Here’s why golf is a different kind of sport: Unsure of whether he had brushed a leaf in a bunker, Blayne Barber disqualified himself from Q-School, passing on the opportunity to earn a PGA Tour card.
The incident occurred in the first stage of the PGA Tour Q-School, from which Barber would have easily moved on to the second round. At the time, thinking that he might possibly have moved the leaf, Barber penalized himself a shot. His caddie/brother, however, insisted that the leaf had not moved.
Still unsure whether the leaf had actually moved, Barber later learned that the penalty was two shots, not one. With the issue weighing on his mind, Barber called the Tour six days after the tournament and disqualified himself for signing an incorrect scorecard.
I am certain that he would not want to be congratulated for his honesty. In a similar situation, Bobby Jones had said that you “might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.” Still, in this world of lie, cheat and steal your way to the top, it’s refreshing to think that there are people for whom doing the right thing is more important.