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Tiger Woods Gets Free Drop After Ball Disappears At Quail Hollow

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Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot as a gallery of patrons look on during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot as a gallery of patrons look on during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiger Woods was given a free drop at Quail Hollow without ever finding his golf ball.

Woods, in danger of missing the cut Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship, pulled his second shot into the gallery and toward the trees on the par-5 fifth hole. After a long search, the ball was never found.

Spectators told a rules official they saw the ball land in an open area and bounce a short distance away. Within seconds, several fans surrounded the area. But the ball mysteriously disappeared.

Rules official Mark Russell said based on the evidence, it was determined a fan picked up the ball and Woods was given free relief.

Woods made par instead of having to go back to the fairway to play his fourth shot.

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