Originally written on Arm Chair Golf Blog  |  Last updated 1/17/12

MONTREAL - SEPTEMBER 30: Rory Sabbatini of the International Team walks across the second green as Scott Verplank passes behind during the final day singles matches at The Presidents Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club on September 30, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Editor’s note: The Rules Geek is an occasional and potentially annoying feature at ARMCHAIR GOLF.IMAGINE ARRIVING 20 SECONDS LATE for a tee time. No big deal, right? Wrong, as Rory Sabbatini found out at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions a couple of weeks ago. Sabo showed up 20 ticks late for his second round tee time and got slapped with a two-stroke penalty.Nothing against the prickly South African, but The Rules Geek loves it. The rules are the rules. Twenty seconds late is late. So is one second. Zero tolerance.Here’s the penalty for breach of Rule 6-3a:“If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, withing five minutes after his starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole of stroke play. Otherwise, the penalty for breach of this Rule is disqualification.”How did it happen?Rory’s caddie (a cat named Mick) had a watch strapped to his wrist that was running four minutes slow. Playe...
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