Re: 2013 Golf Season Thread
Outrageous? Seems like hyperbole to me. He gained no advantage by what he did. Had he not said anything, we wouldn't even be discussing this. He dropped his ball within a few feet of the other one.
It's a really poorly worded rule. "As close as possible" is about as ambiguous as it gets. It should be clear how far you can drop the ball. Why is it that so many of the other drop rules are based on club lengths, but this one is so vague? He dropped it pretty close to a yard from his divot. If we were having a discussion about this rule here, but before anything like this happened, how different would opinions be. If a scenario was brought up where a player dropped a ball 3-4 feet from the original, would anyone feel like that's outrageous?
Most pros play drivers that are 42-43 inches. That's 3.5 feet. That's pretty close to how far Tiger dropped his ball. I think he could make an argument that 2 yards is as close as possible. You never know how the ball is going to bounce once dropped. If you go much closer than that, you risk the ball dropping into the existing divot.
I think it's silly it's causing this much outrage. The guy hit a near perfect shot that wound up in the water by just bad luck. He put a ball down within a few feet and hit another shot. There was no advantage gained by where he dropped the ball. If you want to call that cheating, then that's your choice. I even think a 2 stroke penalty is disproportionately punitive for the level of infraction this is. If he drops the ball a few inches closer, it's fine. But somehow he drops it inches further than what some deem "as close as possible" and now he is 2 full strokes worse than before? Something isn't right with this picture.
And I'd be making the same argument regardless of what player it is. And if you think Augusta is giving Tiger preferential treatment, then you just don't know Augusta.
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