The grumbling in the players' locker room reflected a sentiment that, in golf, once you sign an incorrect scorecard, even when you didn't know it was incorrect, you must be disqualified or disqualify yourself. Woods had signed and did not disqualify himself.
That brought more anti-Tiger sentiment, as well as sentiment that golf's purism is stupid and it would have been silly to overrule the officials who had ruled.
Like his infidelity, the Masters controversy won't go away. The editor of Golf Digest, Jerry Tarde, wrote a tongue-in-cheek essay in the magazine's British Open preview edition titled "Tiger's Mulligan." His lead sentence: "Tiger did the right thing."
Tarde's point, cloaked in creative sarcasm about how disqualifying himself had rehabilitated his image, was exactly the opposite. By not disqualifying himself, Tiger did the wrong thing.
As usual, the side issues were dealt with Tuesday. Woods said his injured elbow has healed. He said Muirfeld's course is set up beautifully and is very fast and firm with the absence of rain. He spoke with reverence about an afternoon years ago that he spent with South African legend Nelson Mandela. And he blew off the ever-present question about Muirfeld's male-only membership.
"I don't make the policies here," he said.
Then he was gone. Time to practice. Another try at a major beckoned.
That will be watched closely and documented fully.