Woods avoids DQ, gets 2-stroke penalty

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Woods avoids DQ, gets 2-stroke penalty

AUGUSTA, Georgia - Tiger Woods controversially avoided disqualification from the Masters on Saturday when officials used discretionary powers to hand him a two-stroke penalty for taking an illegal drop during Friday’s second round.

The world No. 1, a hot favorite at Augusta National, where he is a four-time champion, earned his reprieve following a lengthy review by Masters officials of a penalty drop he took at the par-5 15th.

Aided by a recently amended rule announced at the 2011 Masters, Woods was not disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard because his infringement was based on television evidence.

“I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules. I didn’t know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard,” Woods said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

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