Tiger Woods kicked off 10th tee at Muirfield for teeing off too early
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Tiger Woods kicked off 10th tee at Muirfield for teeing off too early


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Tiger Woods likes to practice early. He gets to the course before anyone else, teeing off on the 10th tee and getting his work in quickly.

Apparently, that's a problem at Muirfield.

Woods was reprimanded by an official on Monday as he was preparing to practice ahead of the 2013 Open Championship because he violated clubs rules by teeing off on the back nine before 7:00 a.m. He hit his tee shots at No. 10 before the official told him to leave the tee and allow the course maintenance staff to finish their morning work.



The world No. 1 was looking to experience the back nine (or, really, inward nine, since Muirfield weaves in beltway-fashion) after playing the front nine on Sunday.

To kill the time, Woods went to the first tee to play a hole with Rory McIlroy before cutting to the 11th tee to resume his originally scheduled practice, according to the U.K.-based Sun.

Apparently The Open isn't open that early.

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