Who called in illegal drop by Tiger Woods? Not just a fan – it was a real rules expert

The television viewer who reported the illegal drop Tiger Woods took during the Masters was more than just a golf fan. Sports Illustrated reports it was David Eger, a rules expert who has worked for the USGA and the PGA Tour.

Eger said he was watching the Masters when he replayed the 15th hole to see how Woods made bogey. Woods hit the pin with his third shot and it caromed back into the water. He dropped from the same area, hit to 4 feet and made bogey.

Eger told the magazine he noticed a divot and Woods took his drop behind it. The Champions Tour player said he then contacted a PGA Tour rules official at the Masters, who relayed it to Fred Ridley, chair of the Masters competition committees.


DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The Portland Phoenix will begin their 14-game USL Premier Development League season with a home game May 11 at Deering High.

Portland has four additional home games at Deering on the following Saturdays: May 18, June 1, June 15 and July 6.

The Phoenix will play their final two home games at Thomas College in Waterville on Saturday, July 13 and Scarborough High on Sunday, July 14.

All home games begin at 6 p.m.

Portland is a member of the seven-team Northeast Division of the PDL’s Eastern Conference with CFC Azul (New Britain, Conn.), Ottawa Fury, Real Boston Rams, Seacoast United Phantoms (Portsmouth, N.H.), Vermont Voltage (St. Albans, Vt.) and Western Mass. Pioneers (Ludlow, Mass.).

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Lionel Messi, the injured Barcelona star, watched from the sideline as Bayern Munich completed its dismantling of the Spanish side with a 3-0 win, lining up the first all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

The May 25 final will be at London’s Wembley Stadium.


BMW OPEN: Ivan Dodig of Croatia ousted second-seeded countryman Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 in the second round at Munich, while defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber beat qualifier Evgeny Korolev, 6-2, 6-4.


NFL: The Chicago Bears agreed to four-year contracts with fifth-round draft pick Jordan Mills and sixth-rounder Cornelius Washington.

Green Bay cornerback Al Harris formally retired. Harris played seven seasons for the Packers, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and 2008.


SOFTBALL: Taylor Lyman went 3 for 3 with two doubles and four RBI to lead Berwick Academy (5-3) to a 16-5 win over visiting Lexington Christian Academy (4-3).

BOYS’ LACROSSE: Stephen Sherbahn had four goals and one assist, and Sam Hereford added three goals to lead Berwick Academy (5-6) to a 13-1 win over Bancroft (5-1) at South Berwick.

— From staff and news service reports