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In England, they spell it h-o-n-o-u-r.
And it is one of the most important words
in the vocabulary of any self-respecting
Brit. Honour holds an especially high
place in the history and the spirit and the
vernacular of the game of golf in the U.K.
and, for that matter, all across the sport’s
self-policed competitive landscape.
Late Sunday afternoon at the Verizon
Heritage in South Carolina, a 35-year-old
London native named Brian Davis, on
the first hole of a sudden-death playoff,
voluntarily called attention to what turned
out to be a two-stroke penalty on himself. It would cost him a chance for his
first PGA Tour victory.
Winner Jim Furyk will be the bene-
factor in the record books. But more
people will be talking Monday about
Davis’ willingness to point out that he
may have illegally touched a loose im-
pediment on the backswing of his third
shot. The cameras proved him right and
Davis didn’t have any trouble accepting
the consequences. “That’s the way it
goes,” he said matter-of-factly after the
fact. “I’ll come back fighting next week.”
All of which now places Davis in the
august company of the great Bobby
Jones, who, according to legend, once
bristled after being complimented for
calling a penalty on himself. Said Jones,
“You might as well praise a man for not
robbing a bank.”
For those of you scoring at home, the
difference between first and second was
$410,400 U.S. or £267,047.