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The Masters

Tiger Woods saved from disqualification

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A ball had not yet been struck at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday morning, but drama and controversy had already suffocated the 77th Masters, with a ruling issued against Tiger Woods that saved him from disqualification.

Instead of being disqualified, Woods was handed a two-stroke penalty over an improper drop he took during Friday’s second round, turning his 71 into a 73 and leaving him five shots back after 36 holes, instead of three. But golf’s top-ranked player was spared the harsher punishment from tournament officials, who referred to a rule implemented two years ago by golf’s governing bodies that waives disqualification under “exceptional individual cases.”

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