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January 18, 2013

Tiger Woods


Q.  Can you tell us what happened?
TIGER WOODS: I thought my ball was embedded, so I called Martin over.  He agreed.  But Andy (McFee) ruled that I had broken an infraction there and consequently got a two‑shot penalty and I had two shots.

Q.  You didn't get a chance to look at the incident; you're just taking Andy's word that the incident was correct?
TIGER WOODS:  Andy feels the way he feels about it, then I broke the rules.

Q.  Is it a different ruling on the PGA TOUR or is it the same?
TIGER WOODS:  I don't know, I'll be honest with you, I don't know.  Andy said that the ball wasn't embedded because it was sandy‑based.  As I said, I called Martin over to verify it, and we both agreed it was.  We thought it was embedded.  But evidently it wasn't.
(NB: The ball actually was embedded but the crucial point is that it was embedded in sand from where there is no relief – Rule 25/2).
Q.  Do you know if somebody rang in to identify it as an issue?
TIGER WOODS:  I don't know.

Q.  How disappointing, battled away so bravely to make the cut, how disappointing to miss the cut in this fashion?
TIGER WOODS:  It's tough because I didn't get off to a very good start today and I fought and got it back.  I was right there and I felt that if I had close to even par, I had a chance going into the weekend, being only eight back.  Evidently, it wasn't enough.

Q.  What a disappointing way to end the first couple of days.  Can you tell us exactly what happened at the 5th?
TIGER WOODS:  Yeah, I thought my ball was embedded, so I called Martin over.  He agreed.  He thought it was embedded.  Evidently it's sandy‑based and doesn't call for an embedded ball there.  So Andy gave me a penalty here, and I missed the cut.

Q.  Are you annoyed at yourself for that?
TIGER WOODS:  No, that's why I called Martin over, is to make sure that‑‑ we thought it was embedded.  So I had a player come over and verify it, and evidently I broke a rule.  Consequently, I get two shots.

Q.  What most concerns you about the way you played over the first two days?
TIGER WOODS:  I didn't hit it particularly well.  I putted great but just didn't hit it very good.  I was struggling with that.  I fought hard.  I fought hard today.  Got off to a bad start and I battled back and got it to where I thought I could play the weekend, and thought I might have a chance, just post two low rounds.  But I won't be able to do that.

Q.  In terms of the way you're expected to play when you teed off here‑‑
TIGER WOODS:  Obviously you want to be in the lead, so I'm not in the lead.  I have some work to do, and next week I'm playing at Torrey, and obviously it will be different weather there this year, so going to go back and get ready.

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