Somebody watching TV saw that Tiger cheated and turned him in.
I can't fathom turning somebody in. Hey, dad, Tiger cheated, dad. Get him, dad. Get him real good, dad. How you like me now, dad? Are you proud?
I don't like squealing, and that's what the viewer did.
Tiger violated Rule 26. The viewer saw the violation and called and, on Saturday morning, Tiger was assessed a two-stroke penalty.
"The penalty of disqualification was waived by the Committee under Rule 33 as the Committee had previously reviewed the information and made its initial determination prior to the finish of the player's round," said Fred Ridley, chairman of competition committees,
If you think the statement is vague, read Rule 26 and Rule 33. Golf rules are written by people for whom language is a second language.
What Ridely is saying is that golf didn't catch Tiger's infraction. Somebody watching TV, perhaps while wearing skivvies, drinking a cheap domestic beer and eating peanuts, did. Thus the two stroke after-the-fact penalty.
I don't see a conspiracy, even though Tiger's caddy Friday looked remarkably like Jimmie Johnson crew chief Chad Knaus.
I see a rule that was fairly applied.
I do have one question: Why would somebody call Augusta National Golf Club to turn Tiger -- or any other golfer -- in?
Is it because rules are sacrosanct and the viewer respects them?
Or is it because the viewer wants to feel important and has nothing better to do?