Saturday, April 13, 2013

P1-TIger-DropAUGUSTA,
Ga. — Masters tournament officials are reviewing a potentially illegal
drop that Tiger Woods took on the 15th hole Friday.
If
they deem that the drop violated the rules, Woods could be disqualified from
the 77th Masters for signing an incorrect scorecard.

The
drop under question [pictured above] occurred after Woods’s approach shot to the par-5 struck the
flagstick and rolled back into the water. Woods chose not to drop in what he described as the "wet" and "muddy" drop zone, which left him with two other options under the Rules of
Golf:  

1.
Play [the] ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball
was last played; or
2. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original
ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and
the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the
water hazard the ball may be dropped. 
Woods
chose the first option, but he appeared not to drop as close as possible to the
original spot.
“So
I went back to where I played it from, but I went two yards further back and I
took, tried to take two yards off the shot of what I felt I hit,” Woods said
after his round.
The
ensuing shot “worked out perfectly," Woods said.
Woods is scheduled to tee off at 1:45 p.m. Saturday with Gonzalez Fernando-Castano. Woods is at 3-under-par, three strokes behind leader Jason Day.
The incident has been a popular topic of conversation on Twitter, among both fans and players.
"As Ben Crenshaw said in his interview re Guan's slow play, this can't end well," tweeted Brad Faxon, alluding to the controversial slow-play penalty that Masters officials assessed 14-year-old Guan Tianlang on Friday.
Veteran PGA Tour pro Joe Ogilvie tweeted, "Getting the feeling that Tiger Woods' Masters is over."
  RELATED: Tiger's Major VictoriesRELATED: Infamous Rules Violations  (Photo: John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated)
 

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