x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Woods claiming he really is more fan friendly

The former world No 1 golfer said he is trying to show more appreciation for his fans.

Tiger Woods, the former world No 1 golfer, said he is trying to show more appreciation for his fans.

Woods has often been accused of not signing enough autographs and was criticised at the Dubai Desert Classic recently for seemingly walking away from spectators seeking his signature.

But the 14-time major winner, who was also fined by the European Tour for spitting on the 12th green during his final round in Dubai, does not feel the pictures told the whole story.

"I sign a lot," Woods told Sky Sports. "Sometimes I do not sign where the cameras are.

"There was an instance in Dubai when I did not sign because a couple of kids were getting crushed. They were hurt, one of the kids was bleeding, and I left."

Woods said the cameras captured what happened there, but not what happened afterward. "The cameras were there and they showed it," he said. "I did not sign on that spot, I went and signed somewhere else, and I was criticised for it. I was criticised for not signing.

"Am I signing a lot more? Absolutely. I am so much more grateful for my fans and how they have helped me, and I am trying to show more appreciation."

Woods is preparing for the US Masters, scheduled for April 7-10 in Augusta, Georgia, a major he has won four times.