The answer is that golf is probably the last bastion of proper sportsmanship. Many years ago, Bobby Jones, one of the finest ever golfers, was deep in the rough, accidentally hit a moving ball, and promptly called a penalty on himself. When praised for his honesty afterwards, he replied: "You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank." That ethos still exerts a powerful influence.
This could be down to the large number of rules that individual clubs impose on their members. It may be something to do with the character of the people who play it. But regardless of what is responsible, it is comforting to see that such a spirit still exists in this era of rampant and cynical gamesmanship.
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