Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nicklaus Says Ruling about Woods Was OK

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nicklaus Says Ruling about Woods Was OK

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Nicklaus says Woods given proper Masters ruling

Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger Woods got the proper ruling at the Masters.

However, he's not so sure he agrees with the slow-play penalty given to 14-year-old Chinese phenom Guan Tianlang.

Woods' third shot on the par-5 15th in the second round hit the flagstick and ricocheted back into the water. He took his drop from 2 yards farther back contrary to the rules from the spot where he hit originally, and ended up making a 6.

Tournament officials later said he deserved a two-stroke penalty, but not disqualification.

"Could they have disqualified him? Probably," Nicklaus, 73, said Wednesday. "But you've got all the best rules heads together and they said that they thought there was no intent to do anything (improper) and that two strokes was a strong enough penalty. And you move on."

Nicklaus wasn't so certain about the one-stroke penalty given to Guan for slow play during the second round at Augusta National.

"He's in the eighth grade! The eighth grade and he's playing in the Masters!" Nicklaus said, smiling. "And he gets a penalty? Can you imagine giving a 14-year-old kid a penalty for slow play?"

He added, "There's hundreds of guys who are much slower probably than (he was) and they figure out a way to get away with it."

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