I was surprised they had the testicular fortitude to do it, and I'm glad. Why should he get special treatment? Who cares if he's 14, or an amateur or anything else? It's a single set of rules in golf and he broke one. It's no different than any other penalty. Should we give Freddie or Phil some mulligans in the actual tournament just because they're favorite sons? Even in the par 3 contest that doesn't fly unless you bow out of eligibility to win. If I'm not allowed to count gimmies and be creative with my scorekeeping and claim to shoot even par, why is he allowed to claim he shot +3 if he broke a rule to do it? Especially in the Masters; it's supposed to be about integrity and strength in the face of adversity, and being a gentleman. That means you don't try to wait repeatedly and excessively for ideal conditions which you have no control over if it disrupts your partners and the patrons. Which brings me to the next part of my rant:
You just don't wait for minutes at a time for the wind to die down. And then act like it's the official's fault he couldn't judge the wind. It doesn't work anyway, all it does is play with your head; all the wind is above the trees and doesn't really shift much in the course of a single hole. Hit the damn ball! It's not even a case of the yips or a mental wreck, he's ready and able to hit the shot but wants the wind to change. You're not playing for money, and you'll probably be asked back if you behave well.
Whether I agree with how the rule is written is another story. And it's certainly not the club's fault. If anything they were trying to give him several warnings. To not enforce the rule would be more unfair, ignorance is no excuse because they're all written down. Rory would probably be world #1 still if not for clearing sand off his line at Abu Dhabi, cost him 2 strokes and the outright win in the end. Did you see him blaming the grounds crew for the condition of the sand, or saying the fringe should count as the green, or saying they should change the rule because it's stupid? No, his reaction was appropriate: "Wow, I'm an idiot." His reaction to almost missing his tee time at the Ryder Cup? "Wow, that was close! I'm still an idiot but I got lucky this time." Not "I'm the world #1, they'll wait for me; they're too afraid of losing ratings to penalize me."
Did you hear his interview? Sounded like a spoiled brat to me. Wasn't dumb enough to really speak his mind but you could tell he thought he should have gotten special treatment. Only child, boy, rich parents. Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. Almost Sergioesque if you ask me, especially insisting on the word "wind". The kid needs a new caddy though. This one should have been a lot smarter about managing his player. Any caddy worth his salt would have had the sense to give him a kick in the arse and get him playing faster, especially with 3 warnings.
Personally, I thought TW's shot hitting the stick was a lot more unfair than the penalty, but there's nothing to be done.