The infamous Tiger Woods’ illegal drop at the 2013 Masters – he was assessed a two-stroke penalty but was not DQ’d despite signing an incorrect scorecard -- was one of the most controversial golf rulings ever, but one thing missing from the conversation was the opinion of his fellow PGA Tour pros.
According to Sports Illustrated’s anonymous poll of PGA Tour players, a slim majority thinks Woods should have been disqualified from the 2013 Masters, by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin. The results are based on an anonymous poll of more than 200 PGA Tour, LPGA and Champions Tour players. For the record, Champions Tour players were more in favor of Augusta National allowing Woods to stay in the tournament, 54 percent said Woods should not have been disqualified. However, 51 percent of Champions Tour players said he should have withdrawn from the 2013 Masters over the drop anyway.
Augusta National fared worse than Woods in the poll. Asked if stars get special treatment at Augusta, 64 percent of PGA Tour player said yes. Among Champions Tour players, 54 percent think stars get special treatment at Augusta.
The drop at the Masters was not the only rules controversy Woods was involved in last year. He had rules issues at the Abu Dhabi Championship and the BMW Championship, and raised some eyebrows with a favorable drop from a water hazard at the Players Championship.
However, Woods apparently did not lose the locker room over these penalties last year. Asked if Tiger’s run-ins with the rules in 2013 changed their opinion of him, 85 percent of PGA Tour players said, no -- as did 74 percent of Champions Tour players.