This whole thing is starting to get out of hand because of what appears to be either ignorance and or misunderstanding of the ROG. Or possibly (in combination) poor choice of specific language that is misleading or inaccurate. With that said there is a possibility the ignorance and misunderstanding is mine ... yea I do realize that.
There is no penalty for making a bad drop.
There is no penalty for making a drop in the wrong place.
It is not "illegal" to putt while on the green with the flag in.
There is no penalty for putting while on the green with the flag in.
There is a one stroke penalty for not correcting a bad drop.
There is a two stroke penalty for playing from the wrong spot after dropping in the wrong spot and not correcting it.
There is a two stroke penalty if you putt on the green and your ball strikes the flagstick still in the hole.
Rule 33-7 was not really the central issue here as the committee has had (as long as I know, not that long) discretion to waive a DQ but only in very limited and specific circumstances. Rule 33-7 is applicable here but not in the sense that I feel most people are implying, again either ignorantly or carelessly.
Decision 34-3/1 (and many more supporting decisions, 34-3/3.9 for instance) already cover the situation:
Situation A (34-3/1):
- Player thinks he may have made a rules violation and informs committee before returning card.
- Committee rules no penalty is warranted and player signs card.
- Next day committee realizes there was a violation and assesses player a two stroke penalty but does not DQ him.
Situation B (Tiger):
- Spectator thinks there may have been a rules violation and informs committee before player returns card.
- Committee rules no penalty is warranted before player signs card, which he obviously subsequently does.
- Next day committee realizes there was a violation and asseses player a two stroke penalty but does not DQ him.
The obvious difference is that in A the player brings it up and gets the feedback. In B a caller brings it up and thus Tiger was unaware of any of this happening. The feedback in case B would go to who? the caller (not likely).