Golf's Got Gallery of Busybodies Sitting in Their Living Rooms
Surely, you remember Gladys Kravitz, the nosy next-door neighbor from the sitcom "Bewitched," who always seemed to catch Samantha Stevens in the act of twitching her nose and producing an elephant out of thin air. Alas, poor Gladys could never convince her long-suffering husband Abner, or anyone else for that matter, that Samantha was a witch and up to no good.
A guy named Dave Andrews is the latest golfing Gladys Kravitz to poke his nose into the business of a Samantha in the act of trying to get something done.
In this case, Andrews and some of his buddies were sitting on a couch in Daytona Beach, Fl., watching the Tournament of Champions when they noticed that Camilo Villegas flicking away some grass as his ball was rolling down a slope toward a divot on the 15th at Kapalua.
Andrews, who says he plays about 150 rounds a year, and his buddies thought something was wrong, so they went online to the United States Golf Association's website to look up the rules. There, they found one that said that when the ball is in motion, any loose impediment that might influence the ball's movement can't be moved.
From there, Andrews set out, in typical Gladys Kravitz fashion, to right a perceived wrong, but in a manner old Gladys could never have imagined 40-some years ago. He said he didn't know who to call, so he tweeted about what he saw. A PGA Tour official got the information, and because Villegas had signed his card before the penalty was enforced, Villegas was disqualified.
For his part, Andrews seemed a bit embarrassed when he spoke to The Associated Press after he was identified as the snitch, and rightfully so.