Even more lenient regarding playing time, due to the appalling playing conditions during the 3rd round at Oak Hill, the referees were intransigent with a player who received a penalty point for exceeding the time limit. But after he made his move.
Rarely if ever sanctioned when they exceed the game time with sometimes extended routines, the players are however timed for a very specific case. During the 3rd round of the PGA Championship, it was the American Lee Hodges who paid the price.
Indeed, after seeing his ball come to rest at the edge of hole 17 on his attempt to save par, he waited more than the ten seconds allowed by the rules and what had to happen happened. No doubt a small drop of water tipped the balance in the right direction and the ball ended up falling in the hole!
However, an official tournament referee told him that he had to take one more move and was therefore forced to put a bogey on his card! Ill-gotten never profit… Moral of the story: Take as much time as you want before the game, but don't mess with the clock after playing!
The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and maintained by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the United States Golf Association.
An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA, oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in force since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.
The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.
The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they apply outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf which, almost always based on self-control and the free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously or lightly, due to non-compliance by many players of the game rules.
In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing your game with due respect to the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.