Tiger Woods has always attracted more attention inside the ropes than any other player.
But never like this.
According to multiple media reports, as Woods waited to begin Tuesday’s first round of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, a videographer on the first tee allegedly was head-butted by the president of the Turkish Golf Federation.
The journalist, Cihat Unal, who works for a local news agency in Belek, has pressed assault charges against Ahmet Agaoglu, Turkey’s highest-ranking golf official, according to The Telegraph.
Unal’s glasses reportedly were broken, and he reported the incident to police.
According to The Telegraph, Woods’ manager, Mark Steinberg, was overhead at the time saying, “the cameramen are out of control,” despite the presence of a heavy security detail.
Agaoglu has denied the allegation, according to the report, saying, “He pushed me and I pushed him back and he fell over.”
Four of the top five players in the world are playing in this week’s eight-man exhibition, which features $5.2 million in prize money.
This ugly incident, however, has garnered most of the headlines on a day when Woods and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy both lost their matches, damaging their chances to claim the title.