Has nothing to do with his OCD nonsense. Nothing, nada, bugger all, zip, squelch, zero.
Must I repeat myself? This has nothing to do with his ridiculous nervous ticks. It's about manufacturing a lie in the rough.
Spitfisher - you are right and wrong.
Rule 13-1 states 'The ball must be played as it lies, except as otherwise provided by the rules'. He does not do this, in my opinion.
Rule 13-2 states 'A player must not improve or be allowed to improve the lie or position of his ball by any of the following
- 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
- removing dew, frost or water.
I would say Bradley is guilty of at breaking at least three of these points.
The definition defining addressing a ball is
'A player has “addressed the ball” when he has grounded his club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball, whether or not he has taken his stance.'
So technically, once Bradley puts his club behind the ball, he's addressed it for the first time, in my view. Because the club head is so close to the ball.
The only rule that could apply is 6-7 - undue delay, slow play. For me, once a player has addressed his ball, there is a time limit to hitting the ball - 40 to 60 seconds. So technically, if a rules official considered Bradley had addressed the ball the first time he had put the club head behind the ball, he's on the clock. Like you say, won't happen, but should.
If Bradley wants to carry on his antics, I'm fine with this - just don't put the club behind the ball 4 or 5 times and construct yourself a better lie.