When Adam Scott sank his birdie putt on the 18th green to take a one-shot lead at 8-under par, he didn’t just set the stage for Angel Cabrera hitting perhaps the best high-pressure shot of all time, he also saved us from a raging torrent over Tiger Woods.

It’s how we spent Saturday, remember, cussing and discussing the two-stroke penalty Woods was assessed Saturday morning for a penalty drop in Friday’s second round that was in the wrong place.

It was a penalty that could have disqualified Woods, at least in the past, because it would have meant that he signed an incorrect scorecard on Friday. But the Masters rules committee assessed the two-shot penalty instead of sending Woods home.

Photo credit: Harry How

Photo credit: Harry How

It does make one wonder how large a role CBS played in the decision—after all, a weekend of no Tiger would have sent the network’s ratings for the golf’s first major or the year straight down the tubes.

Woods made a late charge on Sunday, finishing at 5-under par. But there would be no fifth green jacket and his 15th major title would have to wait.

Had Woods won, the controversy would have probably still been raging right up to the time the first group tees off at Merion on June 13 for the U.S. Open. So Woods came up short in his late charge and instead was already gone from the course by the time his former caddy, Steve Williams, was congratulating Scott for his winning birdie putt on the second playoff hole.

But there were plenty of folks who didn’t think Woods should have been there at all. Greg Norman, author of a couple of the greatest near-misses in Masters history thought Woods should have left on his own

Woods never entertained the notion of withdrawing and said as much. What it does call into question, though, is the review process in golf. In this age of instant replay, there are millions of wannabe officials sitting at home, waiting for someone to possibly screw something up.

Then they can take to YouTube and Twitter and other sectors of the Internet and raise holy hell about it until the big guys, the officials at the actual event, are forced to confront the issue. Make no mistake—that’s what happened in the Woods situation. Enough people raised enough of a ruckus that by Saturday morning, the rules committee for the Masters felt they had to do something.

I find myself agreeing with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who went on a Twitter rant on Saturday about the Woods ruling.

A fair point, to be sure, but in this day and age? Yeah, it would be about as likely as a return to oil lamps and manual typewriters.