Tiger Woods shot a 5-under 66 at the BMW championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Saturday to move to four strokes back of leader Jim Furyk, but it turns out he could have been closer.
Woods was penalized two strokes on the first hole Friday after it was determined that his ball shifted while he was removing debris around it. Tiger immediately took issue with the ruling handed out by the vice president of competition of the PGA Tour, Slugger White, and explained his stance to the media and ESPN.com’s Bob Harig after the round on Saturday.
“I was pretty hot because I felt like nothing happened,” Woods said Saturday in his first comments about the situation. “I felt like the ball oscillated, and that was it. I played the rest of the round grinding my tail off to get myself back in the tournament and then go from 5 to 7 behind, that was tough.
“They replayed it again and again and again, and I felt the same way.”
Woods shot a 1-over 72 on Friday as a result of the ruling. Furyk is one stroke ahead of Steve Stricker for the tournament lead, while Tiger sits in 5th.