More criticism for ‘Petulant’ Woods

Tiger Woods came under heavy criticism again for spitting on Sunday, this in a final round that definitely didn’t go his way.

Tiger Woods came under heavy criticism again for spitting on Sunday, this in a final round that definitely didn’t go his way.

Starting his final round at the Dubai Desert Classic only one shot off the lead, he would have had high hopes of breaking his 15-month winless drought, but instead had to settle for joint 20th place after a disappointing 75, which included a double-bogey seven on the final hole.

And, on the 12th green, Woods was heavily criticised by Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray, much as he had been on Friday.

After missing his putt for par, Woods spat just a few feet from the hole, much to Murray’s displeasure.

“You look at his work ethics and he is a credit to the game and an inspiration to all of those who are trying to become professional golfers,” said Murray.

“But there are some parts of him that are just arrogant and petulant. Somebody now has to come behind him and maybe putt over his spit. It does not get much lower than that.”

Murray expects Woods to be fined by the European Tour, for what he believes is “one of the ugliest things you will ever see on a golf course”.

Until his sex scandal drama Tiger Woods has made a career out of setting records, but the two new ones he flew home from Dubai with last night are ones he might not like to remember.

For the first time in his professional career Woods has now gone 17 tournaments without a win – and his closing 75 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic was his worst-ever round in a regular European Tour event.

Only one shot off the lead when he teed off, the former world number one’s 15-month barren spell continued as he he slumped to joint 20th place.

Only once since he left the amateur ranks in 1996 has Woods finished lower than that on the European circuit outside majors and world championships.
He finished with a double-bogey seven after pitching into a lake, but it was dropping shots at the second and third holes which really hit his title hopes hard.

“It was very frustrating,” he said. “I got off to such a poor start. I was two over through three early and just couldn’t make it up from there.

“There were quite a few positives this week but a couple of glaring examples of what I need to work on, which is good. I’ll go to work next week.

“It’s like anything. All my old feels for the clubs are out the window when the winds blow. That’s the thing when you are making changes.

“It’s fine when the wind is not blowing. But when you have to hit a shot when the wind blows, the new swing patterns get exposed.”