Spectator hurls hot dog at Tiger Woods

Oct 11, 2011, 08:14 IST | AFP

Drunk spectator hurls snack at former World No 1 Woods during final round of Frys.com Open

Drunk spectator hurls snack at former World No 1 Woods during final round of Frys.com Open

Tiger Woods' tough 2011 season took one more odd turn on Sunday when a fan flung a hot dog in his direction in the final round of the Frys.com Open. Woods was preparing to putt at the seventh green at CordeValle -- his 16th hole of the day -- when the man burst out of the crowd and tossed the hot dog in Woods' direction.

Crouching tiger: Tiger Woods during the final round of the
Frys.com Open on Sunday. PIC/AFP

Woods backed away from his putt and the man promptly surrendered to tournament security personnel and police. Authorities did not give the man's name, but said he appeared to be intoxicated and had been arrested.
While 14-time major champion Woods has had to endure the occasional heckler since his return to competition in 2010 in the wake of a sex scandal, he had never had a spectator get through the ropes to approach him.

"When I looked up, the hot dog was already in the air," said Woods, who regretted missing his subsequent birdie putt but otherwise didn't seem especially concerned. "He was pretty far away from me." Woods said the man "laid on the ground and looked like he wanted to be arrested because he put his hands behind his back and turned his head."

"I guess he wanted to be in the news," Woods said. "And I'm sure he will be." India's Arjun Atwal, called the incident "bizarre". Atwal noted that it was lucky the incident didn't turn uglier. "They could have shot him. The cops could have thought it was something else."

"He's just an idiot," Dan Diggins, the tournament's director of security, said of the man, although by the time Woods' round was finished Diggins could see the lighter side. "It wasn't a chili dog -- that could have been bad," he said.

Woods' four-round total of seven-under 277 had him stuck firmly in the middle of the pack. Bryce Molder won the tournament, his first win on the PGA Tour, by making a six-foot birdie putt on the sixth extra hole.

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