Golf is one sport where sportsmanship, etiquettes and respect still means something. Exemplify that at the ongoing Masters was South Korean golfer James Hahn who called a one-stroke penalty on himself after his ball moved slightly at address. No one but Hahn knew of it, but he still imposed a penalty on himself.
I called a penalty on myself on the first hole Friday when my ball moved at address on the green. Ball moved 1 dimple, but indeed moved.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) April 11, 2015
As fate would have it, the 33-year-old went on to miss the cut by just one stroke. Had he stayed silent and went on with the play earlier, he would've qualified to play for the weekend's final round too. But Hahn's honesty means he went home early from his first ever Masters Tournament. He doesn't regret it though.
Missed cut by 1.Sometimes you don't get rewarded for doing the right thing,but it doesn't mean you shouldn't do the right thing. #integrity— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) April 11, 2015
His gesture didn't go unnoticed as folks on Twitter poured in with respect:
@JamesHahnPGA I love the way you conduct yourself. You seem to have your priorities in order. Keep it up!— RC (@rcco) April 11, 2015
@JamesHahnPGA the rewards will be tenfold down the road— Chance-O Rowan (@chancethefarmer) April 11, 2015
@JamesHahnPGA people are more impressed by how well you conducted yourself rather that how well the Green jacket fits on you. Good job!— Mike Fernandez (@_MikeFernandez_) April 11, 2015