Tiger Woods has issued a comment on the controversy swirling at Augusta National this morning over an illegal drop he took at No. 15 on Friday. Woods, or someone representing him, sent the statement in a series of tweets just before Noon:
At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules. I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 13, 2013
I didn’t know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard. Subsequently, I met with the Masters Committee Saturday morning..— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 13, 2013
and was advised they had reviewed the incident prior to the completion of my round. Their initial determination...— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 13, 2013
was that there was no violation, butthey had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation...— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 13, 2013
...with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty. I understand and accept the penalty and respect the Committees’ decision.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 13, 2013
Tiger rarely uses his Twitter account for instant observations or musings. But the penalty, and then his response to it, will be the biggest story in golf this year. There has been a lot of outside pressure from golf commentators and former players for Woods to DQ himself, but reports came out that, unsurprisingly, he had no such plans. And there's absolutely no mention of that possibility in these tweets.
With his tee time coming up, he and his team, probably agent Marc Steinberg and media man Glen Greenspan, decided to take to Twitter to at least acknowledge publicly what went down.
Tiger will now start the day five shots back at 1-under. While his score has been bumped down, his tee time will remain the same, going off with Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at 1:45 p.m. ET. It should make for an interesting day at Augusta.