PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods apparently by no means thought-about an choice that may have allowed him to drop on the walkway that results in the 17th inexperienced Friday after hitting his tee shot within the water.
Woods made a quadruple-bogey 7 on the outlet however may have doubtlessly saved himself two and even three strokes had he taken benefit of a uncommon alternative to drop in that method on the outlet.
Golf Channel on Friday first raised the problem and tried to reenact the state of affairs, with analyst Brandel Chamblee exhibiting the drop process and placing the golf ball onto the inexperienced from that place.
Tiger Woods did one thing he had by no means executed earlier than in his profession by hitting two balls into the water at TPC Sawgrass’ well-known No. 17 island inexperienced.
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Mark Russell, the PGA Tour’s vice chairman of guidelines and competitions, was not on the 17th when Woods hit his tee shot from 146 yards to the again of the inexperienced, the place it rolled into the water from the walkway. However he confirmed that Woods may have performed from there after going by way of the right drop procedures.
“Below the brand new guidelines, you get a membership size on all sides of the road that you just maintain between you and the outlet,” Russell mentioned.
Golf Channel analyst David Duval, who received the Gamers Championship in 1999 and The Open in 2001, reached out to Woods on Friday to ask if he was conscious of the choice he had from the walkway.
“I talked to DD about it final night time, and I did not notice that, the place my ball had crossed, the place my ball — I assumed it had crossed on the inexperienced and simply hopped over the again and that was it,” Woods mentioned Saturday. “Go proper to the drop space, and I ended up seeing Haotong [Li] do the identical factor [later in the day]. He hit the ball identical spot as I did, dropped it again within the drop zone and went about taking part in his gap. And sadly, I simply did not know that is the place the ball had crossed. There isn’t any marshals up there, and so it’s what it’s.”
Hazards, now known as penalty areas, are framed by yellow or crimson markings. These marked by crimson are thought-about lateral, which suggests a easy drop of two membership lengths from the place the ball entered.
The 17th gap is generally surrounded by water and regarded a yellow penalty space, making the drop a bit extra sophisticated and explaining why, in nearly each occasion, a participant who hits a ball within the water there both re-tees or hits from the designed drop space, which on Friday measured 80 yards to the outlet.
However the third choice would have gotten Woods a lot nearer — inside 40 toes.
In such an occasion, a drop might be taken conserving the spot the place the ball entered the penalty space, between the flagstick and the place the drop takes place. Given the back-left pin place and the ball coming into the water over the trail, there appeared the likelihood that — occurring a straight line from the pin by way of the place the ball entered the water — Woods may have taken a drop excellent of the picket planks and within the walkway.
The brand new two-club-length provision would have given him sufficient room to take a stance, and given the lie, he may have putted or chipped from there. None of this may possible have ever been thought-about if Woods had merely knocked the primary shot from the drop space on the inexperienced and two-putted for a double-bogey 5.
Requested if he had ever seen or was conscious of anybody taking a drop from there, Woods referenced the truth that the walkway was constructed in a different way.
“The one time I’ve ever seen it was after we had the outdated steps, the picket steps going by way of there, and the blokes would hit it, and it might hop on the wooden after which go down there,” he mentioned. “Nevertheless it was, it is midway down the stroll path, after which, yeah, I’ve seen guys do this earlier than, however to not the place we hit it.”
Woods was 5 underneath par on the time and simply two photographs out of the lead. After hitting his tee shot with a pitching wedge into the water, he mentioned he thought-about hitting from that spot once more, earlier than going to the drop space.
“I did, however I figured I can deal with an 80-yard shot, and clearly I am unable to,” he mentioned.
On Saturday, the outlet performed 127 yards. Woods hit a pitching wedge to three toes and made the birdie putt.