‘I didn’t know’: Tiger Woods takes to Twitter to speak out on rule violation and penalty; Update: Canseco chimes in

As Twitchy reported earlier, the Twitterverse was buzzing about Tiger Woods Saturday morning. Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty, but was not disqualified for his drop at hole 15 at the Masters on Friday.

Woods took to Twitter to explain his take on what happened.

Update:

Twitchy readers weigh in:

Here’s the statement from Fred Ridley,  Augusta’s competition committee chairman.

Yesterday afternoon, the Rules Committee was made aware of a possible Rules violation that involved a drop by Tiger Woods at the 15th hole.

In preparation for his fifth shot, the player dropped his ball in close proximity to where he had played his third shot in apparent conformance with Rule 26. After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot while he was playing the 18th hole. At that moment and based on that evidence, the Committee determined he had complied with the Rules.

After he signed his scorecard, and in a television interview subsequent to the round, the player stated that he played further from the point than where he had played his third shot. Such action would constitute playing from the wrong place.

The subsequent information provided by the player’s interview after he had completed play warranted further review and discussion with him this morning. After meeting with the player, it was determined that he had violated Rule 26, and he was assessed a two-stroke penalty. The penalty of disqualification was waived by the Committee under Rule 33 as the Committee had previously reviewed the information and made its initial determination prior to the finish of the player’s round.

But do we really want to hear from Tiger and the rules committee? Or do we want to hear from José Canseco?

There it is.

  • http://Rovinsworld.blogspot.com Rovin

    Anyone who understands the rules, (and more importantly the integrity of the game), knows that Tiger should remove himself from the Masters. The Augusta committee are prostituting themselves by making the decision to allow Tiger to continue. By this egregious move they MUST give Roberto De Vincenzo a GREEN JACKET!

    • golden touch

      Absolutely…… A game that has remained unsullied by Political Correctness…. Where Sportsmanship, Integrity and Honesty rule how the game is played…

      Take away any one of those attributes, and you have Professional Basketball or the WWF

      Do the Honorable thing Tiger and DQ yourself from the Masters competition

      • algonquinmatt

        can you imagine how quick an NBA game would be if those guys called fouls on themselves the way you do on the playground? game would be over in an hour and a half.

      • GaryTheBrave

        A game that has remained unsullied by Political Correctness

        You’re not serious, are you? Oh, sure, there are some instances of keeping the purity of the game, such as not allowing a player (former teammate of Tiger’s from college) to use a cart due to a handicap that doesn’t allow him to walk far. But Golf is chock full of rules that are politically correct.

        For example, the “handicap.” This allows a bad player to shave his score so as not to look as bad compared to a good player. Bowling nor tennis do that. Different tee boxes for Men, Women, and Seniors. That is implied sexism and ageism.

        Let us not forget that golfers playing with their boss will double and triple bogey more often just so he (generally its a man) looks like a champion.

        Yes, golf is sullied with PC.

        • $46661540

          That’s arguably the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Handicaps are used by recreational players in order to have a more competitive game with players of differing skills. Let me know the last time there was ever a tournament on any level with a handicap. (Bowling also uses handicaps, FYI). Talking about different tees in a matter of political correctness is like saying handicapped parking spaces are politically correct. Idiotic.

          If you want to complain about political correctness in golf, you probably should have mentioned the pressure put on Agusta National, a private club, to allow women or minority members. Also, the PGA and USGA do not allow majors to be held at men-only clubs like Butler in Chicago. That should be your gripe. Not handicaps.

      • seek456

        he got penalized – what do you want, blood?

        Honestly, the dumb responses don’t surprise me, but seriously – read the rule book and Woods was penalized and he did nothing illegal. He made an improper drop – end of story.

        Quit with the life lessons.

        • UnknownFangirl

          actually the penalty for the incorrect drop is two strokes…which they did. However, the penalty for signing an incorrect score card is disqualification. He admitted in a interview later that day that he made an incorrect drop, but he signed the score card anyway, he should have been disqualified. But the Augusta National is in the South and they didn’t want people screaming RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST so they let him play….if it had been Bubba, he’d be gone today. But, Bubba don’t cheat …and Tiger does.

          • bacadog

            Except he didn’t sign an incorrect scorecard. The rules committee had ruled he didn’t break any rule BEFORE Tiger finished his round. When he signed the scorecard, the rules committee in effect said it was correct.
            Only later was it ruled an improper drop which carries a 2 shot penalty.

          • UnknownFangirl

            be HE knew he did ..he cheated pure and simple .. because that’s who he is.. he thinks he can do anything he wants and it’s ok. He cheated he KNEW he cheated when he signed that card.

          • seek456

            dropping in the wrong place is not “cheating” – it’s dropping in the wrong place.

          • RblDiver

            Not being a golfer and not really knowing what went on, but couldn’t, say, by that logic a poker player look at an opponents cards, and just say they weren’t cheating but just looking in the wrong place?

          • Brian Roastbeef

            And in light of what we know of all that he’s gotten away with out there, plus these few times he’s gotten busted; just imagine all of the cheating he’s pulled off that we don’t even know. He wouldn’t have tried something this blatant, if he hadn’t gotten away with it a bunch already. A two stroke penalty here, knowing in his arrogance he’d never get DQed is an acceptable risk.

            Just like how Kyle Busch gets caught speeding down pit road once every three races or so… because the fifteen times he doesn’t get caught in between is enough of an unfair advantage to make up for it.

            Tiger fans always tout how great he’s been for golf. I say he’s the worst travesty to come on the sport. An arrogant little turd that demands all cater to him, and they comply… Now the rules are thoroughly twisted in his favor. It’s not quite as phony as pro-wresting yet, but it’s about as crooked as boxing in the 50s, and will be on the same path downhill should it continue.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            Do you believe for two seconds Thorbjorn Oleson would have received a two stroke penalty, or would he have been on a plane back to Denmark?

            The rule has always been incorrect scorecard is a DQ. Always. Today, the announcers discussed how that’s changed heralding a new era in golf rules.

            Apparently that era is one of favorable treatment to Tiger Woods. Meet the new era, same as the old era.

          • seek456

            nonsense, absolute racist nonsense. Get a new copy of the rules regarding “dq – changed 2 years ago.

        • UnknownFangirl

          actually the penalty for the incorrect drop is two strokes…which they did. However, the penalty for signing an incorrect score card is disqualification. He admitted in a interview later that day that he made an incorrect drop, but he signed the score card anyway, he should have been disqualified. But the Augusta National is in the South and they didn’t want people screaming RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST so they let him play….if it had been Bubba, he’d be gone today. But, Bubba don’t cheat …and Tiger does.

    • $46661540

      I strongly disagree. This is why they have rule 33: “A penalty of disqualification may in exceptional individual cases be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee considers such action warranted.” The committee had reviewed the drop before the completion of Tiger’s round and didn’t assess a penalty. A 2 stroke penalty is fair in this situation.

      A bad drop (within reason) has no material effect on a round of golf. Tiger got his penalty, which is significant and lets move on and let the players decide who wins.

      • Brian Roastbeef

        And “warranted,” as always, means “if it is Tiger Woods.” Same as what makes a 600 lb. boulder considered a “loose impediment.”

    • Scott Carroll

      “What a stupid I am”

      Don’t worry. The golf nerds get it.

    • Scott Carroll

      “What a stupid I am”

      Don’t worry. The golf nerds get it.

    • Vickie DHaene

      But, But, But “Winning takes care of Everything”. Right?

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    @TigerWoods <== Cheats in Life. Is anyone surprised he cheats at "Work"?

  • Tom Anderson

    Once a cheater, always a cheater

    • algonquinmatt

      yeah, but i really don’t think he was giving himself much, if any, advantage by dropping the ball 5 feet further back from the hole.

      • lateblum

        I guess you don’t golf.

        • seek456

          you wanted him to drop in his divot? lol

          What a dumb response btw – just because someone doesn’t agree with you, you have to put them down?

          • TocksNedlog

            Actually, what lateblum and I were both responding to was algonquinmatt’s silly contention that having a better lie did not give Tiger an unfair advantage because his ball was all of “5 feet further back from the hole”.

          • datou1

            First of all he would have gotten another drop if he landed in his divot as that is deemed closer to the hole. Going back five feet ensured that he would not go off the back of the green. For most hackers it would mean nothing but Tiger had just hit the flag and I have no doubt he knew exactly where the next shot was going to land. Which was perfect BTW

          • TocksNedlog

            Uh-huh.
            And the part where you disagree with me is WHERE?

          • TocksNedlog

            Actually, what lateblum and I were both responding to was algonquinmatt’s silly contention that having a better lie did not give Tiger an unfair advantage because his ball was all of “5 feet further back from the hole”.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            Well to answer your last question, telling someone their response is dumb is kind of putting them down. Did you do that because you didn’t agree with them?

            You’ve also made the same point several times on this thread, maybe you should…..move…..on?

            I look forward to your derisive comment directed toward me.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            Well to answer your last question, telling someone their response is dumb is kind of putting them down. Did you do that because you didn’t agree with them?

            You’ve also made the same point several times on this thread, maybe you should…..move…..on?

            I look forward to your derisive comment directed toward me.

      • TocksNedlog

        Play a lot of golf, do you?

        • seek456

          you obviously don’t. Woods got a bad break and then he dropped. The penalty for a wrong drop – 2 strokes, so quit with the hate.
          (my hubby and I are on 2 sides of this issue lol) I told him the same thing I’m telling you. He did what he did – got penalized and move on.

          I’m ready to put my foot through the t.v. listening to Chamblee the ultimate Tiger hater. If you heard what Nobilo said – he was dead on correct.

          Move on people.

          p.s. Yes, I play a lot of golf, and you?

          • TocksNedlog

            And the “hate” I displayed is WHERE?

          • TocksNedlog

            And the “hate” I displayed is WHERE?

      • TheOriginalDonald

        Fortunately for him his playing player wasn’t going after him with a 7 wood. Don’t want him to crash the Verano, you know 😉

  • nc

    Aw, give the guy a break. After all, he’s just a newbie at the game, right?

    • TocksNedlog

      The rules of golf are SO complicated!

      After 20 years he still doesn’t know them.

      • BemusPoint1

        Tiger has previously been penalized for the same rule in Dubai.

  • jb

    I guess many people won’t get my next sentence, so look it up: Another rock removed from TW’s path.

    • Garth Haycock

      An excellent analogy. And I didn’t have to look it up.

    • seek456

      balderdash. He had friends – you not so much. Live with it.

      • jb

        seek, r u Jocelyn James incognito?

        • seek456

          I was talking about the “friends” moving the rock.

          • Brian Roastbeef

            Friends in high places more like it. Funny how Tiger has now received notable preferential treatment twice this season, since his famous golf date with Obama.

            To those that worship men, Tiger went to their savior, and received absolution.

      • jb

        seek, r u Jocelyn James incognito?

  • algonquinmatt

    No Tiger Woods fan here…actually, i bet against him this week in a pool. That being said, what a crazy end to that hole. First, he hit a dead on shot that hit the pin and the ball rolled back off the green and into the water. Then he drops his ball 2 yards back from the spot and incurs a 2 stroke penalty and is now pressured to DQ himself.

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      Karma.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        I don’t think he drives a Fisker.

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

    Just another example of the man keeping a poor guy down.

    Whatever happens, Tiger will remain in the top 5 black golfers on tour.

  • cscape

    Tiger’s a LYING Sack of “#$%” (that much we already know about him)

  • TocksNedlog

    Ignorance IS bliss.

    [“I was unaware at the time when I cheated with all of those hoes that my wife was going to have a decidedly negative reaction to the entire situation.”]

    • Brian Roastbeef

      He wasn’t cheating. He was just positioning his balls off a short distance, figuring for a more favorable lay rather than deal with going in the divot he’d already been in.

      That his wife DQ’d him from the marriage was totally irrational and unfair. It should have been a penalty of two nights alone (insert “stroke” double entendre here).

  • Glennd

    So the rules committee tells Tiger before his round is over that he committed no infractions. He signs the scorecard with no penalty. You come back the next day, they inform him that a TV VIEWER and an INTERVIEW has swayed them. Not video evidence (which they had), but an interview and a guy on his couch.
    So yeah, he should totally bow out, because even after he was told by the RULES COMMITTEE that he had not violated any rules and signed the scorecard before he could assess himself a penalty. He should have known that they would have changed their mind not by visual replay, but by an interview. Makes sense.

  • Steve_J

    Right, there are PGA rules officials all over the course. Guess Woods isn’t that great of an admirer of the game of golf as he’s been touted all these years.

  • Steve_J

    Right, there are PGA rules officials all over the course. Guess Woods isn’t that great of an admirer of the game of golf as he’s been touted all these years.

  • Guest

    Tiger learned how to lie from Obama

    • Vickie DHaene

      The swapped lessons in Florida.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      And he learn to cheat from Bubba-CLINTON THAT IS!

  • Guest

    Tiger learned how to lie from Obama

  • gregl311

    I get it, you guys gate Tiger. But, come on. These comments are ridiculous. He made a mistake. He got penalized. What the he’ll more do you want? He has never cheated in the game before so why are you acting like he does it all the time? I for one would not watch The Masters if Tiger was not in it. I hope he wins.

    • Steve_J

      How do you or anyone else know if he’s cheated before or not?

    • Steve_J

      How do you or anyone else know if he’s cheated before or not?

    • jb

      He could have picked up the ball and dropped it properly.

  • gregl311

    I get it, you guys gate Tiger. But, come on. These comments are ridiculous. He made a mistake. He got penalized. What the he’ll more do you want? He has never cheated in the game before so why are you acting like he does it all the time? I for one would not watch The Masters if Tiger was not in it. I hope he wins.

  • itzyaboi95

    Just suck it up and play on. That’s a real sportsmanlike mentality.

  • Chudi

    I really don’t get all this Tiger hate. Yes, he banged a bunch of women, and his wife, a former nanny got $100 million as compensation. She is currently building a $15 million house…again, a former nanny. She got well compensated for her hurt feelings, and has had more than 5 different boyfriends in the last 3 yrs, yet people get mad when Tiger has one. All of you people really need to get a life.

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      I sure hope Elin doesn’t spend ALL THAT MONEY on the same guy.

    • lateblum

      So if his wife were a former golf pro, would that make a difference here? He is the cheat. NOT the former wife and mother of his children.
      I don’t get all the Tiger love whilst dissing his wife – the one who remained faithful and played by the rules.

    • TocksNedlog

      NO ONE is “mad” that a single Tiger has a girlfriend.

      That’s okay, though; you keep manning that straw.

  • overboosted

    So we are to believe that a person who has been playing golf since he was three and has won countless titles, did not know the rules?

    .

    • Chudi

      How many rules do you think they have in golf. Why don’t you go read why they made the decision before making ignorant comments.

      • overboosted

        We’re talking about Tiger Woods, not Lindsay Lohan……

        .

  • Bill Board

    Ignorance is no excuse. How long has he been golfing?

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Won’t matter, Carl Spackler, CINDERELLA STORY! will win the Masters…..IT’S IN THE HOLE! IT’S IN THE HOLE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg8lSyGavc4

  • Maxx

    Note to Canseco. Those 85% you throw out of your ass haven’t been playing golf since the age of four and haven’t won 14 majors.

    He should have disqualified himself. That is my annoyance with all this. Whether or not the Masters committee did so is irrelevant. Tiger should have stepped up and said “I screwed up and I should be held as accountable as all the other guys out here.”

    He did not. He played on after taking a two-shot and THAT simply was wrong. If he wins, get the asterisk ready.

    • Guest

      to maxx: r u mad? to Faldo: r u giving Piers Morgan a run for most annoying britt on TV?

      • Maxx

        Annoyed. Not mad. If it had been anyone else, he’d have been disqualified. You know it. I know it. The entire industry and fan base knows it.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    By the way if anybody is interested in more info on this, there are geniuses over at the PGATour website that have their answer for why Tiger was penalized.

    It’s raaaaaaacism, of course! We all should have known far sooner. How dare anybody think he should be made to play by the same rules as everybody else.

  • TheKingJAK

    They only assessed Tiger because someone got upset over the Chinese kid being hit with a penalty. Take himself out? LOL, you’re nuts, he was assessed a penalty, end of story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

    How long has Tiger been playing golf? How many Masters tournaments has he played in again? Isn’t he suppose to keep up with the rules?