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Woods Penalised But Avoids Masters Disqualification

posted 13 Apr 2013, 08:16 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 13 Apr 2013, 08:17 ]

Tiger Woods is hit with a two-shot penalty but avoids disqualification from the Masters after taking an improper drop in the second round.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, USA (APRIL 12, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Tiger Woods avoided possible disqualification from the Masters on Saturday (April 13) when he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for taking an improper drop during Friday's second round.

The American world number one, a hot favourite at Augusta National where he is a four-times champion, earned his reprieve after being reviewed by officials for a penalty drop he took at the par-five 15th.

Woods suffered a freakish bounce with his third shot at the hole when his approach struck the flagstick before ricocheting backwards off the green and then down the slope into Rae's Creek.

Instead of going to the drop area on the far side of the water, he chose to play his fifth shot from the same place as his third, going two yards (metres) back before getting up and down from there to salvage a bogey six.

Woods finished the second round at three-under par but his score was changed to one-under, after the penalty, leaving five shots behind halfway leader Jason Dayof Australia.