Longtime readers know I hate television viewer-caught rules violations, especially when the player has signed their card and their intent was not clear. But we know how the rules work and we certainly know intent is not taken into consideration, so here goes.
Twitter reader @DaveAndrews723 raised the question of Camilo Villegas' club flick during round one of the Hyundai Tournament Of Some Champions. I'll let you decide, but the wording of 23-1 is pretty clear: "When a ball is in motion, a loose impediment that might influence the movement of the ball must not be removed."
**Video removed. PGATour.com will be posting an official version momentarily after they've had a chance to review it with Villegas, a link will follow.
**Rule 13-2 is in play here too, according to several readers.
13-2. Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play
A player must not improve or allow to be improved:
· the position or lie of his ball,
· the area of his intended stance or swing,
· his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole, or
· the area in which he is to drop or place a ball,
by any of the following actions:
· pressing a club on the ground,
· moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed (including immovable obstructions and objects defining out of bounds),
· creating or eliminating irregularities of surface,
· removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position, or