Woods himself weighed in just a short time ago.
At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules. I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules.— Tiger Woods
I didnâ€™t know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard. Subsequently, I met with the Masters Committee Saturday morning..— Tiger Woods
and was advised they had reviewed the incident prior to the completion of my round. Their initial determination…— Tiger Woods
was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation…— Tiger Woods
…with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty. I understand and accept the penalty and respect the Committeesâ€™ decision.— Tiger Woods
And the Masters even sent out an official statement explaining the whole debacle.
Yesterday afternoon, the Rules Committee was made aware of a possible Rules violation that involved a drop by Tiger Woods on the 15th hole.
In preparation for his fifth shot, the player dropped his ball in close proximity to where he had played his third shot in apparent conformance with Rule 26. After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot while he was playing the 8th hole. At that moment and based on that evidence, the Committee determined he had complied with the Rules.
After he signed his scorecard, and in a television interview subsequent to the round, the player stated that he played further from the point than where he had played his third shot. Such action would constitute playing from the wrong place.
The subsequent information provided by the player’s interview after he had completed play warranted further review and discussion with him this morning. After meeting with the player, it was determined that he had violated Rule 26, and he was assessed a two stroke penalty. The penalty of disqualification was waived by the Committee under Rule 33 as the Committee had previously reviewed the information and made its initial determination prior to the finish of the player’s round.
Chairman, Competition Committees
Wait, none of this makes much sense? Seems out of touch? How shocking.
i think it’s pretty clear the last thing augusta national cares about is whether we think they’re hypocrites.— Bomani Jones