U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

Fine? What fine?

August 11, 2009

CHASKA, Minn. --  Either Tiger Woods didn't get the message right, or an earlier report about the world No. 1 being fined for his comments after his win at Firestone was wrong.

In his pre-tournament press conference here at Hazeltine, Woods said that he had spoken with tour officials after Sunday's win, but that he wasn't being fined for his remarks. He described the Associated Press report from Monday night as "erroneous".

At the risk of parsing words too much, there is also the chance that Woods will still be fined, but simply hasn't been yet. Of course, that's a tough one to pin down seeing how the tour doesn't publicize fines (and it's hard to imagine Woods announcing news of one on his website).

Regardless, Woods hasn't exactly backpedaled from his criticism of John Paramor, the European Tour rules official who put the final pairing of Woods and Padraig Harrington in the Bridgestone Invitational on the clock on the 16th hole. On Sunday, Woods was uncharacteristically blunt in saying that Paramor interjected himself into competition and was partially responsible for Harrington's triple bogey. Asked to expound on Tuesday, Woods picked up right where he left off.Â

Asked if he regretted singling out Paramor, Woods barely hesitated.

"No, because he's the one who did it," Woods said, before adding, "I thought they would have used better judgment on that considering that we were the ones that were probably going to win the golf tournament in the last group. We separated ourselves..It certainly influenced us in how we played and influenced the outcome of the tournament. That's not how you want to have a tournament come to an end."

-- Sam Weinman