Tiger Woods received an extremely favorable ruling from the PGA Tour during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Friday.
This from PGATour.com: 1:05 p.m. – Mark Russell, the vice president for rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR, made the ruling that gave Tiger Woods a free drop at the fifth hole. He said fans saw the ball bounce in an area of what he called “basically bare ground” and then surround it — but the ball was nowhere to be found. “Just looking at that area, it’s basically bare ground and trampled down pine needles,” Russell said. “If it had been deep mulch or pine needles it would have been a different situation. Based on the evidence there it looked like to me somebody picked up the ball.”
Interesting that the assumption was that the golf ball was picked up and not, perhaps, inadvertently kicked into in a area that was not searched. Not the kind of ruling that would hold up in a court of law. Everyone who thinks PGA Tour member Stephen Gangluff would have received the same ruling at Eldrick, raise your hand.