- Get clothes ordered from sponsor… check
- Get in shape for upcoming PGA Tour season… check
- Book flight to Maui for first tournament… check
- Study rule book during the flight from Columbia to Maui… DOH!!
Each and every week, a group of golfers here in San Antonio get together just for fun. It’s a small group, maybe 12-15 guys. They formed a rules group and invite anyone to come out and join them at different restaurants each week around San Antonio. Just a bunch of guys who love the game and want to learn more about the rules of the game. Well, someone needs to shoot Camilio Villegas an email and invite him next week.
Camilio Villegas was disqualified on Friday for a rules violation which occurred during Thursday’s round. Reports are, someone posted on their Twitter account that Villegas had moved loose impediments as his ball continued to move down the steep slope on the 15th green. The PGA Tour rules official went back and reviewed the tape, and sure enough, Villegas should have given himself a two stroke pentalty for the infraction. He didn’t, and therefore signed an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified.
Golf is a different game then other professional sports. Golfers routinely call penalties on themselves throughout the year, even if it means there shot at the victory. Whether Villegas realized he committed the penalty and didn’t count it or he just didn’t realize he did it, we will never know. Golf is filled with rules and everybody probably doesn’t know every single one, but pro golfers should.
If not, he need to join the San Antonio Golf Rules group, they meet on Wednesday nights.