AUGUSTA, Ga. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tiger Woods got a reprieve Saturday in the Masters when he was given a two-shot penalty for a bad drop after signing his card and still was allowed to stay in the tournament.
Woods’ shot on the par-5 15th hole of the second round hit the flag stick and bounced back into the water. He took his penalty drop two yards behind where he hit the original shot, which was a rules violation.
Augusta National reviewed the incident Saturday morning before the third round and added the two-stroke penalty for an improper drop. Woods had a 73 instead of a 71 and went into the weekend five shots out of the lead. He wasn’t disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard under a revised rule — announced at the Masters two years ago — that allows a player to stay in the tournament if a rules dispute was based on television evidence.