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Tiger Woods Fined For Spitting On Golf Course

Tiger Woods throws a club to his caddy Steve Williams on the 2nd hole during the final round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Tiger Woods throws a club to his caddy Steve Williams on the 2nd hole during the final round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament.

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Tiger Woods finished in 20th place at the Dubai Desert Classic. But it wasn't that he played his worst round in a regular European tour event that's making news, it's that cameras caught Woods spitting on the golf course.

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European Tour officials said Woods' was fined and undisclosed amount. CBS News reports:

Woods was fined by the European Tour for spitting on the12th green after missing a par putt - a move that prompted a TV announcer to call him "arrogant and petulant" on the air.

"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," said Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray" "It does not get much lower than that."

Tournament director Mike Stewart reviewed the incident and said "there has been a breach" of conduct. Murray was not so diplomatic on the air - he called the phlegm discharge "disgusting."

States side, tough, some are asking what's the big deal? Fox Sports' Robert Lusetich exclaims: "Tiger Woods spits all the time." Bob Harig, a golf writer for ESPN, says that it's understandable that in some places like Dubai, spitting is offensive and Woods should have known better. But, Harig explains, Woods suffers from allergies, so while gross, this isn't a big deal:

Did Woods intend to offend anyone, making some statement of disgust toward the people of Dubai or anyone who finds spitting to be offensive? That would hardly seem to be the case.

If anything, he was offended by his own poor play at the moment, and showing his own form of disgust.

While the act is not to be applauded or condoned, a little perspective is also in order.

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Earlier today, Tiger Woods tweeted an apology:

The Euro Tour is right – it was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn't thinking and want to say I'm sorry.