It's Noh surprise.
The half-witted Bubba Watson today checked that he was able to use his driver when measuring relief.
You'd think they Noh, but they don't.
In regards to Noh and his ball on the wrong green: if you had been in the immediate spectator gallery would you have called out prior to his backswing that he was in violation of the rules?
Lots of folks accept that silence is the best behaviour for a fan on the course. Others take a more liberal approach, usually after a shot. But here is question of actually helping a player so i feel it's a fuzzy region.
Of course, if you had been a fellow competitor you would have the right, even responsibility, to speak up prior to an obvious rules violation.
I would have. I believe it's in the spirit of the game to do so.
Absolutely I would.
Our club works the 17th at Valhalla every time there is a tournament there. At the last US Senior championship my wife was working by the green when two players both hit their ball into the bunker. As one player was going to play his stroke, a guy in the gallery said he was hitting the wrong ball. This was to my wife who did not know what to do. The player hit the wrong ball, 2 stroke penalty.
Afterwards she asked the Rules Official if she should have said something, he said absolutely. True its the player's responsibility, but there is no problem in saving a player from himself.
Remember the tournament a while back, it might have been Dufner, who when putting on the last green on Sunday, forgot to replace his ball mark before he holed out his short putt to win. He got a two stroke penalty, but had a three shot lead, so he still won by one. Anyway, if I was in the gallery I'd have yelled something. Just think what would have happened if he had missed the putt.
Kostis, who was the on course announcer didn't think he had replaced his mark, but did not say anything.
For sure. And he would have thanked me for it.
I would have replied: " Noh worries, mate."
I would also yell out if a player didn't move his ball back after marking it a putter length away.
Don't make excuses for his actions - there are no excuses that will work for him. As a hockey coach once said, "you can't fix stupid."
Did you know that if a temporary (winter) green is in play, the regular green is a wrong green.
In addition, if a temporary green has been prepared but is not in play, it is also a wrong green.