Another Tiger Woods cheating scandal: Masters won’t DQ, show must go on

The golfing world has been rocked by another Tiger Woods cheating scandal.  After reviewing his drop on the 15th hole yesterday, the Masters tournament decided not to disqualify him.

Woods? Skirting the rules? Showing bad character? And getting away with it? Put on your shocked faces!

The Masters tournament is a business, of course. And it seems many were more worried about lost viewership than lost ethics.

“If Tiger” and “DQ’ed” trended this morning:

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Wrong or right ruling? What say you?

Whelp, on with the show!

Update:

Will Tiger DQ himself?

Heh:

Update:

‘I didn’t know’: Tiger Woods takes to Twitter to speak out on rule violation and penalty

  • bobbypickens

    The 2 stroke penalty is correct for the illegal drop the DQ would come from signing an inaccurate scorecard. The only reason his card was inaccurate because of the officials not assessing the penalty strokes until a day later. I am not a Tiger fan but this seems fairly handled.

    • milletime810

      except Tiger signed his scorecard knowing he took the illegal drop

      • $46661540

        The committee reviewed it before the completion of his round and found no objection until he had already turned in his scorecard. This is a fair penalty, and just an excuse for people to bash Tiger with cheating jokes.

        • milletime810

          Golfers are obliged to police themselves during play, Tiger broke the rules and even admitted so in an interview afterwards.

          • $46661540

            Why didn’t anyone else notice the penalty when it occurred?

            I think this is a stupid argument. Tiger was in the middle of the fairway, and if he dropped it correctly, he would have made the same score. If he dropped it illegally for an advantage (to avoid a tree, or to get a better lie) it would be cheating. This was a mistake and he was penalized appropriately.

          • lateblum

            His illegal drop WAS noted by a fan and reported at the time.

          • $46661540

            Yeah, and the rules official on the hole said it was a legal drop at the time, and it was reviewed while Tiger was on 18, and the drop was cleared again in the scorers room when Tiger signed the card.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            And after a vast Twitter outcry and video evidence explored by Feherty, Brandel Chamblee and others, their hands finally were forced into doing something. Last time earning a token admission of responsibility took that much effort, Rand Paul had to go 13 hours without peeing. If it weren’t for all that, they’d have given Tiger a complete pass to cheat as they have for years, not even so much as the cheap 2 stroke cop out they did deal out.

            That the rules officials did nothing doesn’t mean Tiger’s move was arguably legal. It means that the rules officials let this guy get away with murder. If it were anybody else, Mickelson, Couples, and McIlroy included, it would have been an instant penalty, and a DQ if an incorrect scorecard were signed. Fortunately Mickelson, Couples, and McIlroy don’t have to worry about that; they don’t cheat.

          • $46661540

            They gave him a 2 stroke penalty, which is the prescribed punishment for an incorrect scorecard when an infraction was noticed after the round is complete and a scorecard is signed. 2 strokes is not an insignificant penalty.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            So instead of -7 finishing in a tie for 3rd he was -5 in a tie for 4th. Pretty insignificant to me. The prescribed punishment for a signing an incorrect scorecard is not 2 strokes but a DQ. This “new rule” that is falsely applied here came after Padraig Harrington and Camillo Villegas were DQed after their rounds were complete, and a viewer called in having seen their infraction on TV.

            The rule was made for incidents in which the player could not possibly have noticed the infraction that video evidence, w/benefit of slow motion and zoom, could. That is, in Harrington’s case, where the wind blew the ball a fraction of a centimeter after he addressed it. 1 stroke penalty had he known, DQ because he didn’t know and signed the card without including that 1 stroke penalty. There was no way he could have noticed that, so his penalty was harsh, and subsequent the rule change a good fix.

            Tiger deliberately and knowingly placing his ball in the wrong place obviously does not apply. 2 stroke penalty? Big deal, next time just remember to cheat enough that it’s worth at least 3 strokes.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            And after a vast Twitter outcry and video evidence explored by Feherty, Brandel Chamblee and others, their hands finally were forced into doing something. Last time earning a token admission of responsibility took that much effort, Rand Paul had to go 13 hours without peeing. If it weren’t for all that, they’d have given Tiger a complete pass to cheat as they have for years, not even so much as the cheap 2 stroke cop out they did deal out.

            That the rules officials did nothing doesn’t mean Tiger’s move was arguably legal. It means that the rules officials let this guy get away with murder. If it were anybody else, Mickelson, Couples, and McIlroy included, it would have been an instant penalty, and a DQ if an incorrect scorecard were signed. Fortunately Mickelson, Couples, and McIlroy don’t have to worry about that; they don’t cheat.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            It’s not even that they are obliged. They aren’t really obliged, but they always do so anyway. That’s the beauty of the sport and what has made it a true gentleman’s game for more than a century.

            Tiger not only chose not to police himself, but Augusta National chose to give him a pass, and Tiger chose again not to man up and DQ himself. The rain through all of today was clearly the tears of Bobby Jones watching this farce.

            Scott and Cabrera gave a great show, but we’ve now proven that for some, blatant cheating means nothing more than a possibility of getting knocked all the way back to a tie for 4th.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            It’s not even that they are obliged. They aren’t really obliged, but they always do so anyway. That’s the beauty of the sport and what has made it a true gentleman’s game for more than a century.

            Tiger not only chose not to police himself, but Augusta National chose to give him a pass, and Tiger chose again not to man up and DQ himself. The rain through all of today was clearly the tears of Bobby Jones watching this farce.

            Scott and Cabrera gave a great show, but we’ve now proven that for some, blatant cheating means nothing more than a possibility of getting knocked all the way back to a tie for 4th.

        • milletime810

          Golfers are obliged to police themselves during play, Tiger broke the rules and even admitted so in an interview afterwards.

  • Love of Country

    They said on TV he signed a wrong card and was assessed a two stroke penalty. I thought nothing more of it. Now I’m reading he cheated and mis-spotted his ball. Inspite of all his cheating away from the game, I’m shocked he would cheat on purpose during the Masters.

    Hopefully, there won’t be any controversy …. I want to know what really happened. If he actually cheated …. I hope the penalty causes him to lose the tournament by just one stroke, lol. But if he really cheated, you would hope he wouldn’t even finish in the top ten, no? Did he really even cheat or was it an honest mistake???

    • Guest

      Why if you cheat on your spouse you will cheat at anything?

      • Love of Country

        One would certainly think so, however there are certain disempathetic types of sociopaths who are able to compartmentalize their outward dysfunctions very well, no?

        My abusive father (toward me) cheated on my mom for well over a decade until he died from AIDS. Some eight hundred people showed up at his funeral and 99% of them would have sworn he was one of the finest men in the community …. of course none of them knew the actual cause of death because he had all of the doctors lying about the cause of his illness all along.

        Things are not always as they seem in life. Some sick people can always do the right things in certain instances and then go do bad things but only in specific areas of their lives at other times. Hopefully, Tiger reaps exactly what he sows in life … regardless of this interesting controversy. I’m a Golden Bear fan, myself, and long live his magnificent records!

    • TocksNedlog

      You want him to ‘pay’ for his “honest mistake” by receiving second-place prize money?

      • Love of Country

        Not even …. but since he won’t be disqualified we can’t really wish for that. I think any and all cheaters should be DQ’d … and I don’t mean the Dairy Queen.

        All I was saying is that if he goes on to lead the field on Sunday, I would hope that rather than winning the tournament, that he loses by one stroke which would mean that his cheating penalty would have cost him the tournament thus exacting the maximum punishment for his cheating since we already know there will be no DQ. In other words, I would have felt good to say to him … so … looks like you would have won another major if only you hadn’t been a cheater, you jackanapes!

        Furthermore, I went on to say that if he really cheated that I actually/really hoped his game would completely unravel and go into the gutter and off the leaderboard completely. Cheaters are scum.

        I hope Fred Couples wins.

        • TocksNedlog

          Fair enough. But I think he will learn a bigger lesson if his game just totally falls apart on Sunday.

          • Love of Country

            And that’s what I said all along. (sheesh). Are you just looking for bones to pick because so far we’re in agreement.

            The losing by one stroke was a hypothetical joke based upon the hypothetical pretense that he would be at the top anyway …. and did you notice I followed with “LOL” …. it’s called humor.

            http://reaction.ralfvandenboom.nl/img/fjOHeRAsAs.gif

          • Love of Country

            And that’s what I said all along. (sheesh). Are you just looking for bones to pick because so far we’re in agreement.

            The losing by one stroke was a hypothetical joke based upon the hypothetical pretense that he would be at the top anyway …. and did you notice I followed with “LOL” …. it’s called humor.

            http://reaction.ralfvandenboom.nl/img/fjOHeRAsAs.gif

        • TocksNedlog

          Fair enough. But I think he will learn a bigger lesson if his game just totally falls apart on Sunday.

  • Guest

    Tiger is allowed to cheat. He is an exemption from following rules just as Bill Clinton, the Kennedy brothers, Tim Geithner and and anyone associated with the Obama Admin. does. Quit being racist it is a liberal thing.

  • YouDon’tKnowMe

    Why would anyone be shocked?

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    I watched him do it and the announcers were a little bumfuzzled by the drop at first.

    But, a triple bogey on 15 is probably driving him nuts today.

    The pros who played with Slick Willie said he would take a Presidential mulligan anywhere at any time, but still keep score…which can only make sense to a Clinton.

  • http://Rovinsworld.blogspot.com Rovin

    Under the new rules of #Augusta #Masters Roberto De Vincenzo should receive a GREEN JACKET #Integrity

  • Steve_J

    Cheated on his former wife, cheated on the game of golf. Not an especially honorable person. Certainly not in the class of PGA golfers who could have gotten away without a penalty becuase nobody was looking but instead chose to call a penalty on themselves.

  • Guest

    Obama’s golfing buddy caught cheating…
    where could he possibly have learned that..?

    • bob bear

      I guess you’re still hiding from the Bush lies on Iraq, wingnut!

      • Guest

        The lies a MAJORITY of Democrat Senators voted for…DUMBASS

  • rogueco

    Cheating Takes Care of Everything.

  • overboosted

    Golf is a game of honor, trust and honesty – so is anyone surprised Tiger cheated? I’m not.

    I am a former fan, and I used to use Tiger as a role model for my children – who were idolizing athletes who behaved more like gang bangers. Boy did I get egg on my face.

    Lesson learned, professional sports superstars may be really good at their trade, but often are not good role models.

    So instead of using a sports star or entertainment star as role models, me and my wife use ourselves as the best role models for our kids.

    .

  • sodakhic

    Go cry on Lindsey’s shoulder, I know life isn’t fair, Tiger. Just think if the government confiscated your net worth, they could save Detroit. They love to use other peoples(conservatives)money.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Let’s hope Lindsey doesn’t break a Head over Tiger’s head. Can’t have him crashing the Lacrosse you know 😉

  • torpedoman2002

    I agree he broke the rules, but I think the penalty was just. I think this because the rules committee didn’t approach him about the violation until after he signed his card. It should have been earlier. Here is a like from the PGA page. I’m waiting for the airing of today’s play to see what they say.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1603205-tiger-woods-assessed-2-shot-penalty-at-masters-due-to-illegal-drop-on-15

    • Garth Haycock

      The problem is that Tiger knew he had broken the rule and still signed his card, which make when the rules committee approached him irrelevant.

      • torpedoman2002

        read rule 33-7 as to why he was not disqualified. As far as he knew he was violating the rule. He made a statement he didn’t know. When the rules committee explained he did violate the drop ball rule Tiger accepted that the violation accrued, and he accepted the penalty. And finally tell me where you received that mind reading implant. You know that he knew he violated the rule. How do you know that he knew?

        • Garth Haycock

          Your snide comment completely rendered the rest of your post void. Can I guess that you’re a Tiger fan? I guess stalker would be closer considering your tone.

          I know the rule and I’m just a weekend duffer. Tiger does this for a living and there is no excuse for ignorance if that’s what you’re implying. It’s his job to know all of the rule changes.

          Also, notice that I never said that he should be DQed. Get over it.

          • torpedoman2002

            You are right. My comments at the last were not necessary. I apologize for my filliped remark. I kept reading that he intentionally did the violation but I couldn’t get anyone to show me how they knew this. They would say they just knew, and it was getting on my nerves. Everyone was making a assumption and calling it truth. I took it out on you and I shouldn’t have.

            There are many things in my chosen profession that I have forgotten. There were many things I knew and forgot in the heat of chaos, or I was in a hurry to meet a dead line. When confronted I realized my mistake. I would feel like crap or embarrassed depending on the severity of the situation. People do forget, and sometimes they really don’t know. I know most people are still angry with Tiger. I feel at this point people are just holding a grudge and need to get over it. Life is too short to be holding grudges.

            Again I want to apologize for my words.

          • Garth Haycock

            Apology accepted and the slate is clean. It’s all good.

  • torpedoman2002

    I agree he committed a drop ball violation, but I feel the punishment was just. I came to this conclusion because the rules committee didn’t approach him on the violation when it was committed. It was well after he signed his score card that the penalty was imposed. Here is a link to the PGA site that explains the situation.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1603205-tiger-woods-assessed-2-shot-penalty-at-masters-due-to-illegal-drop-on-15

  • torpedoman2002

    Twitchy has his comments he posted on twitter. Weather or not you accept his sincerity or not is up to you. I think the rules committee has some explaining to do as well as Tiger.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/04/13/i-didnt-know-tiger-woods-takes-to-twitter-to-speak-out-on-rule-violation-and-penalty/

  • nc

    You would think after his spectacular fall from grace, and finally putting his disgrace and ridicule behind him, he would conduct himself as squeaky clean as possible.

    BTW, do you ever wonder what he and BHO chatted about during their game?

    • TocksNedlog

      White women?

  • ratizbad

    The reason why he was cheating,He played golf with the Hussein Obama a couple of weeks ago,Anything Hussein touches,Turns to dog poop.A little advise Tiger, Better stay away .. He is bad luck..

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Tiger was dog poop before Barry got to him. That round was just a case of slime cozying up to slime.

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Tiger was dog poop before Barry got to him. That round was just a case of slime cozying up to slime.

  • thanos0145

    How is it cheating when the whole world was watching (including PGA officals)?. Tiger broke a rule and was penalized for it. This must be the PGA’s version of the “Tuck Rule”.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Okay, I don’t play golf. I don’t play a game that is spelled backwards as “flog.” The photo makes no sense since I don’t know what a proper dropped ball looks like. Should he have dropped it over his shoulder? Baseball is called “a game of inches.” Golf sounds like its administered by Obamacare.

    • torpedoman2002

      Oh I’m sure Obama plans to sign an executive order to change the rules of golf in his favor. Then he could post his golf scores.

  • golfhacker

    I never want to hear golf announcers talk about “the integrity of the game”. Never again. It’s all about the money.

  • TocksNedlog

    New NIKE slogans:
    — Just Drop It (wherever you feel like dropping it)
    — Just Do It . . . nobody is gonna say anything
    — And We Don’t Cheat With Our Sweatshop Laborers Either!
    — It’s NOT Cheating! It’s ‘Creative Accounting’
    — Swoosh! We Didn’t See Anything (except dollar signs)
    — It’s Bush’s Fault
    — No Performance Enhancing Drugs Were Involved In The Making Of That Illegal Drop
    — You Didn’t Drop That!
    — He Was Distracted By The Hoe In The Front Row

    • TheOriginalDonald

      you forgot WE BLAME PALIN!

  • dunst43

    In real sports, the placement of the ball, goat, puck, or other flingable object is determined during play. In golf it’s determined after a few G&T’s in the club house. PGA officials should be making the rulings in real time.

  • cscape

    i just changed my mind…… i am going to watch the Masters this weekend rather than boycott…… i want to see Tiger make a buffoon of himself with his typical mental tirades, cursing diatribes, throwing clubs, and so forth….. after he triple bogies whatever hole he screws up on next

  • cscape

    Tiger (as we already know) is SO BRAZEN, that in an on camera interview, after yesterday’s round, and before any penalty was assessed, said this…. “So I went back to where I played it from, but I went 2 yards further back and I took, tried to take 2 yards off the shot of what I felt I hit,” Woods said. “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.” (HE ADMITS TO HAVING CHEATED – EVEN GAVE THE REASON WHY)

  • GaryTheBrave

    All this discussion of DQ’s make me want to head to Dairy Queen.

  • [email protected]

    Turned Off/Tuned Out? Golf Gear Boycotted Cheater Woods & St. Augusta’s Bushy “Dual Law” governing golf committee takes a page from Wallstreet’s trillion dollar playbook: if at first you don’t like the print, then just rig the rules and change the reality; but only when its a good guy (x-Guam).

    Stuff your unmastering of the rules – its about knowing what is Right and what is Wrong and the line in between. Unfortunately, that was just ALL WRONG! Turned off and now totally tuned out SeaBS, KIKE, and Government Motors for a long, long, while!

  • winslow2012

    these tweets are misinformed, the rule they are arguing first of all contradicts itself: rule 26 part states:” 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” part B then states: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” straight from the USGA website. But the rule he actually broke is the rule saying that the ball must be played on the same line as what the ball last crossed into the hazard, and the last time it did that was when it rolled back off the green into the hazard.

  • FeralFemale

    If a man is so lacking in character that he would cheat on his wife — and in Tiger’s case, heinously so — then there is nothing in his character that would prevent him from cheating at anything. This is why I will not consider a politician who cheats on his/her spouse. It speaks to character, and character is everything.

  • SATURNspike

    I believe Tiger confused the rules…he had 3 options. That being said…Rules committee…reviewed and made an initial wrong call. They should have given Tiger 2 stroke penalty and informed him…this would have taken place before he signed card, thus Tiger would have signed card correctly. Would they have come to the same conclusion with someone else? Possibly…possibly not. I support the rules committee’s decision. Couldn’t have been easy, but I think done with integrity!

  • Emjay Graykat

    Tiger found it easy and convenient to cheat on his wife and children, lie about it, try to cover it up. What makes anyone thinks he gives a cr@p about his legacy and the good of the sport?!? He’s all about getting that count closer to Jack’s.

  • Mike Pincher

    As much as I despise Woods, the only thing that should matter is that we know what his score should be and the proper adjustment made for it. The PGA is an archaic organization that stupidly penalizes for actions that shouldn’t effect the outcome of a match and the players and fans put up with that BS. I don’t and rarely watch golf anymore because they’ve screwed players in the past and gotten away with it. I hope Woods doesn’t win this year’s Masters or any other one for that matter because I think he’s a classless jerk, but simply adding the two stroke penalty, even for that POS, was the right, ethical call to make.

  • Kate

    Since when did he stop being the most hated athlete in America?

    Americans’ memories are tragically short.

  • SkywalkerNoScream

    Well said