Tiger drop on 15 comes into question

8:08 AM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods' drop at the 15th hole on Friday at the Masters has come under scrutiny.

Woods may have violated Rule 26-1 when he took a penalty drop after his third shot hit the flagstick and rolled back into the water that fronts the green of the par-5 hole.

In comments he made after the round, Woods said he decided not to go to the drop area and chose to play from the original spot of the shot. However, he also said he went two yards further back to take a drop, which could be deemed illegal and could lead to a disqualification.

"I went down to the drop area, that wasn't going to be a good spot, because obviously it's into the grain, it's really grainy there," Woods said about his decision on the 15th hole. "And it was a little bit wet. So it was muddy and not a good spot to drop.

"So I went back to where I played it from, but I went two yards further back and I took, tried to take two yards off the shot of what I felt I hit."

Rule 26-1, relief for a ball in water hazard, gives a couple of options, including one that states a player may take a drop from "as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played."

Various media outlets, including the Golf Channel and ESPN, have reported that Masters officials are reviewing the situation.

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