either the prevailing of cooler heads or just sloppy reporting by the AP, the report has been declared false.

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