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Tiger meets Finchem, discusses rules and viewer phone-ins

By: | Thu 19 Sep 2013

Woods met with PGA Tour commissioner, Tim Finchem this week to discuss the series of rules violations that have been spotted by viewers on TV over the past year. Woods, who has been at the centre of a number of rule infringements in 2013 has called for time limits on viewer phone-ins. 

Tiger was quizzed by the gathered media ahead of this weeks Tour Championship at East Lake and said: 

There are certainly a lot more viewer call-ins,I get it from the first time I step on the range on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, all the way through, and virtually every shot is on something, and some of the top players are getting it. Most players don't get it until they're in the leader groups on Saturday or Sunday.”

The recent discussions come on the back of a violation by Woods at last weeks BMW Championship that saw him penalised two shots for moving his ball while removing a loose impediment. While Woods certainly moved his ball, and the penalty was correct, it took a professional editor using HD cameras and slow motion to identify the infringement. 

Finchem went some way to agreeing with Woods assertion that the top players are being singled out:

“You’ve got 70-some players playing on Sunday, seven or eight or 10 of them can win the golf tournament, (and) 85, 90, 95 percent of the camera time is on those seven or eight players,” Finchem said. “Is that equitable to everything?”

The matter will be looked at by the PGA Tour over the coming months and don't be surprised to see player power winning out and a time limit being placed on call-ins or even a complete ban. 

Check out this video of the Woods infringement at the BMW Fed-Ex event. It must be noted that camera angles often reveal something that is not seen by players of spectators. 


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