They Said It: 'Live From' crew reacts to Woods penalty

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 13, 2013, 4:52 pm

With the golf world reacting Saturday morning to the announcement that Tiger Woods had been assessed a two-shot penalty for an illegal drop during Friday's second round, Golf Channel's 'Live From the Masters' crew shared their varying views of the situation. Below is a sample of what our experts had to say:

Sir Nick Faldo, on the situation facing Woods: 'He should really sit down and think about this, and the mark this will leave on his career, his legacy, everything.'

Faldo, explaining that he feels Woods should withdraw: 'I think Tiger would gain massive brownie points if he stood up and said, 'You know, you're right, guys, I clearly have broken the rules, and I'll walk. I'll see you next week.''

Brandel Chamblee, on whether Woods should disqualify himself: “The integrity of this sport is bigger than the desire to see Tiger Woods play golf today. I want to see Tiger Woods play golf; I have never seen anybody play golf like him. I want to see him make a run at Jack Nicklaus’ majors record. I want to see that. But I don’t want to see it this week; I don’t want to see it under these circumstances. The right thing to do here, for Tiger and for the game, is for Tiger to disqualify himself.”

Chamblee, on the ramifications facing Woods: 'To me, this doesn't take any time or consideration. If he doesn't disqualify himself, this will cast a dark shadow over the entire day of golf, over this entire event, but more importantly over his entire career, for the rest of his life.'

Frank Nobilo, disagreeing with Chamblee's assessment that Woods should withdraw: “I don’t agree with that. If that’s the case, you have to have that argument on every single rules infraction. Every time a player grounds their club in a hazard, they’ve gained an advantage. Every time someone moves their ball one millimeter in front of their ball marker, they’ve gained an advantage over the field. So once again, you have to do the same to every single rules infringement.  Maybe two shots isn’t enough; maybe it should be four, maybe it should be six. I’m not the one to decide that.”

Notah Begay III, on accepting the decision of the rules committee: 'In this particular case, whether it's the right decision or the wrong decision, it is the decision handed down by the committee, and I think that we should just respect it.'

Begay, on how he viewed the original incident and how he thinks Woods will proceed: 'I do think when I've looked at that video, that the drop wasn't as close as it needed to be; it wasn't even in the vicinity of where it needed to be. In accordance with the rules, that would be a pending disqualification, but I guess through some decision and process that Augusta National has gone through, they came to this resolution and I think Tiger's probably going to play today and do his best to put it behind him.'

John Cook, on what he would do in Woods' situation: “Even if they said, ‘You can play,’ I would go slam my trunk. Ultimately, I would slam my own trunk.”

Cook on the Augusta National Golf Club rules committee: “I certainly feel the committee got confused. They decided at one point that everything was OK, then upon further review they went in another direction.”

Brad Faxon, on Woods' decision to play or withdraw: “I think if Tiger withdraws, he looks better than if he wins this tournament. He looks like Greg Norman in 1996 when he lost to Faldo and gained more fans than if he had gone on to win.”

Faxon, on players knowing and understanding the Rules of Golf: “Ignorance is not an exception to the rule. We know that, and that’s the way it should be. We should know the Rules and follow the Rules.”

Olin Browne, on potentially creating gray areas by subjectively interpreting certain rules: “We can’t have hard-and-fast rules, and then say, ‘Well, except in this situation we need to do this,’ or, ‘Except in that situation we need to be a little more accommodating there.’ The Rules have historically been the Rules; fair or unfair, like or dislike.”

Browne, on accepting a decision once one is handed down: “I think we have to be careful about this. If the ruling body has come down with a ruling, the committee has come down with a ruling, we as players accept that.”

Tripp Isenhour, on the use of Rule 33-7: 'This is a good rule, and whether you agree with the committee decision or not, they're using this to allow this kind of interpretation to go on. I think this is a good rule for the game going forward, in the age of high definition.'

Isenhour, on how the new rule leaves incidents open for interpretation: 'Once you sign the scorecard, typically you would be disqualified. The loophole is this new rule. If we didn't have this new rule, then he would definitely have to be disqualified. Is there leeway, are they using this rule to kind of move a different way? Yes. But they have that right.'

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.