Would agree, btw, that there is no definition out there of what "reasonable" means. We're making assumptions. I've never actually seen this happen before, and all other times when a ball stops on the lip the reaction is always "How can that ball stop there?! I can't believe it!" And then the guy half-jokingly waits a couple of seconds hoping for it to fall and it never does, so he taps it in. This is the first time that I've seen it actually fall in and now all I can think of is "Why does a guy who hits it to that point from 12 feet not 'deserve' to have it count, but a guy who hits it from 40 or 50 feet does deserve it to count?"
Because of that, I think I'm now glad that they didn't penalize him, and I'm glad that it sounds like they are really lenient on enforcing this.
Guess I'm pretty wishy-washy here, eh? Sorry about that.
My "clearly" was in regards to the suggestion that a player could stand as long as he wanted from where they putted the ball. THAT would clearly violate "reasonable time" to me.
I don't think anything about this situation is clear. We've been bantering for quite a while and this poor guy had 10 seconds and a short walk to figure it out. If there had been a referee counting time as in a basketball game where a player has 10 seconds to get across half court, he probably would have moved quicker or known when the clock started. He had to figure this out on the fly. Even Feherty was confused about what to do and he yacks about golf for a living. I'm just cutting the guy some slack based on the situation.
@iacas - As you said, there is a difference in our thinking on reasonable. I don't count the time before he started walking and you do. I also give him leeway if Bubba distracted him by saying that his ball was still moving.
Wait. Did you just called me a prostitute.