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Tiger Woods backs caddies actions

World number one Tiger Woods has shown his support of caddy Steve Williams by saying he would cover any fine the New Zealander recieves for throwing a spectator's camera into a pond at the recent ConAgra Foods Skins event.

Woods was enraged when the offending spectator, who has not as yet come forward, took a photograph while he was in mid swing.

Williams reacted by snatching the camera and tossing it into a nearby pond.

"I walked over to him and grabbed the camera," Williams told the Associated Press.

"He put up a little resistance, but not much."

The eight-time major champion said that he would cover the fine, but was more shocked that the spectator had been allowed onto the course with a camera.

Only accredited journalists were allowed to carry cameras at the event.

Tour players David Love III and world number two Phil Mickelson supported Williams' action.

"Did Stevie throw the camera away? I've been wanting to do that for a long time," Love III said.

"I've taken them away from people, but I haven't smashed one or thrown one yet. I think it's fair."

"We've had poor camera control on the PGA Tour, and it's jeopardizing the integrity of the championship," added Mickelson.

"I don't think I would have handled it that way," Mickelson said.

"But I can understand the frustration he must have felt. I don't have a problem with it."

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