Congratulations to Adam Scott for winning the 2013 Masters despite the golf world bending over backward to enhance Tiger Woods’ chances. Job well done, Adam. The Masters could not have a classier champion. And my daughters tell me you are rather easy on the eyes.
Because the Crayon Media thinks Tiger Woods is all that matters in golf, just as they think The Housewives Of and Honey Boo Boo are all that matter in documentary filmmaking, we were treated to apology after apology, telling us over and over that cheating to keep Woods in the field was actually not cheating.
The New York Times tells us:
There were two rules officials standing near the 15th green Friday, as there are at every hole. They were watching closely, but neither saw anything inappropriate about Woods’s drop. And Woods did not realize his gaffe.
So there are the first two guys who “missed” Woods rules violation.
On Saturday, we were told by Fred Ridley that Augusta had reviewed the incident on Friday during Woods’ round and “we had initially made the determination…that he in fact had not violated the rule.”
So there are several more guys who “missed” the Woods rules violation.
Then Woods spilled the beans in a post-round interview. The rules officials STILL sat on their hands, continuing to look the other way. Only when CBS made an issue of it that Friday night did the officials decide (haha, decide? they were forced) to address the Woods rules violation.
Further hilarity ensued as a “new rule” was invoked to justify Woods continuing to play. Now, this “new rule” was designed to handle cases where, say, a player’s ball moves after he addresses it and HE DOESN’T SEE IT! It was not meant to cover cases where a player ignorantly and intentionally [Edit: I don't mean to imply Woods intentionally broke the rule, but rather that he intentionally dropped the ball where he did, forgetting for the moment that it went against the rules] breaks a rule. So all this talk about this “new rule” is hokum.
Woods should have been DQ’d. (Withdrawing would have been a class move, sure, but, on the other hand, that would be like not taking tax deductions which are legally available to you.)
The about-face from Nick Faldo was very odd. The consensus is that he was told to stop stating the obvious because it highlighted what a scam this year’s tournament had potentially become and would detract from viewer interest in the telecast.
With Woods playing, we were treated to such great sports “journalism” as being told Woods tee shot on #17 was “critical.” Four shots back, behind three guys, only two holes to play, CBS is telling us Woods is nevertheless still pertinent to the outcome of the tournament.
Question: If rules officials are willing to overlook something so obvious (until Woods forced their hands by inadvertently admitting the rules violation in an interview), do you have any doubt whatsoever that they might also “miss” things in Woods drug tests? Or perhaps “miss” administering the tests?
Anyone who thought the Masters and Augusta National represented the “tradition of golf” needs to get over it. After this ruling, Lanny H Golf will revisit our analysis of the Masters event itself. Why we continue to call this small-field, weak-field event, played on a course with no rough, a “major” is beyond me. I suggest we replace the Masters with the L.A. Open, and recalculate our old records for majors. The other majors routinely have the top 100 players in the world and full fields of 140 players. The Masters only has 90 players total, and many of them are former winners and amateurs with no chance to compete. Charles Howell III, ranked No. 56 in the world and an Augusta native who finished T-19 last year, is not in the field?
All the hogwash about not wanting to start players off the back nine because of “tradition” is now a joke. What the hell kind of tradition is it when the rules officials cheat in order to keep a player competing just because they want him on TV over the weekend.
The Masters exudes class, right? Isn’t that the schtick we’re fed nonstop? Fans can’t run. Fans must be called “patrons.” McCord says “bikini wax” and is banned for life. Announcers have to speak like they are administering last rites. You’d think the president was pinning a medal on a wounded war hero in the Butler cabin.
What a load of shit! What hypocrisy! You f—ing promote cheating in a sport that at lower levels is completely at the mercy of those who want to cheat, and you want to lecture me on class and dignity and fair play?
As Vijay Singh once put it, “Kiss my ass.”
Anyone else think Steve Williams found it amusing that Joe Lacava let Woods hit from the wrong spot?