I totally understand the absurdness that is the rules of golf. There is no question that the rules need to be simplified and overhauled.
However, if golf is your profession and you play professionally for a living, how do you not go through the rules with a fine tooth comb and know it by heart? It's like not studying for a test and then getting pissed when you get an answer wrong.
I'm guessing it's been Southgate's dream to play on the PGA tour for some time now. Yes a stupid absurd and hard to understand rule may end up costing him his tour card. But on the flip side you could say that what cost him his tour card could have been avoided just by reading and understanding a book! Come on, RTFM!
I was once told by a state trooper that ignorance of the law is not an excuse to break the law. Just because you don't know a rule doesn't mean it's not still a rule and you will be penalized according to said rule.
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