Sep 29, 2012; Medinah, IL, USA; United States golfer Tiger Woods waits to hit his shot in the fairway during the afternoon session of the 39th Ryder Cup on day two at Medinah Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods Misses Cut After Awful Penalty

He found himself in vegetation that the jungles of India would be proud of. Below that, the sand dunes that the Middle East have become famous for covered a golf ball. Yet, when Woods called for an embedded  ball and took a drop, all hell broke loose.

Tiger Woods should have made the cut. He played well enough too. However, because rules are different at Abu Dhabi than the rest of the world apparently, he will not be playing this weekend.

And the sport of golf is worst off for it.

Woods birded four holes in the back nine. His stroke, that is different than his hay-day years, was producing good results. Tiger Woods was probably not going to compete for the championship. But he deserves to play this weekend.

The thing that still strikes me as strange in golf is the relationship between the two golfers that go together. Martin Kaymer, who finished the day -3 and is just four strokes off the lead, stood with Tiger and helped him make the decision to pick up the ball. In most sports, you would imagine that Kaymer had something to do with convincing Tiger to take the penalty  However, in golf, it is not suspicions that though an opponent clearly had a large say in the decision making process, he is not blamed.

At the end of the day, Tiger should have called an official over to discus the rules. Before ever picking up a ball you should do so. However, this seemed clear cut. Looks can be deceiving.

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