LAKE FOREST, Ill. – A day that already wasn’t going according to plan got worse for Tiger Woods when he stepped into the scoring trailer Friday at Conway Farms Golf Club.
After shooting what he believed to be a 1-under 70 during the second round of the BMW Championship, Woods was assessed a two-shot penalty to drop his total to 72, leaving him at 4-under 138 through 36 holes, seven shots off the lead.
The issue occurred on the first hole, where Woods’ double-bogey 6 was turned into a quadruple-bogey 8.
“Tiger evidently hit it over the green and was moving some loose impediments,” PGA Tour rules official Slugger White said. “There was a little stick of some sort ... next to his ball, and when he rolled that, the ball in fact moved.
“So in that situation, had he put the ball back it would have been a one-stroke penalty. He didn't, so he gets a two-stroke penalty.”
According to White, Tour officials were notified of a possible infraction while Woods’ group was still completing the front nine. He indicated that Woods was “adamant” that the ball simply oscillated in place, rather than changing position, but White reviewed the video evidence with what he called a “little disbelieving” Woods while in the scoring trailer.
“I had him look before he signed – he signed his card, but I told him not to turn it in until I talked to him,” added White. “He looked at it, and clearly felt like the ball just oscillated. It’s pretty clear that the ball did move.”
Woods did not speak to reporters when he left the scoring trailer. Just before he walked out the door, a loud bang was heard, as if someone had punched or kicked a wall.
White told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis that a freelance videographer noticed the ball possibly moving, told his boss, and his boss contacted Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's chief of operations.
A Tour media official later said that a camera crew from PGA Tour Entertainment captured the video during their “normal process” of filming the round.
On a day when Jim Furyk surged up the leaderboard with a 59, Woods struggled to get anything going despite carding six birdies. After faltering on the opening hole, he reeled off three straight birdies on holes 7-9 to turn in 1 under, but his progress was immediately erased by bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11, including a three-putt at 10 that was highlighted by yet another missed putt from inside 4 feet.
Woods bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 14th and rolled in a lengthy birdie putt at the 16th hole to get back under par for the day, but was unable to birdie the par-5 home hole and the penalty meant Woods finished the day over par. While the group of players at 6 under sits in a tie for fourth after two rounds, five shots behind co-leaders Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, Woods now finds himself in a tie for 13th alongside Sergio Garcia, who he will play with Saturday during the third round.