So....is anyone claiming his intent was to cheat? If so, I think someone needs to say it directly.
or are we just debating the ability of people in the process of doing something to sense clearly the difference between 10 or 20 seconds.
(frankly, I think the 10 seconds should start when the player himself is convinced that the ball has stopped. And I can't read the player's mind well enough to pick up on it (flip a club, twitch a brow, start walking, etc etc etc). Simply speaking, it still comes down to the player - is he clearly intending to cheat? or is he honestly playing by the rules?)
So one scenario in the players mind, <<putt felt clean, I think I pulled it, oh...it's dying off at the hole.....oh...oh? seriously, crap? it might still be moving, looks like it, just give it a couple seconds, noooo, ok better go up there, but I'll swing around the left to look at it directly from the side....just in case,,,,, I knew it, it's still creeping......>> "what's that Bubba?, do you see it move? ok, thanks"........<<still moving>> in the hole.
vs second scenario, <<putt felt clean, I think I pulled it, oh...it's dying off at the hole.....oh...oh? seriously, crap? it might still be moving, looks like it, just give it a couple seconds, noooo, ok better go up there,,,,,I think I'll just move about aimlessly and hope no one with a stop watch is on top of this......maybe we'll get an earthquake...... I'll distract Bubba, he seems amused by it>>......."what's that Bubba?, do you see it move? ok, thanks"........<<that'll hold the hick, now he's on my side for sure......sucker.........hey, finally it REstarted moving, I knew it, ka-ching, that's money in the bank>> in the hole.
all that aside - If Drew has it right, then Drew has it right (and actual 'motion' doesn't matter if we have a clear definition of when motion stops). In that case, it still comes down to each hole should have a couple refs to just make the calls on the rules. Especially if we don't trust the players and caddies to know them perfectly.....
edit: anyway - did someone official actually make a decision to penalize or not?