The desire for the big win often becomes a test, we can play The game, or we can play a game. Bobby Jones life accomplishment were many. However, its this story about his personal integrity which he is the most famous.
It was the 1925 US Open and unbeknownst to anyone but himself his ball moved ever so slightly as he took his stance. There were no referees to call a penalty, no whistle to call a foul, his playing companions didn’t even see the infraction, nor did his caddie or any spectators. The tournament title hung in the balance, it soon became known that Jones had assessed himself a 1-stroke penalty.
The ball moving did not help him any, nor was it any great violation. But it happened, and those are the rules. The stroke cost him the outright win and he went on to lose a 36-hole playoff to Willie Macfarlane.
When a sportswriter sought to applaud Jones for his sportsmanship, Jones implored him not to even write about the incident saying that it would be like congratulating him for not robbing a bank.