In golf, no player has fostered more controversy than Tiger Woods.
A man worth hundreds of millions. A man who was a public philanderer whose immorality until Nike's "winning means everything" cost him almost all advertisers and most respect. A man whose spitting on the course has been questioned and whose profanity is historic in its content and intensity.
And now, in the most important tournament in all of golf, Tiger Woods has been protected unlike so many others from being disqualified because he signed an incorrect score card. While the Masters committee dealing with rules violations created a Tiger Woods rule and allowed him to continue in this 2013 Masters, not one person who plays golf will provide Tiger Woods with any leeway here. He must disqualify himself.
Yet, we have allowed Tiger Woods to continue to be a man whose rights are much better than other players. Are we concerned that Woods and others will claim racial prejudice if he were disqualified?
Certainly, the Masters committee considered this prospect in rendering their ruling. Using a rule that called Woods' violation of one of the most important rules in golf "exceptional," allowing him to continue to play and perhaps even win the 2013 Masters.
Much like Woods and Nike. No problem, because Nike wants Tiger.
It is neither an excuse that he is a great draw or that everyone will benefit from this, as Fred Couples has claimed.
This is all nonsense.
What we have here is a continuation of the Tiger Woods phenomenon in large part because he is who he is. A special man. A man who is given breaks in life, who is so great he can be allowed to benefit himself by an illegal drop and to avoid rules that have been applied for the entire history of golf to numerous others.
The Masters committee announced their decision in writing, explaining incredibly that they had allegedly reviewed the drop because of a fan's complaint and found it legal. Found it legal? They also claim that Woods' own admission resulted in the committee reviewing the drop again and at that time found the drop illegal.
We are supposed to believe that the Masters committee was so stupid it could not tell that the drop was illegal even when reviewing the violation on HD video? We are being told that the HD video rule is why he is able to be an exceptional exception to the rule, a completely backwards interpretation of the rule and its purpose. We are being told that Woods was ignorant of the rule, despite the fact that ignorance of the rule is not and cannot be used as an excuse to avoid disqualification?
We are clearly involved in a disgusting mess of lies.
- The committee found a way to claim HD TV affected the ruling. But in reality, their review which was necessarily was used to do the review by which it was determined Tiger Woods' drop was legal.
- Tiger Woods is absolutely not ignorant of the rules. A more silly statement could never be made.
- None of the rules of golf save Tiger Woods. Even if he were ignorant of any rule, this does not matter.
The game of golf will be far better without Tiger Woods. And certainly without him in the Masters.
Will Tiger Woods be the better person and bigger man, disqualifying himself?
Nothing in his past suggests that he will. Indeed, he can explain his decision that his fans wanted to see him. Or that the Masters committee begged him to play. Or any other comments.
What we know is that this will not happen now that the Masters tournament and very few players have claimed that the rule does not matter.