Fan tosses hot dog toward Tiger Woods
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- A male spectator ran onto a green shouting Tiger Woods' name and then threw a hot dog at him Sunday during the final round of the Frys.com Open in Northern California.
I could hear the security behind me.” -- Tiger Woods
I was still bent over my putt. And when I looked up (the hot dog) was already in the air.
The unidentified person was quickly subdued and Woods was not in any danger. In fact, within a minute, he had settled back over the putt he was attempting.
"I looked up and the hot dog was in the air," Woods said of the incident that occurred on the seventh hole, his 16th of the day. "(The fan) wanted to be in the news. I guess he is now."
The tournament's director of security, Dan Diggins, would not disclose the person's name. "He's just an idiot," Diggins said. He added the 31-year-old man didn't get within 40 feet of Woods, who was finishing up the Frys.com Open with a final-round 68.
Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County police department said the 31-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. He was escorted from the property.
Cardoza said only that the man was from Santa Rosa.
"He was very cooperative," Cardoza said. "They said, 'Why did you do this?' He just shook his head in guilt or remorse. He didn't give a reason why he did it."
Cardoza said the man claims he wasn't throwing the hot dog at Woods, rather tossing it in the air. He said the man acknowledged having a drink earlier in the day, but that the man was not drunk.
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"How weird was that," said Arjun Atwal, one of the other players in Woods' group. "That guy could have been shot the way he ran out there with that hot dog. The cops could have thought it was something else. The hot dog flew across Tiger's (putting) line and onto my line. The bun kind of fell at his feet. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen."
Woods said that it appeared the person wanted and expected to be arrested.
"He was pretty far away from me, and you know, when he started making the commotion and the gallery started to kind of get into it, I could hear the security behind me. I was still bent over my putt," Woods said. "And when I looked up it was already in the air. The bun was kind of disintegrating there.
"So he laid down on the ground and looked like he either knew what he was doing because he laid on the ground, put his hands behind his back and turned his head away from security. So just one of those deals."
Woods was playing in his first tournament since the PGA Championship in August and finished at 277, 7 under par, well back of the leaders who were finishing their front nine when the incident occurred.
While there were plenty of positives, the bottom-line number is he tied for 30th and was 10 strokes back of playoff contestants Briny Baird and Bryce Molder -- both trying for their first victory while Woods remains stuck on 71 PGA Tour triumphs. Molder eventually triumphed on the sixth playoff hole.
"I got better every day,'' Woods said. "Unfortunately a couple of times where I kind of didn't get the momentum going when I had a couple of chances to make putts or I hit a bad shot and I haven't played much. That comes with competitive flow, understanding the situations and feels, and game time is a little bit different. I really haven't played a whole lot since the Masters.''
Woods started on No. 10 and birdied three of his first six holes and shot 4-under-par 32 for nine holes. For a few moments, he was tied for ninth. Then he struggled on the back nine, bogeying two holes and adding just one more birdie at the ninth hole.
"Think he's getting very close,'' said Rod Pampling, a frequent practice-round buddy of Tiger's. "The biggest thing I saw today is that he's mentally back into it. That's where I think the last few events he's played he just hasn't looked like he's been into it. But today, especially early on, he was really focused in there."
Next up for Woods is a trip to Asia for a series of exhibitions the week prior to next month's Australian Open. That will be followed by the Presidents Cup, and all the drama that surrounds his controversial pick to the team.
Bob Harig is a golf writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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