Tiger Woods: "I understand and accept the penalty"

Tiger Woods after his fairway shot on the 15th hole hit the pin and rolled into the water on April 12, 2013
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Tiger Woods says that he respects the Masters Committee's decision to hand him a two-shot penalty for an error with a dropped ball in Augusta.

Tiger Woods has said that he "understands and accepts" the two-shot penalty he was handed for placing a dropped ball at the wrong spot.

There had been speculation that the world number one would be disqualified from the Masters in Augusta after he took a drop two feet away from where he originally took a shot, which ended up in the water on the 15th hole yesterday.

The 37-year-old tweeted: "I didn't know I had taken an incorrect drop prior to signing my scorecard. Subsequently, I met with the Masters Committee Saturday morning and was advised they had reviewed the incident prior to the completion of my round.

"Their initial determination was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview.

"After discussing the situation this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty. I understand and respect the Committees' decision."

The penalty leaves Woods five shots behind leader Jason Day ahead of today's play.

Tiger Woods after his fairway shot on the 15th hole hit the pin and rolled into the water on April 12, 2013
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