Tiger Woods played good golf at Augusta this week.
Really, he did.
The world's No. 1 shot well all four days and might have won this tournament if not for an approach shot on the par-five 15th that hit the flagstick and deflected into a water hazard.
It's what Woods did after that monumental misfortune that lands him on this "loser" slide.
I'm sure you know the details by now.
Woods took an illegal drop that should've resulted in a two-stroke penalty. Officials missed it. Commentators missed it. Everyone missed it except for a fan who phoned in the breach.
Woods was eventually assessed the proper penalty, but not until after he signed his scorecard—which had retroactively become incorrect.
In most sports, this wouldn't be considered even remotely problematic. In golf, however, signing an inaccurate scorecard is the moral equivalent of drop-kicking Bobby Jones' corpse and has traditionally resulted in disqualification.
Woods was saved by a new provision that allows officials to use actual human logic (imagine that) when considering these types of after-the-fact score changes. In the end, tournament officials decided to dock Woods the two strokes and leave it be.
Golf purists and Tiger haters called the decision a travesty. Others accused the Masters and its corporate subsidiaries of favoritism. Everyone made lots and lots of loud noises.
None of this is explicitly Woods' fault, but it is the exact opposite of what a man rehabbing his public image would've wanted on the sport's biggest stage.