Right, it's nothing more than a guess that JT made the ball move. It happened after he grounded and after he had pulled the club back. I'm certain the movement wasn't caused by either the club ground nor the motion back, it was perched unsteadily on a blade or a mark and it would have moved if no one was near it. Stupid rule.
Johnny Miller said in his day that wouldn't have been a penalty on the player. No idea if that's true but he said it, which tells me the rules are being maniplated to the detriment of the game.
It looks like the same scenario as DJ and Wattel in the open. Proximity of the golfer deforms the ground and the ball rolls off the blades of grass it was perched on. I think it's a bad penalty, because it's essentially random, though much more likely on very fast & sloped greens.
I liked Chappell as a possible pick early in the playoffs. He's a solid ballstriker with good length and the original 8 were a little thin there. If his putting has come alive during the playoffs (he's 'found' something) and his birdie average has bumped up then he would be a solid pick IMO. I think he'd be more of a contributor in fourball than foursomes with relatively weaker putting / short game than guys already on the team.
Berger seems to have the most balanced game of the remaining pick options. McGirt and Woodland wouldn't be bad picks either. Justin Thomas may be a good 'chemistry' pick, but his stats for the year seem like he's got a very 'hit or miss' style of game. Maybe he was saving it for the end of the season, though? Moore would be an okay pick, but I expect he's a little short for Hazeltine (ballstriking is not his strength) and the squad already has Sneds and Zach. Duf wouldn't be a bad pick either if his game is on form and his putting has warmed up a bit.
On the penalty assessed to Justin Thomas, this will lead all golfers to mark their ball before putting anything but a tap in. If he marks the ball and the places the ball back down, the ball probably won't move as it did. With millions on the line, a player needs to mark the ball and inspect the putting surface. Just a bad rule in my opinion but the ruling was correct. Guilty until proven innocent.
If it is a municipal (city owned) course there may be no support from the city to maintain it beyond the absolute minimum.
Truth is, cities have budgets and there is no money appropriated to improve it. It really is a vicious circle. Poorer conditions result in fewer rounds being played. Costs out weigh revenue, rates are raised so even fewer people play the course and that results in less revenue. It becomes an anchor on the city budget and easy prey for an investor. So many muni courses have disappeared.