I don’t watch a lot of golf on TV but I do keep up on the Masters. Since watching everything that has happened with the Tiger Woods’ “illegal drop” and subsequent ruling of a two-stroke penalty, I now hate golf even more.
Golf’s rules are stupid, vague and the announcers are even dumber than the sport itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love to play, I love to watch but some of golf’s rules are ridiculous and vague.
So, to recap, late Friday Tiger hit a ball that went into the water hazard. He had two choices, according to the rule book. (1) Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5) or (2) Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped.
Tiger decided to drop the ball from his original shot. Unfortunately for Tiger, he dropped the ball about two yards behind his original shot. When asked, Tiger said, “Well, I went down to the drop area, that wasn’t going to be a good spot, because obviously it’s into the grain, it’s really grainy there. And it was a little bit wet. So it was muddy and not a good spot to drop…So I went back to where I played it from, but I went two yards further back and I took, tried to take two yards off the shot of what I felt I hit. And that should land me short of the flag and not have it either hit the flag or skip over the back. I felt that that was going to be the right decision to take off four right there. And I did. It worked out perfectly.”
After the Golf Channel’s, Brandel Chamblee, heard that the Augusta National rules officials were going to give Tiger a two-stroke penalty he said, “This is a flagrant, obvious violation. If Tiger has read the rule — and I am sure he has by now — it is incumbent upon him to say that he is in violation of [Rule] 26-1a and disqualify himself. Anything else, frankly, is unacceptable.”
Chamblee needs to check himself. Let’s see what the television ratings do when Tiger disqualifies himself. Tiger doesn’t need to do that. Golf rules need to relax a little bit. Yeah, let’s kick the most popular player out of the Masters for violating a drop rule.
If Chamblee knew anything about the Augusta, then he would know that this isn’t the first controversy over a drop…when it happened to Arnold Palmer, there was actually an argument about the rule and Palmer ended up keeping his “3” on hole #12.
Either way, Chamblee needs to relax and realize the reason that Tiger was only assessed a two-stroke penalty instead of being disqualified is because he’s Tiger Fucking Woods. Just like every other sport, the superstars get the calls. When Golf and its stupid fans realize that then we will all be able to move on.
I hope Tiger pulls this one out. I hope he comes back on Saturday and closes it out Sunday and wins by three-strokes. After his fist pumping, I want him to look straight into the closest camera and scream, “Fuck you Augusta! How do you like that shit?! I’m out!”