Tiger Woods may have won the 2009 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational over the weekend, but he paid for it – literally.
Woods was fined by the PGA Tour for criticizing officials Sunday after Padraig Harrington was penalized for taking too much time to hit from the rough and the green. Tiger, along with Harrington, was also given a warning for violating the same rule.
Following the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger said the following:
“Like I was telling him out there, ‘I’m sorry that John (the course official) got in the way of a great battle,’ because it was such a great battle for 16 holes,” Woods said. “We’re going at it, head-to-head, and unfortunately that happened. Paddy and I will definitely do it again.”
“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.”
Per PGA Tour rules: “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,” hence the fine.
Woods finished 5-under-par to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four-strokes over Harrington and Robert Allenby. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction, Tiger is a 3/2 favorite to win the 2009 PGA Championship, which is August 13-16.
Posted: 8/11/09 11:20AM ET