As we all know by now, Tiger Woods has done his fair share of hot-dog throwing, if you catch our drift. But this week, the once invincible sports star received a dose of his own medicine, nearly getting smacked in the face with a random sausage. While Woods was putting during the Fry’s Open in San Martin, California, this past Tuesday, a 31-year-old local man named Brandon Kelly rushed onto the green, shouted Tiger’s name, then hurled a hot dog, bun and all, at the golf pro. Us Weekly reports that the wiener missed Woods, but Tiger still fudged his eighteen-foot putt. And yet, believe it or not, the story gets even stranger.
Kelly claims to be a fan of Woods and says he was inspired to pelt his hero with a hot dog after watching the new Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive. The attempted assailant told one paper, “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.’” Okay, yeah, we totally see the air-tight logic on that one.
Consistent with his newfound nuttery, Kelly apparently laid on the ground after his failed attempt, just waiting to be arrested. Woods, for his part, seemed to laugh off the incident (he does need to retain all the fans he can at this point), recounting, “Some guy just came running on the green, and he had a hot dog, and evidently … I don’t know how he tried to throw it, but I was kind of focusing on my putt when he started yelling … Next thing I know, he laid on the ground, and looked like he wanted to be arrested because he … put his hands behind his back and turned his head.”
Kelly was booked on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace and will most likely get community service and a fine. Apparently, even the U.S. justice system doesn’t really mind if you throw food at Tiger Woods. You know, just in case there are any more heroes waiting in the wings.