This would not be an issue if it were anyone else but Woods and he made it a personal issue and it is wrong that the golf Gods bow to him. When the Masters allowed him to keep playing when he should have been disqualified I could hardly believe it. I understand Tiger gets better TV ratings and is without a doubt the best player out there today. But Golf should not be constantly bending the rules to favor him. It has almost got to the point where if he ever does break Jack's major record it should have an asterisk like Barry Bonds home run record. I was a fan of Tiger's for a long time but since he has become so lenient with the Rules I am no longer. This would not be an issue if it were any other golfer.
The USGA and R&A announced today that the rule that penalizes players when ball movement can be detected only by enhanced technology according to the Global Post. This is the same rule that hit Tiger Woods in September during the BMW Championship in Chicago when the ball moved when he was moving debris out of the way. However, it was a PGA Tour videographer that spotted the movement of the ball and reported it to officials and that rule is now broken. Was Woods a key reason why the rule was taken out? What would have happened if it was a player that wasn’t that big of a name? Would the rule still be there? It’s very possible as the small name players never get much attention and not to mention that this isn’t any big name player we’re talking about. It’s Tiger Woods and he’s made a name for himself where everything will go his way. The rule however should have gotten attention anyway regardless of who it was but it is what it is and since it was Tiger, that’s the only reason why it’s getting the attention it’s getting and that’s why it was changed.
— Golfweek Magazine (@GolfweekMag) November 19, 2013
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I'm glad it was changed. These penalties only seem to be assessed when someone from the TV audience calls in to report it. This only seems to happen when it's a highly ranked player like Tiger Woods. No matter who it is it still seems unfair to let the viewing audience affect the outcome of a tournament with millions of $ in prize money. Where do these self proclaimed watchdogs get the phone numbers to reach the officials or announcers anyway? I can never get an answer to a legitimate question. This kind of thing never happens in other Pro sports.
I guess the USGA claims they changed the rule because they wanted to and not because of Tiger. Mmmhm surrrre dawg, whatever you say and thanks for visiting my site Stephen! Hope to see more insights from you in the future! :)