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Golf Australia Express : May 2013
The uncomfortable position he was put in by the Masters Rules Committee was another disgrace. Imagine if Tiger stared down the chairman of Augusta’s Rules Committee, Fred Ridley, and DQ’d himself after it had publicly given him the ‘all clear’ to tee it up on Saturday? Tiger would’ve been admitting those running The Masters were cheating for him. Now there’s a story! The truth is Tiger was put in a shameful position with no way out. Play on and he spits in the face his contemporaries; DQ himself and the world of golf explodes with the shame that would have overshadowed the Masters. I doubt he really could have done anything else. The bigger question remains, why did the committee––no doubt with stars in their eyes rule in the way it did? Well, it’s a well-known fact TV ratings go up––and up considerably––when Tiger is playing and in contention. The ratings data just doesn’t lie. Augusta knows this and when Tiger started the year with three wins and found himself in contention once again, the Masters were in for some great numbers on the weekend. Money talks and it speaks louder at Augusta than most venues. One of the responsibilities that comes with being a professional golfer is you automatically become a custodian of the game. Rules officials sit on an even higher plain. Yet they clearly dropped the ball on this one. Personally, I felt embarrassed for the Masters Rules committee. The ruling was excruciatingly unfair on every other golfer who has been disqualified for signing an incorrect card. The rules of golf and its etiquette separate our sport from all others. When ruling bodies compromise centuries of honour and tradition for TV ratings on the weekend, it leaves a dirty stain. All I can really say is thank god Tiger didn’t go on to win. I’m sure Scotty feels the same way.OTG Didn't see the incident? Check out the ESPN video (above left) for a full recap. ADAM SCOTT winning the Masters was magnificent. The fact Tiger Woods played on the weekend after his rules violation was an absolute disgrace. But those who’ve called Tiger a cheat for playing on after his blunder have got it wrong. It was The Masters officials––who decided not to disqualify the world No.1 using a “discretion clause” in a relatively new rule––who actually cheated. They cheated the rest of the field. They cheated the game. They cheated fans. And they also cheated Tiger Woods. The decision provoked calls for Tiger to withdraw from the year’s first major. The Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee was the first to call on Tiger to DQ himself. Golfing royalty Sir Nick Faldo and Greg Norman then seconded the plea––both suggesting the incident would follow Tiger for the rest of his career. They might be right. Time will tell. But I don’t blame Tiger for staying and playing on. ALLOWING TIGER TO PLAY ON AT THE MASTERS DESPITE HIS RULES VIOLATION WAS WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS, WRITES MARK ALLEN. "AUGUSTA CHEATED TIGER" TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS Should Tiger have been DQ'd at The Masters? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS Should Tiger have been DQ'd at The Masters? DPS BA with Mark Allen MARCO'S MUSE I don’t blame Tiger for staying and playing on. The position he was put in by the Masters Rules Committee was a disgrace.
April 2013-The Masters
June 2013-US OPEN