Tiger Woods isn’t getting the benefit of the doubt anymore.
He isn’t getting a pass for bad etiquette because he’s seemed to conduct himself so well and trouble free off the course while winning so much on it.
He’s getting quick censure for poor decorum.
We’re seeing that in the strong reaction overseas to Woods’ spitting on the 12th green while over his ball mark Sunday in the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Golfweek also wrote a story early in the week with details on how Woods used a certain profanity that begins with the letter “F” at least four times after poor shots. Those indiscretions might not have made print in Woods' pre-crash past.
On the American side, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and CBS announcer Jim Nantz have expressed disappointment over etiquette.
Now, European media are all over Woods for the spitting incident.
Sky Sports Ewen Murray during the live call of action: 'Disgusting, what he has just done there. 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. It does not get much lower than that.'
London’s Daily Mail: 'What should have been a pairing to savour, became a tormenting walk in the desert before turning into a disgusting one as Woods, crouched over a short putt at the 12th, let fly with a volley of spit across the green. Over the years we have become used to seeing him spit but to do it on a putting surface might represent a new low. Is there no one in power who has the guts to do something about his spitting and swearing?'
England’s The Telegraph: 'The largely expat gallery had flocked to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to see Woods win for the first time in more than a year. Instead, what they got for their money was an exhibition of spitting by Woods that might yet receive a rebuke from the European Tour to match that of Sky commentator Ewen Murray, who gave him both barrels on air. The phlegm Woods sprayed across the 12th green might be acceptable on the football pitch but it has no place on a golf course.'