The television viewer who reported the illegal drop Tiger Woods took during the Masters was more than just a golf fan. Sports Illustrated reports it was David Eger,a rules expert who has worked for the USGA and the PGA Tour. Eger says he was watching the Masters when he replayed the 15th hole to see how Woods made bogey. Woods hit the pin with his third shot,which bounced back into the water. He dropped from the same area,hit to 4 feet and made bogey.
I could see there was a divot not a divot,a divot hole when he played the shot the second time that was not there the first time, Eger told the magazine. I played it again and again. I could see that the fairway was spotless the first time he played the shot and there was that divot hole,maybe 3 or 4 feet in front of where he played after the drop.
Eger,who now plays on the Champions Tour,said he called Mickey Bradley,one of the PGA Tour rules officials who was working at Augusta National. Bradley was no longer at the course,but he called Fred Ridley,chairman of the Masters competition committee. Bradley also said he sent a copy of Eger’s text to Ridley and to Mark Russell,the tour’s vice president of competition who serves on the Masters committee.
Woods eventually was given a two-shot penalty for the illegal drop. Ridley said at the Masters he reviewed the video and didn’t see a violation,so he chose not to bring it up to Woods before he signed his card after Friday’s round.
Woods later said he purposely dropped it a few yards back to avoid hitting the pin.