Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
What a circus Dropgate was at Augusta this weekend. Some of the most dignified fellas in sports, had egg on their faces big time. Who messed up? And, how did they do it? Here are my educated guesses after a weekend of studying this fascinating debacle.
1) First Mistake- Tiger’s drop. Looks to be at least a few feet behind the spot of the original shot. Did he not know the rule? Was he trying to get away with it to make the shot a better fit for the club? We will never know, but this got the mess going.
2) Second Mistake- Masters says A-ok. Some no-life loser on his couch sees this and calls the Masters. The tourney officials look at it and say it is ok and they don’t even need to talk to Tiger. Were they trying to let him get away with one? Did they not even know their own rules? Who knows. But, they could have taken care of this before Tiger even signed his card.
3) Tiger’s honesty- This reminds me of Dale Jr telling the world he spun himself out on purpose to get a caution back in the day at Bristol. NASCAR promptly took points away since that is illegal. If Tiger didn’t admit to attempting to drop 2 yards or so back, he probably would have gotten away with the crime.