"Woods was not disqualified because of a relatively recent rule that allows the rules committee discretion when it comes to violations reported after the fact. Masters officials reviewed the drop on Saturday morning, applying the revision to "Decision 33-7/4.5", which, according to the USGA's website, addresses "the situation where a player is not aware he has breached a Rule because of facts that he did not know and could not reasonably have discovered prior to returning his score card."
I'm not going to comment one or the other, other than to say they probably put this "discretion" rule in place for just this kind of situation....
posted on 04/13/2013 7:26:11 AM PDT
Translation: There are no “rules.”
posted on 04/13/2013 7:27:49 AM PDT
They could simply call the rule the “star system fudge rule”. Heck, there have been viewers who call in to networks when they see players breaking rules and the PGA takes action.
They didn’t want to throw Tiger Woods out of the Masters. They’d probably do better for themselves in terms of public relations by simply saying what everyone already knows.
posted on 04/13/2013 7:28:50 AM PDT
(Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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