You see, the "applicable rules" also state that Tiger Woods signed an incorrect scorecard, which is penalized by DQ. In this case, though, the Master Rules committee (not the USGA, not the PGA, not the R&A) has a rule that allows them to change the rules of the game for the benefit of TV. So, although the "letter of the law" says one thing, there is apparently the catch-all, one-time, get-out-of-jail free card- the almighty TV rule.
You are taking the term "TV Rule", to mean that the individual tournament committees can change the rules of the game to increase tv RATINGS.
It is called the "TV Rule", because golf seems to be the singular sport where people can call from home during a tournament and report player infractions. The governing bodies didn't think it fair that a player could unknowingly violate a rule, turn in their scorecard, and then AFTERWARDS be subject to a late call from a viewer watching tv at home in his Lay Z Boy.
If the player knew before signing his scorecard that he was subject to a penalty, he would take the penalty and not be subject to turning in an incorrect scorecard.
Most people would think DQing someone for signing an incorrect scorecard when they didn't even KNOW it was incorrect is a very harsh penalty.
TV viewers have cost players tournaments in the past- Camillo Villegas was DQ'd as a result of a phone call in 2011.
In the case of the latest-this Tiger thing- had a caller not made the call, he would have been DQ'd for signing an incorrect score card. Only by virtue of that call did rules officials begin looking at the incident.
It's not a question of Tiger-hating as much as it is changing the rules of the game to accommodate the almighty TV dollar. Football and NCAA basketball timeouts are governed by TV. Masters tournament has their own rules committee and does not have the USGA or the PGA rules committees involved. Therefore, they feel they can change the rules of golf to suit their tournament, which benefits their TV ratings and their profitability.
The relatively new change in the rules is BECAUSE of the situation with Villegas, and various other situations where players have been DQ'd dating all the way back to Roberto De Vicenzo signing an incorrect scorecard in the 1968 Masters.
The powers that be instituted rule 33-7 to give an alternative to an automatic DQ. With Roberto, he hit the shots necessary to win the Masters with his golf clubs but he got the death penalty because of a mistake he made with his pencil.
There have been many instances of DQ in the past that almost everyone would look at as too harsh a penalty for the violation.
In 2011 the rules committee finally realized this and took some action, instituting Rule 33-7.
The only problem here is all the talking heads on TV that haven't swung a competitive club in years can't go along with progress and realize the rule has changed.
Tiger should have been DQ'd or should withdraw ONLY if we apply the pre 2011 rules.
We, however, are now operating under the current Rules of Golf.
When I was living in Chapel Hill, one of my best friends went to this little breakfast place up off Frankiln St. A typical "Rams Club"-type place. A lot of snooty white folks acting like the place is all theirs and such... He walks in, the waitress hurriedly rushes up to him and says, "You want to come have a seat in the back?" It wasn't a question it was more like a nicely stated demand.
Only black guy in there and coincidentally, he is asked if he would like to sit separate from the rest of the patrons.
That kind of stuff is why I laugh at people convinced everything is "even" now, lol.
My daughter goes to Carolina.
I bet I have eaten in the place you are talking about.
I'm white as you can get, even have freckles.
First time I went to this place I was waiting for a table. Waitress comes up and says, "We have a table in the back".
I guess I should have been offended?
Instead I followed her to the back room which was about 5 times the size of the front room, and guess what, that's where the next available empty table was.