Originally Posted by Stray
I'm by no means a golf rules expert, but I think there are drops where you're allowed to go as far back as you want as long as you keep the spot between you and the hole. And had he knowingly bent a rule, I find it hard to believe he'd just admit to it like that. Sounds like he misunderstood the drop rules imo.
Of course he didn't know he was breaking the rule, but that's his fault for not knowing the rules.
It is outrageous that he was not disqualified. The new rule that allowed a disqualification to be turned into a 2 stroke penalty was supposed to cover a situation where the rule violation was only obvious on television, and specifically those situations where a ball moved in such a way that a player or official could not reasonably have seen it, but a viewer watching on an HD television could. The real reason for the rule change was that there was an unfair situation--because famous players and leaders are being broadcast in HD far more than other players, they were potentially at far greater risk for disqualification due to minute ball movements than other players. The real purpose of the rule was to level the playing field.
All of this is irrelevant in this case; Tiger admitted to breaking the rule
, and in any event it wasn't close or even arguable that the rule was broken. It is unfortunate, but golf is not like other sports where the officials' ruling is final. The players are supposed to have integrity and police themselves. I have always liked Tiger, and his personal problems were none of my business, but I will lose all respect for him if he steps back onto the course.
As a separate matter, I tend to think pulling out of the tourney would be a lot better for his brand and reputation. And it's ironic that there was just that controversy about his "Winning Solves Everything" ad--because in fact it won't solve this problem at all. There will be a huge * next to this win, if he were somehow to pull it out.