Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States chats with a rules official behind the 16th green during the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 19, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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5. Tiger Woods, 2013 Masters

Tiger Woods drops on No. 15 at Augusta National during the second round of the 2013 Masters. (Photo: Getty images)

On the 15th hole during the second round, Woods was tied for the lead when he pitched his third shot and it ricocheted off the flag and into the water. After dropping, he played his fifth shot from the wrong spot – a couple of yards behind the original spot instead of close to it.

A former rules official watching on TV called in the potential violation of Rule 26-1. Masters officials initially decreed that he hadn’t broken the rule, and Woods signed his scorecard for 71. But on closer examination, Woods was penalized two strokes, making the scorecard he’d signed after his round incorrect. After meeting with Woods early Saturday morning, the Masters applied Rule 33-7 (Disqualification Penalty; Committee Discretion) that allows a committee to waive disqualification for an incorrect scorecard, permitting Woods to play on despite many believing he should have been disqualified or withdrawn on his own.

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