This is just a "standard operating procedure" for the ***-up PGA & USGA officials to protect tiger woods. He has gotten every favorable ruling from the so-called "rules officials" starting with a tournament a number of years ago where he drove into a waste area and his ball landed behind a huge boulder. With no way to advance the ball but sideways, he called a "rules official" over and asked if this was considered a LOOSE IMPEDIMENT. Of course the rules official agreed with tiger, who then proceeded to get about 6 guys from the gallery to come over and move the LOOSE IMPEDIMENT. Ken Venturi was the announcer and I thought he was going to explode at the audacity of the "rules official" allowing him to move the boulder (not to mention the assistance tiger got from an "outside agency" to move the boulder). Then there was the wild approach shot tiger made to the 18th green in a tournament where his shot sailed long and right, hit the club house roof and landed in the parking lot. Of course the "rules officials" were again summoned and they deemed that tiger should receive a free drop (no penalty) back onto the 18th, in the rough, short of the green and with no obstructions to the pin. Now this shameful display of tiger-pandering by the "rules commitee" at the masters, that determined that even though tiger took it upon himself to interpret the rules incorrectly, they could not to be without tiger in the tournament, so they could not bring themselves to do the right thing and DQ him. I WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE USGA IS GOING TO PUBLISH A REVISED "tiger RULES BOOK" SO THAT WE ALL CAN ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THESE RULINGS"!!!!
Hi Joe, welcome to our Community.
As for your Tiger hating diatribe, kind of hardcore hating for your first post here. Tiger did not get a favorable ruling in the boulder situation. He just took advantage of a rule that was available to him. Anyone could have done the same thing. The rule has since been changed because of that event. As for the Club House situation, it was not marked out of bounds, so there was no reason he should not get a drop since special rules are in place because of grandstands and such in place just for the PGA Tour. Maybe you should read the rules so you'll understand how you too can take advantage of rules that help you. And while you're at it, go to GolfWRX.com and read the 53 page, 1,576 posts about the issue at the Masters. If you read them all you might understand why things turned out as they did.
Thanks for joining in. Just remember we're not all about slamming people on this Community board. This is the nicest board you'll ever find and we want to keep it that way.
P.S. I am not a Tiger lover, just don't like to see ANYBODY abused incorrectly.