Tiger Woods, others slam 'officials' at home after Lexi Thompson penalty

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Tiger Woods, others slam 'officials' at home after Lexi Thompson penalty

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Tiger Woods, others slam 'officials' at home after Lexi Thompson penalty

Tiger Woods was one of many golfers and fans watching the ANA Inspirational Sunday who voiced their outrage over the four-stroke penalty assessed against then-leader-but-eventual-runner-up Lexi Thompson Sunday.

Even Justin Timberlake joined the Twitter tidal wave of support for Thompson.

Thompson was leading the event when she was informed by a rules official of the four-stroke penalty that resulted from her actions a day earlier. She would lose in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

A television viewer watching a delayed version of Saturday’s third round alerted tournament officials that Thompson had placed her ball in a different spot than where she marked it before putting on the No. 17 green. That led to a retrospective 2-stroke penalty in addition to a 2-stroke penalty for signing for the wrong score after the third round.

Thompson held a 2-shot lead at 16 under when she was informed of the penalty from a day earlier while walking to the No. 14 green and suddenly trailed by two at 12 under.

Others in the golf world voiced their outrage, too.

Not everyone was completely upset by the penalty.

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