In an 1,867 word statement on the issue, the R and USGA stated that: "Given the unusual combination of facts as well as the fact that nothing in the existing Rules or Decisions (on the Rules of Golf) specifically addressed such circumstances of simultaneous competitor error and Committee error the Committee reasonably exercised its discretion under Rule 33 7 to waive the penalty of disqualification under Rule 6 6d, while still penalising Woods Adidas Energy Boost 2 Esm Size
The statement added: "The Woods ruling was based on exceptional facts, as required by Rule 33 7, and should not be viewed as a general precedent for relaxing or ignoring a competitor's essential obligation under the Rules to return a correct score card.
"In recent years, the R and the USGA have been assessing the Rules that relate to scorecards and disqualification. As part of this ongoing assessment, and in keeping with this regular practice, the Rules of Golf Committees of The R and the USGA will review the exceptional situation that occurred at the 2013 Masters Tournament, assess the potential implications for other types of situations, and determine whether any adjustment to the Rules and/or the Decisions is appropriate."
"In that case, he would have returned a correct score of eight for the 15th hole and Adidas Human Race Nmd Sizing
Despite concluding that the committee were right not to disqualify Woods, the R and USGA also stressed that the incident should not lessen the obligation on players to understand the rules and sign for a correct score.
"Only a rare set of facts, akin to the exceptional facts at the 2013 Masters Tournament as summarised in the previous paragraphs, would justify a Committee's use of its discretion to waive a penalty of disqualification for returning an incorrect score card.
Woods therefore signed for a 71 before saying in a post round interview that he had gone "two yards further back" from where he hit his original shot after seeing it clatter into the pin and bounce back into the water.
Under rule 26 1a, he was obliged to drop "as nearly as possible" to where his original ball had been played.
Augusta committee backed over Tiger Woods call
That would normally mean a two shot penalty for playing from the wrong place and disqualification for signing an incorrect scorecard, but under rule 33 7 the rules committee waived that sanction and penalised Woods two shots before his third round on Saturday.
the issue of disqualification would not have arisen."
The so called 'Harrington rule' was brought in after Ireland's Padraig Harrington was disqualified from an event in Abu Dhabi in January 2011. He had already signed his scorecard when a television viewer raised the issue of his ball moving as he marked it on a green.
"In deciding to waive the disqualification penalty, the Committee recognised that had it talked to Woods before he returned his score card about his drop on the 15th hole and about the Committee's ruling, the Committee likely would have corrected that ruling and concluded that Woods had dropped in and played from a wrong place.
two strokes under Rules 26 1a and 20 7c for playing from a wrong place.
"That extremely narrow exception, which relates generally to use of high definition or slow motion video to identify facts not reasonably visible to the naked eye, was not applicable here and had no bearing on the Committee's decision."
before the competitor returns his score card should not, in and of itself, be a basis for waiving a penalty of disqualification under Rule 6 6d.
Tournament officials were alerted to the fact that Woods may have taken an incorrect drop on the 15th hole of his second round by a television viewer, but cleared the world No 1 of Adidas Duramo Running Trainers any wrongdoing and crucially failed to even inform him that there had been concerns.
Golf's governing bodies have confirmed that Masters officials were right not to disqualify Tiger Woods at Augusta.
"Further, although a Committee should do its best to alert competitors to potential Rules issues that may come to its attention, it has no general obligation to do so; and the fact that a Committee may be aware of such a potential issue Adidas Shoes High Tops Orange
The statement also clarifies that rule 33 7/4.5 was not a factor as had been originally thought in some quarters.
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