Was there ever any doubt?
Tiger operates by a different set of rules than the rest of humanity. This was made crystal clear in 2009 when the **** hit the fan in Tigers world. His indescretions were laid out in the bright spotlight of the media for all to see. And it wasn't pretty!
We were all treated to Tiger Rules...a woman in every port, gambling excesses, drugs, and my favorite, treating others like gum on the bottom of his shoe. If you were fortunate enough to park his car or wait on him at dinner, hope you enjoyed the thrill- that's all you're going to get. Sad really, someone so blessed and empowered proved to be such a waste. Oh well, we've been over this haven't we?
Fast forward to Friday @ the Masters. The Golf Gods were in attendance. A beautifully stroked wedge to the 15th at Augusta, a pin seeker...literally. I couldn't help but think about the neighbors daughter that Tiger had known as a teen and later as a conquest as the ball struck the pin and found the lake....Ah Karma- such a bitch!
But as Karma often has it, it didn't end there. Tiger consulted his own rule book and dropped the ball a couple of yard behind the original divot, struck anothe beauty and 1 putted for bogey. No big deal right?......WRONG!
Rule 26 states that the ball may be dropped in the drop zone, anywhere on the line where it entered the hazard or AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE ORIGINAL SHOT.....not 2 yards back. Tiger gained an advantage and this is strictly prohibited by the rule...a 2 shot penalty. Problem is he didn't take a 2 shot penalty and signed an incorrect score card. Disqualification by the rules....right? WRONG!
Enter rule 33-7. Added just last year and, until now known as the HD rule. It is intended to protect the player from an inadvertent penalty, often spotted by the TV viewing audiance, and not noted until after the round is completed. The key word here is inadvertent....meaning the player didn't know he committed a violation. Not knowing one committed a violation and not knowing the rules are two different things. In fact, ignorance of the rules is specifically exempted in the rule.
The fact the rules committee looked at Tigers drop and didn't see a problem with it, until they learned that he said he intentionally improved his drop is the reason given. Fact is.....Tiger Rules!