Tiger’s “attacker” explains himself
Brandon Kelly wanted to do something that would make people sit up and take notice, and he more or less succeeded in that.
Brandon Kelly wanted to do something that would make people sit up and take notice, and he more or less succeeded in that at the Frys.com Open on Sunday.
The 31-year-old from Petaluma, California, grabbed widespread headlines after cryptically running onto the seventh green during the final round of the PGA Tour event as Tiger was lining up a putt, shouting the former world number one’s name and then tossing a hot-dog not so much at Woods, as in his immediate vicinity.
Kelly came clean recently and revealed himself, adding that he was spurred on by watching the film Drive, about a stunt man who moonlights as a getaway driver.
“I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie Drive,” Kelly said. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.'”
Precisely how that action was either courageous or epic, Kelly would not say, but he did confess to in fact being a Tiger Woods fan, and not a crazed attacker hoping to injure or embarrass him.
“I honestly wish Tiger the best. One day I hope he breaks Jack Nicklaus’ record,” Kelly said.
Asked about comments made by other players that he could have been seriously injured by law enforcement who might have mistaken him for a someone genuinely dangerous, Kelly said: “Did I think I could be shot like some people were saying? Absolutely not.”
Kelly posted a picture of himself with a hot dog in front of his vehicle’s steering wheel and speedometer to his Facebook on Sunday morning, seeming to indicate that he had planned the stunt well ahead of time.
Shortly before the incident, at around 2pm, he again posted on his Facebook: “Just got a bloody Mary. About to watch Tiger Woods play 18 holes.”
He was ultimately arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor that did not see him booked into jail.
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