If a Rule is broken, why do we care who saw it? The integrity of the competition should come first, not because "a spectator" saw it, or someone who isn't a player, caddie, or rules official saw it, etc.
If a Rule of Golf is broken, again, who cares who sees it? The truth is that the Rule was broken, so it should be enforced.
It'd be like committing a crime and the defense being simply "the police didn't see my client do it, only these other people, so set him free." That's not how the truth works.
That's perfectly legal. The Rules suggest you mark behind your ball but don't require it.
Completely agree. There is a reason why golf is called a gentelman's game. You're on your honor. Cheating is cheating, and it doesn't matter who spots it. And OMG, it was so blatant!
Amen. I would say that pumpkin can't hold a candle to sweet potato in the pie business, but you also can't make a jack-o-lantern from a sweet potato. Advantage pumpkin.