First, really happy for Adam Scott. A well deserving champion.
The new rule about it not being an automatic disqualification if you signed an incorrect card was necessary with all of the TV and call ins.
The drop is a rule that all tournament players know. There is no such thing as line of flight in the rules. It’s keeping the point of entry between you and the hole.
I can’t guess his motivation, but how you drop after hitting it in the water is an auto pilot response.
If you lay the sod or spin back into the water, you know you can move backwards as far as you want. If it deflects in the water, it changes point of entry. Being disoriented because of the bad break doesn’t change that it happens to everyone.
At second stage of Q-school one year I had a chance to make it during the last round and I hit the flag with an 8-iron and I knew to change the angle where I dropped. That bad break had a much more dire affect on my career, yet I automatically knew what to do.
I DQ’d myself from another Q-school one year for a rules violation that no one but me knew about and I could have hidden it with no chance of being caught. I have no sympathy. He should have been out. Ignorance of the rule is the same justification as making an illegal u-turn…it’s no excuse, you still get a ticket.
This was also the greatest caddy blunder since Ian Woosnam’s caddy left the extra driver in and cost him the British Open. He should have known better too.
I had 4 different clients on Sunday say the same exact thing, If it was anyone but Tiger, they’d have a DQ next to their name.