August 11, 2009

Woods says no fine for criticism

Tiger Woods, getting ready for this week's PGA Championship in Minnesota, said Tuesday he won't have to pay for criticizing an official last week.

I've heard from the tour. There's no fine, Woods said during a news conference.

Woods had faulted rules official John Paramor for putting him and fellow golfer Padraig Harrington on a time clock for being out of position during final round of the Bridgestone Invitational Sunday. Woods won the event.

Woods didn't back down from his criticism.

I thought they would have used better judgment on that considering we were the ones trying to win the golf tournament, Woods said.

Woods and Harrington are among the favorites heading into the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb. Harrington won last year and Woods the two years before that.