The caddie’s action incurred a penalty of two strokes (Decision 33-1/9.5), but Molinari was not aware of what had happened and returned his signed score card to the Committee, without including the penalty that had been incurred. This resulted in his later disqualification for returning a score card with a score for the 10th hole lower than was actually scored, due to the omission of the penalty.
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Equipment includes a golf cart, whether or not motorised.However when competition Committees want to require players to walk in a competition, they introduce a Condition of Competition with similar wording to this;
Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorised by the Committee.This condition applies to most tournament events and all players are aware of the restriction, Of course, exceptions have been allowed where a player has a valid medical certificate for a disability that prevents them from walking the stipulated round.
Many have asked why Molinari was penalised, when it was his caddie that took the ride. It is Rule 6-1 that states;
The player and his caddie are responsible for knowing the Rules. During a stipulated round, for any breach of a Rule by his caddie, the player incurs the applicable penalty.I have seen many comments from golfers who suggest that the Rules are too complicated and that in cases like this, a player should not suffer for the fallibility of their caddie, particularly when they are not aware of it. So, I want to point out how fallacious this suggestion is. If there was no Rule that penalised the player for their caddie’s actions, when a Rule of Golf was breached, the caddie would be able to remove loose impediments lying close to a ball in a bunker, tap down a spike mark on an intended line of putt, hold back the branch of a tree interfering with a comfortable stance, etc. Obviously, if there was an attempt to list what a caddie may and may not do regarding the Rules, it would require additional, unwelcome detail, making the Rules more complicated, not less. It has taken over 250 years to refine the Rules of Golf to where they are now, dealing with every conceivable situation; it is not easy to simplify them, though I know that the Ruling Bodies are constantly trying to do so.
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