ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
January 19, 2013Richmond High School
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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.