Tiger Woods in Perth, avoids racism storm

Last updated 06:40 06/11/2011
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Former world No.1 golfer Tiger Woods has taken to the golf course after a racial slur from his former caddie Steve Williams, playing an invitational round of golf in Perth to begin his Australian visit.

Williams received a mock award on Friday night for 'celebration of the year' at a caddies awards dinner in Shanghai.

He earned the title for saying his win at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with Adam Scott was the most satisfying of his career - despite being on the bag for Woods for 13 of his 14 majors.

On a night filled with banter, Williams said of his interview after Scott's triumph: "It was my aim to shove it right up that black arsehole."

He apologised soon after, but the slur ensured Woods was mobbed even more than usual while playing an invitational tournament at the Burswood Park Golf Course on Saturday.

Woods, who flew into Perth on Friday, is in Australia ahead of the November 10-13 Australian Open and the following week's Presidents Cup.

Security was always going to be incredibly strict in Perth.

Media and the public weren't expected to be given any access to Woods, and that was tightened even further with the increased interest in his reaction to the comments, and apology, made by Williams.

Woods conducted a clinic at Burswood for 40 VIP guests for 45 minutes before then playing with international and local VVIP guests at an invitational tournament.

He then attended a cocktail event of which Eddie McGuire was the MC.

Burswood staff ensured that the James Packer Golf Invitational, of which Woods and Packer were the headline acts, was off-limits completely to the media and public.

So much so that the entire car park and golf course was closed to unauthorised vehicles for the entire day.

From Perth, Woods will head to Melbourne to play another invitational event at the Capital Golf Club on Monday before going to Sydney to prepare for the Australian Open at The Lakes.

He is looking to win his first tournament since the 2009 Australian Masters at Melbourne's Kingston Heath.

Woods' participation in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne was already in the headlines, with his selection by captain Fred Couples causing some consternation.

Woods currently sits outside the world's top 50 (ranked 56th) for the first time in 15 years.

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