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Masters: Tiger Gets a Reprieve

by Doug Ferguson
AP Golf Writer

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    Members of the rules committee leave an administration building after meeting before the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. Tigers Woods was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for a drop in second round of the Masters. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods got a reprieve Saturday in the Masters when he was given a two-shot penalty for a bad drop but allowed to stay in the tournament.

Woods' shot on the 15th hole of the second round hit the flag stick and bounced back into the water. He took his penalty drop two yards behind where he hit the original shot, which was a violation of the rules.

Augusta National added the two-shot penalty to his score, meaning he had a 73 instead of a 71 and now is five shots out of the lead. Officials said he was allowed to stay in the tournament under a new rule that keeps players from being disqualified based on television evidence.

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