Tiger opens up on Masters finish, drop ruling


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Like most of his post-major championship periods, Tiger Woods said it took some time for him to get back into the swing of things after his fourth-place finish at the Masters four weeks ago.

“I took a week off,” he revealed from The Players Championship on Tuesday. “Didn't really do any golf at all right after the Masters, and then started kind of training and getting back into it and getting into full swing here probably the last week and a half.”

Woods’ week at Augusta was marred by a bogey at the 15th hole in the second round that featured an illegal drop, resulting in a two-stroke penalty the next morning. He maintained that he was surprised at the controversy and staying power of the ruling.

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“Yeah, actually I am, because I think [Masters Rules Committee chairman] Fred [Ridley] explained it pretty well,” he said. “For some reason evidently that wasn't accepted.”

Coming up short in his pursuit of an elusive 15th major championship title left a wound that took a little while to heal.

“That one probably stayed for about a week, until I started back practicing again,” he continued. “When I was away from it, I was reflecting on obviously the things that I did right but also the things that I did wrong that week. And unfortunately I hit a good shot and got a bad break. But I still had an opportunity over the next 36 holes to get it back, and I sort of had my opportunities to do it and I just didn't do it.”