Tiger Woods Not DQ’d for Illegal Drop, Assessed Two-Stroke Penalty Instead
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Tiger Woods (1-under) will not be disqualified for his illegal drop during the second round of the Masters on Friday, CBS Sports is reporting, but instead will be assessed a two-stroke penalty placing him five strokes behind leader Jason Day to start the third round Saturday.
The drop in question came on the 15th hole, after Woods’ approach shot hit the flagstick and rolled back into the water.
He elected to take a drop “as nearly as possible” from where he played his last shot, however the ball appeared to be closer to the hole after video review of the drop.
Rumors of Woods possibly being disqualified swirled overnight into Saturday morning awaiting a decision from Augusta National, which ultimately assessed the stroke penalty based on USGA rule 33-7.
Woods is scheduled to tee off with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.